Goin’ Nowhere with George Kuchar
small town of El Reno, Oklahoma may be obscure to many, it was a place that
George Kuchar returned to again and again. Though many associate the legendary
filmmaker with NYC, where he and his twin brother Mike began making
films as Bronx teenagers during the 1950s, or with SF, where he taught and made films with his
students at the San Francisco Art Institute from 1971 until his death in 2011, Kuchar’s unique brand of malaise and
restlessness was a perfect fit for the American Midwest. The four works in this
screening, each made in a different decade, show how he spent his time in El
Reno: documenting the weather, shooting the breeze with locals or, most often,
taking in the scene from the ambience and comfort of his motel room at the El
Reno Inn. George plumbs the loneliness, horniness and wonder of experiencing
this alien terrain, embracing the sights, sounds and stenches of what many on
the coasts might consider flyover country.
Wild Night in El Reno
George Kuchar, US, 1977, 16mm, 6 min.
Weather Diary 3
George Kuchar, US, 1988, 25 min.
George Kuchar, US, 1999, 24 min.
George Kuchar, US, 2003, 18 min.
Curated by Herb Shellenberger