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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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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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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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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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