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2009 Denver Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 3, 2009

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The Denver Underground Film Festival will run at the Starz Film Center on Dec. 4-6. The fest has an international flair this year, partially due to a couple programs of short films from Australia. That’s good for you because that means a screening of Kenta McGrath‘s sparse, haunting film Welcome to Pipe Mountain on the last night of the festival.

There are also experimental documentaries by Tony Gault; a documentary on the late, legendary director of A Christmas Story, Bob Clark, called Clarkworld; plus lots of other short films and features. The full lineup is below, beginning with the opening night’s short film program:

Dec. 4

7:00 p.m.: “Shorts Program”
Fledgeling, dir. Tony Gault and Elizabeth Henry
Fossil Light, dir. Tony Gault and Elizabeth Henry
Sapsucker, dir. Christopher Holmes
Window, dir. Jeremy Newman
The Vase, dir. Jeremy Newman
Huella, dir. Andrew Arell
Raven, dir. Chris Enzaldo

8:30 p.m.: “Australian Shorts Program courtesy of Amicko Films”
Singer – Songwriter, dir. Vincenzo Perella & Dan Osborn
Fugue, dir. Jamie Helmer

9:30 p.m.: Clarkworld, dir. Deren P. Abram. A documentary about movie director Bob Clark, who made such diverse classics such as Porky’s, A Christmas Carol and Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things. Featuring new interviews with Kim Cattrall, Peter Billingsley, Denise Richards, Scott Baio and Mary Steenburgen.

Dec. 5

5:00 p.m.: Something Missie in the Life of Jordan Bank, dir. Matthew Zatkoff. A lonely boy is devastated when his pet monkey, Missie, passes away. So, he exhumes his friend’s corpse and tries to bring her back to life.
Screening with:
Two Distinct Courses of Action, dir. David Finkelstein

7:00 p.m.: “Shorts Program”
The White Room, dir. Laurie Anne Pokin
Two-Year Warranty (Dos Anos de Garantia), dir. Juan Parra
Pastrami on Rye, dir. Gio Toninelo
Because There are Things You Never Forget (Perche Ci Sono Cose Che Non Si Dimenticano Mai), dir. Lucas Figueroa

8:30 p.m.: “Australian Shorts Program courtesy of Amicko Films”
This Is Perth, dir. Vincenzo Perella & Dan Osborn
Where’s My Lolly Bag?, dir. Tasha Stephenson
The Dangers, dir. Siouxzi Mernagh

9:30 p.m.: Love Letters: Legacy of Torment and Addiction, dir. Michael Drumm. This documentary tells the story of a WWII vet who gets married to a prescription drug addict.
Screening with:
Someone Like You by Pinachulada, dir. The Matadores
This Too Shall Pass by Mark Mitten, dir. Matt Anderson

10:00 p.m.: “Two Short Films”
A.C.U. – Active Combat Uniform, dir. Steven Strauss
Hollywood Folklore: Mick Donald, dir. Mark Nelsson

Dec. 6

5:00 p.m.: Road to Bataan, dir. Jack Randal. This documentary chronicles the Bataan Memorial Death March, which is held every year in New Mexico’s White Sands Missile Range. It’s a brutal 26.2 mile hike through the desert.
Screening with:
Crawlspace, dir. Ward Crockett
Projector, dir. Ward Crockett

7:00 p.m.: “Shorts Program”
El Hilo de oro (The Golden Thread), dir. Diego Sanchidrian
Schism, dir. Eileen Agosta
The Burden, dir. Eileen Agosta
Dollar Portrait, dir. Matthew Perino
Qui Seaspiegel Tides& (Who Seas Mirror Tides), dir. Robert Shawn Isbell
La Mer Immersed (The Sea Immersed), dir. Robert Shawn Isbell

8:30 p.m.: “Shorts Program”
Shave, dir. Sean Christensen (Watch online)
Welcome to Pipe Mountain, dir. Kenta McGrath (Read the review)
Birds, dir. Gregorio Smith
According to Dom, dir. Deren P. Abram

For more info, please visit the Denver Underground Film Festival official site.