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Veteran avant-garde filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar were teens when they began making eight-millimeter films in their neighborhood—Hollywood parodies full of campy humor that reveled in their own amateurishness. The nuttiest of the four on this program is George's A Town Called Tempest (1963), in which a father in a prairie town that looks a lot like the Bronx tries to “make a man” out of his nerdy son; it includes a hokey storm sequence with miniature special effects that's intercut with live-action images. In Mike's Born of the Wind (1962) a man uses the recipe written on an old scroll to bring a mummy back to life, with disastrous results. Recently enlarged to 16-millimeter, these films are enlivened by some of the bright, sensuous colors that characterize the Kuchars' later works. 91 min.

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