It Came From Kuchar: Underground Film Documentary

Mike Everleth at Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film, has posted this fascinating documentary about legendary filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar. They’ve been making films separately and together for over 50 years. Don’t be misled by the term underground. These are simply wonderful and exuberant filmmakers who work in their own way and make films exactly the way they want to make them. Their enthusiasm for film, from totally independent low-budget to full-blown Hollywood spectacular, is infectious and should inspire any young filmmaker to follow his or her own muse and make what they really, deeply, necessarily want to make.  You can find out a lot more by reading the Bad Lit article about the documentary.

By the way, Bad Lit is in fact the most infectiously enthralling film site you will read for a long time. Go there!

Animation: Bill Plympton Interview

Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film has an interview with fiercely independent animator Bill Plympton.  I met him once back in 2003 at a film festival in Chicago and he was the most engaging and approachable guy in the entire place.  I attended one of his talks and enjoyed the spectacle of him selling his various wares out in the theater lobby.

He’s got an excellent web site where you can spy on him as he animates and see a wonderful trailer for his latest feature film, Idiots and Angels.