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2009 Sydney Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 8, 2009

Sydney Underground Film Festival poster featuring girls in sexy poses

The 3rd annual Sydney Underground Film Festival is ready to roll on Sept. 10-13 featuring an eclectic mix of feature films and short film programs.

The features range from documentaries like The Yes Men Fix the World and It Came From Kuchar, to fictional films that have been criss-crossing the underground circuit like Anywhere USA and Myna Has Gone. Meanwhile, the short film programs are packed with lots of Underground Film Journal favorite filmmakers, like Martha Colburn, Tony Gault, Leslie Supnet and Clint Enns. And for the program called “Titilations” on the 12th, be sure to check out two shorts by Leah Meyerhoff, Neurotica, which I haven’t seen, and the award-winning Twitch, which I reviewed here.

Also interesting on the 12th is a screening of John Waters‘s Pink Flamingos. However, SUFF is presenting the film in Odoroma, the smell-o-vision format pioneered by Waters for his later film Polyester. What smells could SUFF come up for the film? Eggs? Dog turd (of course)? Chicken blood? Feet? Singing ass? A monkey on a tire swing?

The full lineup is below:

Sept. 10
8:00 p.m.: The Yes Men Fix the World, dir. Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonanno. Anti-capitalist pranksters Andy and Mike infiltrate the world of global corporations to wreck their brand of merry havoc.

Sept. 11
6:30 p.m.: Life With Ashley, dir. Chris Butler. A film school dropout helps his teenage sister con the boy of her dreams into her bed.

6:30 p.m.: “Sgt. Ballsack’s Comedy Corner”
The Auburn Hills Breakdown, dir. Geoff Redknap
The Truth About Uncle Ron, dir. Boris Burgess
Haute Torture, dir. Craig Foster
Phone Sex Grandma, dir. Jack Truman
Censordyne, dir. Getup.org
A Boy and His Sock, dir. Karl Lentini
Telepoor Choice, dir. Mischa Chaleyer-Kynaston
Apples, dir. Johan Rosell
The Evil Dog and the Lovely Pussycat, dir. Lee Marquardt
Your Friendly Local Butcher, dir. Mischa Chaleyer-Kynaston
The Sleuth Incident, dir. Jason Kupfer (Watch online)
Cue Howard, dir. Pasan Chandraweera
Errol Flynn’s Pianist, dir. Rupert Owen
Hand Vagina, dir. Daniel Gurewitch
Potential Employee, dir. Andrew Dunstan
Massacrator, dir. Pierre Ayotte

8:30 p.m.: Blue Gold: World Water Wars, dir. Sam Bozzo. This documentary explores the controversial attempt by major corporations to control the world’s public water supplies.

8:30 p.m.: “Re:animation”
Better Military Modelling, dir. Jill Kennedy
The Beginning, dir. Jack McGrath
Bicycle Boy, dir. Marieka Walsh, Emmanuela Prigioni, Sarah Eddowes
Down the Rabbit Hole, dir. Asa Mori
Orgesticulanismus, dir. Mathieu Labaye
Flip, dir. Peter W. Allen
Cattle Call, dir. Matthew Rankin & Mike Maryniuk
Sleeper, dir. Marina Roy
The Animated Heavy Metal Parking Lot, dir. Leslie Supnet (Watch online)
Bir Fincan Kahve ( a cup coffee), dir. Ebru Arda
Lonely Girl, dir. Kyle Evans
Unravel, dir. Caroline Huf
Removed, dir. Hobart John Hughes
GreyCon4, dir. Brandon Blommaert
Oh So Sweet, dir. Amy Meyer
Triumph of the Wild I & II, dir. Martha Colburn
Western Spaghetti, dir. PES
Flying Lesson, dir. Rosane Chamecki, Andrea Lerner, Phil Harder

10:15 p.m.: Anywhere USA, dir. Chusy Jardine. A trio of stories in which a man gets beaten by his wife everyday at 2:00 p.m.; an eight-year-old accidentally eats a pot brownie; and a man eating a steak realizes he doesn’t know any black people.

10:15 p.m.: “Cinexperiment 1”
La casetta di marzapane (The Gingerbread House), dir. Claudio Centimeri
Braco, dir. Lewis Cuthbert-Ashton
Mauvaise Route (Wrong Road), dir. Joan Chemla
Isosceles, dir. Anton Steel
Swayambhu Sen Foresees His End, dir. Debashish Medhekar
Chord, dir. Simon Rauh
I want to make a video about you, dir. Chie Yamayoshi

Sept. 12
4:30 p.m.: Penelope, dir. Ben Ferris. The mythical character awaits the return of her husband Odysseus and fantasizes about their life together in both the past and the future.

4:30 p.m.: “Christ, Kid, You’re A Weirdo!”
The Lingering and the Stain, dir. Roberto Jean Francois & Elena Knox
Partition for Obsolete Visuals, dir. Emmanuela Prigioni
Remembrance Day Speech, dir. various, prod. Dirk De Bruyn
Aqua/ship, dir. Merilyn Fairskye
AKA, dir. Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski
Piss, dir. Girard Dorney
Cstation, dir. Emmanuela Prigioni, Marieka Walsh, Rachel Peacock
Cane Cutter, dir. Dustin Clare
Blowback, dir. David Hansen
Split, dir. Kitty Green
Breathless, dir. Sumugan Sivanesan
Schadenfreude, dir. Peter O’Brien
The Dreaming Man, dir. Amber Wright
Road Movie (part 1), dir. John Gillies

6:30 p.m.: Chevolution, dir. Luis Lopez & Trisha Ziff. A documentary history of the famous photograph of the revolutionary Che Guevara, which has gone on to become a pop icon.

6:30 p.m.: “Titillations”
DOG=GOD, dir. Lulu Keating & Karen Hines
My Name is Pochsy: An Industrial Film, dir. Karen Hines
What’s My Mother F**king Name?, dir. Amber Dawn
Neurotica, dir. Leah Meyerhoff
Mind’s Eye, dir. Bernice Ong
A Tax on Pochsy, dir. Karen Hines
Twitch, dir. Leah Meyerhoff (Watch online)
The Crooked Eye, dir. D.C. Douglas
Family History, dir. Shelley Jordon
Salome’s Picnic, dir. Victoria Waghorn
Fyre, dir. Maia Sinclair-Ferguson
Hey F**k Face, dir. Amber Dawn
Lash, dir. Elka Kerkhofs
Chick Addict, dir. Victoria Waghorn

8:30 p.m.: Pink Flamingos, dir. John Waters. The classic midnight movie about two families vying for the title “filthiest people alive” will be presented in Odorama, the scratch ‘n’ sniff device invented for Waters’ Polyester.

8:30 p.m.: “Reality Bites”
Dogra Sahab, dir. Gurpreet Singh
User, dir. Sally O’Grady
A Field Guide for the Modern Uncircumcised Male, dir. E. Aaron Ross
Hear us, dir. WITNESS and Research Advocacy Unit
An Eternal Treblinka, dir. Gary Rhodes
No one wants to eat Parsley, dir. Sharon Mooney
Putting Yourself Out There, dir. Clint Enns
Protest Diaries: Outrage at the Embassy, dir. Shahriar Shadab
The Sky Was Angry, dir. Sharif Abdunnur
Count Backwards From Five, dir. Tony Gault

10:30 p.m.: Myna Has Gone, dir. Sonia Escolano & Sadrac Gonzale. An illegal immigrant must find alternative ways to help the boy she’s babysitting after the child is severely injured.

10:30 p.m.: “Love/Sick”
Plug, dir. Antoine Barraud
Rebel, dir. Nicole Brending
Lunch | Break, dir. Christoph Strobl
Headshot, dir. Jennifer Lyon Bell
Phone Sex Grandma, dir. Jack Truman
Kagamiko, dir. Mathieu Arsenault
Sometimes… (Things are not what they seem), dir. Violette Stehli
Loma Lynda: The Red Door, dir. Jason Bognacki

12:00 a.m.: PornDogs: The Adventures of Sadie, dir. Greg Blatman. What would a porno movie for and starring dogs look like? This movie will show you!

12:00 a.m.: American Swing, dir. Jon Hart & Matthew Kauufman. A documentary profile of Plato’s Retreat. The infamous ’70s NYC sex club that was founded by Larry Levenson.

Sept. 13
4:30 p.m.: “Recycled Cinema”
Not too much to remember, dir. Tony Gault
AstroBlack: THE HISTORY OF HIP HOP EP. 2, dir. Soda_Jerk
Goldtop Mountain, dir. Tony Lawrence
The Marina Experiment, dir. Marina Lutz (Watch online)
I Covered My Eyes, dir. Paul Turano
The Lovecats, dir. MS. & MR.
Baggies!, dir. Greg Benson
Henry Weston Smith, dir. Tony Lawrence
Dear, Love, dir. Timothy Orme

6:30 p.m.: It Came From Kuchar, dir. Jennifer M. Kroot. A documentary on the life of twin pioneering underground filmmakers, George and Mike Kuchar, who directed such classics as Hold Me When I’m Naked and Sins of the Fleshapoids. (Read the underground movie review)

6:30 p.m.: “Cinexperiment 2”
Psycho Cicada Circus Circa ’73, dir. James Blannin-Ferguson
Puppetry, dir. Jeremy Schiffler
Lay Claim to an Island, dir. Chris Kennedy
LoopLoop, dir. Patrick Bergeron
The Perfect Negative, dir. Rene Chandler
The Sleeper, dir. Kate Taylor
Dissimilitude, dir. Ryszard Dabek
From Water, dir. Tony Lawrence
Collide-a-scope, dir. Gregory Godhard
Aqua/rainbow, dir. Merilyn Fairskye
Ascolta!, dir. Stephen Dwoskin
Blue Tide, Black Water, dir. Eve Gordon & Sam Hamilton
Botched Eyeball Operation, dir. Clint Enns
Trips the Light Fantastic, dir. Michael Higgins
From the Ground Up in Order, Embrace, dir. Nick Briz
Eulogy, dir. Ben Claremont
Perceptual Subjectivity, dir. Philippe Léonard

8:30 p.m.: White Lightnin’, dir. Dominic Murphy. A man with a troubled past finds solace in tap dancing until his wicked ways catches up with him.

For more info, please visit the official SUFF website.