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2015 Brisbane Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

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The fifth annual Brisbane Underground Film Festival continues the scrappy little fest’s continuing mission to bring a little bit of cinematic oddballness to an underserved spot on the globe. The fest takes place on Jan. 8-10 at the Brisbane Powerhouse.

The fest kicks off on Jan. 8 with some local flavor, the documentary Gone Lesbo Gone, directed by Jarret Gahan, which takes a look at the making of an ambitious, but extremely cult level exploitation film, Lesbo-A-Go-Go. This will then be followed by an examination of a cult following on a galactic scale: Lil’ Bub & Friendz, directed by Andy Capper & Juliette Eisner, which brings the Internet cat video phenomenon to the big screen.

The real highlight of the fest, though — according to the Underground Film Journal — is Usama Alshaibi‘s incredibly personal and thought-provoking documentary American Arab, which examines the Arab experience in a post-9/11 world through personal recollections as well as interviews with several unique Arab voices. Read the Underground Film Journal’s review.

Also screening are Alex Ross Perry‘s existentially funny indie comedy Listen Up Phillip, the slacker thrills of Eddie Mullins’ Doomsdays and the pop star killing I Am a Knife With Legs by Bennett Jones.

The full Brisbane Underground Film Festival lineup is below, but for more information please visit the fest’s official website.

January 8

7:00 p.m.: Gone Lesbo Gone, dir. Jarret Gahan. This documentary chronicles the making of the faux ’60s exploitation film Lesbo-A-Go-Go by filmmaker Andrew Leavold, which has rarely been seen, but has an enthusiastic cult following.
Screening with:
Bloodrag, dir. Emma Varker

9:00 p.m.: Lil’ Bub & Friendz, dir. Andy Capper & Juliette Eisner. Following the interstellar rise of the sensational Internet feline Lil’ Bub and how she’s becomes such a beloved cat icon. Also featuring appearances by Grumpy Cat and Keyboard Cat.
Screening with:
Hot Chicken, dir. Iain Bonner

January 9

7:00 p.m.: Listen Up Philip, dir. Alex Ross Perry. A pretentious young author hooks up with his idol — an older, embittered novelist who is repulsed by humanity.
Screening with:
Stop Leak, dir. Dan White

9:00 p.m.: Doomsdays, dir. Eddie Mullins. Two slackers roam about an abandoned resort town, breaking into and trashing the empty homes.
Screening with:
Umbra, dir. Bryn Tilly

January 10

7:00 p.m.: American Arab, dir. Usama Alshaibi. Filmmaker Alshaibi explores what it means to be an Arab in the United States in the country’s post-9/11 society. Read the Underground Film Journal review.
Screening with:
Inner Palace, dir. Penny Van Hazelberg

9:00 p.m.: I Am a Knife With Legs, dir. Bennett Jones. An international pop star escapes to Los Angeles to wait for his inevitable death by a ruthless assassin.
Screening with:
Eat Up, dir. Adrian Goodman
Fresh to Death, dir. Isaac Ray


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