The Chicago Underground Film Festival is proud to present:
BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL : the Films of James Schneider

Saturday, November 29, 8:00 pm at the Xoinx Tea Room 2933 North Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL Admission is $6.00 For more information call: Bryan Wendorf at 773-866-8660

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With an emphasis on atmosphere, filmmaker James Schneider has created a body of films which employ dense soundtracks and lyrical imagery. With films such as OASIS, which explores a Las Vegas planned community using members of the lounge band Combustible Edison, he has developed a stylized approach to impart his surreal subject matter.

The 26-year-old Schneider had his start as a photographer while still in elementary school, and had his first gallery show in Washington DC while still in High School. After he began to animate his photographs, he made the leap to film. Having been also involved in the DC music scene, music and sound immediatley shared equal space with the screen images. In BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL, his most recent film, Schneider worked with DC punk band THE MAKE- UP, combining documentary , narrative and experimental genres to create a burst of rich impression. Schneider describes the finnished 30 min. film as starting out as a portrait of the state of punk in the 90’s, “but it ended up becoming more abstract than that.”

Schneider caputured THE MAKE-UP, a band that packs its albums with liner notes that teeter between political manifesto and art theory, during a North American tour last December. BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL includes live footage from the tour, but is by no means strictly a concert movie. The director calls the 32 min. film a cross between “an experimental documentary and just a rock movie.” and “a trancendent road trip”.

Films to be screened:

BLUE IS BEAUTIFUL (30 min. color 16mm 1997)
Semi-documentary on DC punk band The Make-Up. Chicago Premiere

THE STATICOSE CHAMBER (8 min. color 16mm(from video), 1997)
Semi-documentary about the Staticose Chamber, a device which uses image and sound to reverse the effects of excessive or incopacitating types of audio-visual abuse. Produced by the Monadic Institute. Chicago Premiere

OASIS (10 min. color 16mm 1995)
experimental documentary about a planned community near Las Vegas, Nevada. Featuring members of Compustible Edison. Screened at 1996 Chicago Underground Film Festival

Faerie-Monition (8 min. color 16mm, 1993) experimental documentary on Euro-Disneyland, shot on location in France.

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