Scalarama: a celebration of cinema

Vivid Projects and Flatpack Festival present a special 16mm screening of films by the Kuchar Brothers. Twin brothers from The Bronx, Mike and George have created a do-it-yourself cinematic style that celebrates the common man but does so in style oozing with “kitchen sink” Hollywood excess.

“They were giants. They inspired four to five generations of militantly eccentric art fans. To me, they were the Warner Brothers of the underground.” – John Waters

Starting in the mid-50s with a string of shorts shot on the regular-8 format, they switched to 16mm around 1965 and began making their own films. George sadly passed away in 2011, so Little Joe, a magazine about queers and cinema, mostly, have teamed up with Copenhagen-based Jack Stevenson to honour both brothers, presenting a selection of their work from Jack’s own 16mm collection.

This event is presented in partnership with Flatpack, a film festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March and Scalarama, a celebration of cinema in all its forms taking place nationwide throughout September 2013.

In the spirit of Scalarama, the Kuchar Brothers 16mm programme will be followed by a special screening of Michael B Clifford’s 1991 documentary Scala (35mins).

Made shortly before the cinema’s untimely demise, the film is pretty much the only walking talking piece of footage of the crazy old world that was and in some ways still is the Scala. Featuring a number of inhabitants that could be found there during its heyday, the film captures an era when the audience, not just the filmmakers, suffered for the art!

Advance tickets cost £6 and are available here.

This event takes place at:
Vivid Projects, 16 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, B’ham, B5 5RS

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER | 7PM | £6 available here | at Vivid Projects