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2008 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

By Mike Everleth ⋅ November 14, 2008

The 15th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival wrapped up back on Nov. 2, but I only just stumbled across the fest’s award winners list, which I’ve posted below.

The above embedded trailer is for the Documentary Feature winner, Greg Koh’s Song Sung Blue, which tells the story about a husband and wife Neil Diamond tribute band called Lightning and Thunder. The film also won this same award at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival back over the summer and it’s screened at a slew of other underground fests this fall. The couple featured in the film also appeared in the tribute band documentary …An Incredible Simulation, directed by Jeff Economy and Darren Hacker, which I saw way back at the 2001 New York Underground Film Festival. I hope I can catch Song Sung Blue someday since it’s really been tearing up the fest circuit this year.

I haven’t seen any of these winners, actually. Jim Finn‘s The Juche Idea did also recently screen at the AFI fest here in Los Angeles, but I happened to be out of town on those days and missed that. Regardless, congratulations to all the winners! And to CUFF for having another successful year! Next year will mark CUFF as the longest running underground film festival in the U.S. Here are the winners:

Narrative Feature
The Juche Idea, dir. Jim Finn

Documentary Feature
Song Sung Blue, dir. Greg Koh

Documentary Short
Dirty Pictures, dir. John Smith

Narrative Short
The Adventure, dir. Mike Brune

Experimental Film
Speechless, dir. Scott Stark

Music Video
Hold Me Now, dir. Michael Robinson

Prison_Beta, dir. Lucas W. Dimick

Made in Chicago Award
The Universe and Young Pilot Nelson, dir. Jerzy Rose

For more info, please visit the official CUFF site.