The 23rd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is the longest-running “underground” film festival in the world. Hosted at Chicago’s legendary Logan Theatre – the theater’s recent renovation unmasked its original ornate detailing from its opening in 1915 and provided the modern enhancements necessary for today’s screenings. Shining a bright spotlight on avant-garde and cult cinema, CUFF draws enthusiastic film fans from all over the world to celebrate original filmmaking that is not afraid to take a risk.
New works by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern, Andrew Lampert Guest curated by Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti (Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn)
Spacetime Singularities is a program of new moving image works made for the occasion of Peephole Cinema by Bradley Eros, Sarah Halpern and Andrew Lampert. The works, hand shot by each artist in the darkness – of a cave, a nightclub and on the streets of NYC in the wee morning hours – collapse sensations and sounds into a single focus viewing experience in which stalactites appear as sonograms, Kenneth Anger conducts a ceremony on the theremin, and liquid nitrogen tanks become ticking time bombs in the city’s rain-slicked streets. – EB & AM
Co-programmed by The Chicago 8 Small Gauge Film Festival & The Nightingale
“Bay Area artist Steve Polta has been producing a body of films, mostly on Super 8, over the past two decades that are as exquisitely nuanced as they are rarely seen. Each film presents a narrow window onto the ordinary world, prodded by subtle observation until it yields images of ethereal beauty.” (Rick Bahto: Echo Park Film Center)
VISIONS in collaboration with the Double Negative Collective presents a double event with the presence of the artist.
A specialist in lyrical 16mm filmmaking as well as a sound and visual artist, Robert Todd continually produces short works that resist categorization. In the past twenty years he has produced a large body of short-to-medium format films that have been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues and festivals including the Media City Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales, Black Maria Film Festival, Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, Cinematheque Ontario, the Harvard Film Archive, Pacific Film Archive, the Paris Biennial, Slamdance Film Festival, and others. His films have won numerous festival prizes, grants, and artist’s awards. He teaches film production at Emerson College in Boston.
Filmmaker Jeannette Muñoz presents some 16mm selections from two ongoing projects. In Envíos (2005-) we see sequences, incidents, occurrences, fragments, moments, glimpses, each section realised with and/or for a particular person, like a gift or dedication. Punchuncavi (2015) takes us to a former native American site in Valparaíso, Chile, now host to copper refineries, steam power plants and a lading port.
Tele-novela is a genre of limited-run drama series popular on Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television networks. The term combines tele, short for televisión or televisão (Spanish and Portuguese words for television), and novela, a Spanish and Portuguese word for “novel”. Symbolic, social, or technological, Tele-novela mimics the serial and structural nature of the pop cultural programs, but moves from linear story to abstracted narrative, and experimental play by electronic means.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works. The 54th AAFF will take place March 15–20, 2016 at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, MI.
The 54th AAFF will provide at least $21,000 in cash and film stock/services to more than 20 filmmakers, serves as a qualifying festival for Academy Award® nomination in the short film category and provides touring opportunities for select filmmakers.