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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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Rethinking Cinema: Pedro Costa

When I first saw my first Pedro Costa film, which was ‘Horse Money’ (2014), my whole ‘understanding’ of what film was – changed. It completely tore apart any notion of a concrete path in filmmaking, showing me just how much we have yet to discover with film. After that moment, I went on a downward […]

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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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How Sad, How Lovely: The Story of Connie Converse

As I sit on the winding porch of my new, temporary roots of Northern Michigan, I smoke the last of my obnoxious, organic cigarettes (I promise I am quitting soon, but these are trying times and my anxiety needs a vice). I listen to the earnest sound of Connie Converse singing “in between two tall […]

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645 AR or DIE

It might be genius or it might be for babies? You might love it but there’s a good chance you won’t. Born in New York The Bronx and based out of South Bronx Atlanta 645 AR is a rapper making some of the most mind bending ridiculous and innovative music to hit the ears of […]

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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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