Directed by Jennifer Kroot, Premiere
Part of Expanding the Frame: Journeys
This documentary is a well-deserved tribute to legendary experimental filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar, the Bronx-born twins who spent five decades pioneering underground filmmaking. Their campy, zero-budget parodies—an homage to Douglas Sirk melodramas laced with a healthy dose of Ed Wood’s aesthetic—influenced multitudes of directors from Guy Maddin and David Lynch to John Waters, who called them his first inspiration: “These were the pivotal films of my youth, bigger influences than Warhol, Kenneth Anger, even The Wizard of Oz.” 2009, video, 86 minutes.
Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966, 16mm, 17 minutes) and the locally made Curse of the Kurva (1990, video, 16 minutes), both directed by George Kuchar.