Gene Youngblood presents a preview of his landmark study of 232 video diaries the legendary filmmaker George Kuchar made between 1985 and 2011. Based on thousands of video clips, hundreds of interviews and years of close analysis, Tarnished Angel is the most extensive study of one filmmaker’s work in the history of the moving image. For this preview, Youngblood focuses on Kuchar as a unique kind of performance artist who revived the forgotten art of soliloquy in what Youngblood calls “cinematic improvisations.” George’s many friends and admirers won’t want to miss it.
Gene Youngblood is an internationally known theorist of Media Arts and politics, and a scholar of alternative cinemas. His Expanded Cinema (1970), the first book to consider video as an art form, was seminal in establishing Media Arts as a recognized artistic and scholarly discipline. He taught the history and theory of experimental film and video for 38 years, retiring in 2007 to work on various projects which are the culmination of lifelong interests, Tarnished Angel being prominent among them.
George Kuchar, Heavenly Features, video still, 9min 32sec, 2005