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George Kuchar, American film director, died from prostate cancer he was 69.


George Kuchar  was an American underground film director, known for his "low-fi" aesthetic.

(August 31, 1942 – September 6, 2011)

Early life and career

Kuchar trained as a commercial artist at the School of Industrial Art, now known as the High School of Art and Design, a vocational school in New York City. He graduated in 1960 and drew weather maps for a local news show. During this period, he and his twin brother Mike Kuchar were making 8mm movies, which were showcased in the then-burgeoning underground film scene alongside films by Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage.
After being laid off from a commercial art job in New York City, Kuchar was offered a teaching job in the film department of the San Francisco Art Institute, where he taught from 1971 until early 2011. [2]
In San Francisco, Kuchar became involved with underground comics via his neighbors Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith. They both wound up in his movies and George wound up in their publications.

Films

George Kuchar directed over 200 films and videos (including over 15 with his twin brother Mike), many of them short films by students in his courses at the San Francisco Art Institute. His video work is archived at the Video Data Bank and Electronic Arts Intermix.[3] In the Critics' Poll of the 100 best films of the 20th century, appearing originally in The Village Voice (4 January 2000), Hold Me While I'm Naked was ranked 52nd.[4]

Films featuring George Kuchar

Planet Kuchar, a biopic of the life of George Kuchar, is being developed by Los Angeles production company Automat Pictures and producer Jeffrey Schwarz.
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.[5]
In 1997, the Kuchar brothers collaborated on a book Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool, a memoir discussing four decades of filmmaking with an introduction by director John Waters.

Death

George Kuchar died on 6 September 2011 in San Francisco, just past his 69th birthday on August 31st, of complications related to prostate cancer.[6][7]

Filmography

(The Kuchar brothers, in British punctuation tradition, capitalize articles, prepositional phrases, and contractions in their movie titles, when working together or independently)
  • The Wet Destruction Of The Atlantic Empire (1954)
  • Screwball (1957)
  • The Naked And The Nude (1957)
  • The Slasher (1958)
  • The Thief And The Stripper (1959)
  • A Tub Named Desire (1960)
  • I Was A Teenage Rumpot (1960)
  • Pussy On A Hot Tin Roof (1961)
  • Born Of The Wind (1961)
  • A Woman Distressed (1962)
  • A Town Called Tempest (1962)
  • Night Of The Bomb (1962)
  • Lust For Ectsasy (1963)
  • The Confessions Of Babette (1963)
  • Tootsies In Autumn (1963)
  • Anita Needs Me (1963)
  • The Lovers Of Eternity (1963)
  • Corruption Of The Damned (1965)
  • Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966)
  • Leisure (1966)
  • Mosholu Holiday (1966)
  • Color Me Shameless (1967)
  • Eclipse Of The Sun Virgin (1967)
  • The Lady From Sands Point (1967)
  • Knocturne (1968)
  • Unstrap Me (1968)
  • House Of The White People (1968)
  • Encyclopedia Of The Blessed (1968)
  • The Mammal Palace (1969)
  • Pagan Rhapsody (1970)
  • Portrait Of Ramona (1971)
  • The Sunshine Sisters (1972)
  • The Devil's Cleavage (1973)
  • Thundercrack! (1975)(screenplay)
  • Back To Nature (1976)
  • A Reason To Live (1976)
  • La Casa De Chorizo (1977)
  • KY Kapers (1977)
  • Wild Night In El Reno (1977)
  • Forever And Always (1978)
  • Mongreloid (1978)
  • Blips (1979)
  • Aqueerius (1980)
  • The Nocturnal Immaculation (1980)
  • Yolando (1980)
  • Cattle Mutilations (1983)
  • Mom (1983)
  • Untitled Musical (1984)
  • The X-People (1984)
  • Ascension Of The Demonoids (1985)
Produced at the San Francisco Art Institute:
  • Destination Damnation (1972)
  • Carnal Bipeds (1973)
  • I Married A Heathen (1974)
  • The Desperate And The Deep (1975)
  • I, An Actress (1977)
  • The Asphalt Ribbon (1977)
  • One Night A Week (1978)
  • Prescrition [sic] In Blue (1978)
  • The Power Of The Press (1979)
  • Remember Tomorrow (1979)
  • Symphony For A Sinner (1979)
  • How To Chose [sic] A Wife (1980)
  • The Woman And The Dress (1980)
  • Ochokpug (1980)
  • Boulevard Kishka (1981)
  • The Oneers (1982)
  • Ms. Hyde (1983)
  • Club Vatican (1984)
  • The Legend Of Thelma White (1985)
  • Motel Capri (1986)
  • La Noche D'Amour (1986)
  • PRC Musical (1986)
  • Insanitorium (1987)
  • Summer Of No Return (1988)
  • La Verbotene Voyage (1989)
  • A Fatal Desire (2004)
  • The Crypt of Frankenstein (2008)
  • Zombies of Zanzibar (2010)

Videography



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