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Shepard is an aficionado of outré cinema, from the '70s sexploitation epics of no-budget queen Doris Wishman to the baroque gore of horror maestro Dario Argento, from Charles Burnett's overlooked tales of black city life to British experimentalist John Maybury's…
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Calendar, Night&Day Gory Details

Gory Details

The golden age of exploitation, from the '60s through the '80s, was one of cinema's richest, if also most brackish, backwaters. Conventional wisdom portrays its creators as uniformly lecherous, quasi-literate miscreants who never bathed and made films in order to…
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Twist Then Shout

With audiences numbed by years of cinematic sludge 'n' sleaze, it's hard to imagine too many films slapping slumbering moviegoers awake, but "Three Twisted Premieres by Notorious Outlaw Filmmakers" should do the trick. The "outlaw" cliché is appropriate, for once,…
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High Art, With Lowbrow Appeal

Celebrated experimental filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh is an anomaly even by the strict standards of the avant-garde, and "Peggy's Playhouse: A Peggy Ahwesh Retrospective," comprising six of her works spanning the past decade -- is a cultural space that's equally playful…
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Zoom Lens

MadCat The film festival scene in the Bay Area has become so bloated -- er, rich -- that it's easy to lose track of some of the smaller, more seductive venues. That would be a shame in the case of…
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Film She's best known for Coal Miner's Granddaughter, an off-kilter, coming-of-age sex comedy that was a hit in the 1991 S.F. International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Now, Cecilia Dougherty premieres her latest video, My Failure to Assimilate, which…
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