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Writing From the Point of Orgasm: Kathy Acker

While on the phone with my mother, she asks me what I want for my upcoming birthday. My go-to present is a book; they’re cheap, easy to come by and a gift I always appreciate. She asks me which books I’d be interested in. I bring up Kathy Acker¹ (whom she doesn’t know of) and […]

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Presenting the Poster for The 2020 Best of Chicago Underground Film Festival Virtual Fest

By Clay Mills   Artist Statement Clay Mills is a Texan filmmaker, writer, photographer, designer and strategic consultant. His front tooth is mostly fake, and he’s decided that if it comes out again he won’t get it replaced so he can fulfill surface-level ideas about the appearance of eccentricity. He’s recently gotten over listing subject […]

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Nightcore and Unkept Promises

  Web 2.0 was abstract crisis management. Cyber-positivist dreams of everyone coming together online became an excuse for hyper-centralization. The ‘90s cyber-positivists never understood that social network topologies eventually flow upwards: above every reply guy is their egirl, and above every egirl is the massive server farms which contain their credit card info. The progenitors […]

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Punk Boricua (Puerto Rican Punk)

Punk Boricua (Puerto Rican Punk) “A free street rather than the consumer warehouse. Dissonance, rather than good taste. Repulsion, rather than attraction. All discarded and cheap things, rather than new and expensive ones. Thanatos, rather than the libido. Amid nostalgia’s shady road, all stupid, empty, foul-smelling and putrid things interfere; in other words: PUNK.” Luis […]

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Kissing Under Some Bats Music Video

MelkBelly is a Chicago based noise rock band consisting of four members, three related, and one who drums. Miranda Winters on vocals and lead guitar, her partner Bart Winters also on guitar, Bart’s brother Liam on bass and non-relative friend James Wetzel on the drums. All together their sound can be categorized as noise rock […]

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Breathe

Breathe is a stop motion animation by Thomas Blanchard. In the beginning of the animation, Blanchard uses a timelapse of fruits, veggies, and flowers showing their transformation from ripe and healthy to rotting and wilted. He uses this time lapse of photographs back and forth so that the fruits and vegetables look as if they […]

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A message from Bryan Wendorf in response to screening Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity From American Popular Culture at CUFF 26

  At last year’s Chicago Underground Film Festival I made the decision, as Programmer and Artistic Director, to screen the film Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity From American Popular Culture.  I want to publicly apologize to all who were harmed by this decision and for my silence until now.  Although it was not my […]

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Night Cab

Night Cab by Alix Bortoli is a lovely animation that speaks to nightlife, living in a city, and personal experiences through experimental ways of animation and sound. This animation automatically caught my eye because of the different techniques used. It starts out by giving us our urban setting made up of cardboard, cut out paper, and […]

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Industrial hip hop

The playlist I’ve curated this week involves a lot of jazz rap over an experimental or unique beat, and every artist I’ve included has their own flow over these abstract beats and melodies. Most of the songs I chose are from black artists and while choosing I wanted to have a balance of songs about […]

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By the people, for the people

  Dear beloved friends of the underground,We hope everyone is doing as well as one can be during these tumultuous and unprecedented times.  For the past 27 years, Chicago Underground Film Fest has been championing filmmakers and screening films that don’t fit within the suffocating framework of our long-upheld societal norms.  As an organization, we […]

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