18TH CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
At Gene Siskel Film Center, June 2 – June 9
ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS
(April 20, 2011) –
This year’s festival starts and ends with spectacular highlights. Opening night is the World Premiere of Chicago filmmaker, and School of the Art Institute of Chicago alum, Jerzy Rose’s first feature, Some Girls Never Learn, a humorous, absurd romp through time and space, the underworld and the stratosphere (http://somegirlsneverlearn.com/).
Closing Night will bring Jeff Krulik and John Heyn back to Chicago to share the cult favorite Heavy Metal Parking Lot as an opener for their brand new feature documentary Heavy Metal Picnic (http://heavymetalpicnic.com/).
Get your tickets early! Tickets will be available mid-May. Click here for ticket information.
A full schedule can be found at www.cuff.org in early May.
FILM & FILMMAKER INFO:
Some Girls Never Learn, 2011
A university has found the leg bone of Amelia Earhart. The diver responsible for the discovery is receiving mysterious messages from the famous dead pilot. A high school science teacher travels to the underworld to bring back his girlfriend. Animals are arranging themselves into concentric circles and helium has escaped into the luminiferous aether.
Filling black voids with pink smoke, frilly dresses, embarrassing confessions and electronic flim-flamery, Jerzy Rose creates melodramatic worlds filled with hysterical realism and historical inaccuracy. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2008). tarwaithe.com
Heavy Metal Picnic, 2011
Produced and presented by the team behind cult hit Heavy Metal Parking Lot (Jeff Krulik and John Heyn), Heavy Metal Picnic is a celebration of mid-80s Maryland rock and roll and heavy metal, by those who lived- and survived- it. The film focuses on the 1985 Full Moon Jamboree, a weekend field party bacchanal that took place at “The Farm,” home to a cast of colorful characters who lives and partied alongside unamused neighbors in the McMansions of Potomac. The Full Moon Jamboree, an affair so raucous that it made the evening news, was the farm party to end all farm parties, and much of it was recorded using a home video camera and a stolen CBS News microphone swiped from the Reagan Inauguration earlier that year. Twenty-five years later, we revisit the scene and meet the people behind the party, as well as the musicians who performed there, including mid-Atlantic doom metal icons Asylum.
Washington DC-based director/producer Jeff Krulik has screened at the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, the American Film Institute and on PBS. His resume includes work for Errol Morris, Discovery Networks and National Geographic Channel. His honors include guest filmmaker at the 48th Annual Robert Flaherty SEminar, participant in WGBH/PBS Producers Academy, and inaugural recipient for the Peter C. Rollins Award for Achievement in Documentary Film, given by the Popular Culture Association. Krulik is also co-producer of the cult documentary Heavy Metal Parking Lot. jeffkrulik.com