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2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Early Picks

Poster detail of a woman baring her teeth

No official word from the Chicago Underground Film Festival yet on their lineup, which is coming up in just about a month. (Aug. 17-24) But I’m sure about 5 minutes after I post this up, there’ll be something. Isn’t that how it always works? Anyway…

Some filmmakers have been blogging about being officially picked. These haven’t yet been confirmed by me, I’m just reporting on what I’ve heard. (Ya see, that’s how these internets work: Everything sounds better when it’s reported as a rumor.)

1) Director Usama Alshaibi says that his “return to Baghdad” documentary Nice Bombs will be the opening night film. If true, sounds like a great pick. Not only that, the film is executive produced by Studs Terkel of all people.

2) In the Tradition of My Family, a short film by Todd Davis will be playing on August 19 at 10 p.m.. The film has also played in festivals from Palm Springs to Tel Aviv and is a stark look at child abuse.

3) Headspace, a documentary about world electronic music, directed by Jethro Senger will also be playing on Aug. 19, but at 10:45 p.m.

4) Finally, Miss Julie Fabulous claims she is the face of this year’s official CUFF poster, which is a real doozy. Is that the Sears tower in her hand or is Miss Fabulous just happy to see you? Or something like that… Also, a short film by Miss Fabulous will be playing Aug. 18 at 11 p.m.

Also, all screenings will be at the Music Box theater as far as I know.

More info, eventually I assume, will be on the CUFF official site.

And lastly, if anyone has their own screening rumors to report, please leave a comment.