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CANYON ARCHIVE - A COLLECTION OF CURT McDOWELL FILMS

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742 Newcastle Street

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Stinky Wieners and Dreamy Beavers contains seminal early films made by San Francisco-by-way-of-Indiana wild child Curt McDowell. Oscillating between family friendly and overtly sensual, purely musical and overly dramatic here you get a full spectrum experience of the world-renowned McDowell charm. Confessions is a special jewel in the program that was produced while Curt was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute studying with George Kuchar who quickly became a long-time friend, lover and collaborator.

As an openly gay and truly pansexual filmmaker Curt celebrated sex, intimacy and human connection. He was as comfortable playing with genre as reveling in melodrama via camp aesthetic and counterculture bohemia. Several films star George and Mike Kuchar along with frequent collaborators Mark Ellinger and Ainsley Pryor. His sister Melinda stars in the epic fever dream Beaver Fever opposite a philandering George, which also includes a rarely seen bad girl performance by Donna Kerness.

As portrayed in True Blue and Dreamy "dreams don't just come true they are true." This is the sweetest sentiment one could relate about McDowell’s fearless, heartfelt and funny work.

· Ainslie Trailer (1972)

· Confessions (1971)*

· Wieners and Buns Musical (1972)

· True Blue and Dreamy (1973)

· Dora Myrtle (1973)

· The Mean Brothers "Get Stood Up" (1973)

· Stinky-Butt (1974)

· Beaver Fever (1974)

Total running time 74min


B&W/Colour 16mm/Unclassified 18+

Content advisory; sexually explicit material

Image courtesy of Canyon Cinema Foundation

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