Nick Bougas – The Goddess Bunny (1998)

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This rare 90 minute documentary examines Hollywood underground phenomenon, THE GODDESS BUNNY, a horribly misshapen, polio stricken performing transvestite. The film follows Bunny and her bizarre band of deformed, retarded and sexually confused friends around the L.A. club scene and far beyond…even to odd locales like the infamous Barker ranch hideout in Death Valley where the killers of Sharon Tate were captured decades ago. Truly one of the WEIRDEST films ever made Read More »

Jonas Mekas – Hare Krishna (1966)

Max Goldberg wrote:
Jonas Mekas’s freewheeling camerawork leaves itself open to the possibility of a second Great Awakening in this impressionistic sketch of a Hare Krishna troupe taking to the streets. Later incorporated into Walden, this short stands as a fine example of Mekas’ participatory approach to filming. Read More »

Veit Harlan – Opfergang AKA The Great Sacrifice (1944)

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Albrecht Froben, though married to Octavia, falls in love with his neighbor, Äls Flodéen. She, however, is slowly dying from a debilitating disease. During an epidemic, Albrecht goes to bring her daughter to safety but he catches typhoid and is quarantined in hospital. Octavia, realising the love match, and hearing that Als is now bedridden and dying, dresses up as him and rides by her gates every day to keep her spirits up – her bed is next to the window. Albrecht returns. Äls has a dream in which she talks to her projection of Albrecht and concludes that she does not wish to take part in this union and accepts death. Albrecht is reconciled with his wife. Read More »

Gregory J. Markopoulos – Christmas U.S.A. (1949)

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Things spin: amusement park rides, a phonograph record. A man wakes, shaves, and takes a phone call. Another man, in a kimono, walks in the woods, stops, and opens a small decorative box on the forest floor. People at an amusement park called Little Harlem enjoy themselves. A man walks through another amusement park, called Cavalcade Worlds, as midway rides spin. At a house, an older woman cleans; a pre-teen girl sets the table; a teenaged boy showers. After he dresses, he holds a candle high above his head and walks swiftly toward a young man standing bare-chested, his arms extended. A man arrives home where the girl has set the table. The youth sleeps. Christmas? Read More »

Mika Kaurismäki – Paperitähti AKA Paper Star (1989)

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Anna, a former top model, is relegated to second-rate modeling jobs. Her lover, Ulf, a drug dealer and pimp, leaves her to settle in Stockholm. Anna gets involved with Ilja, a middle-aged fashion photographer who treats her badly and violently. The police arrest Anna and hold her in custody for a fortnight. After she is released from the prison, Ilja continues his disgusting behaviour towards her. Supported only by Taukka, a young biker with a good heart, Anna leaves for Stockholm to rejoin with Ulf. After a fatal shooting incident in the beautiful Gamla Stan, the old town district of Stockholm, Anna meets up with Taukka who has been released from the prison and together they ride towards a better future on Taukka’s gleaming bike. Read More »

Herschell Gordon Lewis – Boin-n-g (1963)

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What could be better than Dave Friedman and Herschell Gordon Lewis lampooning themselves and the sexploitation industry? Well…OK, fine.. a lot of things, but it’s fun to watch just the same.

Two aspiring filmmakers get their start in the “nudie cutie” business after watching a Daughter of the Sun w/ The Adventures of Lucky Pierre double feature (two previous Lewis/Friedman productions). Read More »

Makoto Shinozaki – Sharing (2014)

Two girls experience anxieties of their own in a story set in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in Japan. One girl is a professor studying the dreams related to the earthquake. The other is a student who has a nightmare while rehearsing for a play about the disaster. Read More »