Michael Kuchar

Michael
Kuchar

Raised in The Bronx, he made his first films as a teenager in the 1950s with his twin brother George Kuchar and participated in New York’s underground film scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Mike divided his time between New York City and his brother's San Francisco apartment until 2007, when he moved to San Francisco permanently. George died on 6 September 2011 in San Francisco.

Films

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    Light Sketches/Cycles
    Experimental

    Light Sketches/Cycles
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
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    Sins of the Fleshapoids
    Experimental

    Sins of the Fleshapoids
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 42.75 min
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    Green Desire
    Experimental

    Green Desire
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
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    Secret of Wendel Samson, The
    Experimental

    Secret of Wendel Samson, The
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 33.5 min
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    Craven Sluck, The
    Experimental

    Craven Sluck, The
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 22.5 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Erotic
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    Fragments
    Experimental

    Fragments
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 10 min
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    • Arts / Artists
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    Variations
    Experimental

    Variations
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 15 min
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    Tales of the Bronx
    Experimental

    Tales of the Bronx
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, black and white, sound, 16 min
    Rental format: 16mm
    • Personal / Diary / Journal
    • LGBT / Queer
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    Dwarf Star
    Experimental

    Dwarf Star
    Michael Kuchar

    16mm, color, sound, 20 min
    Rental format: 16mm

Biography

Raised in The Bronx, he made his first films as a teenager in the 1950s with his twin brother George Kuchar and participated in New York’s underground film scene in the 1960s and 1970s. Mike divided his time between New York City and his brother's San Francisco apartment until 2007, when he moved to San Francisco permanently. George died on 6 September 2011 in San Francisco.

It Came From Kuchar, a documentary film of the life of George and Mike Kuchar by Jennifer Kroot, premiered at the South by Southwest film festival on 14 March 2009.

In the past 10 years, Kuchar has focused on more intimate one person expressionistic films. At the Vienna International Film Festival in 2009, he unveiled two short films, Swan Song and Dumped. Swan Song features the pain of a young man tormented by his sensuality who is painted as an animal writhing in pain, and Dumped stars veteran stage actress Deirdre McGill in a portrait of a woman engaged in a deadly love triangle. Kuchar is currently teaching in the film program at the San Francisco Art Institute.

The Kuchar brothers collaborated on a book, Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool (1997), a humorous memoir discussing four decades of filmmaking and including an introduction by director John Waters.