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2013 Arizona Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Abstract poster promoting the 2013 Arizona Underground Film Festival

The 6th annual Arizona Underground Film Festival might be beginning on the unluckiest day of the year — Friday the 13th — but the residents of Tucson are lucky for this 9-night extravaganza of wild and wooly cinema from all over the globe. The fest runs Sept. 13-21 at The Screening Room and other locations.

Opening Night films include the retro, music-fueled slasher flick Discopath by Renaud Gauthier and the Internet-based bloodbath Truth Or Dare, directed by scream queen Jessica Cameron making her filmmaking debut. The last film of the fest on the 21st is the cryptic post-apocalyptic thriller Dust of War, directed by Andrew Kightlinger.

The rest of the fest includes mind-bending fiction flicks like the cult-ish Fateful Findings by Neil Breen; the 90-minute, one-shot noir Worm by Andrew Bowser; Zach Clark’s twisted holiday movie White Reindeer; Drew Tobia’s surreal See You Next Tuesday; as well as challenging documentaries like Jeffrey Schwarz’s fabulous I Am Divine; A.J. Bond’s torture meditation Stress Position; and the profile of an American cinema icon Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction by Sophie Huber; and tons more features and loads of short films.

The full Arizona Underground Film Festival lineup is below. Please visit the fest’s official website for more info on the films, screening locations and to buy tickets.

September 13

7:00 p.m.: Discopath, dir. Renaud Gauthier. A young man is transformed into a raving psycho whenever he hears disco music.
Screening with:
Behind the Bush, dir. Yoann Luis

9:00 p.m.: Truth Or Dare, dir. Jessica Cameron. A violent — and popular — online version of the game “Truth Or Dare” turns deadly.
Screening with:
Eden, dir. Todd Cobery

September 14

2:30 p.m.: Kenneth, dir. Peter Anthony Farren. An unemployed man receives unwanted advice from a mysterious monster and becomes friends with a homeless man.
Screening with:
Tudor Village: A One Shot Deal, dir. Rhayne Vermette

4:00 p.m.: Stress Position, dir. A.J. Bond. This documentary chronicles two friends psychologically torturing each other.
Screening with:
Space Dracula, dir. Kevin Lonano

6:00 p.m.: “Underground on the Ledge”
Ascend, dir. Dae Hyun Song
So Far Above Humans They Are, dir. Amanda Stymeist, Elizabeth Lawrence
Passing Presence, dir. Omar Lopez, Jullian Ybarra
This Guy, dir. Jesse Debernard
Dinner Guest, dir. Bianca Luedeker
Black Metal, dir. Kat Candler
Magic the Gathering: The Musical, dir. Molly Coffee

7:45 p.m.: Loves Her Gun, dir. Geoff Marslett. A woman moves from New York to Austin, Texas and becomes heavily involved in the local gun culture.
Screening with:
Power Man, dir. Zachary Kerrholden

10:00 p.m.: Fateful Findings, dir. Neil Breen. A man with paranormal powers works as a computer hacker for the government and writes novels on the side.
Screening with:
Up, dir. Scott Fitzpatrick

September 15

6:00 p.m.: Flake and Flames, dir. Dirk Behlau, Jesper Bram, Daniel Alban Petersen. This documentary examines the international phenomenon of Kustom Kulture.
Screening with:
The Babe Wore Purple, dir. Justin Oney

8:00 p.m.: Very Extremely Dangerous, dir. Paul Duane. Meet Jerry McGill, a former rock star who got involved in a life of crime, in this documentary.
Screening with:
Goldfield, dir. Alan King

September 16

8:00 p.m.: Worm, dir. Andrew Bowser. In this 90-minute, unbroken long shot, a man wanted for a double homicide tries to clear his name in a small Oklahoma town.
Screening with:
Awash in the Sound of Birds, dir. Nicholas Watts
Filth, dir. Emma Varker

September 17

8:00 p.m.: Buck Wild, dir. Tyler Glodt. A groom’s world is rocked when he learns that his fiancé is cheating on him and that a Chupacabra virus is turning people into the undead.
Screening with:
Elegy, dir. Chris Ramirez

September 18

8:00 p.m.: White Reindeer, dir. Zach Clark. A young widow spends the Christmas season befriending the stripper her dead husband was having an affair with.

September 19

6:00 p.m.: A Measure of the Sin, dir. Jeff Wedding. After a young girl’s mother dies, the child goes to live with a family ruled by a sinister man.
Screening with:
Holiday, dir. Tony Lawrence

8:00 p.m.: 009-1: The End of the Beginning, dir. Koichi Sakamoto. This adaptation of the classic manga series tells the story of a female cyborg secret agent.
Screening with:
Juice of My Heart, dir. Carol Rhyu

September 20

6:20 p.m.: See You Next Tuesday, dir. Drew Tobia. A pregnant young woman with a loose grip on reality involves her alcoholic mother and “party girl” sister into her increasingly chaotic life.
Screening with:
And Many More, dir. Suzy Stein

8:00 p.m.: I Am Divine, dir. Jeffrey Schwarz. This documentary profiles the most notorious actress in film history, Harris Glenn Milstead aka Divine, who starred in numerous John Waters films and was on the verge of finding mainstream fame just before she died tragically.
Screening with:
Side Effects of Barry, dir. Amy French

9:45 p.m.: Love in the Time of Monsters, dir. Matt Jackson. Two sisters must fight toxic monsters in order to save their loved ones at a crummy tourist trap location.
Screening with:
Grasshopper!, dir. Michael Usry, Ryan Roy

September 21

3:00 p.m.: “The Shallow End of the Underground”
Jonathan, dir. Malcolm Critcher
Safety, dir. Rory Uphold
#Public Works, dir. Jason Wawro
Speed Shooting, dir. Joseph Kochmann
Vengeance De Los Muertos, dir. Steven Christopher Wallace
Operhator, dir. Tara-Nicole Azarian
Jamon, dir. Iria Lopez
Thanks For Laughing: Girls Just Want to Have Fun, dir. Eric van der Vynckt

5:00 p.m.: In The House of Flies, dir. Gabriel Carrer. Young lovers are abducted and subjected to psychological torture.
Screening with:
Ravenous, dir. Carmen Falk

7:00 p.m.: Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, dir. Sophie Huber. This documentary profiles the cult character actor.
Screening with:
Hold Up, dir. Fabio Friedli

9:00 p.m.: Dust of War, dir. Andrew Kightlinger. In a post-apocalyptic world, a soldier must protect a girl who is believed to be the savior of humanity.
Screening with:
Interrupted, dir. Chris Lambert


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