George Kuchar is an American film director, known for his "low-fi" ethic, playful use of no-talent actors, plotless plots, and themeless themes. He was born in New York City in 1942. Trained as a commercial artist in a vocational high school, he drew weather maps for a local news show. During this period he and his twin brother Michael were making 8 mm movies which were showcased in the then-burgeoning underground scene alongside films by Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger and Stan Brakhage. After being laid off from a commercial art job, Kuchar was offered a teaching job in the film department of the San Francisco Art Institute, where he has taught since the early 1970s. It was in San Francisco that he became involved with underground comics via his neighbor, Art Spiegelman, and Bill Griffith. They both wound up in his movies and George wound up in their publications. The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Big Apple, The Capital of the World, Gotham Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area - City 1,214. ... This article is about the year. ... Andy Warhol, photographed by Helmut Newton. ... Kenneth Anger Kenneth Anger (born February 3, 1927 in Santa Monica, California as Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer) is an underground avant-garde film-maker and author. ... Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) Stan Brakhage (January 14, 1933 â March 9, 2003) was an American filmmaker. ... The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is an accredited undergraduate and graduate school of contemporary art located in the Russian Hill district of San Francisco, California, United States. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The term underground comics or comix describes the self-published or small press comic books that sprang up in the US in the late 1960s. ... Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning comic memoir, Maus. ... Bill Griffith (born 1944) is a popular cartoonist best known for his comic strip Zippy the Pinhead. ...
George Kuchar has directed over 200 films, many of them short films by students in his courses at San Francisco Art Institute. Some of his better known works include:
Georges approach to directing a student cast was to create custom-tailored scenes and roles that would best exploit the multifaceted talents and looks before him, playing to individual strengths and enthusiasms, freeing the energy rather than subjugating it within the disciplined context of polished scripts, storyboarding, and rehearsals.
Georges performance is one of the most maniacal in the annals of the Underground, ranking alongside his role as Gianbeano in Sins of the Fleshapoids as his most twisted screen appearance.
George received his only funding grant for Ascension of the Demonoids ($20,000 from the NEA), and so, freed from the usual financial restraints, he was determined to have a good time and make a "spectacle" with "tons of color" and dazzling superimpositions and other camera effects.
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