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Lausanne Underground Film Festival: Program Scans

By Mike Everleth ⋅ September 6, 2007

A few months ago, the good folks over at the Lausanne Underground Film Festival sent me the program guides for their previous two festivals, the ones held in 2005 and 2006, which was really, really cool of them and I thank them profusely. I mean, they mailed the dang things all the way from Switzerland to me in Los Angeles. How nice is that? They also said it would be ok if I scanned some of the pages in and posted them up, so I have. That’s why you’re reading this.

Now, I found the programs full of such great information that I could probably scan both of the entire damn things in. It seems like such a great festival with a terrific mix of new work and really comprehensive retrospectives. But for time reasons, I just scanned in some pages that were relevant to the Underground Film Journal specifically. I know, selfish of me, right?

Below are the thumbnails of the scans. Just click them to embiggen. The scanning came out ok. I didn’t want the files to be too huge, but I also wanted them readable, which I think they are even with my bad eyes. And if you’re checking them out and you say, “This crap is unintelligible!” that may be because you’re trying to read French. Each section starts with a part that’s in French, then the English translation (in italics) is below.

First up, here’s the cover for the 2005 program guide. Love the mascot:

Man wearing a Playboy bunny suit holds a statue

Next, the 2005 fest held a retrospective of Matt McCormick‘s work. Matt’s the founder of the Peripheral Produce distribution company and the PDX Film Festival in Portland. The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal is probably his most well-known film, so I scanned in the page that had that film’s description on it:

Scan of film festival program booklet with illustrations

The 2005 fest also screened a couple of documentaries that the filmmakers later sent to me for review. The first one is my 2006 “Movie of the YearWaiting for NESARA by Zeb Haradon (click film title for review):

All text film festival program scan

And the other one was Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea, directed by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer, which is a great flick, too, and coming to DVD this month:

Film festival program scan with photo of Salton Sea

Finally, the 2005 LUFF held a great retrospective for underground film pioneers George and Mike Kuchar. They screened 16 of the brothers’ films from the ’60 and ’70s, including Mike’s infamous Sins of the Fleshapoids, as well as some more recent work. I scanned in the full two-page spread on the Kuchar’s. Here’s page one:

Film festival program scan featuring George and Mike Kuchar

And page two:

Film festival program scan featuring Sins of the Fleshapoids

Let’s jump now to the 2006 LUFF. Program guide cover:

Film festival program cover featuring illustration of brick wall

Next, I may have just reviewed Matthew Lessner’s Darling Darling the other week, but it screened at the 2006 LUFF. You can read the description on the bottom right column of the left-side page and see a picture of star Michael Cena getting “grinded” on the bottom right of the right picture column:

Film festival program scan featuring film stills

A couple months ago I did a brief article on single-frame filmmaker Kurt Kren without realizing LUFF did a big retrospective of his work with the Vienna Action Group. (That’ll teach me to not search my own site first.) Anyway, you can read about his films and look at pictures of girls covered in food and whatnot:

Film festival program scan featuring work of Kurt Kren

2006 LUFF also held a brief retrospective of the father of underground film, Jonas Mekas:

Film festival program scan featuring work of Jonas Mekas

As well as showed a four film trilogy of Peaches Christ, who runs the San Francisco Underground Short Film Festival:

Film festival program scan featuring work by Peaches Christ

Finally, for whatever reason, the documentary Pandrogeny Manifesto is one of the top search terms people use to get to the Underground Film Journal via Google. It’s a film about musician and sex-change artist Genesis P-Orridge. But I’m finishing with this solely to get some more hits. So, those of you searching for Pandrogeny Manifesto, this is just for you:

Film festival program scan featuring Pandrogeny Manifesto

The 2007 LUFF is coming up on Oct. 10-14 and I’ll post the lineup when I get it, of course. And maybe do some more scans from the 2007 guide (hint, hint, guys).