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2008 Hi Mom! Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 3, 2008

I think I rather stupidly skipped over listing the Hi Mom! Film Festival last year, but I’m glad to have it back in regular rotation here, and which I can now keep track of on the Underground Film Journal’s handy-dandy festivals list. This year’s edition is going to run this weekend, Sept 5-6, and I have the full lineup below.

This is actually one of my favorite festivals to list because it’s a two-day, jam-packed  shorts-only festival. This year they’re screening 51 terrific short films. The opening night event is going to be an outdoors affair in Chapel Hill, NC, with the rest of the screenings taking place indoors at The Arts Center in Carrboro. (I was in Chapel Hill once and thought it was very nice.) Also, if you want to attend all 4 screening blocks, it’ll only cost you 10 bucks, which is an incredible deal.

The only film I’m familiar with here is T. Arthur Cottam‘s Filthy Food, which I’ve only seen the trailer for. Although, judging by the outrageous trailer, the full film should be real hoot. That’s screening during the Friday late-night block, which is fitting. But also of special note is Bill Plympton‘s Shut-Eye Hotel screening during Saturday’s second session.

Hi Mom! always sounds like a blast and there’s also a Saturday night after-party in Chapel Hill. You can get all your info at the Hi Mom! official website, but here’s the lineup of films:

Sept. 5
8:00 p.m.: “Outdoor Block”
Western Spaghetti, dir. PES
Betty & Johnny, dir. Ellen Lake
Me Room Matey, dir. Kate Saufley
When the Light’s Red, dir. Keith Wilson
Anezina Mirage, dir. Matt Hedt
Andy the Giraffe Calls Tech Support, dir. Ned Hylton
Life With Thomas, dir. Brian Liloia
The Dissident, dir. Tom Beaver
Hedgehug, dir. Dan Pinto
Watch, dir. Drew Xanthopoulos
Metacarpus, dir. Nicole Triche
Musical Composition for the Sneeze, dir. Christian Nicolay
The Bungled Overture, dir. Scott Sullivan
Fireworks, dir. PES

11:00 p.m.: “Late Night Madness”
Filthy Food, dir. T. Arthur Cottam
My Mum the Wrestler, dir. Mark Withers
Tokyo Breakfast, dirs. Mike Maguire and Tom Kuntz
Teen Beat of Sex, dir. Signe Baumane
Robot Love, dir. Michael Peterson
Animation Mix, dir. Cyriak
A Devil in Eden, dirs. Patrick Horne & Ryan Chamberlain
Futureshock, dirs. John E. Goras
Lobe Massage, dir. Megan Ehrhart
Stare Down, dir. Nick Karner
Die Nacht der Pfannkuchen, dir. Damon Bishop
Chirpy, dir. John E. Goras
Roof Sex, dir. PES

Sept. 6
6:00 p.m.: “Matineevening”
Banana Bus, dir. Ajit Anthony Prem
Kentucky Kingdom, dir. Nancy Jean Tucker
Los Trivinos de Huasca, dir. Jessye McDowell
The Camera, dir. Mark Cornell
Lucid Lunch, dir. Megan Ehrhart
Sift, dir. Sally Van Gorder
Count Backwards From 5, dir. Tony Gault
Flat-Track Life, dirs. Jessica Hanlin, Jonathan McDonald, Adrienne Ostberg, Johnathan Smith
An Indefinate Meandering, dir. Lexi Lefkowitz
End of the Sawdust Trail, dir. Andy Brodie
The Dawn Chorus, dir. Hope Dickson Leach

9:00 p.m.: “Primetime Hi Mom!”
Finding Emo, dir. Jeff Hoferer
Billy the Killy, dir. Luis Briceno
Shut-Eye Hotel, dir. Bill Plympton (Read the review)
Dubus, dir. Alexei Dmitriev
Full Stop Hilltop, dir. David Baeumler
By Modern Measure, dir. Matthew Lessner
Nijuman No Borei, dir. Jean-Gabriel Periot
Feedback, dir. Michael Lucid
Releasing Serene, dir. Christopher J Ewing
Poor Audrey, dir. Lydia Moyer
The Coffee Bird, dir. Bryan Brinkman
A Day’s Work, dir. Rajeev Dassani
Fantasie in Bubblewrap, dir. Arthur Metcalf