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2015 Moviate Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup
20 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT
The 17th annual Moviate Underground Film Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania celebrates this happy Memorial Day weekend on May 22-25 with great documentaries about artists, loads of filmmakers in attendance, mind-bending short films and one of the greatest horror films every made. It’s quite a mix! The fest takes place at the Civic Club of Harrisburg and at Midtown Cinema — and all screenings are completely Free.
Things start with a real bang on May 22 when the great and powerful Guy Maddin rockets down from Winnipeg, Canada to appear live in person to present clips from his latest cinematic triumph, The Forbidden Room, as well as screen one of his classic early works on 16mm film.
- Mike Everleth
2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Shorts Reviews: Echoes & Bite Radius
18 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT
The great thing about underground films these days is that they are the last and final place where cinema can still be mysterious. They are the antidote to today’s mainstream movies that, on all technical fronts — from the scriptwriting to the CGI effects — craft nitpickishly logical worlds down to the nano pixel, allowing audiences to leave the magic of their own imagination at home when they go to the theater.
For the past 22 years, the Chicago Underground Film Festival has been programming films — both shorts and features — that miraculously asks audiences to bring their own imaginations with them to interact with the imagery conjured up by cinematic magicians. At the fest’s most recent edition on May 13-17, 2015, two extremely different short films perfectly typify the kind of enigmatic cinematic experience that make the viewing of underground movies so invigorating.
Echoes, by Winnipeg-based filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson, is the stunningly »
- Mike Everleth