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2010 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Boston Underground Film Festival

The teasing is over! This here is the real deal. The moment we wait all year for: The lineup for the powerful, the mighty Boston Underground Film Festival, which is set to run March 25 to April 1. Now in its 12th year, BUFF shows no sign of slowing down or taking it easy. In fact, this might be their most demented and transgressive edition yet.

There are homages to Giallo horror, tributes to the grand grindhouse tradition of sleaze and exploitation, sex and violence galore — both separately and together — plus, a resurrected ’80s slasher classic that all combine into an epic celebration of everything that is vicious and twisted in this world. But, in a fun way, ya know.

Alas, I haven’t seen any of the feature films that are playing this year, so I can’t offer any special recommendations of those. Although, there are many (most) that I’d be right first in line for.

But, there are some fantastic short films screening that you should keep a lookout for. First up, there’s the triumphant return of the brutal, death-dealing giant robots in Attackazoids, Deploy!! by short filmmaking wunderkind Brian Lonano. Then, if you want to take a moment of serenity amidst the insanity, then definitely pop in on the music video Anonanimal by fabulous Chicago animator Lisa Barcy, who beautifully brings to life the song by Andrew Bird.

If girls and farm animals are your thing, there’s Loretta Hintz’s absolutely hilarious The Sheep and the Ranch Hand. Hintz’s fellow San Francisco experimental filmmaker, Kerry Laitala, has crafted a spooky good time in Spectrology. And if you think your job is dreary and dull, its got nothing on the existential The Salariat in Parts by Zachary Epcar. Lastly, while I haven’t seen Neil Ira Needleman‘s Meeskeit yet, everything that dude touches is golden.

The full Boston Underground Film Festival lineup is below for your perusal. In addition to these films, there’s a lot more going on during the fest that you’ll need to check out their official website for more info. Underground filmmaking legend George Kuchar will be in town and you’ll be able to party with him at Kucharfest.

Plus, BUFF is honoring the amazing, the lovely, the insanely talented Mink Stole — star of a gazillion John Waters films and more — with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which should be an event not to be missed.

Enough of me blathering, here’s the lineup:

March 25

7:00 p.m.: Love Exposure, dir. Sion Sono. A teenage Japanese boy, who’s dying to fall in love, masters the art of taking pictures up girls’ skirts and finally finds his soul mate, a vicious young lady who hates men with a passion.

March 26

3:00 p.m.: Slimed, dir. Eric Manche & Jeff Nitzberg. An atheist park ranger and a bible salesman join forces to stop a slimy conspiracy.
Screening with:
Stoney, dir. Jacob LaMendola

5:30 p.m.: “Psychedelicinema”
Fragment One, dir. Scott Nyerges
The Salariat in Parts, dir. Zachary Epcar (Read the underground movie review)
A Trip to the Shops, dir. Grant McPhee
Chicago Corner, dir. Bill Brown (Watch this underground movie streaming online)
Spectrology, dir. Kerry Laitala (Read the underground movie review)
Suspect, dir. Mary Magsamen & Stephan Hillerbrand
Plastic Ballad, dir. Mara Tasker
Dollar Portrait, dir. Matthew Perino
Needle Work, dir. Ron Resendes
Autumnal, dir. Scott Nyerges
Themes & Variations for the Naked Eye, dir. Caitlin Horsmon
Golden Hour, dir. Robert Todd

5:45 p.m.: Impolex, dir. Alex Ross Perry. A WWII GI goes on a lonely mission to find undetonated German V-2 rockets. (Read the underground movie review)
Screening with:
Little Ride Up on Clouds, dir. Rafael Moraes

7:30 p.m.: American Grindhouse, dir. Elijah Drenner. An in-depth exploration into the sordid history of exploitation filmmaking, featuring tons of clips and interviews with some of the masters of the medium, such as Herschell Gordon Lewis, Joe Dante and John Landis. (Read the underground movie review) (Watch American Grindhouse streaming online)
Screening with:
Porn Guide, dir. Dick Thompson

7:45 p.m.: It Came From Kuchar, dir. Jennifer M. Kroot. A documentary on the life of twin pioneering underground filmmakers, George and Mike Kuchar, who directed such classics as Hold Me When I’m Naked and Sins of the Fleshapoids. (Read the underground movie review) (Watch It Came From Kuchar streaming online)
Screening with:
The Hairy Horror, dir. George Kuchar

9:45 p.m.: Pieces, dir. Juan Piquer Simón. BUFF presents a special screening of this classic ’80s slasher film about a maniac killer who cuts up his female victims to build the perfect woman. Filmed in Boston!
Screening with:
Fireman, dir. Adam Brooks

10:00 p.m.: “J. Cannibal’s Tapas of Terror”
We Gatta Eat, dir. Craig Shannon
Your Friendly Local Butcher, dir. Mischa Chaleyer-Kynaston
Flesh, dir. Mikey Reyes
Captive, dir. Gus Alvarez
Direct to Your Door, dir. Eddie Deirmenjian
The Ugly File, dir. Mark Steensland
La rubia del baño, dir. Daniel Barosa
Higher Plane, dir. Travis Bigg
Entwined, dir. Reeve Rixon
Danse Macabre, dir. Pedro Pires

11:55 p.m.: The Life and Death of a Porno Gang, dir. . In ’90s-era Serbia, a film school graduate joins up with a group of artists to form a travelling porno cabaret act. To make some extra cash, the gang eventually start producing real snuff films for the black market.
Screening with:
Raymond May Have Rabies, dir. Ramiro Belanger

11:55 p.m.: “Midnight Transgressions”
My Friend Root Rot, dir. Paul von Stoetzel
Tainted Milk, dir. ScreamerClauz
Scissu, dir. Tom Bewilogua
Rat, dir. Alex Kirschenbaum
Ice Cream Sunday, dir. Victor Bonacore
Next Floor, dir. Denis Villeneuve
Arcadia, Downtown, dir. Yaron Lapid

March 27

12:45 p.m.: “Animated Animus”
Fuzzy Insides, dir. Michaela Olson
Jelly Fishers, dir. Steven Subotnick
Wall Pets, dir. Eunice Kim
Milbe (Mite), dir. Karl Tebbe
Together!, dir. David Sheahan
Innertubes, dir. Tim Beckhardt
The Magnitude of the Continental Divides, dir. Christopher Coleman
Red Revenge, dir. Eun Ha Choi
CD-ROM, dir. Andy Heck Boyd

1:15 p.m.: “Cinemental does BUFF”
The Death of Grandma Gladys, dir. Kate Lain
Haboged (The Traitor), dir. Tomer Velkoff
Carmen’s Place, dir. Anna Wilking
Dreaming Through Noise, dir. Sofi Marshall
The Sheep and the Ranch Hand, dir. Loretta Hintz (Read the underground movie review)
Meeskeit, dir. Neil Ira Needleman (Watch this underground movie online)
The Harvey Girl From Shanghai, dir. Michael Frost

2:45 p.m.: “Sippin’ The Electric Kool Aid”
WolfManTree, dir. Stuart Allan
Nanosporin AI, dir. Stephen Fishman
Bathtub Dream, dir. Ethan Feldbau
Elfmädchen, dir. Mirka Morales
Stretch, dir. Arturo Cubacub and Sarah Weis
Cocktail Hours (Writer’s Block), dir. Bonnie Foster
Telepoorchoice, dir. Mischa Chaleyer-Kynaston
Massacrator, dir. Pierre Ayotte
Steeples, dir. Bryan Papciak
Spaceboy, dir. Mike Olenick
Jimmy Stringbean vs. The Rock God of the Cosmos, dir. Ben Stewart
Misadventures of Moon Kitty, dir. DeWayne Austin
Love Child, dir. Daniel Wirtberg

3:15 p.m.: My Normal, dir. Irving Schwarz. A lesbian must choose between her dueling dreams of becoming a filmmaker or a dominatrix.
Screening with:
Valerie Sells Her Panties Online, dir. Valerie Temple

4:45 p.m.: The Romantic, dir. Michael P. Heneghan. A young dreamer struggles to save humanity from the oppressive grip of four omnipotent gods. (Watch The Romantic streaming online)
Screening with:
Ichthyopolis, dir. Andre Silva

5:30 p.m.: “Where the Music’s At”
Anonanimal, dir. Lisa Barcy
Shaved, dir. Salazar
Upside Down, dir. Blake Salzman
Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry, dir. Noah Blumenson-Cook
In Our Talons, dir. Alan Poon
Me-Time, dir. Hiro Murai
Odessa, dir. Video Marsh
Bit By Bit, dir. Felix Hüffelmann & Philip Frowein
Mirrors, dir. Henry DeMaio
Paddling Ghost, dir. Natalie van den Dungen
Enter the Ninja, dir. Rob Malpage
Goodbye, dir. Nick Childs
Highspeed Drift, dir. Jacqueline Castel
Um yer smile is like totally ruling me right now, dir. Lila Burns
Date an Asian, dir. Ballard Boyd
Pieces of the Species, dir. BriAnna Olson
Empty Houses, dir. Hank Friedmann
Why Didn’t You Get a Haircut?, dir. Chris Shashaty
1,2,3, Partyy, dir. Aaron Brown & Ben Chappell
Ohohooh, dir. Mathias Erixon
Hard Times, dir. Ace Norton
Autumn Spills, dir. Theodore Cormey
Goodnight Anna, dir. Gene Park
(Rock the) Belz, dir. Kaveh Nabatian
Jackhammer, dir. Phil Davis
Candyman, dir. Joseph Krings
Mass Transit, dir. Chris Shashaty

7:00 p.m.: Love on the Rocks, dir. Justin Edwards. After a couple breaks up for no good reason, they discover that they should have stayed together after hooking up with psychotic new lovers.
Screening with:
You Ruined Everything, dir. Anthony Penta

7:30 p.m.: Stuck!, dir. Steve Balderson. In this tribute to ’50s women-in-prison movies, a young woman is sent to death row for a murder she didn’t commit and is locked up with the worst female degenerates — and guards — on the planet.

9:30 p.m.: Red White & Blue, dir. Simon Rumley. A woman out to hook up with the “wrong” kind of men gets involved with a creepy war veteran and a demented musician.

9:45 p.m.: Someone’s Knocking at the Door, dir. Chad Ferrin. A pair of serial murderers hunt a pack of sexually deviant, drug-addled medical students.
Screening with:
Yellow Light, dir. Ryan Tse

11:55 p.m.: Subconscious Cruelty, dir. Karim Hussain. An anthology film of some of the most disturbing imagery you are ever going to see. And that’s a promise!

11:55 p.m.: “Midnight Transgressions”
My Friend Root Rot, dir. Paul von Stoetzel
Tainted Milk, dir. ScreamerClauz
Scissu, dir. Tom Bewilogua
Rat, dir. Alex Kirschenbaum
Ice Cream Sunday, dir. Victor Bonacore
Next Floor, dir. Denis Villeneuve
Arcadia, Downtown, dir. Yaron Lapid

March 28

12:00 p.m.: Maverick Mother, dir. Janet Merewether. For this documentary, Merewether, a 39-year-old single filmmaker, decides to have a baby on her own and films her journey to have one.
Screening with:
The Spider, dir. Juan Declan
Motherhood, dir. Brian Brennan & Kevin Krutz
The Marina Experiment, dir. Marina Lutz (Watch this underground movie online)

12:30 p.m.: “More About Birds Than Bees”
Heart of a Bee, dir. Dean Ciocca
The Albatross, dir. Tate Bunker
Sapsucker, dir. Christopher Holmes
Chicken, dir. Robert Alan Rackham
French Penguin, dir. Johnathan Monaghan
Chickenshit, dir. Ricky Gluski

2:00 p.m.: “Ignorance Is Strength”
Attackazoids, Deploy!!, dir. Brian Lonano
Skylight, dir. David Baas
How Not to Be Stupid, dir. Carey Burtt
This Is My Show, dir. Lori Felker
A Tax on Pochsy, dir. Karen Hines
CannibAlien, dir. Kaichi Sato

2:30 p.m.: Asylum Seekers, dir. Raina Ajami. Six crazy people battle it out for a coveted slot at a mental asylum that can only accept one of them.

3:00 p.m.: Playing Columbine, dir. Danny Ledonne. This documentary explores the controversy over an amateur video game that allowed players to reenact the notorious Columbine high school shootings.
Screening with:
Born to Be Alive, dir. Alexander Felsing

4:30 p.m.: Friends (with Benefits), dir. Gorman Bechard. Lifelong platonic friends finally decide to do the deed when they can’t find romantic relationships to squeeze into their busy lives.
Screening with:
Caniformia, dir. Jessica Stevens

5:15 p.m.: The Death of Alice Blue, dir. Park Bench. A woman is thrilled that she lands a great new job, but she’s not so thrilled when she discovers she’s working for vampires.
Screening with:
No Escape, dir. Till Martinsen

6:45 p.m.: Cummings Farm, dir. Andrew Drazek. A trio of couples hoping to bring some excitement into their relationships decides that freely swapping sexual partners is the way to go.
Screening with:
Happily Ever After, dir. Jamie Heinrich (Watch this underground movie online)

8:00 p.m.: Amer, dir. Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani. In this tribute to old school Giallo films, a woman is tormented her entire life by strangely erotic and violent fantasies.

March 29

5:30 p.m.: Love on the Rocks, dir. Justin Edwards. After a couple breaks up for no good reason, they discover that they should have stayed together after hooking up with psychotic new lovers.

5:45 p.m.: “Psychedelicinema”
Fragment One, dir. Scott Nyerges
The Salariat in Parts, dir. Zachary Epcar (Read the underground movie review)
A Trip to the Shops, dir. Grant McPhee
Chicago Corner, dir. Bill Brown (Watch this underground movie streaming online)
Spectrology, dir. Kerry Laitala (Read the underground movie review)
Suspect, dir. Mary Magsamen & Stephan Hillerbrand
Plastic Ballad, dir. Mara Tasker
Dollar Portrait, dir. Matthew Perino
Needle Work, dir. Ron Resendes
Autumnal, dir. Scott Nyerges
Themes & Variations for the Naked Eye, dir. Caitlin Horsmon
Golden Hour, dir. Robert Todd

7:30 p.m.: Asylum Seekers, dir. Raina Ajami. Six crazy people battle it out for a coveted slot at a mental asylum that can only accept one of them.

7:45 p.m.: “Animated Animus”
Fuzzy Insides, dir. Michaela Olson
Jelly Fishers, dir. Steven Subotnick
Wall Pets, dir. Eunice Kim
Milbe (Mite), dir. Karl Tebbe
Together!, dir. David Sheahan
Innertubes, dir. Tim Beckhardt
The Magnitude of the Continental Divides, dir. Christopher Coleman
Red Revenge, dir. Eun Ha Choi
CD-ROM, dir. Andy Heck Boyd

9:30 p.m.: Stuck!, dir. Steve Balderson. In this tribute to ’50s women-in-prison movies, a young woman is sent to death row for a murder she didn’t commit and is locked up with the worst female degenerates — and guards — on the planet.

9:45 p.m.: “J. Cannibal’s Tapas of Terror”
We Gatta Eat, dir. Craig Shannon
Your Friendly Local Butcher, dir. Mischa Chaleyer-Kynaston
Flesh, dir. Mikey Reyes
Captive, dir. Gus Alvarez
Direct to Your Door, dir. Eddie Deirmenjian
The Ugly File, dir. Mark Steensland
La rubia del baño, dir. Daniel Barosa
Higher Plane, dir. Travis Bigg
Entwined, dir. Reeve Rixon
Danse Macabre, dir. Pedro Pires

March 30

5:30 p.m.: Playing Columbine, dir. Danny Ledonne. This documentary explores the controversy over an amateur video game that allowed players to reenact the notorious Columbine high school shootings.
Screening with:
Born to Be Alive, dir. Alexander Felsing

2:00 p.m.: “Ignorance Is Strength”
Attackazoids, Deploy!!, dir. Brian Lonano
Skylight, dir. David Baas
How Not to Be Stupid, dir. Carey Burtt
This Is My Show, dir. Lori Felker
A Tax on Pochsy, dir. Karen Hines
CannibAlien, dir. Kaichi Sato

7:15 p.m.: “Sippin’ The Electric Kool Aid”
WolfManTree, dir. Stuart Allan
Nanosporin AI, dir. Stephen Fishman
Bathtub Dream, dir. Ethan Feldbau
Elfmädchen, dir. Mirka Morales
Stretch, dir. Arturo Cubacub and Sarah Weis
Cocktail Hours (Writer’s Block), dir. Bonnie Foster
Telepoorchoice, dir. Mischa Chaleyer-Kynaston
Massacrator, dir. Pierre Ayotte
Steeples, dir. Bryan Papciak
Spaceboy, dir. Mike Olenick
Jimmy Stringbean vs. The Rock God of the Cosmos, dir. Ben Stewart
Misadventures of Moon Kitty, dir. DeWayne Austin
Love Child, dir. Daniel Wirtberg

7:30 p.m.: The Romantic, dir. Michael P. Heneghan. A young dreamer struggles to save humanity from the oppressive grip of four omnipotent gods. (Watch The Romantic streaming online)

9:30 p.m.: Someone’s Knocking at the Door, dir. Chad Ferrin. A pair of serial murderers hunt a pack of sexually deviant, drug-addled medical students.

9:45 p.m.: The Life and Death of a Porno Gang, dir. Mladen Djordjevic. In ’90s-era Serbia, a film school graduate joins up with a group of artists to form a travelling porno cabaret act. To make some extra cash, the gang eventually start producing real snuff films for the black market.

March 31

5:30 p.m.: Impolex, dir. Alex Ross Perry. A WWII GI goes on a lonely mission to find undetonated German V-2 rockets. (Read the underground movie review)

5:45 p.m.: “More About Birds Than Bees”
Heart of a Bee, dir. Dean Ciocca
The Albatross, dir. Tate Bunker
Sapsucker, dir. Christopher Holmes
Chicken, dir. Robert Alan Rackham
French Penguin, dir. Johnathan Monaghan
Chickenshit, dir. Ricky Gluski

7:15 p.m.: Friends (With Benefits), dir. Gorman Bechard. Lifelong platonic friends finally decide to do the deed when they can’t find romantic relationships to squeeze into their busy lives.

7:30 p.m.: “Where the Music’s At”
Anonanimal, dir. Lisa Barcy
Shaved, dir. Salazar
Upside Down, dir. Blake Salzman
Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry, dir. Noah Blumenson-Cook
In Our Talons, dir. Alan Poon
Me-Time, dir. Hiro Murai
Odessa, dir. Video Marsh
Bit By Bit, dir. Felix Hüffelmann & Philip Frowein
Mirrors, dir. Henry DeMaio
Paddling Ghost, dir. Natalie van den Dungen
Enter the Ninja, dir. Rob Malpage
Goodbye, dir. Nick Childs
Highspeed Drift, dir. Jacqueline Castel
Um yer smile is like totally ruling me right now, dir. Lila Burns
Date an Asian, dir. Ballard Boyd
Pieces of the Species, dir. BriAnna Olson
Empty Houses, dir. Hank Friedmann
Why Didn’t You Get a Haircut?, dir. Chris Shashaty
1,2,3, Partyy, dir. Aaron Brown & Ben Chappell
Ohohooh, dir. Mathias Erixon
Hard Times, dir. Ace Norton
Autumn Spills, dir. Theodore Cormey
Goodnight Anna, dir. Gene Park
(Rock the) Belz, dir. Kaveh Nabatian
Jackhammer, dir. Phil Davis
Candyman, dir. Joseph Krings
Mass Transit, dir. Chris Shashaty

9:30 p.m.: Cummings Farm, dir. Andrew Drazek. A trio of couples hoping to bring some excitement into their relationships decides that freely swapping sexual partners is the way to go.
Screening with:
Happily Ever After, dir. Jamie Heinrich (Watch this underground movie online)

9:45 p.m.: The Death of Alice Blue, dir. Park Bench. A woman is thrilled that she lands a great new job, but she’s not so thrilled when she discovers she’s working for vampires.
Screening with:
No Escape, dir. Till Martinsen

April 1

5:30 p.m.: My Normal, dir. Irving Schwarz. A lesbian must choose between her dueling dreams of becoming a filmmaker or a dominatrix.
Screening with:
Valerie Sells Her Panties Online, dir. Valerie Temple

5:45 p.m.: Maverick Mother, dir. Janet Merewether. For this documentary, Merewether, a 39-year-old single filmmaker, decides to have a baby on her own and films her journey to have one.
Screening with:
The Spider, dir. Juan Declan
Motherhood, dir. Brian Brennan & Kevin Krutz
The Marina Experiment, dir. Marina Lutz (Watch this underground movie online)

7:15 p.m.: American Grindhouse, dir. Elijah Drenner. An in-depth exploration into the sordid history of exploitation filmmaking, featuring tons of clips and interviews with some of the masters of the medium, such as Herschell Gordon Lewis, Joe Dante and John Landis. (Read the underground movie review) (Watch American Grindhouse streaming online)

7:30 p.m.: It Came From Kuchar, dir. Jennifer M. Kroot. A documentary on the life of twin pioneering underground filmmakers, George and Mike Kuchar, who directed such classics as Hold Me When I’m Naked and Sins of the Fleshapoids. (Read the underground movie review) (Watch It Came From Kuchar streaming online)
Screening with:
The Hairy Horror, dir. George Kuchar

9:30 p.m.: Red White & Blue, dir. Simon Rumley. A woman out to hook up with the “wrong” kind of men gets involved with a creepy war veteran and a demented musician.

9:45 p.m.: Amer, dir. Helene Cattet & Bruno Forzani. In this tribute to old school Giallo films, a woman is tormented her entire life by strangely erotic and violent fantasies.


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  • Patricia Zabroski says:

    Kevin,you are a long way from your art class at meyers. I am very proud of you for your accomplishments in the art world. Mom tells me you are married and becoming a dad soon! Good luck to you and your family.

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