The 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF)                                                 back to main FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 30, 2002

FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE PRESENTS A multi-media, audiovisual explosion! To benefit The Chicago Underground Film Festival

For More Information Contact: Bryan Wendorf, Festival Director


June 30 2002 @ The Funky Buddha Lounge 728 W. Grand Ave (at Halsted)


Tickets: $10 available at the door or through

Doors open at 9:00 PM with an extra-special sneak peek at CUFF 2002 short films and videos.

On Sunday June 30th the Funky Buddha Lounge will host a fundraiser in support of the 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival. In keeping with CUFF’s spirit of experimentation, innovation and artistic freedom the festival planning committee has assembled a startling assortment of local musicians, DJ’s, video artists and cinematic visionaries who will captivate and intoxicate your senses with a wide array of aural and optical stimuli.

Scheduled to perform are:

– TRS-80 ( presenting a special remix set. This Chicago trio slam vintage analog machines into digital circuitry to create a dense mixture of heavy hip hop beats, deep bass and general audio mayhem

– DJ Maestro Joe Bryl will spin esoteric and exotic soundtracks to the movies in your mind.

– Improvised AV mixes from Brunner and Bay ( and Visualaudio (

– 16mm film projections by Carolyn Faber & Jeff Economy in accompaniment to music from Horses and Their Bloodlines.

– New media installation by Chicago video artist Allison Kudla

– Plus Raffles and Prizes all night long: Special items from Quimbys, Weekend Records and Soap and other fine patrons of the arts!

Proceeds for the evening will help fund production of the upcoming 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival. Over the past eight years, the Chicago Underground Film Festival has become the Midwest’s premier showcase of experimental, independent and underground cinema, playing an invaluable role in introducing new work to Chicago and Chicago work to the world. Through the years the festival’s goal has remained consistent, to introduce new and uncompromising work to Chicago’s cultural landscape. In the words of 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.” To this end, the CUFF now presents special events year-round, including many national (Jessica Villines’ PLASTER CASTER) and Midwest premieres (Philipp Virus’ retrospective THE VIRUS HAS SPREAD). Since 1998, the festival has also provided active support to filmmakers through annual grants awarded through the Chicago Underground Film Fund. Previous recipients have included Nick Zedd’s “Ecstasy in Entropy”, Julia Query’s “Live! Nude! Girls! UNITE!” and over 25 others.

The festival’s growth has been achieved through the dedicated and usually unremunerated efforts of the festival’s founders, staff and volunteers. While the festival has become an important regional and national showcase for new works, it has been principally funded by corporate sponsorship. As corporate funding for the arts becomes more scarce, the festival is looking to develop new ways of gathering funds in addition to current sources of income. We hope to continue to present fundraising events with the support of local businesses and artists, so that we may more effectively bring new and interesting voices into our city’s cultural dialogue.

Sponsors for this event include the Funky Buddha Lounge, The Onion, OVT Visualz, Landmark Theatres, Quimby’s Books, Punk Planet, Slab Magazine, Weekend Records and Soap, John Fluevog Shoes, Film Threat, indieWIRE, Future/Now Films, Lumpen Magazine and Select Magazine.

The 9th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival will take place August 22 to 28 at Landmark’s Century Theatre (2828 N. Clark; 773-248-7744). This year’s guest of honor will be artist and filmmaker Alfred Leslie, co-director (with Robert Frank) of the Beat-era classic “Pull My Daisy”, widely considered the departure point of the underground cinema scene of the 50’s and 60’s, as well as “The Last Clean Shirt” and “Birth of A Nation 1965”. CUFF will present the Midwest premiere of his latest work, “Cedar Bar”. The Complete Festival lineup will be announced in July.

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