George Kuchar RIP

One of the pioneering forces in underground cinema has passed on through that great film gate in the sky. George Kuchar and his brother, Mike,  individuated themselves in the 1960’s “Pop Art” scenes of Andy Warhol, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Kenneth Anger,  influenced by every B-movie of the era with their odd, campy, hysterical, visually striking shorts such as his famous HOLD ME WHILE I’M NAKED (1966) and penning the script for the brilliantly-titled, THUNDERCRACK! Kuchar had a huge impact on John Waters (among others) as his films continue the high-camp hysteria of his mentor influences. I met George a few times, he was residing in San Francisco and came to speak at my Berkeley film class and he was just as unique and funny in the flesh as his work was on the screen. He will be remembered.

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