Chicago Underground Film Festival

Monday August 16
5:00

MUSIC, DANCING, AND A REALLY SICK CARTOON

COMMANDER TONGUE AND BEST FRIEND VAJ John Morgan Curtis

U.S.A., Video, 5 min.,1999, World Premiere

Commander Tongue and best friend Vaj must solve the murder of Senator Felch and stop Bob the Living Feces before the world succumbs to his diarrheic villainy. Animated bad taste in the extreme.

BONE DANCE Peter Sluszka

U.S.A., Animation, 16mm, 1 min., 1998, World Premiere

A mischievous, lascivious skeleton discovers that you can’t take it with you.

TERRAPIN HAPPY Tamara Federici

U.S.A., Short, Video, 2 min., 1998

Turtles dance and cavort in a Busby Berkeley like fashion in the imagination of a young boy, diverting his attention from his unhappy reality.

GG ALLIN LIVE AT EXIT – TRAILER Mark Hejnar

U.S.A., Short, Video, 3 min. 1999

A brief look at the depraved on and off stage antics of the man who tried to save rock & roll with his piss, blood & shit.

DANCE HABIBI DANCE Usama Alshaibi

U.S.A., Experimental, Video, 5 min., 1999, World Premiere

Director Usama Alshaibi (THE SPEECH: BY THE SWEET YOUNG BEEPER) returns to CUFF with this crazy dance flick featuring underground diva Ms. Creem K. Aches and the Go-Go Inferno Dancers as they battle the devil in Never Never Land. Music from Cairo by Freak Garden Accident and Larry Kapson.

SPACE COWBOY: A TRIBUTE TO STEVE MILLER Andy Spletzer

U.S.A., Narrative, Super-8, 8 min., 1999, World Premiere

A very twisted tribute to a fading pop star, featuring an amateur filmmaker who stumbles upon the house of the ’70s blues-pop musician and decides to film an interview. But this simple plan goes severely haywire and soon Miller is being held hostage in his own home.

GRAHAM SMITH MAN OF COURAGE Doug Lushness

U.S.A., Documentary, Video, 8 min., 1999, World Premiere

They’ve played around town. They’ve toured. They’ve gotten good press. Are Kleenex Girl Wonder, a teenage band from the Chicago suburbs the next big thing? Just hang on to those 7-inches. You know you should have kept that promo copy of “Gish.”

THE ONE, THE ONLY JAN TERRI Kate Schultz

U.S.A., Documentary, Video, 18 min., 1998

Jan Terri wants to be a star. She performs regularly in the Chicago area (when she’s not driving a limo, her straight job) and has independently written, produced and distributed three CDs. Recently, she intrigued Marilyn Manson enough that he asked her to open for his show in Chicago. A look a true original.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE FABULOUS STAINS: BEHIND THE MOVIE Sarah Jacobson & Sam Green

U.S.A., Documentary, Video, 12 min., 1999

Produced for Jon Pierson’s IFC program Split Screen, this is a behind the scenes look at the elusive cult film which foreshadowed riot-grrrl. Follow the film from its problematic production during the waning years of punk’s first wave to its revival at last year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival.

5:30

THE LAST DAYS OF MAY

Repeat Screening – See Sunday 10:30

6:00

DELIGHTS, DEPRAVITY, AND DELIRIUM

Repeat Screening – See Saturday 3:00

7:00

THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE Richard Sandler

U.S.A., Video, 93 min., 1999, Chicago Premiere

Before Disney embarked upon its Wonderland clean-up, Times Square was home to an array of fine smut and porn. It was also home for those preaching against such entertainment. Photojournalist and street photographer Richard Sandler compellingly documents these street preachers, introducing us to an array of strange and pious creatures. Here we meet an evasive, collar-wearing wanderer, who curtly refuses to grant any spiritual guidance, a man who believes he is Jesus-destined to marry Madonna and skyrocket to stardom, the Jews for Christ, the Black Jews, and other nameless passers-by who theorize about the Scriptures at the drop of a hat. Religious freedom at its most entertaining.

Shown With:

SIN CITY STOPLESS Richard Less & Johnny Letreen

U.S.A., Documentary, Video, 2 min., 1998

Masked vigilantes take to the streets of New York to reclaim their seediness from the recent Disney makeover.

7:30

NIGHT TRAIN Les Bernstein

U.S.A., Feature, 35mm, 80 min., 1998, Chicago Premiere

Crossing the border into Tijuana, Joe Butcher looks for his brother, Zack. At a cheap hotel in the dusty Zona Norte section, Joe discovers that his brother is dead, “killed by a car.” Convinced of something more nefarious, Joe sets out to find answers and uncovers a sordid underground scheme to make and sell “snuff films” in which his brother was a key player. A box of money disappeared with Zack, and interested parties think Joe knows its whereabouts. Joe frantically tries to evade his pursuers while attempting to find out the truth about his brother.
“I search for opportunities to transcend the average narrative into the hypnogogic world of dreams and semi-abstract montages, and NIGHT TRAIN provided the ride.” – Eric Oberthaler, Montana Muse

8:00

BURY ME IN KERN COUNTY

Repeat screening – see Saturday 1:00

9:00

N.Y.H.C. Frank Pavich

U.S.A. Documentary, Video, 87 min.,1999, World Premiere

N.Y.H.C. is a window into the rawest underground music scene today-New York hardcore. From Long Island suburbanites, to Bronx inner-city youth, to Hare Krishnas, N.Y.H.C. thrusts you into their world, a place where there is no boundary between audience and performer. A vibrant music scene since the 1980s when it splintered off from punk rock, the musical phenomenon has evolved into a dedicated, self-contained community, with no concern for mainstream acceptance or the thought of “selling-out”. Featuring music and interviews with Crown of Thornz, 25 Ta Life, Madball, Agnostic Front, 108, Vision Disorder and others. N.Y.H.C. is as close to “the pit” as you’re likely to get in a movie theater.

9:30

CLEOPATRA’S SECOND HUSBAND

Repeat Screening – See Sunday 6:30

10:00

SLEEP

Repeat Screening – See Sunday 7:00

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