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2007 New York Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ March 21, 2007

New York Underground Film Festival poster featuring drawings of bloody meat cleavers and drugs

The granddaddy of the undergrounds is now in it’s 14th year as the New York Underground Film Festival rolls out March 28 to April 3rd with it’s typical blowout of 7 days of shorts and features from the avant garde. The festival will once again screen at the awesome Anthology Film Archives at 2nd and 2nd. (I miss that place, I really do.) Without further ado, here’s the lineup, features list first, then shorts:

March 28
8:00 p.m.: Viva, dir. Anna Biller. Opening Night Film! In this tribute to ’70s sexploitation movies, a secretary gets involved in the bohemian lifestyle — including drugs and free love — after her husband splits. Also playing at the Boston Underground Film Festival.

March 29
7:00 p.m.: Red Without Blue, dirs. Brooke Sebold, Benita Naschold Sills, Todd Sills. This documentary tells the story of identical twin boys, Mark and Alexander Farley. As adults, Alex is now a woman named Clair and Mark is a gay man living in San Francisco. Watch the trailer!

8:45 p.m.: The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief, dir. Jake Clennell. A documentary about Osaka’s unique Cafe Rakkyo, where women pay money to be flattered and doted upon by male hosts.

9:45 p.m.: Nubile Nuisance, dir. Carlos Lamontoni. Four old dudes get mixed up with four sexy young ladies. Starring Andy Warhol superstar Taylor Mead! Preceded by Shhh… They’re Getting Closer, dir. Todd Verow.

10:30 p.m.: Bacchanale, dir. John Amero, Lem Amero. From 1970 comes this lost classic “dirty” arthouse film with lots of sex and lots of trippy visuals; plus a new soundtrack curated by Sam Zimmerman.

March 30
7:00 p.m.: Nice Bombs, dir. Usama Alshaibi. Director Alshaibi returns to Iraq following the American “liberation” of 2003 to visit with family he hasn’t seen in 24 years. Best Documentary Feature at the 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival!

8:45 p.m.: Each Time I Kill, dir. Doris Wishman. World Premiere! The last film from the late, great exploitation director. A female high school student who acquires one physical trait of every person she murders.

10:30 p.m.: The Insignificant Other, dir. Nail Chiodo. Produced mostly in 1978 and not finished until recently after several mishaps, several snooty types converge at an Italian villa and have a mostly miserable time.

March 31
1:30 p.m.: Red Without Blue. Repeat.

7:00 p.m.: La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo, dir. Jim Finn. World Premiere! A day in the life of a Peru women’s prison circa 1989 where the female prisoners are psychologically tortured by a sadistic warden and guards.

8:15 p.m.: Celluloid #1, dir. Steve Staso. A pretentious director and a spoiled actress meet to talk about their lives and their future dreams and aspirations. Of course, their egos get in the way of any human interaction.

April 1
2:30 p.m.: Paterson – Lodz, dir. Redmond Entwistle. An experimental video/audio collage comparing Paterson, and Lodz, Poland that presents a new audio track every time the film is screened.

3:30 p.m.: East 3, dir. Mr. Young. A documentary profiling the cold, remote town of Inuvik, which is in Canada’s Northwest Territories, where traditional ways of life meet modern social problems. (Read the underground movie review) (Watch this underground movie streaming online)

4:15 p.m.: The Sky Song, dir. James Fotopoulos. A new feature-length experimental work by underground staple Fotopoulos, director of Migrating Forms and Back Against the Wall.

7:00 p.m.: Frank & Cindy, dir. GJ Echternkamp. A documentary on Echternkamp’s unusual family. When he was 5, his drug-addicted mother, Cindy, married Frank, a member of a Menudo-style rip-off band that immediately broke up following the wedding. Stepdad has never worked in his life, mom supported the family for 25 years as best she could and now son makes movie about them. (Read the underground movie review)

8:45 p.m.: Random Lunacy: Videos from the Road Less Traveled, dirs. Victor Zimet, Stephanie Silber. Closing Night Film! David Pearlman isn’t your average dad. Renaming himself Poppa Neutrino, he refuses to “settle down” and travels the world with his band with his family in tow from one haphazard adventure to another. Yes, it’s a documentary, i.e. a collage of videos made by Poppa Neutrino himself. (Read the underground movie review) (Watch this underground movie streaming online)

April 2
7:00 p.m.: Nice Bombs. Repeat.

8:00 p.m.: La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo. Repeat.

10:30 p.m.: Each Time I Kill. Repeat.

April 3
7:00 p.m.: Nubile Nuisance. Repeat.

9:45 p.m.: Frank & Cindy. Repeat.

10:30 p.m.: Celluloid #1. Repeat.

And now, the shorts:

March 29
6:15 p.m.: “Fierce Creatures”
North of the Rug Fibers, dir. Christopher Miner
The Night Before Christmas, dir. Sam Bassett
ANTM Cycle 7.5 – Episode 2:, dir. Maxam
Wing Bowl 13, dir. Jenny Drumgoole
Jerry Ruis, Shall We Do This, dir. Josh Safdie and Ariel Schulman
Oh Boy!, dir. Jessica Jagtiani
Desert Pumps, dir. Cathee Wilkins and Steve Hall
I’m Keith Hernandez, dir. Rob Perri (Watch this underground movie streaming online)
I’m Serious, She’s a Bitch, dir. Rebecca Conroy (Watch this underground movie streaming online)

8:00 p.m.: “Antique Lands”
Sand Quarry, dir. Raphael Grisey
Katunayake Free Trade Zone, dir. Jesper Nordahl
Battles of Troy, dir. Krassimir Terziev

March 30
6:15 p.m.: “Natural High”
Light Work 1, dir. Jennifer Reeves
Evergreen, dir. Robert Todd
Fading Star, dir. John Standiford
Interplay, dir. Robert Todd
July Fix, dir. Jason Livingston
The General Returns from One Place to Another, dir. Michael Robinson
Origin, dir. Hiromi Yoshida

8:00 p.m.: “Welcome to Normal”
For a Blonde… For a Brunette… For Someone… For Her… For You…, dir. Mike Olenick
First Firing, dirs. Kelly Oliver, Keary Rosen
Cervesa Atlas, dir. Janicza Bravo
The Boy in the Air, dir. Lyn Elliot
Untitled Film, No. 9, dir. David Butler
Welcome to Normal, dir. Marianna Ellenberg
Lake Affect, dir. Jason Livingston
Battleship Potemkin Dance Edit (120 VPM), dir. Michael Bell-Smith
i am dancin where you can see me, dir. Iain Bonner
(Tommy-Chat Just E-mailed Me), dir. Ryan Trecartin
Ask the Insects, dir. Steve Reinke

9:45 p.m.: “Earthly Delights”
Something Else, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
Chin Music, dir. Mark Hood
Between Me and Earth, dir. Christopher Miner
Eyeshot, dir. Diana Heise
Valley of the Castles (Hunting Eagles), dir. Ruth Maclennan

March 31
2:30 p.m.: “Antique Lands” (Repeat)

3:30 p.m.: “Poems and Problems”
Lost, dirs. Jeanne Finley, John Muse
Untitled Video on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, the Law, and Poetry, dir. Paul Chan
Capital, dir. Ruth Maclennan
The Mendi, dir. Steve Reinke
The Professor, dir. Jason Price

4:15 p.m.: “Meet Mike” — All films directed by Michael Smith
Secret Horror
Go For It
Mike Builds a Shelter
The MUSCO Story
Do It
Famous Quotes from Art History
Outstanding Young Men of America

5:15 p.m.: “Life and Times”
NYC Weights & Measures, dir. Jem Cohen
According to…, dir. Kevin Jerome Everson
Life and Times of Robert Kennedy Starring Gary Cooper, dir. Aaron Valdez
Review, dir. Jenny Perlin
Eviction, dir. Steve Loff
Sway, dir. Richard Sandler (Read the underground movie review)

6:00 p.m.: “Learning to Live on Your Own”
Losing Ground, dir. Patty Chang
Underscan, dir. Nancy Holt
And We All Shine On, dir. Michael Robinson
Regarding the Pain of Susan Sontag (notes on Camp), dir. Steve Reinke
3/60: Baume im Herbst, dir. Kurt Kren
Blue Light, dir. Sandra Gibson

7:45 p.m.: “Neither Created Nor Destroyed”
Husky, dir. Jenny Drumgoole
Towards, dir. Ewa Einhorn
The Pig Bromise, dir. Ewa Einhorn, Misha Stroj
K, dir. Ewa Einhorn
Beehive, dir. Ewa Einhorn
I Like This Sound, dir. Mark Ther
The Results of Energy Neither Being Created Nor Destroyed on a Sunny Day, dir. James Yamada
Nature Mature, dir. James N. Kienitz Wilkins
Colon Karaoke, dir. Brina Thurston
Heap, dir. Ewa Einhorn
You’re Not Supposed to Be Here, dir. James Fotopoulos
Schweigen, dirs. Ewa Einhorn, Misha Stroj
You Don’t Understand He Is a Painter by Nature, dir. James Fotopoulos

9:30 p.m.: “Blood!”
Terror, dir. Ben Rivers (Watch this underground movie streaming online)
Only Just Begun, dir. Jennet Thomas
Blood of the Earthworm, dir. Brittany Gravely

10:00 p.m.: “Tube Time”
A collection of the weirdest videos found on the web.

April 1
1:30 p.m.: “Natural High” (Repeat)

5:15 p.m.: “Head Rush”
Through These Trackless Waters, dir. E. Henry
Intervals and Transformations, dir. H. Lain
Slow Jamz, dir. K. Pandian
Notes, dir. Jenny Perlin
The Truth and the Pleasure, dir. Jennet Thomas
Ultimate Reality, dir. Jimmy Joe Roche

6:00 p.m.:Lunchfilm
A collection of shorts commissioned by film journalist Mike Plante during lunch dates with each individual filmmaker. Participants include James Fotopoulos, Kevin Jerome Everson, Jem Cohen, Ben Coonley, Cam Archer, Roger Beebe, James Benning, James Clauer, Bill Daniel, Sharon Lockhart, Eileen Maxson, Carson Mell, Nina Menkes, Chris Peters, Elizabeth Skadden, Sebastian Wolf and the Zellner Brothers.

7:45 p.m.: “Paul and the Badger + Ben”
Paul and the Badger, Episodes 1-4, dir. Paul Tarragó
Ben Coonley will present a collection of films in four movements

April 2
6:15 p.m.: “Life and Times” (Repeat)

8:45 p.m.: “Welcome to Normal” (Repeat)

9:45 p.m.: “Fierce Creatures” (Repeat)

April 3
6:15 p.m.: “Poems and Problems” (Repeat)

8:00 p.m.: “Neither Created Nor Destroyed” (Repeat)

8:45 p.m.: “Head Rush” (Repeat)

That’s it!

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