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2011 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Opening & Closing Night Films

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Update: See the full 2011 CUFF lineup here.

The Chicago Underground Film Festival, the longest-running underground film fest in the world, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for their 18th annual edition, which will run this year June 2-9 at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Opening the prestigious festival is the debut feature film by Chicago-based filmmaker Jerzy Rose, Some Girls Never Learn. The film is an absurdist comedy about the discovery of several bizarre scientific happenings, including the unearthing of Amelia Earhart’s leg bone, animals spontaneously gathering into concentric circles and helium escaping into the luminiferous aether. Meanwhile, a high school science teacher has to journey into the underworld to retrieve his girlfriend.

Rose has previously directed several short experimental videos, including a trailer for last year’s CUFF. He is also a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Watch the Some Girls Never Learn trailer:

Then, closing the festival this year is Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s acclaimed documentary Heavy Metal Picnic, which showcases an outrageous outdoor music festival held in Maryland in the 1980s and catches up with several of the party goers in the present day.

The documentary serves as a quasi-sequel to Krulik and Heyn’s legendary underground film Heavy Metal Parking Lot; one of the most bootlegged and beloved movies of all time, with admirers including celebrities and musicians such as Sophia Coppola, Edward Norton and the band Nirvana.

Heavy Metal Picnic documents a similar culture found in the infamous HMPL — if you look closely, you’ll see an HMPL “star” make an appearance at the Picnic party — and further cements Maryland’s reputation of the ’80s official rock ‘n’ roll party world capital.

The Underground Film Journal reviewed Heavy Metal Picnic here.

Watch the Heavy Metal Picnic trailer:

In addition to these films, CUFF has also announced this year’s festival jury. They are:

  1. Donald Harrison, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
  2. Chi Jang Yin, a Chinese-born media artist specializing in conceptual documentaries.
  3. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, film critic and one of the new co-hosts for Ebert’s At The Movies.
  4. Irvine Welsh, the writer most popularly known for the novel Trainspotting.

For more info on the Chicago Underground Film Festival, please visit the fest’s official website.

See the full 2011 CUFF lineup here!


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