Two Great Losses to Experimental Film This Week

Posted September 10th, 2011 in Announcements, News / Events

Jordan Belson and George Kuchar Pass On

We are very sad to announce that two great experimental filmmakers were lost this week: Jordan Belson and George Kuchar. Both filmmakers passed on Tuesday, September 6.

More information on both artists is available in this article from the SF360:

“I never say I’m going to make a comedy,” Kuchar told McDonald in the early ’80s. “The pictures have comical scenes in them. I laugh at scenes even when I’m making them. Picture-making is hard work, and you want to have a good time, so sometimes you do scenes where you have a good time. But I never tackle a film like it’s a comedy. In fact, I suffered through most all of the pictures. I mean making them I had a good time, but most of them were based on terrible experiences. I was a miserable wretch during certain periods, and those periods are documented in the movies.”

A comprehensive article on George Kuchar was published by Paul Vitellow in the New York Times yesterday:

“Mr. Kuchar’s ability to make movies on a shoestring during a prolific career in which he sometimes made two or three films a year for the art-house circuit was a point of pride for him, and an inspiration to several generations of young filmmakers.

“He was a liberator,” said P. Adams Sitney, a founder of Anthology Film Archives in the East Village, a nonprofit organization that collects and preserves experimental films. “He showed you how to make a film for absolutely nothing, using your friends and your ingenuity. His influence is incalculable — the whole world of YouTube is where you see it. He was a guy who just wanted to keep making films. I don’t think he even wanted to be ‘discovered’ by Hollywood.”

Full article links:
George Kuchar, Underground Filmmaker, Dies at 69
Kuchar, Belson Bid Adieu

For more information on Kuchar and to rent his films from Canyon…

One Response to “Two Great Losses to Experimental Film This Week”

  1. CVM says:

    Here’s the full piece on Belson, quoted briefly in the above SF360 article. Original text from SFMOMA’s Open Space Blog in Fall 2010:
    “Jordan Belson, Cosmic Cinema and the San Francisco Museum of Art” –

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