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2012 Montreal Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

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The seventh annual Montreal Underground Film Festival features four nights — and one matinee — of experimental short films from all over the world, plus two feature films. The fun takes place May 17-20 with the opening night event being held at Sala Rossa before the rest of the fest moves to Peut-être Vintage.

The opening batch of short films includes Winnipeg filmmaker Aaron ZeghersThe Story of Thomas Edison, plus films by fellow Winnipegger Scott Fitzpatrick, Simon Lacroix, Erin Weisgerber, Charles Fairbanks and many more.

Several other Winnipeggers have films throughout the rest of the fest, including Heidi PhillipsThe Last Harvest and Noam Gonick‘s Hirsch. Representing the U.S. are Neil Ira Needleman‘s Prelude & Erotiloop, Tony Gault‘s Ghost of Yesterday and Ben Popp‘s Lazslo Lassu.

The two feature-length films both screen on the last day of the fest, including Larry Wessel‘s epic documentary on Boyd Rice, Iconoclast, and the Portugese zombie movie Beyond the Grave by Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro.

The full film lineup is below. For more info, please visit the official Montreal Underground Film Festival website.

May 17

7:30 p.m.: “Opening Night”
Irma, dir. Charles Fairbanks
Dove, dir. Ezo
How to Talk to Kids, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
Toxic Park, dir. Cinzia Sarto & Ehita Frigato
Lesbian Hand Gestures, dir. Coral Short and Mascha Nehls
La Théorie du pareil, dir. Simon Lacroix
Peptalk, dir. Dayna McLeod
Chants silencieux, dir. Agnes Quillet
Propaganda 1, dir. Louis Fried
The Sound of Breathing, dir. Erin Weisgerber
The Story of Thomas Edison, dir. Aaron Zeghers
Square Dance Hypnotist, dir. Allan Brown

May 18

6:00 p.m.: “Dear Diary”
Thong, dir. Dayna McLeod
Narcissus, dir. Coral Short
Sans_Importance, dir. Jean-François Boisvenue
Winter’s End, dir. Wrik Mead
The First 40 Days, dir. Slava Mladenora
One Storey, dir. A. Moon
Ecstasy of St-Agnes, dir. Slawomir Milewski

8:00 p.m.: “Industrial Porn”
Awe Shocks, dir. Anja Dorniden and Juan Gonzalez
Barge Dirge, dir. Lindsay McIntyre
Black Chalk, dir. Irene Bindi
Men at Work, dir. Panu Johansson
Atracados/Moored, dir. Filipe Afonso
Forsaken, dir. Heidi Phillips
Front Street Yard, dir. David Ellsworth

10:00 p.m.: “Vidéo Art/Bonbons à la cannelle”
Bikini Coconut, dir. Eugénie Cliché
Melancholy Cheese Arrhythmia, dir. M. Woods
October 9th, dir. Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine
Miroirs grafignés, dir. Isabelle Lapierre
Everything Is Happy, dir. Tara Nelson
What does It Mean?, dir. Mihee-Nathalie Lemoine
Imagine, dir. Jonathan Lemieux
Canadian Time 2, dir. Christine Kirouac
Cahiers 1-4, dir. Kim Kielhofner
You Make Me Iliad, dir. Mary Reid Kelley

11:30 p.m.: “Mythic Spaces/Gloomy Places”
The Last Harvest, dir. Heidi Phillips (Watch online)
Crépuscule, dir. Éric Falardeau
The Red Hood, dir. Danishka Esterhazy
Dwelling, dir. Anne Golden
I See a Light, dir. Aaron Zeghers
Shadow Beyond Time, dir. John Tzourelekis

May 19

4:00 p.m.: “FAMILLE n.f. ( lat. familia )”
Ghost of Yesterday, dir. Tony Gault
Family Movie, dir. Anita Schoepp
Deep Six, dir. Gwynne Fulton
106 River Road, dir. Josh Weissbach (Watch online)
1945, dir. Inger-Maren Slagsvold
http://, dir. Bartosz Kruhlik
Carbon, dir. Craig Webster
Grandfather Never Saw the Sea, dir. Christine Huerzeler

6:00 p.m.: “RUSTY HEARTS & SUNSHINE”
Empire Builder, dir. Kevin Obsatz
Empty, dir. Jackie Traverse
A Life’s Work, dir. Adam R. Levine
Hirsch, dir. Noam Gonick
Postface, dir. Frédéric Moffet
Hockey Dyke in Canada, dir. Lamathilde
Madame Dubois et les cyclo-machines, dir. Claudia Chabot
Where We Were Not Part 1: Feeling Reserved, Alexus Story, dir. Jessica MacCormack

8:00 p.m.: “HAND-PROCESSED BUGS”
Pop-Up Windows, dir. Alexander Miehle
The Pool, dir. Christine Lucy Latimer (Watch online)
Focus, dir. Lindsay McIntyre
BbUgG, dir. Ezo
Koh, dir. Adam R.Levine
Fruit Flies, dir. Christine Lucy Latimer
Rivière au tonnerre, dir. Pierre Hébert
Focus, dir. Christine Lucy Latimer
Sinecdoquanon, dir. Ezo
Exploration of Surface and Decay, dir. Kelsey Braun
Galactic Docking Company, dir. Clark Nikolai
If I Can Fly, dir. Yoachim Bélanger
Axiom, dir. Sally Grizzell Larson
Zombie Drangonfly Discotheque, dir. David Montgomery

10:00 p.m.: “DIGITAL BREAKDOWN / ANIMATION”
When the Sun Turns Into Juice, dir. Steven Woloshen
Light, dir. Emily Baxter
Lazslo Lassu, dir. Ben Popp
An Urban Lullaby, dir. Sojin Chun
At One’s Fingertips, dir. F. Sanmartin & David Sanz
3 x 2, dir. Erin Sexton
Thin Red Line, dir. Paul O Donoghue aka Ocusonic
Wingdings Love Letter, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick
Red Nickel, dir. Eugénie Cliche
Pargu, dir. Sean Grounds
Prelude & Erotiloop, dir. Neil Ira Needleman
Ceibas: We Things at Play, dir. Evan Meaney
Red Rider’s Lament, dir. Jeremy Bessoff

May 20

12:00 p.m.: Iconoclast: Boyd Rice, dir. Larry Wessel. An epic documentary in three parts! This film profiles the controversial underground artist, musician and fascist intellectual, Boyd Rice, who has been friends with Charles Manson and pioneered the world of “noise” music. An in-depth exposé of true underground culture.

5:00 p.m.: “Walk, Don’t Run”
Modern Island, dir. Eva Kolcze
The Night of the Moon Has Many Hours, dir. Mauricio Arango
Las Vegas/Les Prés, dir. Benjamin R. Taylor
Private Views, dir. Isabelle Hayeur
Pilgrimage, dir. Marc Pelletier
From One’s Silence to Other’s, dir. Panu Johansson and Annika Rapo
R. Seymore Goes North, dir. Rhayne Vermette

7:00 p.m.: Beyond the Grave, dir. Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro. In a post-apocalyptic world that’s ruled by magic and mayhem, a police officer desperately searches for a possessed serial killer.


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