Introducing the 2013 Jury!

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is pleased to announce its jurors for the 2013 Festival:

Jack Sargeant

As an author, Jack Sargeant’s work has been described as “dangerously inspirational” by Six Degrees magazine, his numerous works include Deathtripping: The Extreme Underground, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema (like Deathtripping, now in its third English language edition), Cinema Contra Cinema and Suture. He is co-editor of No Focus: Punk On Film and Lost Highways: An Illustrated History of the Road Movie. He has written on film and culture for numerous books, anthologies and journals, and has written introductions for books by Lydia Lunch, Romain Slocombe, Joe Coleman and others. He writes a regular column for FilmInk, and has written articles for The Wire, Xochi 23, Fortean Times, World Art, Real Time, Metro and many other publications. His writings have also appeared in the booklets accompanying numerous DVDs in the USA and UK, including the BFI release of Jeff Keen’s films and the Industrial Records Throbbing Gristle DVD box set. Jack has frequently appeared as a documentary interviewee in films including Blank City, The Advocate For Fagdom and Llik Your Idols. He also appeared in Jon Hewitt’s hardboiled thriller X released in 2011. He is regularly called upon to assist in research for television and film documentaries. He also appears as a DVD extra on the American release of the Burroughs’ influenced underground movie Decoder. In addition to writing, Sargeant has lectured on underground film and culture, beat culture, William Burroughs and many other topics across the world. He curates numerous film and art events, and is currently program director for the Revelation Film Festival in Perth, Australia.


Mimi Brody

Mimi Brody is a seasoned film programmer with extensive curatorial experience at several film festivals and exhibition venues. She is currently the Pick-Laudati Curator of Film and Director of Block Cinema at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.
Prior to this she was a film programmer at the UCLA Film & Television Archive from 2002 to 2009, where she curated several highly successful programs, including the annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema. Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Brody was Director of the Golden Gate Awards, the San Francisco International Film Festival’s competitive section for documentaries, animation, short works and experimental film and video. Ms. Brody was also a member of the programming committee of the Los Angeles Film Festival for eight years until 2009.


Frédéric Moffet

Frédéric Moffet is a media artist, educator, video editor, cultural worker and cat lover. He lives between Montreal and Chicago. His work explores the slippery territory between history, lived experience and fantasy. Some of his projects include: “The Faithful”, “POSTFACE”, “Jean Genet in Chicago” and “Hard Fat”. Screenings include: Oberhausen Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Whitechapel Art Gallery (London), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), PPOW Gallery  (New York), Biennial of Moving Images (Geneva), Pleasure Dome (Toronto), Other Cinema (San Francisco), Kassel Documentary Film Festival, Microwave (Hong Kong), Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and many more.