Pioneering Independent Filmaker George Kuchar Dead at 69

Longtime San Francisco resident George Kuchar passed away Tuesday night at the age of 69. Kuchar wore many hats – visual artist, teacher, author – but he is best known for his work as an underground filmmaker. From the San Francisco Bay Guardian:

By himself and with his twin brother, Mike, George Kuchar — who influenced innumerable young artists while teaching at the San Francisco Art Institute — directed over 200 films, as wild and creative as they were low-budget, and almost always boasting titillating titles: Color Me Shameless (1967), Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966), The Devil’s Cleavage (1973). He also wrote the screenplay for 1975 horror-porn-turned-midnight-classic, Thundercrack!

John Waters, Todd Solondz, and David Lynch are among those who count Kuchar as an artistic influence. Waters contributed an introduction to the twins’ 1997 book, Reflections from a Cinematic Cesspool, now out of print. Hopefully we’ll see it someday on Google Books