Artists' Television Access

An evening with Mike Kuchar

Friday, August 30, 2019, 8:00 pm


The vibrant, poetic and wild works of Mike Kuchar have inspired generations of filmmakers and artists with their wickedly perverse parodies of pop-culture and abundant creativity. From early 8 mm films made with his twin brother George Kuchar featuring friends from their Bronx neighborhood to the underground sci-fi extravaganza Sins of the Fleshapoids 1965, his films take the language of Hollywood and make it so ‘overblown it’s glorious’. In the 1990s Mike Kuchar embraced video with the same transformative passion that he brought to his early 8 mm films, and created a vast body of work ranging from delirious teleplays to recent digital fantasies, displaying a unique creative sensibility. Relishing the possibilities of the most minuscule budgets his films are radiant and lurid in equal measure, celebrating human creativity with an undiminished passion and humor for over 50 years.

Tonight’s program highlights 3 distinct cinematic styles for this unstoppable movie maker.

Purgatory Junction: A filthy movie about people in heat, shot in the hellish confines of New York apartments housing with serious antics.

Flowered Fancies: Poetry is visualized with unbridled abandonment and the complete lack of shame, it is perfumed perversity that stinks to high heaven.

Thoughts and Feeling: An internal landscape stained with toxic moods and potholes of guilt, but is very nice to look at.     

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