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24th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

Festival Dates: May 31 – June 4 2017


Now in our 24th year, The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the longest running “underground” film festival in the world, is an internationally recognized program providing a venue for documentary, experimental and avant-garde narrative film and video. The festival’s mission is to select and screen film, video and related works presenting a diverse line up of moving image programming focusing on filmmakers working to reinvent and explore new approaches to established practices, to foster new forms of media art and to build an audience for such work. Our goal is to achieve these aims by presenting a fun, user-friendly and accessible event..if you suspect your film is “underground,” it probably is.

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Early Deadline: Oct 1, 2016 – Entry Fee: Features $35 (Students $25); Shorts $30 (Students $20)
Regular Deadline: Dec 1, 2016 – Entry Fee: Features $45 (Students $35); Shorts $35 (Student $20)
Late Deadline: Jan 6, 2017 – Entry Fee: Features $55 (Students $45); Shorts $40 (Student $25)

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2016 Awards Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:55:42 +0000

Honorable Mentions

for photochemical work: ENGRAM OF RETURNING by Daïchi Saïto

for astounding cinematography and locations: FOCUS ON INFINITY by Joerg Burger

for best portrait film: HEAVY FOG TONIGHT by Nathan Reich

for outstanding performance: Jules David Bartowski for PASTOR PAUL

for most profound evocation of unnamable feelings: ANOTHER CITY by Lan Pham Ngoc

for best new voice: I REMEMBER NOTHING by Zia Anger

Jury Statements and Awards:

For BEST FEATURE, a film of exploitation and transformation, based on the work of Paul Bowles, who wrote, “I’ve always wanted to get as far as possible from the place where I was born. Far both geography and spiritually.” THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS by Ben Rivers

in a category of BEST SELF-HELP FILM we recognize a film so totally singular with its weave of leftist history lessons, new wave and new age, like psycho-spiritual guerrilla warfare, the writing, the music, the models all come together to blow away the hybrid category that it creates for itself.   CHUMS FROM ACROSS THE VOID by Jim Finn

In the category of BEST ESSAY FILM,  we were struck by how the simplest of materials and gestures made its theoretical groundings come to life, the philosophical arguments made experiential. So much more than the sum of its minimal parts.  6500 by Lisa Truttmann.

In the category of BEST PHOTOGRAPHY we reward a film that creates a riveting, kinetic experience from a hard, immobile truth of the medium. As Susan Sontag wrote, “Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality… One can’t possess reality; one can possess images.  One can’t possess the present, but one can possess the past.” VINTAGE PRINT by Siegfried Fruhauf

In the category of BEST COMEDY We were struck by how weird and dry this film was, the acting, dialogue and plot turns all equally depending on each other to create a unique but believable, funny but achy world. SAVASANA by Brandon Daley

In a category of BEST EDUCATIONAL FILM, we selected a film that plays like the Land Without Bread of animal documentaries, examining the line between fantasy and reality. To quote Luis Bunuel, “Fantasy and reality are equally personal, and equally felt, so their confusion is a matter of only relative importance.” THE MASKED MONKEYS by Anja Dornieden & Juan David Gonzalez Monroy

The MADE IN CHICAGO AWARD goes to an amazing premise that shouldn’t be startling, told with straightforwardness and charm. We have endless respect for her political commitment as much as her sensibilities in her long career as both an artist and a thoughtful mentor to many, CRYSTAL LAKE by Jennifer Reeder.

The festival AUDIENCE AWARD went to Booger Red, directed by Berndt Mader. The film is a narrative/documentary hybrid starring Onur Tukel as a reporter investigating an alleged child sex ring in Texas.

2016 CUFF Festival Film Schedule Sat, 28 May 2016 21:04:04 +0000 June 1st 8pm
Logan Theater

Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present                                          conrad converging lines

Tyler Hubby
98 min., video, 2016, USA, World Premiere

The Chicago Underground Film Festival is proud to present the World Premiere of Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present, a two-decades-in-the-making documentary about the legendary artist’s extraordinary life and influential work. One of the great American artists of our era, Conrad’s work has remained largely unknown to the world at large. Conrad’s career has directly touched and influenced most major contemporary movements in art, film, and music since the early 1960s, pushing the boundaries of what moving images and sound can be and providing inspiration for artists and musicians everywhere. Conrad performed in Jack Smith’s legendary underground film Flaming Creatures, for which he also provided the soundtrack. His own work with film commenced audaciously in 1966 with The Flicker, a film composed entirely of black and white frames, which turned the film world on its head and helped launch the movement of “structural filmmaking” that dominated experimental film for the next decade. Working with composers such as Stockhausen and La Monte Young he was a central figure in the development of Just Intonation and Minimalism which led to his subsequent role in the formation of the Velvet Underground, directly or indirectly influencing all guitar-based rock music that followed. Conrad was an early proponent of public access television as a democratic activist tool. He continued to perform and make groundbreaking works right up until his death in April of this year and had finally begun to achieve the recognition he deserved.

Reflecting Conrad’s own unconventional and forward-thinking means of creating art, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present mixes intimate footage of the artist and his collaborators and accomplices shot by Hubby over the past two decades, along with selections from Conrad’s personal archive of recordings and films and of course the always surprising and playful Tony Conrad himself guiding viewers through free associative narratives of his astounding and creative life.

“Tony Conrad has slowly been emerging from avant-gardist obscurity over the past few years, and about time. His multifold career — as experimental film and video-maker, composer, musician and sound artist — still looks radical and prescient a half-century after it began” – The New York Times

Shown With:
Lacrimal Groove                                                                       LacrimalGroove
MV Carbon
4 min., video, 2015, USA

“An isolated human calls upon the insects to interpret a message sent through the circuitry of a Buchla. Communication gaps are patched between the species as the frequencies surpass the limitations of language.” MC

Opening night tickets include admission to the festival party at Elastic Arts with performances from Ben Baker Billington, Bruce McClure and Tony Conrad’s Drone Strings with MV Carbon (Cello), Jim Becker (Violin) and Fred Longberg-Holm (Cello)

June 2nd 6:30pm
Shorts 1: Two of Wands
Logan Theater

Teresa Czepiec
20 min., video, 2015, Poland


“Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a housing machine. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. The main characters of the documentary are people living in Superjednostka and going through important moments of their lives there. This is where their emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true… or not.762 flat doors and 762 stories. We are opening only a few of them.” TC

The Anatomical Universe
Damon Mohl
15 min., video, 2015, USA

Anatomical Universe-Still 5 copy-2

“Revolving simply around the friendship between a janitor and a security guard, The Anatomical Universe examines the life of a man named Edward Hillcot. Charles Dickens said it best, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” DM

Heavy Fog Tonight
Nathan Reich
19 min., video, 2015, USA


’”Conrad Milster, 80, chief engineer since 1967 at New York City’s oldest running steam driven power plant, prepares for his last annual steam whistle show. Conrad will have to face the daily struggles of preserving an era long forgotten while adapting to the digital world around him.” NR

Irradiant Field
Laura Kraning
10 min., video, 2016, USA

Irradient Field 2-2

“Mirroring sky and earth, solitary mechanical sentinels follow the sun, while metal grids rain in a parched California landscape. Irradiant Field is a visual and sonic portrait at the intersection of nature and machine – a desert mirage of light, wind, water, and metallic reflection.” LK

Another City
Lan Pham Ngoc
25 min, video, 2016, Viet Nam

ANOTHER CITY Still (3 of 7)

“A drenched middle-aged woman taking off her wig, gazing out of the glass windows. A young man bursting into tears in a karaoke room surrounded by tropical landscape wallpaper. A young woman trying to wipe a smear off of the wedding dress she’s wearing. Each predicament is woven seamlessly together by a familiar Asian refrain…” LPN

June 2nd 7pm

Logan Theater

Ben Rivers
98 min., 35mm, 2015, UK, Chicago Premiere


“Sublime and surreal in equal measure, the latest feature by British filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) charts a mysterious transformation from observational making-of to inventive adaptation. THE SKY TREMBLES… begins with dramatic views of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, where a filmmaker (Spanish director Oliver Laxe) is in the midst of a complex shoot with caravans and horses. Rivers surveys the scene with his 16mm Bolex, capturing the sensual sfumato effects of the sun and the pastel glow of the landscape. As Rivers observes the director at work and the film crew in contemplative repose, clearly bored by the frustrating fits and starts of shooting, a portrait of a mythic landscape emerges, with the spectacle of long-abandoned film sets serving as a reminder of the region’s long history as a site of international film production.

As traces of artifice begin to meld with and co-exist alongside the real, THE SKY TREMBLES… veers into hallucinatory misadventure. Inspired by Paul Bowles’ story “A Distant Episode” (which is also the title of Rivers’ new short film, screening in Wavelengths 2) and elements drawn from the life and stories of Moroccan writer and artist Mohammed Mrabet, the film’s second half follows Laxe’s director as he abandons his set and is then brutalized and forced into captivity as the “King of Cans” — a shift that cleverly refracts the deceptive documentary mode of the first half and converts the film into an ingenious meditation on the illusion of cinema itself.

Reminiscent of the radical, oneiric films Philippe Garrel made during the underground Zanzibar movement of the late sixties, THE SKY TREMBLES…marks a notable departure for Rivers. Though recalling his previous work in its breathtaking 16mm cinematography and study of a lone, wandering man in a far-flung locale, it is rawer, more disquieting, more capacious, and verges on the psychedelic.” – Andréa Picard

Shown With:

Engram of Returning
Daïchi Saïto
19 min., 35mm, 2015, Canada


“Accompanied by an extraordinary improvisational score by Montreal-based musician Jason Sharp, Daïchi Saïto’s Engram of Returning is an epic 35mm CinemaScope metaphysical travelogue that reveals a supernal world which pulses and flickers with formal patterns and deep hues.” – Andréa Picard

June 2nd 8:30pm

Logan Theater

Tony Conrad: The Magician


The Flicker
30 min., 16mm, 1966, USA

Conrad’s seminal experimental film, exploits the strobing effect of the cinematic image. Considered a cornerstone of structural filmmaking.

Landscape Is a Wish for Motion
4 min., video, 2003/2011, USA

A spoken piece with film projection.

Weak Bodies and Strong Wills
5 min., 16mm on video, 1986, USA

A political lament for a dying economy. The anonymous found footage includes a cameo appearance by Harry Truman.

Beholden to Victory (excerpt)
7 min., Super-8 on video 1980, USA , With Mike Kelley, Tony Oursler, and others.

“An excerpt of the full-length super-8 film Hail the Fallen. It is a ‘war movie’ genre picture… The film was not directed in the traditional sense. There was no script. The actors were required to play as in a game – to follow certain rules, or to be more precise, to follow certain restrictions. They were told only what they were NOT ALLOWED TO DO. Thus the film consists of a series of scenes, of examples of correct behavior.” – Mike Kelley

In Line
7 min., video, 1985, USA

Word, trance, and command are installed as valences of artistic license, revealed as figures of parental authority.

Palace of Error
9 min., 16mm on video, 1982/2011, USA

A theoretical discourse involving three participants, enacted in silhouette. Tony Conrad with Keith Sanborn and Barbara Broughel.

I’ve Never Been…
4 min., video, 2003/2011, USA

An original song with guitar and special effects. Editing and additional guitar: Zeljko McMullen

Teddy Tells Jokes
7 min., video, 1980, USA

Straight and Narrow
10 min., 16mm on video, 1970, USA (produced with Beverly Grant Conrad, music from Terry Riley and John Cale’s recording “Church of Anthrax”)

“An extension of the flicker film phenomenon, Straight and Narrow is a study in subjective color and visual rhythm… (it) uses the flicker phenomenon not as an end in itself, but as an effectuator of other related phenomena.” – Filmmakers Cooperative

June 2nd 9pm

Logan Theater

The Love Witch
Anna Biller
120 min., 35mm on DCP, 2015, USA


“Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ‘60s, The Love Witch explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.” AB

June 3rd 6pm
  Mana Logo

Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop Street

Luther Price: Flesh Fracture

Opening, Friday, June 3, 6-8pm


Since the mid 1980’s, Boston-based visual artist Luther Price has been known for his iconic, deeply personal, and at times disturbing, Super-8mm films and live performances. In recent years, Price has moved from the Super 8mm format to recycled, distressed, and hand-painted 16mm films and 35mm slides, initially as a practical way of sharing a likeness of his films without risking the original works. Eventually, Price began sequencing these slides and projecting them as loops. Selections of the slide-based work were featured in the 2012 Whitney Biennial and recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art and the ICA Boston. This exhibition features selections from Price’s most recent series of 35mm slides, Sugar Fractures, alongside 2 carousels from his 2012 series Utopia, and 2 carousels from his 2015 series Meat Chapter 3, the third chapter in Price’s ongoing, multimedia series, Meat.

The Meat series is inspired by a violent incident in Nicaragua in 1985 when Price was shot with a high-powered rifle in his abdomen. Price’s injury 31 years ago, literally opened up the artist’s body and body of work to unabashed explorations of childhood trauma, sexual desire, and years later, the experience of losing his sister, mother, and father to cancer in a three-year span. The year following his shooting, the artist began making pscyodramatic autobiographical films of his childhood memories under the character pseudonym, Tom Rhoads. He changed his name to Luther Price in 1989 during the production of his infamous and controversial Super 8mm classic, Sodom. Price spent the 1990’s collecting footage and audio recordings of his family in his childhood home in Revere, MA. Following the death of his sister Sally, Price compiled the film and audiotape into his unflinching, repetitive, nightmarish home movie classic, Home (1999). Anthology Film Archives digitally preserved Home in 2013. The piece is displayed here for the first time as a looping video installation. Price’s visceral explorations of mortality and decay in his 35mm slide work is inexorably linked to his experimental film, performance and sculpture practices.

In the last 10-15 years, Price has expedited the decay of film emulsion in his works by burying his film or applying various household materials to the film surface: salt, cleaners, soil, and most recently, sugar. His latest approach culls visions of the artist’s most well known pseudonym, Tom Rhoades’ Cunt character from his early film and video work: Luther at his home (just a few blocks from where he grew up), smoking a cigarette, apron draped, in his kitchen, cooking up a batch of sugary 35mm slides with his three cats, Mr. Grey, Gurly, and Cartoon.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by Mana Contemporary and The Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF). Luther Price’s work appears courtesy of the artist, Callicoon Fine Arts, and Anthology Film Archives.

June 3rd 6:30pm

Logan Theater
Shorts 2: The Tower

Calum Walter
11 min., video, 2015, USA

Terrestrial 1-2

“The observations of an object in motion: A mobile device captures the trajectories of objects liberated from and bound to land, against a backdrop of uniquely human dissonance.” CW

A Disaster Forever
Michael Gitlin
16 min., video, 2015, USA


“Derived from a 25-year old cassette tape, transcribed and re-enacted on a surround recording stage, A Disaster Forever positions us on the unfamiliar terrain of a highly idiosyncratic cosmology. .” MG


Paul Clipson
5 min., 16mm, 2015, USA

“A collage of city surfaces, layers and levels of space, meant to blur with and contrast to the guitar-drone soundtrack of Kong Midas Sound and Fennesz. Filmed in New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.” PC

Must See
Nellie Kluz
13 min., video, 2016, USA


“All over America, rain or shine, pilgrims journey together.” NK

Light Licks: Pardes/Night time Is The Right Time
Saul Levine
4 min., 16mm, 2014, USA

“LIGHT LICKS are ecstatic flicker films inspired by jazz and mystic visionary practice. PARDES ancient Persian for walled garden. In Hebrew and Aramaic – paradise, heaven,the garden of Eden,the peak or terminus of ecstatic visionary, trance flight NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME moon play light garden be loved” SL

An Appearance of Fortitude
Rajee Samarasinghe
5 min., video, 2015, USA/Sri Lanka

“Part of an ongoing series of American psychogeographies, this particular piece investigates the idea of “remoteness,” as two people establish a curious rapport in a sleepy Southern Californian suburb.” RS

Ears, Nose and Throat
Kevin Jerome Everson
11 min., 16mm on video, 2016, USA

“During an Ear, Nose and Throat examination Shadeena Brooks recounts a horrible event she eyewitnessed.” KJE

Crippled Symmetries
Beatrice Gibson
26 min., video, 2015, UK

“A precocious 11 year old capitalist and his side-kick, an ailing composer, are the two unlikely protagonists of this experimental meditation on money, music and abstraction in post crisis Britain. The work is inspired obliquely by William Gaddis’ epic satirical novel JR (1975).” BG

June 3rd 7pm

Logan Theater

Grace Period
KyungMook Kim & Caroline Key
62 min., Video, 2015, South Korea/USA


“Combining documentary with experimental video, Grace Period documents the activities of female sex workers in the Yeongdeungpo red-light district in Seoul, South Korea. Facing constant police crackdowns and the threat of permanent closure following the opening of a massive shopping complex adjacent to their workplaces, the women of Yeongdeungpo band together in protest. Archival footage, mostly shot by the women themselves, shows their collective efforts as they organize with other sex workers from brothels across the country. In creative and daring acts of resistance, they launch a series of demonstrations that trace a lineage to Korea’s democratic union movements of the 1980s– denouncing the government and corporate interests, demanding decriminalization, and declaring their rights as workers.“ KK, CK

Shown With:

Jaaji Approx.
Sky Hopinka
8 min., video, 2015, USA

“Logging and approximating a relationship between audio recordings of my father and videos gathered of the landscapes we have both separately traversed. The initial distance between the logger and the recordings, of recollections and of songs, new and traditional, narrows while the images become an expanding semblance of filial affect.” SH

Notes From The Border
Iva Radivojevic
10 min., video, 2015, USA

“The refugee crisis on the borders of Europe during the summer of 2015 through the tale of one man’s journey to the continent.” IR

June 3rd 8:30pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 3: Three of Cups

Karissa Hahn
2 min., 16mm, 2015, USA

“from: film (theater) to > youtube (home) > to film (theater) torrented/pirated (digital) images as found footage….printed from a household printer onto 16mm clear film…. such as the loading dial, REGAL aims to circulate and find its way back to the screen. Take this proxy and see that the ghost has become tangible. informed largely by: Hito Steyerl’s “In Defense of the Poor Image”.” KH

Brandon Daley
10 min., video, 2015, USA

“A man in the midst of a midlife crisis attempts to sooth his existential concerns by practicing the age old art of yoga.” BD

From beginings to begining
Simon Quéheillard
10 min., video, 2015, France

“The blow of a baton can give birth to a character. Objects loom before him brutally and without reason, revealed by a harsh and shadowless light. An endless series of catastrophes, From beginnings to beginnings follows the travels of a straw man without interiority or speech.” SQ

4’33” 4:3
Michael Wawzenek
5 min., video, 2015, USA

“After John Cage” MW

Immortal Cats #1
Scott Fitzpatrick
1 min., video, 2015, Canada

“What is your greatest ambition in life? Laser-printed onto recycled 35mm film in 2015.” SF

Rabbit Season Duck Season
Michael Bell-Smith
5 min., video, 2014, USA

“A scene from the 1951 Warner Bros cartoon’s iconic encounter between the hunter, the rabbit, and the duck frames a web of tightly constructed sequences that move across various forms of video, including traditional animation, live action, and 3-D animation. A loose essay film, the video adopts a variety of tones and genres to touch upon themes of resistance, taste, the construction of meaning, and the exhaustion of choice” MB

Lori Felker
16 min., video, 2016, USA

“Discontinuity highlights the unexpected fissures that can form between us, including the things that can fall in and get lost. When Tabitha returns “home” after a separation from her boyfriend, Stephen, what they’ve been missing becomes opaquely clear and who they’re becoming makes it hard for them to see each other. Their disconnections are mirrored in the film’s approach to editing, its confusion of time and space, and a free-wheelin’ clowder of cats.” LF

Chums From Across the Void
Jim Finn
17 min., video, 2015, USA

“Little Radek, the step-dancing Bolshevik; Machera, the Andean Robin Hood, and Maria Spiridonova, the Russian socialist assassin are your guides for Past Leftist Life Regression therapy. In this third Inner Trotsky Child video, narrator Lois Severin— a former Trotskyite turned suburban housewife—attempts to radicalize the personal fulfillment and self-help scene. Like the Christian fundamentalist activists in the 1970’s who prepared the way for the Reagan Revolution, the Inner Trotsky Child movement was a way to cope “ JF

Samy Burch & Alex Mechanik
26 min., video, 2015, USA

“The son of a serial killer goes to a trust workshop in Tampa, has nightmares.” SB,AM

June 3rd 9pm

Logan Theater

Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein
Tim Kirk
92 min., video, 2015, USA

“Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein is an exercise in extreme metafictional tragicomedy. Presented as the commentary track of a cynically rushed repressing of a forgotten (but 100% genuine) Frankenstein film’s DVD (in lieu of unspecified ‘recent events’), this project transforms the film into an entirely new, all too human horror story. Featuring Clu Gulager as Gavin Merrill, director of the 1977 original who is happily exploiting the unmentioned tragedy linked to the film, the recording session becomes both a mystery and its own sort of Frankenstein story as he clashes with ‘Terror of Frankenstein’s screenwriter (Zack Norman) and, ultimately, its star (Leon Vitali from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Barry Lyndon, playing himself.) “Director’s Commentary: Terror of Frankenstein” is Mystery Science Theater 3000 by way of Sartre, an icy satire of the monsters on screen, behind the camera, and in the audience..” TK

June 4th 2pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 4: Six of Swords

The Puddle
Serdar Yilmaz
10 min., video, 2015, Turkey

“A man in the flea market walks while checking walls covered with old posters and counters full of stuff with prying eyes. Due to the incarnating object that he sees on one of the counters just carries him away into another reality.” SY

On Surgery
Russell Sheaffer & Aaron Michael Smith
8 min., Video, 2015, USA

“On Surgery attempts to replicate the physical process of bone surgery on the body of 16mm film stock. By wetting raw, unprocessed 16mm color negative film, separating out the photosensitive emulsion from the base of the film using a medical scalpel, and then reapplying the layers, the only images visible are representative of the scars left on the film. The music for the film is taken entirely from the sound of the projection of the 16mm film and from a reading of one of Sheaffer’s post-surgical diary entries. “ RS

Vintage Print
Sigfried A Fruhauf
13 min., Video, 2016, Austria

“An old photograph forms the starting point of my exploration. The picture must have been taken towards the end of the 19th century, at a time when film had just been invented and pictures were only starting to move. Its origins date back to a phase of transition between the still and the moving image. By creating a wide variety of duplications of a single image i am trying to translate it into the temporal and contemporary nature of film.” SF

Conversations With The Dead: Birth Caul Bardo
Irving Gamboa
4 min., 16mm on video, 2016, USA

“A chemically treated and rust bathed hallucinatory vision of the Tibetan Bardos. A film about the cyclical rhythms of dream and myth: A subterranean rorschach tapestry of bardo-themed symbols.” IG

The Betrayal
Susan Young
6 min., video, 2015, UK

“A woman trusts her psychiatrist, but becomes enmeshed in his prescriptive web. At its dark heart, The Betrayal is a twisted, deadly love affair.” SY

The Immortal Jellyfish
Colin West McDonald
9 min., video, 2015, USA

“After misreading her clock, Claire goes on an existential crusade to discover the truth behind time itself.” CM

In the Sky of your Thoughts what the Clouds Are
Craig Webster
15 min., video, 2015, USA

“A spandex-clad wanderer is led by a boy into a strange world.” CW

Bang Utot
Fabio Scacchioli & Vincenzo Core
26 min., video, 2016, Italy/Serbia

“A diaphanous shadowed woman rests beyond the confine of thousand liquefied nights, writes her secret on a piece of paper and, speechless, asks the uncovered sky if it’s true what they say, that beyond the tides live creatures made out of dreams. Is it a dream the dream that I see? Is it a sound the sound that I hear? The image, seeing itself in the mirror, says: it is not that what I show you that matters, but what I conceal, what vanishes beyond the boundary of the visible.” FS,VC

June 4th 3pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 5: Seven of Wands

Andrés Passoni
8 min., video, 2016, Argentina

“Every Sunday greyhound fans take their passion to the dog tracks. The spectators gather attracted by big bets, they watch the animals with the program in hand and choose their favorites to bet on them a sum of money hoping to win the prize with the greyhound champion. ” AP

Lorenzo Gattorna
9 min., Video, 2015, USA

”The onset of northern winter transitions towards the solace of southern latitudes. A dense nostalgia nestles into the former as a peculiar splendor surfaces upon the latter. However, what remains constant is a forecast for the near future. A certain unease surrounds eventual passersby and the establishment of permanence.” LG

Wayward Fronds
Fern Silva
13 min., 16mm on Video, 2014, USA

“Mermaids flip a tale of twin detriments, domiciles cradle morph invaders, crocodile trails swallow two-legged twigs in a fecund mash of nature’s outlaws… down in the Everglades.” FS

Baba Dana Talks To The Wolves
Ralitsa Doncheva
11 min., 16mm on Video, 2015, USA

“An impressionistic portrait of Baba Dana, an 85 year-old Bulgarian woman who has chosen to spend her life in the mountains, away from people and cities.” RD

Solitary Acts #6
Nazli Dincel
11 min., 16mm, 2015, USA

“This is a feminist critique of the Oedipal complex. The filmmaker recounts an abortion she had in 2009. The aborted child survives and becomes her lover. Her subject is filmed in a private act.” ND

somebody nobody
16 min., video, 2015, UK

“JUS SOLI opens up a discourse on the Black British experience; interrupting the emotional transition between generations and questioning what it means to be British” somebody nobody

First Time
Steven Summers
7 min., video, 2015, USA

“A meditation on VHS tapes and the act of losing one’s virginity.” SS

I Remember Nothing
Zia Anger
18 min., video, 2015, USA

“A student, unaware that she is epileptic, tries to get through another day. The film is structured in five sections, after the phases of a seizure.” ZA

June 4th 4pm

Logan Theater

Focus On Infinity

Focus on Infinity at the 23rd Chicago Underground Film Festival
directed by Joerg Burger Chicago Premiere

“The question concerning the origin of our cosmos and our existence has moved humanity for thousands of years. Where do we come from, what are we and where do we go? Looking for answers to these questions, scientists dig deep into the dimensions of our thoughts – to the limits of our imagination. Mathematics and Physics reached a certain degree of abstraction, not absolutely comprehensible for laypersons. What is keeping the innermost of the world together – creation or evolution? Theories and conclusions of natural science make you think about the purpose of live. Rational thinking rises to a new challenge: It gets confronted with an intellectual world that only philosophers and theologians seem to have known so far. Conversely, belief needs to deal with questions regarding the scientific background of creation. Enormous telescopes in the desert, supercomputers and gigantic particle accelerators: No effort is too much to satisfy the thirst for knowledge of human beings – to finally understand the secret of infinity. Focus on Infinity is a cinematic journey to people, machines and places that are connected with the exploration of the origin of our universe and our existence. Allowing an insight into the life and thoughts of scientists, this film will bring up questions, that are important to modern cosmology and quantum physics..” JB

Shown With:

Lullaby Optic
Steve Wood
8 min., Video, 2015, USA

“An abstract work generated by moving lights through multiple video feedback loops, resulting in a catalog of transient electronic forms. Captured in-camera, with no additional graphics or color enhancement. Scored with sounds from the NASA archives, and also with recordings of circuit-bent toys.“ SW

The Known Universe
Lisa McCarty
4 min., Video, 2015, USA

“The Known Universe is comprised of every publicly available image captured by the Hubble Telescope.” LM

June 4th 5pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 6: The Emperor

This Home Is Not Empty
Carol Nguyen
4 min., video, 2014, Canada

“A personal film questioning the ‘lies you tell yourself’ through a metaphorical lens.” CN

DUST – The wanted life
Giulio Baraldi
21 min., video, 2014, Germany/Italy

“DUST is the adventure of eight physically and mentally disabled persons who have been living in the Cottolengo Institute of Turin for over fifty years. This is neither a script nor an attempt to tell their discomfort.Through a creative artistic path revolving around theatre, these characters in search of an author stage themselves and the life that they would like to lead.” GB

Still At Large
Paul Rooney
11 min., video, 2015, UK

“The work seems to be an essay film about Holy Island, northern England, written and presented by Nicholas Still. But there is another, sinister, voice on the soundtrack, perhaps the voice of ‘narrative’ itself, submerging everything in it’s sadistic tide.” PR

The Splits
Allison Hrabluik
15 min., video, 2015, Canada

“Twenty people gather in a hall to perform an absurd ritual of movement and sound. Scissors clip, a rope whirs, and the sound of a mouth harp interrupts an operatic scream” AH

Traveling with Maxim Gorkiy
Bernd Lützeler & Kolja Kunt
11 min., video, 2014, Germany

“As so often, also here it’s rather about allusion than description. This also applies to the persons represented. Flat silhouettes of people. Their heads depicted in profile. Faces with no expression, formal gestures. In the background, a little bit of everyday life: The hard, square, stone architecture arises from ocher-colored, brownish, blackish mush of color or mud. A demonstration of the function of the central perspective. An idealized representation of a tropical paradise. Strangely, there’s no absurdity in this.” BL,LK

Spawned Seeds
Eugene Sun Park & Sara Zalek
3 min., video, 2016, USA

“One of the major developments in 20th-century contemporary dance, Butoh combines dance, theater, improvisation and influences of Japanese traditional performing arts to create a unique art form that is both controversial and universal in its expression. As art critic Mark Holborn of the New York Times describes it, “Butoh is defined by its very evasion of definition.” EP

Rock Clay Sand Straw Wood
Adele Horne
11 min., 16mm, 2015, USA/Canada

“A group works together to build a cottage out of inexpensive, local resources in Northern California. The film documents the gestures and materials that are part of the process.” AH

Open Hearing
Brian Ashby, John Corbett, & Terri Kapsalis
10 min., video, 2015, USA

“A dog is rescued from the railroad tracks. Citizens have their say while councilmen watch. Which is more precarious? Will somebody please do something? A collaborative meditation on the tensions between image, sound, and word that journeys beyond the human in the circus of politics.” BA

June 4th 6pm

Logan Theater

Daniel Martinico
80 min., video, 2016, USA

“In the hopes of revitalizing their marriage, a husband and wife retreat to a remote cabin getaway with some longtime friends. Their pleasant interaction quickly assumes a relentless intensity as they push one another, mentally and physically, towards transcendence. This shortcut to enlightenment, however, has unexpected consequences.” DM

“Excursions is a slow burn that eventually sets your hair on fire. What begins as an idyllic couples getaway for Los Angeles yuppies quickly subverts into an animalistic symphony of oddities that pulls viewers down a rabbit hole, and then collapses the hole behind them.” – Josh Mandel, Slamdance

Shown With:

Old Friends
Bruce Bundy
11 min., video, 2015, USA

“Kat and Arthur are married, Clara and Nicholas are too, and they all share a long friendship from their pursuits in higher education. Kat and Arthur have left the academic realm in favor of assuming control of a family-owned funeral parlor, while Clara and Nicholas have gone the route of adjunct professors; all are haunted by their positions. Clara and Nicholas taunt Kat and Arthur for leaving academia while lamenting their own newly onset professorial malaise, and envying their backdoor exit, while Kat and Arthur savor their roles as ejected fools while aching somewhat for the self-satisfying virtues of an academic life. They drink a lot and their strange, kinky, beautiful and tormented dynamics dance them through the course of their evening-long, heady reunion, proving that they are, indeed, old friends” BB

June 4th 7pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 7: The Page of Swords

Michael Fleming
8 min., 35mm on video, 2016, The Netherlands

“A 35mm found footage, hand manipulated, analogue collage film. It focuses on how fear and revenge is used in commercial cinema. Suggesting to be in control of our fear of mortality. Decimate what threatens us. In a same way the surface of the film material has been treated: by peeling, scalping, cutting, burning and destroying the image.” MF

Body Contours
Kristin Reeves
5 min., video, 2015, USA

“Make movies in your mind, feel the soundtrack, and drift away from your body for the win. Produced through a media art residency at Signal Culture using real-time analog video processing tools.” KR

16mm Sound Film
Aaron Kutnick
2 min., 16mm on video, 2014, USA

“The origins of film scratches.“ AK

Actual Case History
Tony Gault & Elizabeth Henry
9 min., video, 2015, USA

“Rotoscope animation reshapes a film into an examination of “the vague, indefinite fears which keep growing in our minds.” TG,EH

Odessa Crash Test (Notes on Film 09)
Norbert Pfaffenbichler
6 min., video, 2014, Austria

One of the most iconic moments in the history of film is reimagined with smashing success.

Lisa Truttmann
9 min.,video, 2015, Austria

“A video essay on the relativity of words, questioning the application of absolute values in an argument, visualized through a play on colors, their spaces, and their subjective perception. Quotes from Ludwig Wittgenstein’s “Remarks on Colour” emphasize this rhythmic flickering and slightly absurd conversation between colour and language.” LT

B-Roll With Andre
James N. Kienitz Wilkins
19 min., video, 2015, USA

“An anonymous and mediated testimonial about one man’s dangerous dream.” JW

John Klacsmann
3 min., 16mm, 2014, USA


Matt O’Connell & Lydia Janbay
28 min., video, 2014, USA

“Summer 1995. A boy receives his first video camera for his 13th birthday. What starts as a harmless home movie evolves into something much more alarming once he begins obsessively documenting his stepsister’s self-destructive behavior. Using personal crises as props for his narrative, the boy’s invasive lens only intensifies family conflict.“ MC,LJ

June 4th 8pm

Logan Theater

Luther Price: The Hermit

30 min., Super 8mm-to-digital, 1991/2002, Digitally restored by Anthology Film Archives with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


60 min, Super 8mm-to-digital, 1995, . Digitally restored by Anthology Film Archives with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

“A. is a relentlessly rancid alcoholic and drug-induced journey through which Edie, a washed-up and broken movie starlet finds herself alone and ugly with only glittering memories of her silver past.” –L.P.

June 4th 9pm

Logan Theater

Pastor Paul
Jules Bartkowski
70 min., video, 2015, Ghana/USA

“Pastor Paul follows the story of Benjamin, a mathematician and tourist in West Africa who is on a mission to discover the hidden formulas in the rhythms of African drumming. Early on in his travels he is shanghaied by a famous Nollywood actor named Kubolor (Wanlov the Kubolor) into playing the ghost of a white missionary (called Pastor Paul) in a Nollywood film, directed by the eccentric and formidable Funsho Ogundipe (Himself). During the shoot Benjamin experiences an actual spirit possession, speaking in tongues and seizure-like spasms, horrifying the crew and inadvertently giving the director exactly what he was looking for. Benjamin attempts to return to his research, seeking out drummers in remote villages, until his possession reoccurs. From that point on, his life turns into a Nollywood film as he pursues a remedy for this affliction. In the end Benjamin attends the premiere of the Nollywood film where it all began.” JB

Shown With:

He Who Eats Children
Ben Russell
26min., video, 2016, USA

“…and we Antilleans, we know only too well that – as they say in the islands – the black man has a fear of blue eyes.” – Franz Fanon, Black Skin White Masks

June 4th 10pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 8: Wheel of Fortune Reversed

Memento Mori
Ali Aschman
4 min., Video, 2014, USA

“An old briefcase opens to reveal the lives of objects, in this reflection on the ravages of time and the tendency of all things towards death and disappearance..” AA

Christopher McKee
11 min., Video, 2015, USA

“A romantic encounter in the not-so-normal life of a girl named Sandra. A love letter to the films of David Cronenberg and Wes Anderson, this dark comedy explores the themes of young love, parental guidance, obsession, and pleasure” CM

The Puppet Man
Jacqueline Castel
9 min., Video, 2015, USA

“A supernatural killer stalks a young woman and her friends in a seedy, neon-lit dive bar in this short film featuring horror legend John Carpenter.” JC

Disco Inferno
Alice Waddingon
12 min., Video, 2015, Spain

“A weary hell minion is on a mission to rescue her boss, who has entrenched herself on a palace surrounded by a bunch of lost souls. But the Devil is not willing to return to her daily routine.”AW

Gorgeous Vortex
Todd Lincoln
15 min., Video, 2015, USA

“A high fashion horror film about a woman who is haunted by her past and on the run from a secret organization.” TL

Sticky Drama
Jon Rafman and Daniel Lopatin
11 min., Video, 2015, USA

“Featuring a cast of over 35 children and developed in collaboration with Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never), the video brings to life a fantastical world in which characters are on a quest, battling for dominance and in a race against time to archive past histories. Inspired by the costumes, staging and extended improvised narratives of Live Action Roleplay (LARP), the video reflects the vivid, often violent world of children’s imaginations and games, as well as extending ongoing investigation into the nature of memory and the horror of data loss.” JR

Maggie’s Problem
Molly Hewitt
30 min., Video, 2014, USA

“From the dark depths of the unknown comes a creature which baffles science and could terrorize the world. But what happens when she is unable to contain her sinister desires? Maggie has a problem and it is a very big problem indeed!” -MH

June 5th 2pm

Logan Theater

Mia Donovon
84 min., Video, 2015, Canada, US Premiere

“Deprogrammed is a feature-documentary about the rise of Ted ‘Black Lightning’ Patrick’s deprogramming technique and anti-cult crusade. Deprogramming, as a form of cult intervention, started in 1971 and quickly snowballed into a vast underground movement composed of concerned parents, ex-cultist-turned-deprogrammers and some sympathetic law-enforcers whose mission was to physically and mentally remove individuals from groups referred to as ‘cults’. Inspired by her stepbrother’s deprogramming by Patrick in 1991, Mia Donovan meets the infamous ‘Father of Deprogramming’ himself and begins to unravel his notorious legacy.” MD

Shown With:

The Ladies
Tyler Zoanni
13 min., Video, 2015, USA

“For 50 years, a group of Ukrainian women has gathered in New York’s East Village to make dumplings for their church. This observational short offers an evocative portrait of “the ladies” and the work, faith, gossip, and humor that brings them together.” – TZ

June 5th 3pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 9: The Hierophant

Robert Todd
3 min., Video, 2015, USA

“Troubled times call for troubling measures. We have used our powers to build our House as we have seen fit, perfectly hollow, reflecting nothing of consequence. The end is near, and we have ushered it in.” RT

Of Birth and Brittle Teeth
Marinah Janello
6 min., Video, 2015, USA/Spain

“Of Birth and Brittle Teeth chronicles the lives of a group of farmers located in central Spain, dedicated to living off the land that they tend. With the use of spoken poetry and documentations of their daily lives, the film encourages the viewer to see the agronomist and their harvest as one.” MJ

Aurèle Ferrier
23 min., Video, 2014, Switzerland

“Infrastructures involves a journey through a landscape of infrastructures that are common to an everyday reality of routine. Yet here we find these environments are deserted. This allows attention to focus instead on the design and spatial arrangements of the objects, which become centrally present. .” AF

Lena Ditte Nissen
13 min., video, 2014, Germany

“Interweaving documentary images from the two matrilineal tribes of the Moshu (China) and the Kuna (Panama) this film connects alleged female societies from continent to continent. The link between these two worlds is the filmmaker herself, trying to cope with the otherness of what is seen and the strangeness of the inner experience.” LN

Exile Exotic
Sasha Litvintseva
14 min., video, 2015, UK

“Steeped in elliptical history and historical simulacra, Exile Exotic is set at a hotel that is a replica of the Kremlin. Narrating the exotic beginnings of my mother’s and my exile from Russia, the film serves as a platform for us to visit the Kremlin again, albeit by the side of a pool. This film is a pilgrimage. This film comes in waves.” SL

The Masked Monkeys
Anja Dornieden & Juan David González Monroy
30 min., 16mm, 2015, Germany

“The masked arts of Indonesia are thousands of years old. They are commonly referred to as wayang topeng (wayang: shadow or puppet; topeng: mask). It is believed that wayang topeng originated from tribal death rites, where masked dancers were considered the interpreters of the gods. In the lowest rungs of Javanese society a unique manifestation of these masked traditions can be found. Its practitioners are performers, but they are not merely entertainers. Their aim is not simply to amuse. Their ambition is to be respected, to be honored, to be successful. They have embarked on a path they know will lead to a higher state, to an honorable and noble position.” AD,JM

June 5th 4pm

Logan Theater

Booger Red
Berndt Mader
95 min., Video, 2015, USA

“Booger Red is a hybrid narrative/documentary film where fictional journalist, Onur Tukel, investigates the true case of the ‘Mineola Swingers Club’ trials. In 2006, seven people were sentenced to life for purportedly running the largest child sex ring in Texas history–inside of a swingers club in Mineola, TX. Onur, portraying a veteran reporter, interviews the actual defendants and lawyers involved in the trials. On his journey through the seedy underbelly of east Texas, Onur is forced to confront his own history with abuse while he discovers that the allegations at the root of his investigation might have never happened..” BM

“Booger Red falls somewhere between Errol Morris’s The Thin Blue Line and Call Northside 777’s cynicism.” – The Austin Chronicle

June 5th 5pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 10: The Hanged Man

Anna Kipervaser
6 min., video, 2014, USA

“Connecting time and place through undiscovered empty space between hemispheres.” AK

Tiniest Dreams
Randy Sterling Hunter
6 min., 16mm on video, 2014, Austria

“Two cannot become one. This idea threads its way through Tiniest Dreams conceptually, and it is persuasively conveyed by the formal division of the work into two parts as well.” -Christian Höller, Six Pack Films

Animal Landscape
Shelley Dodson
4 min., video, 2014, USA

“African animals transform the environment as the relationship between predator and prey unfolds.” SD

Toledo, My Father
Carson Parrish
8 min., 16mm on video, 2015, USA

“An underexposed night on the town with my dad and the movie palaces of yore.” CP

White Zone
Gaelle Cintre
22 min.,16mm on video, 2015, France

“Four women who are electro-hypersensitive -a rare condition where people find themselves acutely intolerant to electromagnetic fields including cell phone signals and WiFi- are driven deep into the French Alps in search for remote underground shelter. Because of their situation, their way of life has never been photographed. Until now. Zone Blanche is a film without electricity.“ GC

Shades of Shadow
Amir George
8 min., Video, 2015, USA

“Commissioned by Chicago Film Archives. Shades of Shadows is a collaboration with psychedelic soul band The O’Mys, that delves into spiritual mysticism and ritual sacrifice. Created with all archival footage, the characters in the film seek to manifest a better self.” AG

Cup of Stars
Ryan & Tyler Betschart
4 min., 16mm on Video, 2015, USA

“A vivid tableau of tenderness, Cup of Stars finds two brothers under a cool night sky, fishing for stars and supernovas. Using dream logic under their own bizarre terms, The Betschart Bros. subtly express through a smearing of light and the telling of folktales, ideas of growing up as siblings in Southern California.” RB,TB

Venom And Eternity For Beginners
Aryan Kaganof
20 min., 16mm on Video, 2015, South Africa

“The system’s thought, the thought of the social organization of appearance, is itself obscured by the generalized sub-communication which it defends. It does not know that conflict is at the origin of all things in its world. Specialists in the power of the spectacle, an absolute power within its system of language without response, are absolutely corrupted by their experience of contempt and of the success of contempt; and they find their contempt confirmed by their knowledge of the contemptible man, who the spectator really is.”AK

The Mess
Peter Burr
14 min., Video, 2016, United States

“A journey to the threshold of a utopian labyrinth. We follow the perspective of Aria End – tasked with cleaning up this feral structure.” PB

June 5th 6pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 11: The High Priestess

All Tru-ish
Mina Mir
3 min., Video, 2015, USA

“A One-sided relationship is depicted through a series of vibrant, absurdist vignettes.” MM

Dear Lorde
Duke & Battersby
27 Min., Video, 2015, USA

“Bone collector Maxine Rose, a 14 year old teenage girl, is looking for validation from her heroes, amongst them the primatologist Jane Goodall, bishop Desmond Tutu and the New Zealand teen pop Star Lorde. Offering them a gift of language, Maxine Rose stands for the desire to be visible and understood, not unlike the desire of an artist. We are particularly impressed by the multilayered story telling structure, the freshness of the characterization, and the honest exploration of an artists` vulnerability.” –Excerpt from the jury’s comment on awarding Dear Lorde the EMAF award.

Pattern For Survival
Kelly Sears
7 Min., Video, 2015, USA

“Pattern for Survival channels the frenetic energy and aggression of security and preparedness. As you read the rest of this manual, keep in mind the need for a survival strategy.” KS

Crystal Lake
Jennifer Reeder
20 Min., Video, 2016, USA

“A group of young girls take over a skate park, forming an all-female force field on the half pipe. There on the reclaimed ramp, with no boys around, they are thriving and visible. This is an anthem for young feminists, which presents female friendship as a means to survive adolescence. EVERY GRRRL-SHAPED BREATH IS A BATTLE CRY.” JR

Baghdad, Iowa
Usama Alshaibi
34 Min., Video, 2015, USA

“This liminal landscape, artificial yet grounded in a personal cultural mash-up of memory and pain, is seen through the camera, or the windshield as screen, as an attempt to reach a border between the seen and unseen. The town Baghdad, Iowa, is an imagined place that is transitional and conceptual. It is a place that connects my personal memories and trauma to an artistic space, which in turn allows both fears and desires to be expressed. Baghdad, Iowa is the mask, the shadow and the night stars that sing the sorrow song of death. The traveler is you and the voice you hear is your own. You might be dreaming, so don’t wake up until you arrive in Baghdad, Iowa.” UA

June 5th 7pm

Logan Theater

Shorts 12: Five of Pentacles

Josh Lewis
15 min., 16mm, 2015, USA

“To the accuser who is the god of this world.” JL.

Luminous Echoe
Chelsey Lorae
15 min., video, 2015, USA

“Shot entirely inside a Los Angeles residence, Luminous Echoes creates an abstract experience of sights and sounds in a city dwelling.”CL

All Systems Go
Shannon Lee
5 min., video, 2015, USA

“A pilot destroys a UFO in his memory. Created with colored pencils and videographics, as well as repurposed found footage and sound” SL

Nathaniel Draper & Aaron Khandros
9 min., video, 2015, Greece

“Greece is covered in concrete tumors — yapi, half-finished buildings left in permanent limbo, skeletal structures like temples to some obscure future gods. Emerging from their obscurity, the yapia grow to take on a life of their own. The future of their meaning, and their moment, are up for grabs.” ND,AK

Gulls at Gibraltar
Stephen Broomer
4 min., 16mm, 2015, Canada

“Seagulls hover and dip on the rocky coastline of Gibraltar Point. Tilting and multiple horizons camouflage the birds, splintering and gathering the lone gull to the flock.” SB

Mental Space
Toby Tatum
7 min., video, 1015, UK

“A vision in a dream. Follow a stream of consciousness deep into a world transformed by the shaping spirit of the imagination.” TT

Fish Point
Pablo Mazzolo
7 min., 16mm, 2015, Argentina

“The film is an impressionist, kinetic exploration through the natural landscape of Fish Point, the Provincial Nature Reserve on Pelee Island (Ontario, Canadá).” PM

2183 Days
Natasha De Betak
26 min., video, 2015, France/India

“Filmed over a period of five years; An unique cinematic observation of a Holy man who has been on a hunger strike to save the sacred river Ganga. Year after year, his body crumbles and on the 2183rd day he dies. Expressionism and poetry meet to create a sublime journey of an unusual soul.” NDB

June 5th 8pm

Logan Theater

The Alchemist Cookbook
Joel Potroykus
82 min., Video, 2016, USA, Chicago Premiere

“Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemical pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.” JP

Shown With:
Prima Materia
Azin Seraj
9 min., video, 2015, USA

“To the alchemists, the crudest base materials concealed a divine spark, a latent, transformative potential obscured within the darkness of matter. Prima Materia draws on the cryptic language of esoteric alchemy to distill, through the use of elemental processes and symbolically charged objects, both the personal experience and psychological phenomenon of surviving trauma.” AS

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Wednesday, June 1

CUFF Opening Night Party: Tony Conrad’s Amplified Drone Strings / Bruce McClure / Ben Baker Billington Ensemble

Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey #208 FREE with admission to Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present $10 at the door

Opening nightJoin us in celebrating the commencement of the 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival with this special opening night event. The celebration will take place at Elastic Arts immediately following the screening of Tony Conrad: Completely In The Present.

The night features a series of notable and captivating performances including Tony Conrad’s Amplified Drone Strings featuring Jim Becker (Violin), MV Carbon (Cello) and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Cello), Ben Baker Billington and a live film performance by Bruce McClure.

Thursday, June 2

10 pm @Parts and Labor, 2700 N Milwaukee Ave – FREE
Get your glad rags on and join the CUFF staff, visiting filmmakers and KJ Roseanne Arnold for this fun night of karaoke at Parts and Labor!


Caitlin Arnold is the assistant director of ACRE and hosts karaoke during the summer at the residency. This somehow turned into a bi-monthly gig at the Charleston bar in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. When hosting karaoke, Arnold goes by the pseudonym KJ Roseanne Arnold and her specialty is the finely curated list of songs she likes to hear people sing.

 Friday, June 3


10pm, $10, free for pass holders
Acre – 1345 W 19th Street
The biggest party of the 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival showcases some of the most interesting and powerful electronic and industrial music being made today. A true reflection of the CUFF ethos, these acts distort, manipulate and defy conventional musical genres.

PEDESTRIAN DEPOSIT                                               PD

 Saturday, June 4

Flaming Creatures of the Lagoon DANCE PARTY hosted by Glamhag feat. Gel Set / Grün Wasser / NYC Farm / DJs Ariel Zetina and Jeremiah Meece

Celeste – 111 W Hubbard St
Attention all creatures and slimy underwater things: the 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival brings you a late night dance party CREATURES OF THE LAGOON hosted by the one and only GLAMHAG at one of the best bars North of the Chicago River, Celeste.

Gel Set (c) Foto by Mateo

Performances by

DJ SETs by

Bring your lqqks and be ready to sweat.

Sunday, June 5

CUFF closing night party with DJ MTZ

Analogue, 2523 N Milwaukee Ave
The 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival will come to a close with a night meant for
saying goodbye and having one last drink, with MTZ spinning records until close.
XOXO Photo booth will be snapping photos of all who attend!


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23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

June 1-5
At The Logan Theatre
2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

Full Schedule

The Jury:

Jeffrey Bowers, Rebecca Hall, Tim Kinsella and Spencer Parsons

Ticket Information:


$20 All Access Ticket. Provides entry to the Screening & After Party

Opening night after party will take place at Elastic Arts Center immediately following the screening of Tony Conrad:Completely In The Present, featuring performances by Ben Baker Billington and Tony Conrad’s Drone Strings featuring Jim Becker (Violin),MV Carbon (Cello) and Fred Lonberg-Holm (Cello) and a live film performance by Bruce McClure.

***IFP/Chicago Members get 15% off all tickets. Email for more information.