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Variety’s The Circut blog had a story today about CUFF and the partnership with IFP

IFP Chicago Goes Underground

by Matt Dentler
For the first time in either organization’s history, IFP Chicago and the Chicago Underground Film Festival joined forces in a new alliance to merge the decidedly disparate qualities of both.

The Chicago Underground Film Festival has spent 15 years earning a viable reputation as a mecca for avant-garde and anti-establishment feature filmmaking, as well as a Midwest platform for the year’s festival circuit hits. The 2008 program (held over Halloween weekend) was a mix of innovative experimental works by local filmmakers, and familiar crowd-pleasers from other American fests. Chicago-based artists like Jim Finn presented his latest, “The Juche Idea,” (pictured above) while the prolific James Fotopoulos premiered “Sleep Weep” (The Zookeeper).

Read the rest at The Circut.

Dated: 7 Nov 2008

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We would like to thank everybody who came out to this years festival and all those that joined us at the afterparties. We are glad to present this years winners.


Narrative Feature – The Juche Idea directed by Jim Finn


Documentary Feature – Song Sung Blue directed by Greg Koh

Documentary Short – Dirty Pictures directed by John Smith

Narrative Short – The Adventure directed by Mike Brune

Experimental Film – Speechless by Scott Stark

Music Video – Hold Me Now by Michael Robinson

Animation – Prison_Beta by Lucas W. Dimick

Made in Chicago Award – The Universe and Young Pilot Nelson by Jerzy Rose

Dated: 2 Nov 2008

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Finally join us at our closing party as we give out awards for the best films of the festival. The party starts at 10pm at The Bottom Lounge. “Big Buildings” will be the band playing tonight.

The foundations for the gritty lo-fi Chicago rock quintet Big Buildings began back in the late ‘90’s when childhood friends Matt Maloney (vocals, guitar) and Michael Wood (vocals, guitar) furiously exchanged four-track cassette tapes via post. In early 2001, Maloney, then playing in a variety of San Francisco bands, paid Wood a visit in Chicago to bash out an eight-song demo. Maloney relocated to Chicago in early 2002 and the initial trio of Big Buildings began playing the club circuit. 2007 found Big Buildings transitioning to a five-man line-up, and the band recorded its fourth release Wampum (2008, Stars/No Stars), an increasingly catchy slice of murky psychedelic rock, recorded almost entirely by the band to 4-track cassette.

Dated: 2 Nov 2008

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Tonights final feature film for this years festival is “Song Sung Blue” by Greg Kohs at 8:30pm.

Song Sung Blue tells the alternately inspiring and tragic love story of Lightning & Thunder, a homegrown Milwaukee husband and wife singing duo that pay tribute to the music of Neil Diamond. Filmmaker Greg Kohs goes backstage into the personal lives with this brave couple, from their humble beginnings over 20 years ago, to the threshold of fame, from disaster to rebirth through to the most dramatic chapters in the lives of these authentic American dreamers. Song Sung Blue is about the uniquely American ability to invent one’s self and strive for a seemingly impossible goal. It’s about fleeting celebrity and love and about a couple who manages to maintain their passion for one another amid the vicissitudes of life. Song Sung Blue … everybody knows one.

Dated: 2 Nov 2008

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For the final day of this years Film Festival we have a couple of great feature films screening.
First at 1pm we started off with “Silhouette City” s documentary by Michael Wilson.

Then at 3pm its another fine documentary and US Premiere feature called “It’s In The Game” by Dylan Griffin.

This first-time feature filmmaker takes an up-close and personal look at the multi-billion-dollar videogame industry, beginning with its history. This film exposes the questionable marketing tactics, quality of life issues and class action lawsuits filed against the world’s leading video game publisher, Electronic Arts.

At 4:45pm we screen the Midwest Premiere of Deliver by Jennifer Montgomery.

In this all-female video remake of Deliverance, based both on Boorman’s film and Dickey’s novel, a cast of experimental filmmakers-academics (Peggy Ahwesh, Su Friedrich, Jacqueline Goss, Meredith Root and the director) play characters that are both faithful to their respective male counterparts and also barely fictionalized versions of themselves—urban artists looking to unplug in the unspoiled wilderness. The filmmakers follow John Boorman’s original closely as the gender inversion examines the differing role of women in relation to nature and violence, comments upon the extreme sport of filmmaking itself and the industry’s endless demand for product, and to call attention to the fact that it is, after all, only women who can, biologically, truly deliver, all on a stretch of river coincidentally called Beaverkill.

Dated: 1 Nov 2008

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Tonights Afterparty will be at the Viaduct Theater one at 12am. Please Join us after the screenings.The party will feature the band I .

As I LOVE PRESETS/A>, Chicago-based sound and new media artists Rob Ray, Jon Satrom, and Jason Soliday do everything wrong the right way. The trio manipulates found sounds and animated GIFs on home-brewed equipment in spectacular live audio/video performances, breaking down, complicating, and glorifying instrument settings, tool presets, and art-making interfaces normally accepted as fixed and stable. From Excel spreadsheets and video games to hacked Casios and discarded drum machines, any and everything electronic is fair game.

Dated: 1 Nov 2008

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Dont forget the festival is featuring Curtis Harrington and today we are screening some of his rarely seen shorts.
The program starts at 8:15 in Viaduct theater 1.

* A Fragment of Seeking | Curtis Harrington 1946 * Picnic | Curtis Harrington 1948 * On the Edge | Curtis Harrington 1949 * The Wormwood Star | Curtis Harrington 1956

* The Assignation | Curtis Harrington 1952

Dated: 1 Nov 2008

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The Festival Features kick off today at 4:30pm with “Between Something & Nothing”

Then at 6:30pm the Chicago Premiere of Jim Finn’s “The Juche Idea” will screen.

Then Narrative Feature “Mock Up On Mu” will be the final feature at 10:15pm.

At 6:45 the Midwest Premiere of feature Documentary “We Are Wizards” by Josh Koury

At 8:30pm the World Premiere of Sleep Weep (The Zookeeper) by James Fotopoulos will play.