Mike Kuchar

Mike Kuchar

Aug. 31, 1942 (New York City, New York)

Official Website:

Major Works:
The Craven Sluck (1967)
Madonna (1967)
The Secret of Wendel Samson (1966)
Green Desire (1965)
Sins of the Fleshapoids (1964)
The Pervert (1963)
Born of the Wind (1961)
With George Kuchar:
Pussy on a Hot Tin Roof (1961)
A Tub Named Desire (1960)
The Thief and the Stripper (1959)
The Slasher (1958)
I Was a Teen Age Rumpot (1958)
The Naked and the Nude (1957)
Screwball (1957)
The Wet Destruction of the Atlantic Empire (1954)

Years Working:
1954 — 1959
1960 — 1967

Twin brother to underground filmmaker George Kuchar.

Cult filmmaker John Waters has said that Sins of the Fleshapoids is one of his favorite movies of all time.

Is one of the few ’60s members of the “New American Cinema” who has gone on to embrace video and digital filmmaking technologies.

Most of his more recent work is available via the Video Data Bank.

Online Resources:
IMDB: Profile
Bad Lit: Posts
Bright Lights Film Journal: Profile
Other Cinema: Interview

Film Books About Mike Kuchar:
Desperate Visions: Camp America by Jack Stevenson (Creation Books; 1996)
An Introduction to the American Underground Film by Sheldon Renan (E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1967) (Published simultaneously in Canada by Clarke, Irwin and Company, Limited, Toronto and Vancouver) (pp. 157-161.)

MIKE KUCHAR: interview with the legendary filmmaker at Moviate

Underground Film Feedback (6 Notes)

  1. […] also says it’s helped preserve early 8mm films by underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar, but doesn’t provide any […]

    Posted by Martin Scorsese: Champion Of The Underground | Bad Lit | January 20, 2010, 10:26 am
  2. […] there’s the dialogue and sound effects being written out in word balloons like in Mike Kuchar’s Sins of the Fleshapoids; plus when Rocket John puts on his leather jacket it looks like the […]

    Posted by Oh My God, It’s Rocket John! | Bad Lit | April 15, 2010, 6:03 am
  3. […] Mike & George Kuchar: Pussy on a Hot Tin Roof, 1961 Tootsies in Autumn, 1962 […]

    Posted by Anthology Film Archives’ Essential Cinema Repertory Collection | Bad Lit | May 3, 2010, 8:07 am
  4. […] documentary It Came From Kuchar profiles the twin titans of underground filmmaking: George and Mike Kuchar. Kroot, as well as her two subjects, will be in attendance at this screening of her film for what […]

    Posted by Other Cinema: It Came From Kuchar | Bad Lit | May 21, 2010, 7:15 am
  5. […] epic Dog Star Man and Kenneth Anger released Scorpio Rising. 1965 and ’66 saw the release of Mike Kuchar‘s Sins of the Fleshapoids and Andy Warhol‘s Chelsea Girls. These five films can […]

    Posted by What’s An Underground Film, Anyway? | Bad Lit | August 30, 2010, 1:40 pm
  6. […] for movie making like the Kuchar brothers do… Well, I guess if everybody did, then George and Mike wouldn’t be so unique. Jennifer M. Kroot profiles the underground film legends, who have been […]

    Posted by Full Film Online: It Came From Kuchar | Bad Lit | November 27, 2010, 1:59 pm

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