Synopsis

SYNOPSIS 


It Came from Kuchar is a hilarious and touching story of artistic obsession, compulsion and inspiration.

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.

It Came from Kuchar interweaves the brothers' lives, their admirers, a history of underground film and a "greatest hits" of Kuchar clips into a mesmerizing stream of consciousness tale.

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.

USA, 2009
86 min., Unrated
In English
Color


FILMMAKERS

Director
Cinematographer
Editor
Producers


Associate Producers

Sound Editor
Assistant Sound Editor
Re-recording Mixer
Sound facility
Location sound recordists



Music

Titles
JENNIFER M. KROOT
CHRIS MILLION
TOM BULLOCK
HOLLY MILLION
TINA KROOT
JENNIFER M. KROOT
LEWIS GILLIAN
JEFF KROOT
MARILYN MCCOPPEN
CHRISTOPHER BARRON
LORA HIRCHBERG
SKYWALKER SOUND
DANIEL PETERSON
MICHAEL MCCLYMONT
MARK WHELAN
KAYE CRUZ
RANDY COLOSKY
RALPH SPIGHT
PATRICK SIEMER
FEATURING

GEORGE KUCHAR
MIKE KUCHAR
BUCK HENRY
JOHN WATERS
B. RUBY RICH
ATOM EGOYAN
WAYNE WANG
CORY MCABEE
GUY MADDIN
CHRISTOPHER COPPOLA
DONNA KERNESS
BILL GRIFFITH
GERARD MALANGA
JEFFREY SCHWARZ
DAVID WEISSMAN
LARRY LEIBOWITZ
LAWRENCE JORDAN
JOHN CARLSON
BOB COWAN
DAN CARBONE
FLORAINE CONNORS
MIKE DIANA
MICHELE GROSS-NAPOLITANO
BROOK HINTON
DENAH JOHNSTON
LINDA MARTINEZ
MELINDA MCDOWELL-MILKS
EVIE MPRAS
CULLEN QUAVE
ANDY RODRIGUEZ
ROCK ROSS, V. VALE
MARIAN WALLACE