For More Information Contact: Bryan Wendorf

The Chicago Underground Film Festival and Fragment Films will present the World Premiere screening of PLASTER CASTER a documentary by Chicago filmmaker Jessica Villines. Two screenings will be held on Thursday, February 22, 7:00 and 9:00pm at the Landmark Century Centre Cinema 2828 North Clark street.

Admission is $10 (advance tickets available through ) and includes admission to a post-screening after-party at the Elbo Room, 2871 North Lincoln Ave. with musical guests Chris Connelly (The Bells, Ex-Revolting Cocks), Chris Ligon, and Marydee Reynolds.

PLASTER CASTER, the documentary, endows audiences with an intimate portrait of legendary artist and groupie, Cynthia Plaster Caster , of world renown for plaster-casting the penises of rock and roll’s finest, including, most notoriously, Jimi Hendrix. In addition to providing a history of Cynthia’s pursuits, the film documents the castings of two musicians, one shy, the other extroverted; as well as the preparations for her first gallery show in New York city. Featuring candid interviews from rock stars, most of whom she has cast over the years (Noel Redding of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jello Biafra of The Dead Kennedys, Jon Langford of the Mekons, and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 to name just a few). Plastercaster goes beyond the mythology and asks the penetrating question “is this really art?” Featuring the music of The Aluminum Group, The Demolition Doll Rods, 5ive Style, Jeff Tweedy, The Make-Up and Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. This will be the world premiere screening of PLASTER CASTER which makes it’s festival premiere in March at the 8th Annual New York Underground Film Festival .

This event launches CUFF’s new season of programming, part of the festival’s ongoing commitment to increase the impact of uncompromising film and video on the city’s counter-cultural landscape. Says Festival Director Bryan Wendorf, “Our goal is to add to Chicago’s already diverse alternative film scene, while also discovering and exposing fresh new voices in film and video.” Past programs have included The Chicago premiere of Craig Baldwinıs Spectres of the Spectrum, a night of mischief with experimental filmmaker tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE, an appearance by underground chronicler Jack Sargeant, and a rare performance by British plunderphonic artist Vicki Bennet of People Like Us and the San Francisco “All-Projector Orchestra” Wet Gate.

For more information or to request press screening tapes contact Festival Director Bryan Wendorf ( Both Cynthia Plaster caster and Jessica Villines are available for interviews.


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