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George Kuchar

  • George Kuchar was a key figure in experimental and independent filmmaking in the Bay Area and more broadly across America. He gained prominence through his Super 8 and 16mm films produced throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of his most well-known titles such as Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966) giving him international recognition and legendary status in underground cinema. In the 1980s, after more than three decades of working with film, Kuchar transitioned to video and subsequently created hundreds of low-fi, diaristic videos that oscillated between real life and fiction. Many of these camcorder pieces featured Kuchar or his friends as actors, and he also regularly collaborated his students from the San Francisco Art Institute. Throughout his very prolific output of over 350 films, Kuchar was known for pushing the limits of film and cinematic tradition, creating his own distinct visual language. Using strange humor and joyously nonsensical across his films that featured UFOs, weather, defecating, urinating, forbidden passions—Kuchar embedded his eccentric videos with himself, often at his most intimate and profound.

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George Kuchar was a key figure in experimental and independent filmmaking in the Bay Area and more broadly across America. He gained prominence through his Super 8 and 16mm films produced throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. Some of his most well-known titles such as Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966) giving him international recognition and legendary status in underground cinema.

In the 1980s, after more than three decades of working with film, Kuchar transitioned to video and subsequently created hundreds of low-fi, diaristic videos that oscillated between real life and fiction. Many of these camcorder pieces featured Kuchar or his friends as actors, and he also regularly collaborated his students from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Throughout his very prolific output of over 350 films, Kuchar was known for pushing the limits of film and cinematic tradition, creating his own distinct visual language. Using strange humor and joyously nonsensical across his films that featured UFOs, weather, defecating, urinating, forbidden passions—Kuchar embedded his eccentric videos with himself, often at his most intimate and profound.