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2010 Minneapolis Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Film festival poster featuring a movie being screened while the theater burns

As the holiday season begins to ramp up, the 3rd annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival is going to be spreading some naughty cheer on Dec. 3-5 for a weekend packed with over 16 feature films, several short films, parties and more.

While there are tons of great films to see at the festival, the Underground Film Journal is especially excited by a trio of features that will be screening. First up is a rare U.S. screening of Spanish avant-garde filmmaker Carlos Atanes‘ third feature film Maximum Shame, an intense and surreal journey into an alternate reality on the verge of the destruction of the entire universe. The film combines philosophical ranting, verbal and physical torture, and singing! What more could you ask for?

Another international film that will be playing comes from just over the northern border. It’s Michael Peterson‘s wickedly entertaining Eddies: The Documentary, a truly inspiring film about amateur and professional filmmakers alike competing in a raucous, annual Calgary beer commercial competition.

Then, from right here in the States comes one of the most outrageously offensive films made within the last decade or two, Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson‘s The Taint. You can read the Underground Film Journal’s review of this movie here. It’s a wall-to-wall, over-the-top, non-stop parade of filthy, degrading, revolting humor — but in a good way! If you think you’re impervious to being shocked or grossed out because you’ve seen it all, then think again.

And those three are just for starters! For the full calamitous film lineup, please see below. And visit the official Minneapolis Underground Film Festival website for more info, including locations, tickets and more.

Dec. 3

7:00 p.m.: Macumba, dir. Greg Yolen. An American couple who move to Costa Rica are terrorized by the forces of black magic.
Screening with:
Abide, dir. Mark Green. A story of abuse passed down through the generations.

8:30 p.m.: “Minneapolis Project 2010”
Produced by John Koch, this is a collection of 24 new original short films made by Minnesota filmmakers dedicated to a different Minneapolis neighborhood, landmark or unique place.
Dischord (Part One of Three), dir. Jaime Carrera & Tyler Jensen
Tomorrow (Part One of Three), dir. John Koch
The Lovers, dir. Brian Murnion
Urban Agrarian Woman, dir. John Akre
Transfer, dir. Todd Wardrope
Claudia, dir. Stephen Gurewitz
Band Box Diner, dir. Amy Mattila
Firmament Collapse, dir. Allen Keating-Moore
Parade (Part Two of Three), dir. Jaime Carrera & Tyler Jensen
Shudder 13, dir. Dave Deal
Yesterday (Part Two of Three, dir.) John Koch
shut(ter, dir.) Nathan Gilbert
Free Puppies, dir. Dan Dockery
Raw Honey, dir. Abdi Hassan
We Major, dir. Brian Murnion
Wedge Walk, dir. Sam Thompson
Loon Lake Dance, dir. Dave Deal
Lakewood, dir. Sam Hoolihan
You. Me. Here., dir. Andrea Bursott & Corey Lawson
Gallery, dir. Todd Wardrope
Passing (Part Three of Three), dir. Jaime Carrera & Tyler Jensen
Air Conditioner, dir. Gabriel Cheifetz
Today (Part Three of Three), dir. John Koch
The Rescue, dir. Yoko Okumura and Elizabeth Mims

10:40 p.m.: The Taint, dir. Drew Bolduc and Dan Nelson. Two sane people must navigate a crazed world where everybody else on the planet has been transformed into brutal, murderous savages. (Read the review)

Dec. 4

10:00 a.m.: Carmilla Hyde, dir. Dave de Vries. An adult female virgin transforms into a sexy creature of vengeance after being violated.

12:00 p.m.: “Short Film Showcase 1”
Love, dir. Cristina Garcia
Sweet Damnation, dir. Ben Van Hunnik
Tarzan Jr. & the Cuban Mercenaries, dir. David C. Schmidt
We Could Be Ninjas, dir. Poz Lang

1:30 p.m.: Speakers Corner: You Have the Right to Remain Vocal, dir. Gavin White. A documentary on free speech in London.

1:45 p.m.: Going From Paradise Valley, Holy Cow!, dir. Arne Mostad-Jensen. Discussions about actual UFO encounters.
Screening with:
Earth Dance, dir. Becca Reilly. One day in Minneapolis, a group of strangers decide to dedicate one day to peace.

2:45 p.m.: The Unattainable, dir. Twoey Stein, John Davis and Jack Pigozzi. Three people must decide how they want to spend their last ten days on Earch.

3:30 p.m.: “Spanish Short Film Showcase”
The Storymaker, dir. Jose Gomez Gallego
Brian and Lucifer, dir. Ana Torres-Alvares
Cupid’s Arrow, dir. Leonardo Perez
Made in Japan, dir. Ciro Altabes
Thunderbolt and the Mermaid, dir. Gorka Otxoa
Because There Are Things You Never Forget, dir. Lucas Figueroa
The Tape, dir. Jorge M. Rodrigo
Dear Child Jesus, dir. Jesus Perez-Miranda

4:00 p.m.: Vixen Highway, dir. John Ervin. Three women must avoid all kinds of creeps and perverts on their mission to deliver an illegal donor liver to a dying rock star.

5:30 p.m.: Hunting Buddies, dir. Bill Cooper. Four friends head out for their annual hunting trip, but lose one of their group in the woods.

5:30 p.m.: The Telephone Game, dir. Jason Schumacher. A theater director must hold onto his sanity during the production of a controversial new play in which he’s cast himself in the lead role.

7:00 p.m.: Victory Square, dir. Liza Davitch. A mother and daughter compete when they both fall in love with men whom the other absolutely despises.

9:00 p.m.: Dynamite Swine, dir. Mark Poisella. A card sharp enters a dangerous game in order to win money to save his girlfriend’s hair salon for the homeless.

10:30 p.m.: Maximum Shame, dir. Carlos Atanes. A man and a woman fall into an alternate universe ruled by a cruel queen. (Read the review)

Dec. 5

10:00 a.m.: The Cello Incident, dir. Stephen Rife. No synopsis as of press time.

11:00 a.m.: The Darkness Within, dir. Dom Portalla. A recently engaged couple are tormented by their peeping tom neighbor.

12:45 p.m.: “Short Story Film Showcase 2”
The True Story of Peter Pan, dir. James Vogel
Lament, dir. Adam Zuehlke
Hosting Emily, dir. Abbey Keith
Donny West (Music Video), dir. James Vogel
Red Princess Blues, dir. Alex Ferarri
Empty Trash, dir. Jorge Sosa

3:00 p.m.: This Time Tomorrow, dir. Russell Anway. A guy looking to make a quick buck instead finds himself embroiled in a surreal situation in which he can unmake his own life.

4:30 p.m.: Eddies: The Documentary, dir. Michael Peterson. This documentary profiles hopeful amateur filmmakers competing to win the top prize in a beer commercial competition. (Read the review)

5:45 p.m.: My Art School Summer, dir. David & Mary Sandberg. In this animated comedy, a young art student has trouble focusing on her work when she’s surrounded by all kinds of losers and horn-dogs on campus.


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