This font, "Kuchar", was created by Typography students CORY BATES, TYLER CROSS, MICHAEL FIGGE, ERIN HALL, ELISE INFERRERA, ANTONIA KIMATIAN, ROMAN KOVAL, JOEY KUO, RIHO KUREMATSU, NOELL NELSON, KELLY NETTLES, KEGAN SNYDER, DAYNA ROCHELLE STANLEY, AND San Francisco Art Institute faculty JD BELTRAN.
"Kuchar" is based on the handwriting of the brilliant and groundbreaking filmmaker George Kuchar, as found on the labels of his VHS and mini-DV tapes.
Born in New York in 1942, George began making 8mm movies in the 1950s with his twin brother, Mike Kuchar. They soon became central to the underground, avant-garde film scene, screening work alongside Andy Warhol, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage. Notable films include Sins of the Fleshapoids (1965); Hold Me While I'm Naked (1966), ranked as one of the 100 Best Films of the 20th Century by the Village Voice; and the notorious Thundercrack! (1975), which George made with longtime collaborator Curt McDowell. Called “legends in the world of experimental film” by Roger Ebert, the Kuchars have influenced filmmakers including Todd Solondz, Gus Van Sant, David Lynch, Brian De Palma, and John Waters, and theorist Gene Youngblood named George one of the great artists in the history of the moving image. (Watch a selection of George's work on UbuWeb.)
George's film and video work—which comprises 8mm and 16mm films, the SFAI-made “class pictures,” the long-running project “Weather Diaries,” and a series of video diaries—has screened around the globe in cinemas, festivals, and major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou Center in Paris.
Jeannene Przyblyski, SFAI's Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs said,“Cinematic excesses aside, George brought countless students into the collaborative, collegial, improvisational, and ingenious world of making the most out of making do that defines underground filmmaking. I will very much miss waking up at night worrying about what might be going on in Studio 8.” Added SFAI ilm Department Chair Lynn Hershman Leeson, “Our beloved DIY genius has left a remarkable legacy of inspired humor, profound courage, and intuitive grace.”