George Kuchar

George
Kuchar

George Kuchar (1942-2011) was a leading American underground film director and video artist, known for his "low-fi" aesthetic.

Films

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    Hold Me While I'm Naked
    Experimental

    Hold Me While I'm Naked
    George Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Erotic
    • Philosophical
    • Political / Social Activism
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    A Reason To Live
    Experimental

    A Reason To Live
    George Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 26.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Corruption of the Damned
    Experimental

    Corruption of the Damned
    George Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 55 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Leisure
    Experimental

    Leisure
    George Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 9.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Political / Social Activism
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    Mosholu Holiday
    Experimental

    Mosholu Holiday
    George Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 9 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    Color Me Shameless
    Experimental

    Color Me Shameless
    George Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 30 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Psychology / Mental Health
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    Eclipse of the Sun Virgin
    Experimental

    Eclipse of the Sun Virgin
    George Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 15 min
    Rental format: 16mm
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    The Lady From Sands Point
    Documentary
    Experimental

    The Lady From Sands Point
    George Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 9.25 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Arts / Artists
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    Encyclopedia of the Blessed
    Experimental

    Encyclopedia of the Blessed
    George Kuchar

    16mm, color and b/w, sound, 43 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Literarature / Theater

Biography

George Kuchar (1942-2011) was a leading American underground film director and video artist, known for his "low-fi" aesthetic. A stone-cold DIY renegade, George Kuchar made deliriously overheated homages to/send-up of Golden Age histrionics. Convoluted plots follows a hard-boiled, Joan Crawford–esque characters with barrages of deliciously overripe dialogue (“At least stalks of corn have ears and aren’t deaf to the desperations of the damned!”).

George Kuchar directed over 200 films and videos (including over 15 with his twin brother Mike), many of them short films by students in his courses at the San Francisco Art Institute. In the Critics' Poll of the 100 best films of the 20th century, appearing originally in The Village Voice (4 January 2000), Hold Me While I'm Naked was ranked 52nd. I, An Actress, a 1977 film featuring a screen test of student actress Barbera Lapsley, was selected by the National Film Registry in 2011.

 

 

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    56:23

    MM Serra interview with George Kuchar