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2013 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

Poster for 20th Chicago Underground Film Festival featuring a trippy face portrait

The massive 20th Chicago Underground Film Festival has come and gone and, surprisingly, the city is still standing!

But, in the epic event’s wake is left the exhausted bodies of several award winners, chosen by a three-panel jury composed of Mimi Brody, Frederic Moffet and Jack Sargeant; as well as a special award chosen by the audience.

Actually, the audience was so enamored of all the films screening at CUFF this year, they couldn’t make a decision of what they enjoyed the most. So, the Audience Award resulted in a tie between the feature film debut of Drew Tobia, See You Next Tuesday, and the anti-war documentary Hit & Stay by co-directors Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk.

The jury gave the Most Visionary Award to the very personal documentary A Body Without Organs by Stephen Graves. And they bestowed the Lifetime Achievement Award on underground filmmaking legend Jon Moritsugu, along with co-director Amy Davis, for their triumphant return to cinema, Pig Death Machine.

Several short films also won awards, such as extraordinary animator Jodie Mack‘s Persian Pickles taking the Short & Sweet Award; and the prestigious Made in Chicago Award went to remix master extraordinaire Kent Lambert for Wrest.

The full list of award winners is below:

AUDIENCE AWARDS (tie):
Hit & Stay, dir. Joe Tropea & Skizz Cyzyk
See You Next Tuesday, dir. Drew Tobia (Watch Online)

Jury Awards (features):

MOST VISIONARY AWARD:
A Body Without Organs, dir. Stephen Graves

THE RE-WRITING HISTORY AWARD:
A Band Called Death, dir. Mark Covino & Jeff Howlett

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:
Pig Death Machine, dir. Jon Moritsugu and Amy Davis

Jury Awards (shorts):

THE AMERICANA AWARD:
Gold Party, dir. Nellie Kluz

THE SHORT & SWEET AWARD:
Persian Pickles, dir. Jodie Mack

TROUBLED WATER AWARD:
The Sea is Still Around Us, dir. Hope Tucker

THE MADE IN CHICAGO AWARD:
Wrest, dir. Kent Lambert

Honorable Mentions:

The Time That Remains, dir. Soda_Jerk
The Casts, dir. Darrin Martin