George Kuchar (born on August 31st, 1942 in New York, and died on September 6th, 2011 in San Francisco) was an American underground film director and artist. He is best known for his ‘low-fi’ aesthetic.
George Kuchar was trained at the School of Industrial Art as a commercial artist and graduated in 1960. While he was drawing weather maps for a local news show, his brother Mike Kuchar was making 8mm films, which were being screened alongside works by Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage. Ken Jacobs brought their work to John Mekas who then introduced their work to the Village Voice and elsewhere.
Despite being fired from a commercial art job in New York City, George Kuchar was offered to teach in the San Francisco Art Institute's film department, where he taught from 1971 until 2011.
While in San Francisco, his neighbors Art Spiegelman and Bill Griffith sparked his interest in underground comics. Both men were featured in his films and George was featured in their publications.
Mike Kuchar (born on August 31st, 1942 in New York City, New York) is a filmmaker and actor. He is best known for his low-budget and camp films: Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965) and The Craven Sluck (1967).
Mike Kuchar was raised in the Bronx and was inspired by his surroundings, which is why he made his first film with his twin brother George in the 1950s. Mike split his time between New York City and San Francisco, where his brother lived. In 2007, Mike Kuchar moved to San Francisco permanently.
More recently, Mike Kuchar has worked on personal and expressionistic films. In 2009, he revealed two short films: Swan Song and Dumped, at the Vienna International Film Festival. Today, Mark Kuchar is a professor in the film program at the San Francisco Art Institute.
The Kuchar brothers not only collaborated in film, they also wrote a book entitled Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool (1997) in which they discuss their four decades of filmmaking. (introduction by director John Waters)
A documentary with interview with the Kuchar Brothers.
A documentary on the 1960s New York underground film scene. Includes 2 bonus shorts.