From: Bryan Wendorf (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jun 04 2009 - 16:14:36 PDT
Our final deadline for submissions for the 2009 festival is just over
a week away. If you could help spread the word to your friends,
colleagues and/or students it would be greatly appreciated. Below is
an announcement about this year's call that is being sent out by
Withoutabox tomorrow. For more information please visit the festival
Programmer & Artistic Director
CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL
Chicago, Illinois – USA
September 10 to 13, 2009
At the Gene Siskel Film Center
The 16th Annual CHICAGO UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (CUFF) is an
internationally recognized showcase of avant-garde, documentary, and
cult cinema, promoting adventurous films that experiment in form,
technique, or content and that transcend expectations in the Windy
City. This renowned festival has carved out its own niche, exploring
the many definitions and interpretations of the “underground” concept.
CUFF boasts a history of superb programming that has garnered
afollowing among the media and industry; notable selections and
premieres from years past include DELIVER, ACCIDENTS AT HOME AND HOW
THEY HAPPEN, NICE BOMBS, SONIC OUTLAWS, and the Oscar nominated
documentary THE WEATHER UNDERGROUND.
Many notable names in experimental filmmaking have screened at CUFF,
ranging from acknowledged masters Kenneth Anger and George Kuchar to
today’s stars like Kevin Jerome Everson and Cory Archangel. The
Chicago Sun-Times writes, “[CUFF] is the city's most eclectic yet best
curated fest…. [and] has a knack for uncovering work that startles,
upsets and spellbinds."
UPCOMING DEADLINE June 15, 2009
MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
The Chicago Underground Film Festival exists to showcase the defiantly
independent filmmaker, and films made with passion, obsession, and
MORE ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
CUFF is well attended by programmers and curators from across the U.S.
and abroad, leading to many opportunities for additional exposure for
exhibiting filmmakers. In Variety, Matt Dentler, former SXSW
Programming Director declares, “[CUFF] has spent 15 years earning a
viable reputation for avant-garde and anti-establishment filmmaking,
as well as a Midwest platform for the year’s festival circuit hits.”
The Festival is a great time for attendees, filmmakers, and industry.
Daily screenings are followed by a great night of parties, events and
concerts. In Roger Ebert's words, "What you get for your money is not
just admission to the films but admission to a subculture."
In the words of CUFF organizers, "if you suspect your film is
'underground,' it probably is."
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.