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2009 Portland Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Portland Underground Film Festival poster featuring a man slaying a dragon

The fifth annual Portland Underground Film Festival is about to get underway this June 11-14. Not only is the festival going to be hosted again by the Clinton Street Theater, but the opening night film, Summer of ’69, is directed by the theater’s owner, Seth Sonstein.

The rest of the fest is filled with the typical outrageousness that PUFF has come to be known by, including the annual Bike Porn collection of shorts. I only have two special Underground Film Journal shout-outs for the fest and both are being screened during the shorts collection on June 13. They are Leslie Supnet‘s hard-rockin’ Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot and Jon Clark‘s ’80s groove-tastic Video Art, two really fun music-themed short films. Great pairing.

And now, here’s the full lineup:

June 11
8:30 p.m.: Summer of ’69, dir. Seth Sonstein. A jilted boyfriend goes after his dream girl and gets into numerous awkward situations — The most awkward being when he eventually catches up to his prize.

June 12
7:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.:Bike Porn 3.0: Cycle Bound
Short films about the living la vida bike-o. Titles and directors TBA.

June 13
6:30 p.m.: Abraham Obama, dir. Kevin Chapados. This documentary examines the new era of political street art that sprung up around the Barack Obama presidential campaign. Featuring interviews with Shepard Fairey, Morgan Spurlock, Mr. Brainwash, David Choe, Kevin Chapados, will.i.am., and more.

8:00 p.m.: “PUFF Short Films Program”
The Heart Is What Remains, dir. Alexandra Roxo
I Love (St.) Louis, dir. Joseph Lachajczyk
Leperfuck, dir. Drew Tobia (Watch online)
Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot, dir. Leslie Supnet (Watch online)
Dance of the Deviant, dir. Ben Popp
Le Tigre en la Cage, dir. Ben Popp
Reeling, dir. Jeremy Stevermer
Video Art, dir. Jon Clark
I Breed Ghosts, dir. Victor Spatafora
Dear, Love, dir. Timothy David Orme
Chupacabra, dir. S.L.O.P.
Acid Chip, dir. Mikey Kampman

10:00 p.m.: Recovery, dir. Mike Prosser. A loving husband shockingly commits suicide before his first son is born. As his family and therapist try to figure out why this man would do such a thing, they uncover a terrible secret he was hiding from the world.

June 14
7:00 p.m.: Cracking the Code, dir. Steve Coker. A total loser finally gets the opportunity to get it on with a beautiful woman. But, since that woman is his best friend’s soon-to-be ex-wife, will he be able to take advantage of the situation?

9:00 p.m.: “Long Shorts, Short Longs Program”
God of Tears, dir. Max Margulies and Naoko Masuda. What’s a sad god to do when his tears bring life to lower beings, but he finally has a chance to experience happiness for himself.

The Kismet Footage, dir. unknown. Hobos are supposedly killed for real in this allegedly found snuff tape.


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