Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Tropic of Kuchar 

Wednesday, Nov 18 2009
Comments
The influential filmmaker George Kuchar first won a fringe following decades ago with his pioneering aesthetic of low-budget kitsch and bad-taste Hollywood homage. After switching to video in the '90s, the venerable Mission District icon gravitated toward first-person travelogues shot through with his trademark self-deprecation. From the stylized dress-up of the early years to today’s disheveled-eccentric look (backed by offhand narration in his hilariously undiluted New York accent), Kuchar’s weirdly compelling screen presence has not just survived but thrived. Some variation of it is on display in “Tropical Vulture,” his eagerly awaited collaboration with the daring Mexican contemporary artist Miguel Calderón, which the pair filmed down Acapulco way. The feature-length work premieres next fall, but this exhibition offers a tempting slice, in addition to the U.S. premiere of Calderón’s new video, Best Seller, and the world premiere of Burrito Bay, Kuchar’s revealing on-location diary of the shoot.
Nov. 21-Jan. 10, 2009

About The Author

Michael Fox

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Slideshows

  • SuperHero Street Fair 2014

    From Batman to Superman to steampunk, people dressed up as their favorite superhero — or villain — for the annual SuperHero Street Fair held along Isails Creek, at the end of Indiana Street, on Saturday, Sept. 27. There was food, drinks, and lots of EDM music to dance to — check out all our photos form the event. Photography by Christopher Victorio.

  • @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Exhibit
    Nathaniel Y. Downes brings back photographs from exhibit @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz. @Large runs through April 26, 2015.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular