Chicago Underground Film Festival Presents 'AS ABOVE SO BELOW: A CUFF Satellite Sighting'

AS ABOVE SO BELOW: a CUFF Satellite Sighting

The Chicago Underground Film Festival kicks off 2016 with "AS ABOVE SO BELOW: A CUFF Satellite Sighting," a screening event featuring five locally produced short films on Friday, January 29, 2016, at 7:30 PM (door open at 7:00 PM), at Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport (3219 S. Morgan Street).

This special screening will consist of the following award-winning and critically acclaimed short films by Chicago filmmakers, which screened at the 22nd Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival last May: BITE RADIUS by Spencer Parsons, recently named by Newcity film critic Ray Pride as one of the top five short films of 2015; the comedy NIGHT OF THE BLOOD SQUATCH by Kenny Reed; the animated film THE LINGERIE SHOW by Laura Harrison, winner of the CUFF's 2015 Made in Chicago Award, which went on to screen at the prestigious New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center; the "video comic book" SOME SOUTHERN COUNTRY by Michael Paul Lopez; and the moody horror short VIOLETS by Jim Vendiola, winner of CUFF's 2015 Audience Award. All filmmakers will be in attendance and participate in a post-screening discussion moderated by Nicole Bernardi-Reis, independent film producer and president of the IFP Chicago board of directors.

Doors open at 7:00 PM and the screening will begin at 7:30 PM, with a brief intermission in the middle.

Admission is $7-10 sliding scale at the door.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Bite Radius by Spencer Parsons

Bite Radius by Spencer Parsons

Night of the Blood Squatch by Kenny Reed

Night of the Blood Squatch by Kenny Reed

Bite Radius
Spencer Parsons
30 min., Video, 2015, USA
“Last night Peyton had such a great time that he can’t even remember the murder he committed. So he tells a friend. Big mistake. Inspired by actual events.” – Spencer Parsons

Night of the Blood Squatch
Kenny Reed
22 min., Video, 2015, USA
“One night a man making a Bigfoot ‘documentary’ encounters a few other intense characters with their own issues to contend with.” – Kenny Reed


- Intermission -
 

The Lingerie Show by Laura Harrison

The Lingerie Show by Laura Harrison

Some Southern Country by Michael Paul Lopez

Some Southern Country by Michael Paul Lopez

Violets by Jim Vendiola

Violets by Jim Vendiola

The Lingerie Show (Made In Chicago Award 2015)
Laura Harrison
8 min., Video, 2014, USA
“A drug addict, Lorraine, attempts to entice her bisexual boyfriend Cesar away from his boyfriend, Wade, with a lingerie show she and her friends put together. An animated portrait of characters on the fringes of society.” – Laura Harrison

Some Southern Country
Michael Paul Lopez
28 min., Video, 2014, USA
“A 13-chapter video comic book, wherein a teenage boy experiences sexual adventures and overcomes obstacles of the heart atop a generic, racially ambiguous, American 80s world determined to perpetuate tribal war in a southern jungle. Green agents blackmail, torture, spy, cry and trash their bedrooms in a private high school while a concurrent narrative in text details the personal development of a cruel and horny teenager overcoming his fear of love. These conflicting narratives are rendered together with gradual color changes, hand-drawn illustrations, sound effects, synth and faux orchestral arrangements.” – Michael Lopez

Violets (Audience Award 2015)
Jim Vendiola
13 min., video, 2014, USA
“Two strange, reclusive sisters quietly await the advent of their secretly twisted plan. Inspired by true events.” – Jim Vendiola