Underground Film Journal

Kerry Laitala

Kerry Laitala is an experimental filmmaker based in San Francisco who specializes in working with found objects and manipulating film stock by hand. Her work also usually references cinema history, either re-purposing older films or conjuring up new visions using outdated technology, such as hand-cranked projection.

Many of the films she projects involve live, direct manipulation of the projected images by herself and combine elements of installation artwork and expanded cinema performances.

She currently teaches filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute where she also received her own Master's Degree in film.


Encapsulated Memory (2011)
Conjuror’s Box (2011)
Ebb & Flow (2010)
Legerdemain (2010)
Coming Attractions (2009)
Spectrology (2009)
Phantogram (2009)
Muse of Cinema (2006)
Orbit (2006)
Torchlight Tango (2005)
Terra Firma (2005)
Transfixed (2005)
Out of the Ether (2003)
Black Bile (2002)
Journey Into the Unknown (2002)
Hallowed (2002)
The Adventure Parade (2000)
Awake, But Dreaming (2000)
Conquered (2000)
The Escapades of Madame X (2000) (with Isabel Reichert)
Uncle Ernie’s Home Movie (2000)
Highway 101 (1998)
The Wood Nymphs (1998)
Retrospectroscope (1997)
Secure the Shadow… “Ere the Substance Fade (1997)
Test (1997)
Tidalwave (1992)
Stag Party Movie (1991)
Procession (1989)
Victrola (1988)


Robert Beck Memorial Cinema: January — May Screenings, 1999

Continuing into 1999 at the Collective Unconscious theater space in NYC, the RBMC — co-programmed by Brian L. Frye and Bradley Eros — went on hiatus for the first week of the year, but resumed on January 12. Below is a list of screenings from then until a May 18 event that celebrated the RBMC’s first full year of existence.

Robert Beck Memorial Cinema: 1998 Screenings

Brian L. Frye programmed the first screening on May 12, 1998 at the Collective Unconscious theater space. The screening included the feature-length documentary Underground by Emile de Antonio about the left-wing militant group the Weather Underground

2014 Milwaukee Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

This year’s student-run Milwaukee Underground Film Festival will screen on May 1-4 at various locations on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus and off-campus at the Microlights Cinema. Once again, the festival will feature eclectic and amazing avant-garde and experimental short films in video, 16mm and 8mm formats. The fest opens on May 1 with a […]