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Hilarious 1965 CBS Evening News Story on Underground Films by Walter Cronkite

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In 1965, underground films meant jiggly dancing, abstract moving images, or Warholian still shots.   It would be one more year before John Waters was kicked out of NYU for smoking Pot, and six more before “Pink Flamingos” took New York City by storm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS7knWefSiQ

Walter Cronkite is astonished by the whole thing, as he reports in his classic baritone and numerous pregnant pauses, copied by every NPR reporter as standard audience-grabbing delivery.  The “underground artists” including Jonas Mekas and Stan Brakhage appear in coats and ties and offer professorial commentaries on the underground movement.

Only Warhol gives a whiff about how things were changing, as he glares off camera, and mumbles his absurd answers while scratching his acne-covered cheeks, oblivious to Mr. and Mrs. American Suburbanite.  This and the gyrating blonde, Edie Sedgewick  let America know that the swinging ’60s were coming on full blast as they hunkered down in front of the TV with their TV dinners on their TV dinner trays to see what the hell was happening next.

This has only had a couple hundred views on YouTube, so tell ’em you heard about it first here!

Edith Massey-Obsessed Japanese Website

Love this bizarre website from Japan.  Don’t know what it says, but they sure like Edith.

Big Girls Edith Massey-動画連続再生 – sumi-f.com

Still from "Love Letter to Edie" of Edith acting out her dream of being a glamorous movie queen.

Still from “Love Letter to Edie” of Edith acting out her dream of being a glamorous movie queen.

Love Letter to Edie Original VHS Cover

lovelettertoedievhswebThis was the first VHS cover of Love Letter to Edie

The film’s first release in 1975 was on 16mm film, when it only played in movie theaters and film festivals.

Around 1985, VHS cassettes were in wide enough usage that small films like Love Letter could be distributed to individual collectors.  They were duplicated in real-time in banks of VHS recorders.

The first 16mm to tape transfer was done at a small video production house in Owings Mills, MD by a company that produced professional wrestling programs and happened to have a film to 1″ tape transfer machine. The company’s owner happened to be a former math teacher at my high school and gave me a good deal.

From that master, I made a 3/4″ industrial grade video copy, which was the dub master for the hundred or so VHS copies I made at Quality Films and Video in Baltimore, which was also the lab for all John Waters’ 16mm films (through Desperate Living).  I advertised these VHS mainly with a classified ad in Rolling Stone, and sold a few at Edith’s Shopping Bag store in Fells Point.  Edith had died in California in 1985, but her old partner still kept the store going, specializing in Dreamland collectables.

The number of videos sold didn’t quite pay for all the duplication and advertising costs, so it went out of print for about 8 years.  At that time a company called “Hit’nRun” films, which specialized in underground films re-transfered it and designed a colorful new cover.  They made about 1,500 copies, but I never received payment.  In the mid 90s, I made yet another transfer to digital Betacam video tape with Roland House Video in Arlington, VA, re-designed the cover for DVD, and added 15 minutes of personal memoirs to the program.  I made 1,000 DVDs, which sold out in about 5 years.

Since then I still sell about 75 copies a year, and make them 50 at a time with the DVD-R process.  I still have the 16mm original from 1975 and could make a HD transfer, then sell Blu-Ray HD copies.  That could cost about $2,500.  Maybe it would be a good Kickstarter project.

Conservative Star Columnist Rod Dreher Invokes Ghost of Edith Massey ?!?#$@%?!

Edith Massey in "Pink Flamingos" wishes a Happy Easter to all!

Edith Massey in “Pink Flamingos” wishes a Happy Easter to all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Easter, when eggs become an important subject across the country, and references to Edith Massey abound.

Even a noted conservative pundit who regularly writes for such un-Edith right-wing publications like The American Conservative, The National Review, Weekly Standard, The Dallas Morning News, The Wall Street Journal and Beliefnet penned a little piece this week in The American Conservative.  Rod Dreher relates that in an afternoon dream his backyard flock of hens had laid 13 eggs, and that when he woke up, he saw that a real hen had laid two eggs on the grass!

Thinking this must be a mystical event, he asks that “Edith Massey come back from the dead and interpret this occurrence!”  The article even includes a clip from Pink Flamingos. 

My, aren’t conservatives lightening up (or lighting up)!  I don’t follow Rod Dreher, except he refers to himself as a “crunchy conservative” (which explains the backyard chicken thing), but maybe he lives in Colorado where weed is so easy and legal.  If so, Edith would be so proud.  (Actually he lives in Louisiana, not known much for clear thinking, so not much difference).

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/egg-dream-weird-edith-massey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=egg-dream-weird-edith-massey