This compendium of video diaries from George Kuchar (1942-2011)—long renowned for his
influence on queer filmmakers from Andy Warhol to John Waters—sees him turning away from
his better-known city-life melodramas, transporting viewers across rural America as he takes
up residence in a variety of places as both storm watcher and voyeur of local culture. Striking
an unlikely balance between elements as disparate as the diary film, high melodrama, observational
documentary and B-horror, Kuchar’s Weather Diaries offers an unparalleled slice of
queer camp Americana. The series includes Weather Diary 1 (1986), Weather Diary 3 (1988),
Chigger County (1999) and Hotspell (2011). (HD presentation). Contains nudity.
This Film Series brings together an eclectic range of films that deal with questions of gender
and sexuality in inventive, challenging and often unlikely ways. Moving beyond the purview of lesbian and/
or gay cinema, the series creates a platform for a wide variety of film and video work of queer import, from
avant-garde and arthouse to classic Hollywood and recent transnational cinema. Highlighting current work at
the intersection of cinema studies and queer politics, theory and history, each screening features a tailored
introduction by a scholar or filmmaker. Sponsored by the Cultural Studies Program, Film and Media Studies
Program, Department of Communication and Culture, Department of Gender Studies, Russian and East European
Institute, Department of American Studies and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Ryan Powell.