It Came From Kuchar: Before John Waters, there were the Kuchar brothers
If you lean toward the campy, low-budget cinematic underground of John Waters and Andy Warhol, you'd do well to familiarize yourself with Mike and George Kuchar, twin brothers who rose through the ranks of avant garde filmmaking in the '60s and '70s by making such classics as Thundercrack, Sins of the Fleshapoids and The Devil's Cleavage. In the forward of their memoir Reflections in a Cinematic Cesspool, Waters himself wrote: "The Kuchar Brothers gave me the self-confidence to believe in my own tawdry vision." Strong words, given the source.
George passed away last year, but not before filmmaker Jennifer Kroot made It Came From Kuchar, a documentary biopic loaded up with cinema-savvy quotes from the likes of Waters, Chris Coppola, Wayne Wang, Atom Egoyan, Bill Griffith, Buck Henry and others. Kroot and the remaining Kuchar, Mike, will appear in person tonight at a screening of the film in conjunction with the traveling Free Form Film Festival at the University of Denver; the show starts at 6:30 p.m. in Lindsay Auditorium, located on campus in the Sturm Building. Admission is free; for information visit Free Form online. A preview follows.
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