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2014 Winnipeg Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Red box logo for Winnipeg Underground Film Festival plus drawing of boy and his cat

Hosted by Open City Cinema, the 2nd annual Winnipeg Underground Film Festival will be a raucous three-day celebration of fantastic avant-garde and experimental short films and videos from around the world. This year’s edition will run on June 27-29.

The fest opens on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. with a unique bang of an idea: “The 90 Second.” This is a program super-duper short films collected from all over the world, from right in the fest’s hometown of Winnipeg to Auckland to Chicago to London and numerous points in between.

Another one of the fest’s main highlights is a two-part celebration of the work of prolific Canadian film artist Mike Hoolboom. Two programs of two short films each will be featured. The first runs on June 28 at 3:30 p.m. with the films Frank’s Cock and Tom; and the second will close the fest on June 28 at 8:00 p.m. with the films Mexico and Buffalo Death Mask.

Also be on the lookout for a special celebration of cats featured in avant-garde films on June 28 at 7:00 p.m.; and just tons of short films screening throughout the fest, including special video and film loops by Lori Felker, Blake Williams and more.

The full 2014 Winnipeg Underground Film Festival lineup is below. Please visit the fest’s official website for more info.

June 27

7:00 p.m.: “The 90 Second”
Sixty ultra-short movies from around the world, from places such as Auckland, Barcelona, Chicago, Cologne, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Nuremberg, Portland, Toronto, Vancouver, Windsor, Winnipeg + places remote. Full program details to be posted closer to the show.

8:30 p.m.: “Place Studies”
Odeon Drive-In Theatre, 72 Hours, dir. Ryan Marques
It Goes, dir. Brandon Doherty
Conservatory, dir. Stephen Broomer
45 7 Broadway, dir. Tomonari Nishikawa
C-LR: Coorow-Latham Road for Those Who Don’t Have the Time, dir. Blake Williams
Look at Me Nippon, dir. Joon Sung
Death Songs & Car Bombs, dir. Brendan + Jeremy Smyth
Niagara’s Fury, dir. Benjamin R. Taylor
Coorow-Latham Road [looped video installation], dir. Blake Williams

10:00 p.m.: “Phenomenology”
A World Assembled, dir. Toby Tatum
Flower, dir. Naoko Tasaka
Living Fossil, dir. Sean Hanley
Peacock, dir. Alexander Stewart
Hermeneutics, dir. Alexei Dmitriev
Prisoner’s Cinema, dir. Joshua Gen Solondz
Second Hermeneutic [LIVE 16mm performance], dir. Michael A. Morris

11:30 p.m.: “New Music/Videos ft. Rob Crooks”
A recreation of an infamous music video directed by Ryan Simmons for musician Rob Crooks and his all-girl backing band, Rob’s Ravishers.

June 28

2:00 p.m.: “Spending Time With Yr Elders”
Over {Past:Future} Sight, dir. Christine Lucy Latimer
Calico, dir. Colin Nixon
Ceallaigh at Kilmainham, dir. Kelly Gallagher
Herradura, dir. Ellie Parker
Älä itke minua, ältini (Weep not for me, O mother), dir. Joel Autio
Water Washing Through Bones, dir. Laura Marie Wayne

3:30 p.m.: “Two Films x Mike Hoolboom”
Frank’s Cock, dir. Mike Hoolboom
Tom, dir. Mike Hoolboom

7:00 p.m.: “Cats of the Avant-Garde”
The Boxing Cats (Prof. Welton’s), dir. William K.L. Dickson + William Heise
The Private Life of a Cat, dir. Alexander Hammid + Maya Deren
Pussy Cat, dir. Federico Cosci
My Cat Gets an Aura Reading, dir. Peggy Ahwesh
Strange Pussy, dir. Tyler Hubby
Cats Morphing Into Croissants, dir. xGCGGCCGCx
Me-ow, dir. Mat Flemo
The Turning of the Year, dir. Rich Fedorchak
Magellan, dir. Karissa Hahn
These Are Some of My Friends, dir. Stéphane Oystryk
Roommate’s August Song, dir. Jodie Mack
Here Is Everything, dir. Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby

8:30 p.m.: “Free Forms”
FFF1, dir. Marcin Gyżicki
This Is Dynamation!, dir. Lansing Bruce Robertson
1D, dir. Kristriane Church
Crux Film, dir. Alexander Stewart + Lilli Carré
Buildings and Sky, dir. Matheu Plouffe
Structured Light, dir. Sebastian Melo
May, December, -3, dir. Isiah Medina
Fires, dir. Michael A. Morris
With Pluses and Minuses, dir. Mike Stoltz
Dumb Day [looped video installation], dir. Kevin Eskew
Six Cylinder Sludgehammer [looped video installation], dir. Kevin Eskew

10:00 p.m.: “Systems Broken”
BROKEN NEW: Disaster, dir. Lori Felker
Proposal for the Radical Redesign of North American Lighting, dir. Ben Clarkson
The Choir, dir. Marcantonio Lunardi
14 x 14, dir. Alberto Cabrera Bernal + Albert Alcoz
Hey There, Mr. Lonely Heart, dir. Clint Enns
Freedom, dir. Neil Ira Needleman
Video Work, dir. Guli Silberstein
Animal Bone Ash, dir. Benjamin Balcom
Golden Eye, dir. LJ Frezza
Just Like Us, dir. Jesse McLean
The Inner and Outer Vanishing Point, dir. Cameron Gibson
BROKEN NEW: Drama [looped video installation], dir. Lori Felker
BROKEN NEW: Conspiracy [looped video installation], dir. Lori Felker

11:30 p.m.: “Damien’s Video Birthday Dance Party”
Special party wishing underground filmmaker Damien Ferland a happy 29th birthday. With music and live video mixing.

June 29

5:00 p.m.: “A Flea’s Skin”
Amani + Rae, dir. Ellie Parker
A flea’s skin would be too big for you, dir. Anja Dornieden + Juan David Gonzalez Monroy

6:30 p.m.: “Rituals + Traumas”
Before the Portrait, dir. Karissa Hahn
No Porn, dir. Jela Hasler
Slit Me a River, dir. Christine Negus
The Parting Dance, dir. Gerard Freixes Ribera
Sunspots and Solar Flares, dir. Maria Magnusson
Second Skin, dir. Lasha Mowchun
Snapshots, dir. Brian Stockton
The Blazing World, dir. Jessica Bardsley

8:00 p.m.: “Two More Films x Mike Hoolboom”
Mexico, dir. Mike Hoolboom + Steve Sanguedolce
Buffalo Death Mask, dir. Mike Hoolboom


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