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2007 Portland Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Film festival poster featuring jet trails spelling PUFF

This year’s Portland Underground Film Festival will run for four nights this year, June 7-10, at the historica Clinton Street Theater and will feature a mix of shorts and features. They are:

June 7
7:00 p.m.: Random Lunacy: Videos from the Road Less Traveled, dirs. Victor Zimet, Stephanie Silber. David Pearlman isn’t your average dad. Renaming himself Poppa Neutrino, he refuses to “settle down” and travels the world with his band with his family in tow from one haphazard adventure to another. Yes, it’s a documentary, i.e. a collage of videos made by Poppa Neutrino himself. Was also featured as the closing night film at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival. (Read the review)

9:00 p.m.: Palace of Stains, dir. Bob Moricz. Three degenerate families, the Griepers, Cosgraves and Montgomerys, vie to become kings of the hill, a very dirty, surreal hill. Starring a cast of 56 and shot entirely in one day. Moricz will be available for Q&A.

June 8
5:00 p.m.: Jack Hanke’s Family Ploy, dir. Jack Gibson. From the PUFF website: When Mr. Wiley sends a box of memories to Los Angeles, the residents of Georgetown, Texas begin to travel in time. Screening with Birthday, dir. Christopher Blauvelt.

7:00 p.m.: Rural Rock and Roll, dir. Jensen Rufe. This documentary showcases the DIY indie music scene of Eureka and Humbolt Counties, CA, which has a vibrant history and future. Director Rufe will be on hand for a Q&A, and an after party concert will feature bands The Lowlights, The Ravens and The Broken Hearts, all of whom are featured in the film.

9:00 p.m.: “Bike Porn.” Some good ol’ fashioned dirty short films about bikes.

June 9
7:00 p.m.: “PUFF Film Shorts”
Bump and Grind, dir. Ian Sundahl
A Very Sunny Morning, dir. Eric Carter (Watch online)
Twitch, dir. Leah Meyerhoff (Watch online)
Team Queen, dir. Leah Meyerhoff
Marko Potatovi, dir. Aaron Oldenburg
Ring! Ring!, dir. Arman Bohn
Westsider, dir. Charles Doran (Read the review)

9:15 p.m.: Black Bridge: 1984 Year of the Banger, dir. Kevin Doherty. When a young boy is murdered in a small town, the prime suspects (of course) are the “satanic” Heavy Metal lovin’ kids in town.

June 10
5:00 p.m.: Returning With Honor, dir. Samuel Adams. Based on Sam’s own true story, after serving on a mission in the Philippines in 2004, he returns home with undiagnosable diseases. When doctors tell Sam his illness is all in his head, he travels by bike from Portland to San Francisco to find answers and himself.

7:00 p.m.: Reynard the Fox, dir. Todd E Freeman. A minister interviews a killer in jail, a man who was convicted of killing his sister and raping her corpse.

9:00 p.m.: Don’t Eat the Baby, dir. Todd Berger. Post-Katrina, a New Orleans resident goes in search of the true meaning of Mardi Gras.

As always, for more info, including screening location, please visit the official PUFF site.