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Filmmaker Brian L. Frye And The T.J. Hooper

2 hours ago

Brian L. Frye says:

Brian L. Frye (Our Nixon & obscure art films) is a filmmaker & law professor. The T.J. Hooper was a 28th birthday present from filmmaker Marie Losier. Hooper is named after the case in which Judge Learned Hand defined the standard for negligence. Her moustache echoes Justice Holmes’s.

Underground Film Journal says:

Having a background in the law, Brian L. Frye really brings a unique perspective that stands out in the underground film world. We particularly enjoy his short found footage film A Reasonable Man, which stirs up all kinds of uncomfortable connections between reality and filmed “entertainment” in a very simple, but direct way.

Our Nixon, which Frye produced and was directed by Penny Lane, was a huge hit on the festival circuit last year, then aired on CNN and is currently streaming online.

Plus, in addition to making films, for many years Frye ran »

- Mike Everleth

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2014 Images Festival: Award Winners

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The 27th annual Images Festival, which was held in Toronto on April 10-19, has announced their award winners. Ten awards were given out to both seasoned filmmakers, as well as several student awards. The festival jury consisted of Shai Heredia, Heather Keung and Roxanne Sayegh.

One of the big winners was Brett Kashmere, who won the Deluxe Cinematic Vision Award for his basketball documentary From Deep. This win for Kashmere comes hot on the heels of his publishing the acclaimed fourth issue of Incite! Journal of Experimental Cinema, so it’s been a great couple of this fantastically talented filmmaker and underground film historian.

Other big winners of the festival include Benjamin Pearson, who won the prestigious Images Prize for his experimental narrative Former Models; Brigid McCaffrey, who won the Marion McMahon Award for her film Paradise Springs; and student filmmakers Jacob Robinson and Kelvin Brown from the Royal College »

- Mike Everleth

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Filmmaker Kent Lambert With Mochi And Asha

21 April 2014 8:00 AM, PDT

Kent Lambert says:

I would like to submit several photos of my cat Mochi and me, and one of Mochi and his “sister” Asha sitting on me sleeping. I am very tight with both of them, but Mochi and I are especially close pals — my song “August Song” (trippy cat-heavy video by Jodie Mack and Emily Kuehn can be viewed in HD here) — is somewhat of an ode to him.

You can choose your favorite of the photos I submit, I’m having trouble picking just one!

Underground Film Journal says:

We had to go with the “family” photo as our favorite above, but two bonus photos of Kent and Mochi are below. Their close bond is quite amazingly evident!

We’ve been über-fans of Kent Lambert‘s phenomenal media remixes all the way back when his hilarious Whack, featuring actor Philip Michael Thomas, screened at the 2001 New York Underground Film Festival. »

- Mike Everleth

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2014 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Selected Short Film Reviews

21 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT

The 21st annual Chicago Underground Film Festival programmed an amazing lineup of  wonderful short films over its five days, way too many to review them all. Below are just a few selected reviews of the short films that made the biggest impression on the Underground Film Journal. Also, the four incredibly strong films reviewed below were all also selected for awards at the fest by Journal editor Mike Everleth and his jury cohorts, Brian Chankin and Alison Cuddy.

A Million Miles Away, dir. Jennifer Reeder. A Million Miles Away was the first film projected at the festival on Opening Night and, still with several dozen other films following it throughout the fest, the jury awarded this Best Short. The film begins with several seemingly disconnected scenes of teenage girls discussing the deteriorating adult relationships in their lives — each one appears to be the child of a divorced, separated or cheating parent. »

- Mike Everleth

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