In a collaborative revamp of the 28th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), the world’s oldest underground film festival, Full Spectrum Features (FSF) is the official presenter of CUFF this year to program more diversity, equity and inclusion. to represent a wider range of artists and voices, including women, BIPOC and LGBTQ + filmmakers. The festival will present six feature films and six short film programs, presented from Friday November 5 to Sunday November 7 at the Logan Theater as well as online.
Bryan Wendorf, Festival Artistic Director and Chief Programmer, said: âIt’s so good to be able to host the festival in the real world again. The challenges everyone has faced over the past year has helped us rediscover the importance of community and connecting with others in person. CUFF has always championed this idea. Connecting films and filmmakers with each other and with a grateful audience. And with the development of the partnership between us and Full Spectrum Features coming to fruition, this idea of ââcommunity is at the forefront of our minds.
“We hope this year’s festival will be as inclusive and welcoming as possible, and we are delighted to present the 28th annual CUFF with an organization that values ââbreaking down the barriers that prevent filmmakers from breaking into the film industry.”
Opening night film! Co-directed by Chicago filmmakers Andrew Mausert-Mooney and Kera Mackenzie, co-founders of ACRE TV), the revealing “Make A Distinction” (Friday, November 5, 7 p.m., US) takes its name from the way whose species are identified in science. Featuring stylized scenes of field botanists, vendors, and soldiers in Clarksville, TN, and the television production community filming a police show in Chicago, the viewer is confronted with ‘name the enemy or become’ as it is obvious that the police are ultimately protectors of capitalism. This screening is a reminder presentation as part of CUFF, after its world premiere at the Onion City Film Festival in June 2021. Various short films will precede the feature film.
SHORT 1: A Glimpse Through Is Walking In (Friday, November 5, 9 p.m.) features films in the animation, documentary, experimental and music genres of Chris Blue and Jeremy Bolen + Nina Barnett, among others. The productions are represented by Austria, Canada, Ecuador, Germany, South Africa and the United States.
SHORT 2: The story turns (Saturday, November 6, 12:45 p.m.) presents films in the animation, documentary, experimental, historical and memoir genres by Benjamin Buxton, Laura Conway and Kelly Gallagher, among others. The productions are represented by Cuba, France, Iran, Ireland, the Islamic Republic of Singapore, Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
American premiere! âOther Like Me: The Story Of Throbbing Gristle And Coum Transmissionsâ (Saturday November 6, 2:45 p.m., US / UK) examines the will to create and survive in very first documentary on COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle, completed of stock footage and photos as well as interviews with founding members and industrial music pioneers Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti.
American premiere! Directed by Jonathan Davies, “Topology Of Sirens” (Saturday, November 6, 6:45 p.m. US) focuses on the art of listening, using personal computer games from the 90s. This meditative mystery concerns Cas going on an odyssey exploration of ambient sound and minimalist music by discovering an assortment of microcassettes. “Topology Of Sirens” features Courtney Stephens, Samantha Robinson and Chicago musician Whitney Johnson as herself.
Party after party (Saturday November 6, 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.) will open with DJ SJ (known for his concerts in and around Chicago, specializing in industrial / EBM, new wave and tech house) and will be followed by Allen Moore (a Chicago-based educator, curator, painter and experimental sound artist whose work converses with signifiers from black culture and personal narrative, highlighting underlying themes of racial, emotional and socio-economic conditions). It will end with Roger beebe with two 16 mm performances: âSoundfilm, “ a six-projector performance, exploring the history of sound recording and how sound is represented as an image, and “Last Light Of A Dying Star, “ a multi-spotlight meditation on the mysteries of space. The after party will be held at the Elastic Arts Foundation, 3429 W. Diversey Ave., Suite 208.
Matthew Wade’s dreamlike, atmospheric cosmic horror “A Black Rift Begins To Yawn” (Sunday, November 7, 7pm US) concerns Lara and Laura, two scientists who dive deep into a collection of tapes featuring their late teacher , discovering not only their mental decline but also that their sense of self and reality is disintegrating around them.
All CUFF screenings will take place at the Logan Theater, located at 2646 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago. Admission is $ 10 per ticket and $ 50 for an all-access pass. To attend the Festival After Party, tickets are $ 10 in advance and $ 15 at the door. CUFF will also be featured online through Eventive. For more information and a full list of movies, visit www.cuff28.org.
Cool cousin of the film festival circuit, aka the one who listens to Nick Cave and wears only black, the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) has been hailed by the Chicago Sun-Times as “the most eclectic and the best organized festival in the city”. Founded in 1993 by Jay Blasick, a Columbia College film student who was fed up with the exclusivity of the existing film festival circuit, and his friend Bryan Wendorf, the two created a festival for the kind of work they wanted to see, which were mostly films that the established film festival circuit (increasingly dominated by distributor product) refused to show. As it approaches its 28th edition, CUFF is officially the oldest underground film festival in the world.