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F Newsmagazine At The 2011 Chicago Underground Film Festival

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 2, 2011

Get a taste of the goings on at the 2011 Chicago Underground Film Festival, which was held back on June 2-9 in the Windy City, courtesy of F Newsmagazine, a publication of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most appropriately, the above embedded video includes an interview with filmmaker Jerzy Rose, an alumni of SAIC, whose feature film Some Girls Never Learn opened this year’s CUFF.

More interesting, though, for those interested in underground film history is festival founder Bryan Wendorf revealing the secret origin of CUFF. Ok, not so secret, really, but not something one hears very often of how he and a partner organized the first CUFF way back in 1994. Wendorf plays it off kind of modestly, but asĀ theĀ Underground Film Journal uncovered recently, the first ever CUFF was a rather large, significant event, sitting at the intersection of avant-garde, experimental and exploitation.

Also included in the video are some brief shots of Rose’s Some Girls Never Learn taken surreptitiously in the theater during the Opening Night screening. The film looks beautiful. One thing F Magazine doesn’t mention is that the Festival Coordinator, Lori Felker, who is interviewed is also the cinematographer of Some Girls Never Learn.

You can learn more about CUFF at the festival’s official website and more about Some Girls Never Learn at the film’s official site.

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