2013 Boston Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
The mighty Boston Underground Film Festival celebrates their impressive 15th edition this year on March 27-31 at the Brattle Theatre. Here’s some highlights to be on the lookout for:
Opening night film: I Declare War, a childhood parable about war and brutality, directed by Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson.
Closing night film: Big Ass Spider!, a raucous giant arachnid vs. the military flick, directed by Mike Mendez.
Other Feature Films: Both Drew Tobia’s first feature, See You Next Tuesday; and the punk documentary A Band Called Death by Mark Christopher Covino and Jeff Howlett recently won awards at the 20th Chicago Underground Film Festival and will now kill it at BUFF. Sion Sono, a BUFF regular, will be screening the last of his “Trilogy of Hate,” Guilty of Romance; while Calvin Lee Reeder has the gross-out feature-length version of his gross-out short The Rambler. And Zach Clark, an Underground Film Journal favorite, will screen his latest gonzo Christmas comedy White Reindeer.
There are also lots of short films preceding most features, as well as a short film block, a music video block and a Saturday morning cartoon & cereal event.
The full festival lineup is below. For more info, please visit the official Boston Underground Film Festival website.
7:30 p.m.: I Declare War, dir. Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson. Two teams of children engage in a vicious “capture-the-flag” competition that increases in sheer brutality.
Worlds We Created, dir. Nicholas Santos
10:00 p.m.: The Manson Family, dir. Jim VanBebber. A fictionalized take on Charles Manson and his followers, as perceived from their viewpoint.
Old Man, dir. Leah Shore
Territorial, dir. Efren Ramirez
5:30 p.m.: Blue Dream, dir. Gregory Hatanaka. A Los Angeles journalist wallows in a sea of excessive vice as he watches his profession get flushed down the toilet.
Dear Moon, dir. Walter Sickert
Blue Sheep Suit, dir. Kevin Lonano
7:45 p.m.: A Band Called Death, dir. Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett. This documentary profiles the unlikely history of what may be the world’s first punk band.
Controlled by Rhythm, dir. Mike Pecci
9:45 p.m.: Guilty of Romance, dir. Sion Sono. A bored housewife is sucked into a sexually deviant new lifestyle and a murder mystery when she meets a part-time prostitute. The final chapter in Sono’s “Trilogy of Hate.”
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat, dir. Wes Simpkins
5:45 p.m.: “Topsy-Turvy Therapy Hour”
These Days Are Old, dir. Spookey Ruben
Omen of the Goblet, dir. Spookey Ruben
Opiate Girl, dir. Arturo Cubacub & Sarah Weis
Exit to Panama, dir. Spookey Ruben
Ruckus Juice, dir. Jennifer Deutrom
Natural Born Grannies, dir. Spookey Ruben
The Uncle Mike Show, dir. Cable Hardin
Space Package, dir. Spookey Ruben
T Is for Thread, dir. Chris Nash
Cavity Central, dir. Spookey Ruben
L’Brondelle’s Universe, dir. David Dineen-Porter
The Alsation Librarian, dir. Spookey Ruben
Moon Over Parador, dir. Jesus Wharhol
The Adventures of Spaghetti Cowboy, dir. Chris Cunningham
7:30 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.
Are We Not Cats, dir. Xander Robin
Ladyfemmes, dir. Drew Tobia
9:45 p.m.: Jug Face, dir. Chad Crawford Kinkle. A girl living in an icky backwoods community gets knocked up by her own brother.
Tokophobia, dir. James Pearcey, Russell Would, Evrim Ersoy
CandyMan, dir. Anthony Tocchio
11:59 p.m.: The Rambler, dir. Calvin Lee Reeder. An ex-con travels to meet his long-lost brother and ends up in the clutches of a mad scientist and other weirdos. Based on Reeder’s short film of the same name.
R3, dir. Jorge Enrique Ponce
Polly, dir. Jennifer and Melissa, Diego Ramirez
11:30 a.m.: “Saturday Morning Cartoons”
Classic Saturday morning cartoons, from the ’60s to the ’80s, served along with a selection of cereal.
2:45 p.m.: Pieta, dir. Kim Ki-duk. A loan shark’s hired muscle meets his estranged mother for the first time.
DeafBlind, dir. Ewan Bailey
5:15 p.m.: “Where the Music’s At”
Little Red Lung “50 Fingers”, dir. Sarah Sitkin
Twin Killers “Self Portrait Beneath a Woman’s Mask”, dir. Twin Killers
Darling Pet Munkee “Monster S-I-Z-E Monsters”, dir. Michael J. Epstein
Cold Mailman “My Recurring Dream”, dir. André Chocron
Cult of Luna “Passing Through”, dir. Markus Lundqvist
Scratch Massive (feat. Koudlam) “Waiting for a Sign”, dir. Edouard Salier
Daniel Bedingfield “Secret Fear”, dir. Daniel Bedingfield
Flying Lotus “Tiny Tortures”, dir. David Lewandowski
Antoni Maiovvi “Dark Room”, dir. Ryan Haysom
alt-J “Breezeblocks”, dir. Ellis Bahl
Keyboard Kid “BasedExorcism”, dir. Bryan McKay & Shannen Ortale
Hundred Waters “Boreal”, dir. Mayer/Levya
Bonobo “Cirrus”, dir. Cyriak
Caulit Anything “Mirror Lies”, dir. Adam Rosenberg
Christeene “Big Shot”, dir. PJ Raval
Hot Sugar “#MindControl”, dir. Matt Kliegman
Darwin Deez “You Can’t Be My Girl”, dir. Keith Schofield
7:00 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.
Remember Your Death, dir. Greg Croteau
Accidental Love, dir. Phil Healy
9:15 p.m.: Cheap Thrills, dir. E.L. Katz. A rich husband and wife engage a pair of down-on-their-luck friends to submit to a series of crazy stunts.
As Human As Animal, dir. Kristina Klebe
11:59 p.m.: Samurai Cop, dir. Amir Shervan. This 1989 “classic” Z-grade action movie follows the exploits of a white samurai police officer and his African-American partner as they go after Yakuza gangsters.
Bio-Cop, dir. Steven Kostanski
Vengeance de los Muertos, dir. Steven Christopher Wallace
12:30 p.m.: Mondomanila, dir. Khavn. Hip-hop artists try to carve out a life for themselves in Manila.
Bomb Fetish, dir. Matt Kliegman
2:15 p.m.: Los Chidos, dir. Omar Rodríguez López. A lazy and sadistic family makes a prisoner of an American traveler who gets stuck in their web.
Un Regalo, dir. Paul Colella
A Short Film, dir. Rick Williamson
4:15 p.m.: “Champagne & Dirty Sprite”
A collection of rap music videos.
6:00 p.m.: Vanishing Waves, dir. Kristina Buožyt. A research scientist uses his own invention to enter the mind of a comatose man where he meets, and becomes sexually attracted to, a mysterious woman.
Awake, dir. Francisco Sonic Kim
The Decelerators, dir. Mark Slutsky
8:30 p.m.: Big Ass Spider!, dir. Mike Mendez. The military attempts to kill a gigantic spider that’s terrorizing Los Angeles.
Game, dir. Josh MacDonald