Thursday May 10 – Monday May 14 Nightly between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. Right-On Futon 1184 N. Milwaukee


Sunday May 13 9:00 p.m. The Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia $6.00

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The Chicago Underground Film Festival and Right-On Futon will join forces from Thursday, May 10 to Monday, May 14 to present SIDEWALK CINEMA, an unabashed mix of cinema, street art, and retail space gone awry. Scheduled to coincide with Art Chicago 2001, the event will showcase a variety of films and videos by Chicago area makers, projected in Right-On Futon’s Division street display window. Works will be projected each night between 9 and 11p.m. and will change nightly. Right-On Futon is located at 1184 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at the intersection of Milwaukee and Division).

In addition to SIDEWALK CINEMA, CUFF and Right-On Futon will host an audio visual soiree and performance by Charles Kim and special guest and improvisational projectionists / film loop contortionists Carolyn Faber and Jeff Economy on Sunday, May 13 at the Hideout. Doors open at 9:00p.m. Admission is $6.00. The Hideout is located at 1354 W. Wabansia.

Right-On Futon is located at one of the busiest intersections in the city. It is estimated that over 50,000 people walk, bike, or drive past its windows everyday. An experiment in public art, showcase, and the cinema itself, SIDEWALK CINEMA asks what happens when Chicago makers take to the streets.

Over twenty Chicago film and video makers contributed work to the event. Ranging from dense ambient video mixes to loops and hand-processed film, the work represents a broad sample of Chicago’s thriving underground. Several pieces address the screening’s location through cityscapes and urban activity, while others engage consumerism, rebelling against the function of display windows themselves. Still others play with the notion of distracted passers-by with loops, color, and erratic movement. And some makers see this as an opportunity to show their work to as large an audience-cognizant or reluctant–as possible. Participants include: Kirsten Stoltman, Ken Eisenstein, Jim Fotopolous, Jim Trainor, Ines Sommer, Carolyn Faber, Maļa Cybelle Carpenter, Mary Patten, Jon Leone, Cheryl Weaver, Kyle Harris, Usama Alshaibi, Erin Feder, Pin Pin Tan, Harlan Wallach, Jennifer Gutowski, Brittnay Parks, Adele Friedman, Deborah Johnson, Stacy Goldate, Doug Lussenhop, Ray Harmon, Del Ray and more!


Between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m.

THURSDAY Invisible Cities | Sean Capone | 23:00 Space and Place | Klaus Eisenlohr | 27:00 Stop | Daniel Peltz | 2:30 Safety | Stacy Goldate | 2:00 Devon | Harlan Wallach | 4:50 Eiffel Tower / Metro | Harlan Wallach | 11:10 Why We Fight | Jon Leone | 2:00 Post Mortem | Mary Patten | 20:00 loop

The Distance Between Buildings | Erin Feder | 20:00 loop

112 minutes

FRIDAY The Shape of the Gaze | Maļa Cybelle Carpenter | 7:00 The Circle 1 | James Fotopoulos | 7:00 This is Not a Rape | Kyle Harris | 15:00 A Primer for Dental Extraction | Carl Weidemann |4:30 Akin | Anne Olson | 6:23 The Death of Abraham Lincoln in Three Parts | Benjamin Russell | ? The Vanished | James Fotopoulos | 5:00 Against Filial Piety | Wenhwa Ts’ao | 5:00 Ray Harmon 20:00 loop

variations on hydrodynamic locomotion for bathtub | Ines Sommer | 20:00 loop

105 minutes

SATURDAY Fowers for Kristi | Usama Alshaibi | 2:00 Hand Jobs for Animals | Jennifer Gutowski | 4:00 Subduction | James Leonard | 7:38 No No Yes Yes | Sterling Ruby | 0:46 The Human Touch | Sterling Ruby | 2:11 Eye Breathing | Adele Friedman | 3:00 The Bat and the Virgin | Jim Trainor | 8:00 So That’s That | Ken Eisenstein | 20:00 Life’s a Jenny | KJ Mohr | 20:00 loop Slow Fall | Cheryl Weaver | 20:00 loop

Pedestrian Errors | Cheryl Weaver | 20:00

108 minutes

SUNDAY For the Record | Carolyn Faber | 4:00 Andre’s Theme | Deborah Johnson | 2:30 Christini Ricci | Kirsten Stoltmann | 1:00 Microwave / Dollar Bill | Pin Pin Tan | 9:00 Memorial Day | Bart Woodstrup | 20:00 loop Josh Ferrazzono | Video Mix

Doug Lussenhop | Video Mix

120 minutes

Pan-O-Matic: Storefront Number 0002 | Stephanie Rothenberg | 2:00:00

120 minutes

Filmmakers Jeff Economy and Carolyn Faber have previously collaborated with Tortoise, Labradford, Califone and Ken Vandermark among others in performances that combine film projections and live music. As part of this event, the two will perform and live, improvised set with Charles Kim and special guest. Filmmakers and musicians build off each other’s sounds and images, weaving loops, found fragments, handmade films and music into a sublime filigree of light, color, movement, and sound.

This event continues CUFF’s year-round programming, part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to increase the impact of uncompromising film and video on the city’s counter-cultural landscape. This year’s events have included the world premiere of Jessica Villines’ PLASTER CASTER and a Digital Hardcore Retrospective with director Phillip Virus.

For more information contact Festival Programmer Amy Beste ( or 773-327-FILM). This event is sponsored in part by Virgin Records.


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