2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Award Winners
Held earlier this month on May 13-17, the epic 22nd annual Chicago Underground Film Festival gave out eight awards and six honorable mentions.
The big winner was Jennifer Reeder who took home this year’s Best of the Fest award for Blood Below the Skin, a 38-minute short film about three teenage girls who forge a special bond in the wake of an unanticipated incident. This marks back-to-back wins for Reeder who won the Best Short Award last year at CUFF for her previous film A Million Miles Away.
Other winners include Iva Radivojevic’s rumination on asylum seekers in Cyprus, Evaporating Borders, which won Best Feature; while David McMurry’s meditation on the world’s first nuclear town, Arco, Idaho, Atomic City, won Best Documentary. Also, ethnographic documentarian Ben Russell won the Poseidon’s Trident Award for Experimental Mythologies for Atlantis; and Laura Harrison’s animated The Lingerie Show won the prestigious Made in Chicago award.
The full list of award winners is below. Jurors for the festival this year were film essayist Kevin B. Lee; Michael J. Phillips Jr. of South Side Projections; and filmmaker, educator and curator Ines Sommer. You can also find the full festival lineup here.
BEST OF FEST
Blood Below the Skin, dir. Jennifer Reeder
Evaporating Borders, dir. Iva Radivojevic
Atomic City, dir. David McMurry
Her Silent Seaming, dir. Nazlı Dinçel
3-POINT LIGHTING AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE
Special Features, dir. James N. Kienitz Wilkins
POSEIDON’S TRIDENT AWARD FOR EXPERIMENTAL MYTHOLOGIES
Atlantis, dir. Ben Russell
MADE IN CHICAGO
The Lingerie Show, dir. Laura Harrison
Violets, dir. Jim Vendiola
For the Plasma, dir. Bingham Bryant & Kyle Molzan
Hacked Circuit, dir. Deborah Stratman
La Isla está Encantada con Ustedes (The Island Is Enchanted With You), dir. Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt
Limited Speech Holds Endless Misunderstandings, dir. Orr Menirom
Sailing a Sinking Sea, dir. Olivia Wyatt
Toward the Flame, dir. Paul Turano