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2008 Twin Cities Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 17, 2008

The Twin Cities Underground Film Festival is back for their third year of B-movie fun. It’s running for two days this weekend, Sept. 20-21, at the Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel.

Every underground fest has a different “feel” to it and TCUFF always has a great zeal for that retro-B-movie vibe. A pseudo-noir, ’50s-style sci-fi adventure, goofball comedies, plus some serious documentaries are included in this year’s mix of feature films and shorts. Sounds like a lot of fun:

Sept. 20
12:30 p.m.: Illegal Use Of Joe Zopp, dir. Sarah Rykal. After hiding out from his own family for seven years, a grown-up child prodigy discovers that everybody in his hometown thinks he’s dead. So, he returns in order to solve the mystery of his own death.

2:30 p.m.: The Assemblage of the Crystal Sphere: A D&D Story, dir. Brad Rego. A five-year Dungeons and Dragons campaign, i.e. the greatest campaign of all time!, nears the end of its run in this mockumentary.

4:00 p.m.: “Comedy Shorts”
Delivery, dir. Sandor Weiner
Rex, dir. Damian Foley
Boyfriend Latte, dir. Mark Sanders
Lowenstein’s a Terrorist, dir. Eric Siegelstein
S.A.T.: The Musical, dir. David Salowe
Crush Me, dir. Steven Pukin
Backgrounded, dir. Matt Jackson

7:00 p.m.: Cave Women on Mars, dir. Christopher R. Mihm. In 1987, mankind finally lands on the Red Planet and discovers a civilization of vivacious beauties and rampaging monsters.

8:20 p.m.: “Animated Shorts”
The Things She Would Tell Me…, dir. Miryam Welbourne
Feast, dir. JiHyun Ahn
Matter, in a Quiescent State, Prepares Itself to Be Transformed, dir. Kwibum Chung
Manny, dir. Kyoung “Kay” Park
‘Til Death Do Us Part, dir. Rick May

9:00 p.m.: Yesterday Was a Lie, dir. James Kerwin. A female private dick who’s better at downing bourbon than following clues is hired to find a reclusive genius. Co-starring Star Trek‘s Chase Masterson.

Sept. 21
12:00 p.m.: “Documentary Shorts”
Of the Air, Of the Earth, dir. Tom Frisch
Go Geocache!, dir. Chris Rennier
Vivid Dreams, dir. Jim Granato
Passing Posten: An American Story, dir. Joseph Fox

2:00 p.m.: Freezer Burn, dir. Charles Hood. A scientist falls in love with an underage girl, so he cryogenically freezes himself so that he can date her when she eventually reaches his current age.

4:00 p.m.: “Experimental Shorts”
Born to the Stars, dir. David Erickson
X =, dir. Darr Reitknecht
Vitruvius’ Toybox, dir. Dennis Iannuzzi
The Quiet Place, dir. Jason Christ
Strife of Tongues, dir. Michael David Perkins
Photographs By the Bay, dir. James Byrne
Mugs, dir. Ronnie Cramer
Full Stop Hilltop, dir. David Baeumler
Dream State, dir. Dylan Raycroft

6:30 p.m.: Man of a Thousand Faces, dir. Kym Secrist. A documentary about familiar character actor James Hong, who has starred in thousands of TV shows and films like Big Trouble in Little China, Revenge of the Nerds II, Blade Runner, Airplane!, Chinatown and Balls of Fury.

8:20 p.m.: “Drama Shorts”
Obsession, dir. Sophie Scott
Paul’s Opa, dir. Ove Sander
Bresson & Adeline, dir. Christopher Jarvis
Rabia, dir. Muhammad Ali Hasan
Under the N, dir. Johnny Salvatore
The Foundation, dir. Alastair Ferran
Future Antiquity: Domestic Surveillance, dir. Lewis Weinberg

For more info, please visit the official TCUFF website.