Jim VanBebber at the 1997 Chicago Underground Film Festival

Jim VanBebber at CUFF ’97

Underground auteuer Jim VanBebber (Deadbeat at Dawn, My Sweet Satan) will present the U.S. premiere of his long awaited kick-ass second feature CHARLIE’S FAMILY at the 4th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival in a special surprise midnight screening on Friday August 15th.

VanBebber, whose unflinching graphic real-life horror films have made him a legendary figure among fans of underground cult films, has spent nearly a decade completing CHARLIE’S FAMILY a definative look at Charles Manson and his followers. The film stars Marcello Games as Charles Manson, Tina Martin as Sharon Tate, and VanBebber himself as Bobby Beausoleil.

In his introduction to the recent Nemesis Books reissue of Ed Sander’s landmark book THE FAMILY VanBebber had this to say about Manson and his film: “The story of Charlie’s Family has all the ingredients of great drama, glazed over with fuzzy nostalgia. it is also a turning point in the counter culture’s relationship with middle America, alongside Altamont and Patty Hearst. In researching the material, I became aware of the RASHOMON-type ambience surronding various parties’ accountings of what actually took place.”

Tune into the “now”, turn up THE WHITE ALBUM and get ready for CHARLIE’S FAMILY

The festival would like to thank Richard Kern for his assistance in making this screening happen.

For more information contact Bryan Wendorf programmer@cuff.org

The 4th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival August 13-17th 1997 at The Theatre Building 1225 W. Belmont Ave.

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