Maryland Film Festival proudly presents a career-spanning, FREE shorts program of work from legendary underground filmmaker Mike Kuchar, presented by the filmmaker!
MFF will kick off its Artscape 2010 programming on Friday, July 16th with five short films from Mike Kuchar, a major voice in the underground film scene since the 1960s, who will introduce his work and answer questions afterward. Kuchar pioneered a campy, stylized, and over-the-top hilarious style that provided inspiration for the likes of John Waters and Andy Warhol. His career began with 8mm films made in the Bronx as a teenager in the 1950s, and has evolved into a singular body of work that includes over 50 titles on 8mm, 16mm, and video formats.
Together with his twin brother and sometime collaborator, filmmaker George Kuchar, Mike co-authored the memoir Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool, published with an introduction from Waters. The brothers were also the subject of the documentary It Came From Kuchar (which had a fantastically well-received screening recently within The Charles’ Cinema Sundays series, hosted by MFF director Jed Dietz).
Festivalgoers lucky enough to have attended MFF 2000’s Brothers Kuchar showcase (which included one of Mike’s signature titles, 1965’s Sins of the Fleshapoids) know how charming an evening with Mike Kuchar and his work will be. Don’t miss this amazing event!
The films included in this special MFF/Artscape Mike Kuchar showcase:
The Craven Sluck (1967)
Stranger in Apartment 9F (1995)
Echo’s Garden (2010)
Medusa’s Gaze (2010)
THIS PROGRAM IS FREE and takes place at the CHARLES THEATER at 7pm on FRIDAY, JULY 16. FILMMAKER MIKE KUCHAR WILL INTRODUCE HIS FILMS AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS!