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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
IT CAME FROM KUCHAR
Best Documentary Chicago Underground Film Festival
"Funny, heartfelt, and interesting" -Film Threat
"With so much Kuchariana so sumptuously spread out, viewers can experience first-hand the strong sense of composition and tweaks to classical editing that gave the brothers' tortured grotesques such undeniable pathos" -Variety
"Affectionate and fascinating... a valuable and intelligent introduction and tribute to [the Kuchars'] anarchic, uncompromising and absolutely peculiar genius" -New York Times
"You don't have to have ever seen any of their movies to enjoy It Came From Kuchar... But you'll probably want to catch up with their work afterward" -New York Post
"Testimony to the lasting influence of the filmmaking Kuchar twins, makers of such movies as Hold Me While I'm Naked, is the warm power of Jennifer Kloot's documentary" -NewCity Chicago
"While capturing the weird mix of awe, amusement and boredom that any Kuchar film can evoke, Kroot gives these godfathers of the underground film movement the respect they deserve" -TimeOut Chicago
"Entertaining" -Chicago Reader
If you're looking to track the birth of independent cinema in the 1950s and 1960s, when the "underground movie" was born, the atomic nucleus of the creative explosion might have been the Kuchar Brothers. Long before YouTube, there were the outrageous, no-budget, underground movies of the legendary filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar.
George and Mike grew up in the Bronx making "no-budget" films, compulsively copying Hollywood melodramas with their home-movie camera. But unlike the glamorous Hollywood melodramas they emulated, the campy Kuchar starlets and leading men reflected real life. With crudely applied make-up, they confront everything from their obsessions and insecurities to their sexuality and religion to UFOs and Bigfoot. The Kuchar brother's films charmed Andy Warhol's New York underground film scene in the 1960s, becoming known as the "8mm Mozarts" and their films (such as I Was a Teenage Rumpot, Hold Me While I'm Naked) were notably funnier than those of their peers.
Five decades and hundreds of films later, the Kuchar brothers are still making low-budget movies and although their crazy, homespun films have screened around the world and inspired prominent filmmakers like John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Wayne Wang, and Guy Maddin, George and Mike remain largely unknown. It Came From Kuchar is a hilarious, compelling and inspirational documentary about the passion of filmmaking and artistic compulsion, interweaving the brothers' lives, their admirers, a history of underground film and a "greatest hits" of Kuchar clips into a mesmerizing stream of consciousness. This beautifully crafted film answers the age old question George once asked "There's some things worth living for, isn't there?" Yes indeed, all things Kuchar!
Directed by Jennifer Kroot, U.S.A., 2009, 89 mins.