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Uncovered: The 1970 New York Underground Film Festival!

The New York Underground Film Festival that the avant-garde, experimental and degenerate film world is familiar with began in 1994 and lasted until it’s 15th edition in 2008.

However, the Underground Film Journal has recently uncovered that there was a previous New York Underground Film Festival — in 1970! This event is totally unconnected to the ’90-’00s era festival and featured a weeklong series of screenings in mid-October of that year, from October 12 to 19.

The festival was held “upstairs” at the notorious art world hangout spot Max’s Kansas City, located at 213 Park Avenue South. Most nights featured screenings of work by a singular filmmaker; while Saturday, Oct. 17 had a “Matinee” of Shorts” by several filmmakers.

Beyond the list of filmmakers who screened work, there is very little information about the 1970 Nyuff. Most of what the Journal knows about the festival comes from participant Anton Perich, who shared with us the promotional poster that you see above.

See full article on Underground Film Journal