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Tonight is the first night to kick off the 16th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival.  The opening movie starts at 8pm at the Gene Siskel Film Center with an afterparty at the Bottom Lounge. The Chicago Underground Film Festival proudly presents the Midwest Premiere of Jennifer Kroot’s “It Came From Kuchar!”, a hilarious and touching story of artistic obsession, compulsion and inspiration.  Director Jennifer Kroot will also be attending the screening.

Long before YouTube, there were the outrageous, no-budget movies of underground, filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. George and Mike grew up in the Bronx in the 1950’s. At the age of twelve, they became obsessed with Hollywood melodramas and began making their own homespun melodramas with their aunt’s 8mm camera. They used their friends and family as actors and their Bronx neighborhood as their set. Early Kuchar titles featured in this film include I Was A Teenage Rumpot and Born of the Wind.

In the early 1960’s, alongside Andy Warhol, the Kuchar brothers shaped the New York underground film scene. Known as the “8mm Mozarts”, their films were noticeably different than other underground films of the time. They were wildly funny, but also human and vulnerable.

Their films have inspired many filmmakers, including John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin and Wayne Wang (all are interviewed in this film). Despite having high profile fans, the Kuchars remain largely unknown because they are only ambitious to make movies, not to be famous.

Affectionately directed by one of George’s former students, Jennifer M. Kroot, It Came From Kuchar will introduce you to the amazing Kuchar brothers – two brothers who love to make movies and continue to inspire others. (JK)

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Long before YouTube, there were the outrageous, no-budget movies of underground, filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. George and Mike grew up in the Bronx in the 1950’s. At the age of twelve, they became obsessed with Hollywood melodramas and began making their own homespun melodramas with their aunt’s 8mm camera. They used their friends and family as actors and their Bronx neighborhood as their set. Early Kuchar titles featured in this film include I Was A Teenage Rumpot and Born of the Wind.

In the early 1960’s, alongside Andy Warhol, the Kuchar brothers shaped the New York underground film scene. Known as the “8mm Mozarts”, their films were noticeably different than other underground films of the time. They were wildly funny, but also human and vulnerable.

Their films have inspired many filmmakers, including John Waters, Buck Henry, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin and Wayne Wang (all are interviewed in this film). Despite having high profile fans, the Kuchars remain largely unknown because they are only ambitious to make movies, not to be famous.

Affectionately directed by one of George’s former students, Jennifer M. Kroot, It Came From Kuchar will introduce you to the amazing Kuchar brothers – two brothers who love to make movies and continue to inspire others. (JK)