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2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

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The Chicago Underground Film Festival’s 13th edition starts this year on Aug. 17th with the documentary Nice Bombs and will continue for 8 freaky filled nights at the Music Box Theater at 3733 North Southport. And here’s the list of feature films playing:

Aug. 17

8:00 p.m.: Nice Bombs, dir. Usama Alshaibi. Opening night film and World Premiere! Director Alshaibi returns to Iraq following the American “liberation” of 2003 to visit with family he hasn’t seen in 24 years.

Aug. 18

7:30 p.m.: Shattered, dir. James Fotopoulos. The latest feature by the prolific filmmaker is an experiemental documentary on publisher Barney Rosett, who introduced Americans to the writing of Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet and more avant garde authors.

7:45 p.m.: Danielson: A Familie Movie, dir. JL Aronson. A documentary on the alternative Christian rock band The Danielson Familie and its charismatic leader, Daniel Smith. Also played at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival.

9:15 p.m.: Bulldog in the White House, Todd Verow. This update of the classic story Dangerous Liasons recasts the current Bush Administration as group of devious homosexuals.

11:30 p.m.: Dangerous Men, dir. John Rad. The classic cult film by the mysterious, Iranian born Rad. A women seeks revenge against all men after a biker gang rape her and kill her boyfriend.

Aug. 19

1:00 p.m.: Making Waves, dir. Michael Lahey. A documentary about several “pirate radio” station owners.

1:45 p.m.: The Tailenders, dir. Adele Horne. A documentary exploring the use of ultra-low-tech audio devices by missionaries to convert indigenous populations. Also played at this year’s PDX Fest.

7:00 p.m.: The Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, dir. Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios. The strange tale of 5 American G.I.’s stationed in Cold War-torn Germany who formed an “anti-Beatles” rock group.

8:00 p.m.: Valley Girl, dir. Michelle O’Marah. An “appropriation” of the classic teen comedy by Martha Coolidge. Also played at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival.

9:00 p.m.: Dance Party USA, dir. Aaron Katz. A teenage slacker confesses his deepest, darkest secret to a girl he meets at a 4th of July picnic. Also playing at this year’s Atlanta Underground Film Festival.

10:45 p.m.: Headspace, dir. Jethro Senger. This blend of fictional narrative and documentary paints a portrait of electronic world music.

Aug. 20

1:00 p.m.: Weird Paul, dir. Stacey Goldschmidt. An eponymous documentary about Paul Petosky, a.ka. “Weird Paul,” who has written over 500 songs and produced over 20 self-released albums.

1:45 p.m.: Palestine Blues, dir. Nida Sinnokrot. A documentary on the impact of the Israeli “Security” Wall that divides the West Bank. Also played at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival.

3:30 p.m.: Transposition of the Great Vessels, dir. Lee Lynch. World Premiere! A young married couple search for the American dream in Los Angeles while being forced to deal with their newborn’s heart defect.

5:15 p.m.: The Wild Condition, dir. Rolf Belgum. World Premiere! A middle-aged man is stuck caring for his elderly mother who refuses to stay in a nursing home and dreams of returning to “the wild.”

6:15 p.m.: The Traveler, dir. William Olsson. A slacker who loses his job and his girlfriend finds a new life while staying in a seedy Berlin hostel.

7:00 p.m.: The Treasures of Long Gone John, dir. Gregg Gibbs. A documentary profile of the legendary record producer, Long Gone John, who founded the indie label Sympathy for the Record Industry.

8:00 p.m.: Sabbia, dir. Kate McCabe. A psychedelic road trip through the Southern California wasteland set to the music of Brant Bjork, of Kyuss and Fu Manchu.

8:00 p.m.: High Score, dir. Jeremy Mack. A documentary about a man obsessed with the classic video game “Missile Command.” Also played at this year’s Brooklyn Underground Film Festival.

Aug. 21:

6:00 p.m.: Making Waves, dir. Michael Lahey. A documentary about several “pirate radio” station owners.

7:00 p.m.: The Treasures of Long Gone John, dir. Gregg Gibbs. A documentary profile of the legendary record producer, Long Gone John, who founded the indie label Sympathy for the Record Industry.

10:00 p.m.: The Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback, dir. Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios. The strange tale of 5 American G.I.’s stationed in Cold War-torn Germany who formed an “anti-Beatles” rock group.

Aug. 22

6:00 p.m.: Danielson: A Familie Movie, dir. JL Aronson. A documentary on the alternative Christian rock band The Danielson Familie and its charismatic leader, Daniel Smith. Also played at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival.

7:15 p.m.: The Maryland Trilogy, dir. Jeff Krulik. Two new films by the king of underground documentary filmmaking: Still Obsessed, the sequel to Krulik’s classic Obsessed With Jews; and The Legend of Merv Conn, a profile of the “King of Strolling Accordianists.” Plus, the World Premiere of Rudy Childs’ Heavy Metal Picnic, a recently uncovered precursor to Krulik’s awesome rock doc, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, directed by Rudy Childs.

8:00 p.m.: Last Thoughts, dir. Kevin Henry. Director Henry hops the same rails that his grandfather criss-crossed the country on 75 years ago.

Aug. 23

5:45 p.m.: Valley Girl, dir. Michelle O’Marah. An “appropriation” of the classic teen comedy by Martha Coolidge. Also played at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival.

8:00 p.m.: The Maryland Trilogy, dir. Jeff Krulik. Two new films by the king of underground documentary filmmaking: Still Obsessed, the sequel to Krulik’s classic Obsessed With Jews; and The Legend of Merv Conn, a profile of the “King of Strolling Accordianists.” Plus, the World Premiere of Rudy Childs’ Heavy Metal Picnic, a recently uncovered precursor to Krulik’s awesome rock doc, Heavy Metal Parking Lot, directed by Rudy Childs.

9:45 p.m.: Dance Party USA, dir. Aaron Katz. A teenage slacker confesses his deepest, darkest secret to a girl he meets at a 4th of July picnic. Also playing at this year’s Atlanta Underground Film Festival.

Aug. 24

5:45 p.m.: High Score, dir. Jeremy Mack. A documentary about a man obsessed with the classic video game “Missile Command.” Also played at this year’s Brooklyn Underground Film Festival.

6:00 p.m.: The Wild Condition, dir. Rolf Belgum. World Premiere! A middle-aged man is stuck caring for his elderly mother who refuses to stay in a nursing home and dreams of returning to “the wild.”

7:30 p.m.: Palestine Blues, dir. Nida Sinnokrot. A documentary on the impact of the Israeli “Security” Wall that divides the West Bank. Also played at this year’s New York Underground Film Festival.

8:00 p.m.: LOL, dir. Joe Swanberg. Closing Night Film. A trio of young guys try to deal with modern romance through their computer monitors.

That’s a pretty hefty lineup, but I encourage you to visit the official CUFF schedule to check out the tons, tons, tons of great short films that will be playing alongside the features. And just check out their official site in general for tons more info, including the official CUFF blog.