(Logan Square--June 18, 2015) The Chicago Underground Film Festival, presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey with additional support from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy and SAG-AFTRA, concluded its 22nd edition with another year of increased attendance. More than 2,000 cinephiles converged on the Logan Theatre for the five-day event, which drew an unprecedented 63 visiting filmmakers from across the globe, nearly double the number of attendees last year. The Chicago Underground Film Festival has made the Logan Theatre its home for the past three years, with turnout growing each year as the Festival established its vital presence in the Logan Square community.
The festival featured 25 screenings, with over 100 experimental, documentary, and narrative shorts and features, welcoming visiting filmmakers from the Philippines, England, Scotland, Austria, Greece, Mexico, Spain, Canada, and from all across the United States.
Each day of screenings ended with after-parties and entertainment at locations in Logan Square that included Elastic Arts, East Room, the Burlington, and Parts and Labor. The fourth edition of “Bar Talks” packed the Logan Theatre Lounge for four informal, lively 90-minute extended conversations among local and visiting filmmakers. The Awards Ceremony also took place at the Logan Theatre Lounge, where filmmakers were presented with handcrafted awards, sculpted for the second year by local artist Theresa Vishnevetskaya.
This year’s jurors were Kevin B. Lee, Ines Sommer and Michael W. Phillips, Jr. , and they presented these awards:
BEST OF FEST went to Jennifer Reeder for “Blood Below The Skin.”
BEST FEATURE went to Iva Radivojevic for “Evaporating Borders.”
BEST DOCUMENTARY went to David McMurry for “Atomic City.”
BEST EXPERIMENTAL went to Nazli Dinçel for “Her Silent Seaming.”
THREE-POINT LIGHTING AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNIQUE went to James N. Kienitz Wilkins for “Special Features”. POSEIDON’S TRIDENT AWARD FOR EXPERIMENTAL MYTHOLOGIES went to Ben Russell for “Atlantis.”
MADE IN CHICAGO went to Laura Harrison for “The Lingerie Show.”
AUDIENCE AWARD went to Jim Vendiola for “Violets.”
HONORABLE MENTIONS went to Bingham Bryant & Kyle Molzan for “For The Plasma,” Deborah Stratman for “Hacked Circuit,” Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt for “La Isla está Encantada con Ustedes (The Island Is Enchanted with You),” Orr Menirom for “Limited Speech Holds Endless Misunderstandings,” Olivia Wyatt for “Sailing A Sinking Sea,” and Paul Turano for “Toward The Flame.”
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CUFF thanks: Jameson Irish Whiskey, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Tribeca Flashpoint College, SAG-AFTRA Chicago, Perrier, Dark Horse Wine, Film Freeway, the Illinois Film Office, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios, Fandor, the Illinois Arts Council, Rentech Solutions, Universe, Shirts Our Business Ltd, The Logan Theatre, The Burlington, Video Data Bank, Isla Pilipina Cuisine, Olive Films, The Pleasure Chest, Handlebar Chicago, and Intelligentsia. -- If you do not want to receive any more newsletters, Unsubscribe