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24th Chicago Underground Film Festival - DAY 2


Thursday June 1
6:30 PM

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Participate in My Relaxed State
Katya Yakubov
20 min., 2016, USA

This fractured narrative follows one woman's coming to terms with the elusive mind-body split. Challenging the validity of alternative as well as Western medicine, this film turns its attention instead to the moments in between therapy, and the possibilities that the strange encounter with another can bring.

Trust Fall
Jeanne Donegan and Eileen Rae Walsh
4 min., 2015, USA

An experimental video using found footage that cycles through evocative imagery to elicit sensations of fear versus pleasure. This imagery is laid over the sound of the two artists gasping for breath, a sound that remains ambiguous as to whether it is induced by danger or excitement.

Emerald Ice
Jesseca Ynez Simmons
14 min., 2016, USA

Emerald Ice is a cinematic odyssey exploring the mind of the American poet Diane Wakoski. This hybrid documentary, or docufantasy, brings to the screen her work--the sprawling beauty that is Diane's emotional spectrum.

Lingua Absentia
Kate Raney and Jeremy Bessoff
10 min., 2017, USA

An experiment in two contrasting points of view: A mother assists her daughter with severe schizophrenia undergoing a massive surgery to replace her tongue.

Gardening At Night
Shayna Connelly
12 min., 2016, USA

Waiting for confirmation of Anne’s death creates an unbearable state of regret, sadness and anticipation in Samantha. That night she tames her neglected garden and finds a way to say good-bye and to help her friend come to terms with death.

The Pier [Like Mending Glass]
Anna Hogg
26 min., 2016, USA

The filmmaker’s grandfather, suffering from Alzheimer’s, remembers, obsessively, an episode from his youth: an elegant young woman climbs over the railing of the pier and jumps into the water; he saves her. The old man’s speech becomes more confused; the women of his family repeat the story, now become mythical, using re-speaking techniques inspired by "verbatim theater”; the filmmaker reconstructs the scene, casting a young woman whose blonde chignon brings to mind Vertigo’s Madeleine. Yet the moment comes when the grandfather has to be brought to a nursing home, where, gradually, he fades away. His mind, his breathing, fly away with the passing time, along the flowing water. The last image that stays with him, is that of the pier..

Thursday June 1
7:00 PM

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Daniel Dietzel
13 min., 2016, Canada

24.24.24. is a view of a day in concurrent time. All of the day’s twenty-four hours are presented at once. In the minutia of time, banal events unfold and are made extraordinary through the camera’s gaze. Light gains character, shadow reshapes objects, and time becomes palpable. Take a look.

On an Unknown Beach
Adam Luxton & Summer Agnew
90 min., 2016, New Zealand, International Premiere

On an Unknown Beach is a speculative documentary on landscapes of ruin, and the three explorers who dive deep into the abyss. Aboard the state-of-the-art research vessel Tangaroa, coral scientist Di Tracey surveys the Chatham Rise seabed to document the impact of deep ocean trawl shing. Wandering through Christchurch’s eerie post-quake CBD, Bruce Russell, a sound artist and founding member of seminal noise band the Dead C, philosophises on urbanisation and regeneration through improvised soundscapes and his own highly evolved thought patterns. And navigating a fraught interior landscape, poet and actor David Hornblow uses Regression Hypnotherapy to traverse his past experiences with addiction.

"On an Unknown Beach… [is a] ground zero perspective of human life in the anthropocene; damaged, bruised, and in need of a fresh breath of air." - Adam Luxton & Summer Agnew

Thursday June 1
8:00 PM

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38 River Road
Josh Weissbach
7 min., 2016, USA/Switzerland

The voice of a figureless character is heard. The figure of a voiceless character is seen. A sequence of estranged voicemail's is framed by unidentified events. Fear resides in the gesture of a telling.

Unknown Hours
Calum Walter
12 min., 2016, USA

Unknown Hours studies a precarious nightscape. An observer journeys down a main street in Chicago towards a neighborhood known for its nightlife. The moving image is slowed to reveal the intermittence of street lights and sports bar televisions. A camera peers into the moments between events.

Ocean Hill Drive
Lina Sieckmann and Miriam Gossing
20 min., 2016, USA/Germany

Ocean Hill Drive examines a rare phenomenon, the so-called‚ shadowflicker’, that occurs in a suburban area on the outskirts of Boston. As a result of an erroneously installed wind turbine, the flicker effect, which brings to mind structuralist experimental cinema, appears instead in documentary images showing the landscape and architecture of a Massachusetts coast town.

Luna E Santur
Joshua Gen Solondz
10 min., 2016, USA

‘‘A visually assaultive threnody for losses never fully revealed and composed for monstrous times, “Luna E Santur” mingles sex and death with the supernatural and subnaturalistic."-Colin Beckett

Sea With No Name
Emi Linnakoski
36 min., 2015, Finland/Estonia

Desert. Sand blowing in eyes, back bent down, limbs heavy of waiting. Wallpapers reflecting the light beams from cars outside on the streets. Hands reaching warmth under the blanket or resting on thermostat.
When rejection and abandoning has beaten you repeatedly they sculpt themselves in human memory, all the way through your body.
Landscape in Tuula`s eyes is silent, days resemble one another, then suddenly a song blossoms in this desert, like a flower waking up at night. In that song she reveals herself to us. What kind of a prison has she built with only one feel - fear of abandoning?

Thursday June 1
9:00 PM

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The Pooka
Luke Boyce
15 min., 2016, USA

In a desperate attempt to aid a lost soul, a benevolent oversized rabbit must find a way to rekindle a forgotten spark.

Joji Koyama and Tujiko Noriko
84 min., 2017, Germany/UK/Japan

Romi, a Japanese woman living in Paris, works in a karaoke bar. At home in the suburbs, she tends to her paraplegic lover Milou. To pass the time she recounts to him a story alluding to a period they once spent together in Japan. Soon, the mystery of a man named Mr. Ono begins to unsettle everything. Weaving together personal history, anecdotes and myths, the story takes a dark turn.

“..a singular and impressively accomplished work of art.” –Christopher Bourne, Screen Anarchy

“hypnotic and meditative, Kuro is a daring work of cinematic literature.” —David Shreve, Audiences Everywhere