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2009 Boston Underground Film Festival: Get Ready

By Mike Everleth ⋅ February 7, 2009

The 11th annual Boston Underground Film Festival isn’t slated to run for another month and a half on March 19-26, but it’s never too early to start whetting your appetite for it. Embedded above is a clip reel of footage taken at last year’s festival set to a tune by the band Deerhunter. From the looks of things, a great time was had by all.

One of the sucky things about producing the Underground Film Festival is that while I get to write about all these great festivals — and BUFF has certainly grown into one of the coolest underground fests in the world — I don’t have the opportunity to go to them. For the past few years I’ve been doing this, BUFF always has a terrific lineup and while I do eventually get to see some of the films usually via the filmmakers looking for extra coverage, nothing beats the festival experience. So, while I really enjoy this video, it does make me a little sad. But happy because it looks like the fest draws good, appreciative crowds. I’m tormented.

As for people in the video, I only recognize two. First, filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff, who had a retrospective of her short films and music videos in 2008, pops up around :37 seconds in. She’s followed immediately by Joshua Brown whose debut feature Altamont Now made it’s World Premiere at BUFF, then went on to become my 2008 Movie of the Year. So, those guys at BUFF have great taste!

Speaking of great taste, BUFF has leaked a few early announcements regarding the 2009 edition to the horror blog Dread Central. They are: Frank Henenlotter’s Bad Biology,which screened last October at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival. Henenlotter will be in attendance for Q&A and for schmoozing. Plus there will be David Gregory’s Plague Town, with Gregory in the house, and the short films The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow by Rod Gudino and Treevenge. Finally, there’s And I Think We’re Alone Now, Modern Love Is Automatic, Watch Out and the cult film Hausu.

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