2013 PROGRAM

MINNEAPOLIS UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 3-6, 2013

           Our Festival after-party is hosted and sponsored by Red Stag Supperclub on Saturday October 5 at 11pm.

                                Free appetizers, while they last. Hendrick's & Two Gingers Drink Specials.

Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55408

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
1:00 pm- Experimental Short Films

  • #Post Modem Directors: Jillian Mayer & Lucus Leyva, USA, 13min. Synopsis: A comedic, satirical, sci-fi, pop musical based on the theories of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists, #PostModem is the story of two Miami girls and how they deal with technological singularity, as told through a series of cinematic tweets.
  • In My Room Director: Chance Taylor, USA, 2 min.
    Synopsis: A found-footage portrait of a series of webcam boys during their in-between moments.
  • Pretty Much – Episode 1 – Evolutionary Psychology vs. the “teen mom” Director: Steven Strauss, USA, 3 min. Synopsis: The biological and evolutionary “OK-ness” of able-bodied teens getting pregnant.
  • Stritch Director: Arturo Cubracub & Sarah Weis, USA, 4 min.
    Synopsis: This short subject piece is a sensual representation of an internal transformation process catalyzed by the shredding of one’s former identity.
  • Opiate Girl Director: Arturo Cubacub & Sarah Weis, USA, 6 min. Synopsis: Yes, you are the victim of an Opiate Girl.
  • Prelude & ErotiLoop Director: Neil Ira Needleman, USA, 7 min.Synopsis: A found-footage solicitation to join a porn distributor’s loyalty program is followed by a poetic montage of scramble porn images.
  • Former Models Director: Benjamin Pearson, USA, 20 min.
    Synopsis: A public and private history undo themselves (yes) as together they encounter the trials of Labor, Love, Loss and Planned Obsolescence. A body desires its other, a simulation is transgressed and the ultimate price is paid - “No-body is above The Law”.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
2:00 pm – Meat Me in Plainville
Director: Greg Hanson & Casey Regan
2013, USA, 28 min. MN Premiere

Synopsis: A father and daughter with a strained relationship must escape their small town together as their dream home descends into a nightmare of craved cannibalism.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
2:30 pm – Land of Sky Blue Water with Q&A
Director: Mark Nielson
2013, MN Made, 64 min. MN Premiere

Synopsis: A NYC couple takes a mid-winter trip along a frozen Midwest river. The people they meet seem to know more about their trip than they themselves do.

Link to trailer.

Short Film Screening before feature: 
Anna with Q&A
Director: Emily Downes
PORTUGUSES, Run Time: 8 minutes

Synopsis: Anna is a psychological portrait of a woman who engages in a search for a lost button. Consumed by her obsession, Anna reveals the complexity behind her desire to prefect and seek. 

Link to trailer coming soon.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
4:00 pm – MN Made Music Videos with Q&A

  • Dumb Dumbs Director: Greg Hanson, 4 min.
    synopsis: The Supercute! Girls are invited to a wild underground “teenage” party where a wonderful dream quickly spirals into a horrible nightmare, as they are lead into the dark underworld of candy addicts.
  • JC’s Recap Director: Jake Bailey
  • JC Stioebel – Lemonade   Director: Jake Bailey
  • Listen Up – Director Jake Bailey
  • Kids Like Us - Sleep Paralysis   Director: Mercies May
  • Literati - Modern Life   Director: Mercies May
  • Literati – Parade   Director: Mercies May
  • Chad Erickson & The Untimely - Buy the Ticket   Director Mercies May
  • SGT. Buzzkill – Naked   Director: Mercies May
  • Mercy Director: Tony Franklin, Producer: Sean A. Skinner & Adam Estrem

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
5:15 pm – Weekend Hat with Q&A
Director: Adam Jacobs
2013, MN MADE, 81 min.

Synopsis: When Jonathan’s new Weekend Hat is stolen, his quest to retrieve it lands him in a world of unexpected dangers and intrigue.

Link to trailer.

Short film will screen before film:
Sheepdog Wanted with Q&A
Director: John Akre
MN MADE, 5 min.

Synopsis: A flock of sheep hire a mop-wearing wolf to be their sheepdog. That was probably a mistake.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013
7:15 pm – Connected with Q&A
Director: Dave Ash, 2012
MN MADE, 117 min, MN Premiere

Synopsis: A computer programmer becomes increasingly disillusioned while working on a project to replicate the human genome.

Short film will screen before film:
Twisted Sister with Q&A
Director: Paul von Stoetzel
MN MADE, 8 min.

Synopsis: Twisted Sister is a neo noir crime adaptation from author Jeff Shelby about sisters, Brittney and Anastasia, who have committed a violent robbery and now have to tie up the only loose end which remains, Anastasia’s unreliable boyfriend.

Link to trailer.

 

10:00 pm – Special Late Night Selection (TBA)

Short film screens before film:
Angst, Piss & Shit
Director: Fredrik S. Hana
2013, NORWAY, 19 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: Angst, Piss & Shit is a black comedy that deals with twisted, complicated love between two murdering psychopaths. A young couple that once shared a fascination for mass murder and torture…

Link to trailer.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
1:00 pm – Ok, Good
Director: Daniel Martinico
2012, USA, 79 min.
MN Premiere

Synopsis: A struggling actor faced with constant rejection, is pushed to his limit.

 Link to trailer.

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
2:25 pm – And You Belong
Director: Julia Ostertag
2013, GERMANY, 90 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: In “And You Belong”, Julia Ostertag delivers a visual and musical rocket ride through the queer music underground telling the story of two girl elector hip hop act Scream Club and their network of Friends. 

Link to trailer.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
4:00 pm – MN Made Shorts with Q&A

  • ReCalculating Director: Peter Bean, 6 min.
    Synopsis: ReCalculating is about a technology addicted man with only one friend: his phone. When it takes him on a turn-by-turn adventure finding love, he learns that some-times love needs directions.
    • Citizen ‘Caine Director: John Ervin, 30 min.
      Synopsis:  A cocaine-addicted insurance agent, who is obsessed with Nicolas Cage, confronts the seedy underbelly of the Adult Film Industry in search of his missing teen-aged daughter
  • My Only Son Director: James Vogel, 7 min.
    Synopsis:  A short thriller, inspired by “Law & Order”, but children play all the adult parts, and adults play part of the child.
  • The Fighters Director: Ron Johnson, 21 min.
    Synopsis: Three Fighters from different parts of Minnesota strive to succeed in the world of Mixed Martial Arts.
  • Mine is Mine Director: Kyle Bowe, MN Made, 19 min.
    Synopsis: Meet Phil. A Friend only a clone could love. Unless clones have free will...

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
5:45 pm – Dazzle (The Donny West Story) with Q&A
Director: Donny West
MN MADE, 72 min.

Synopsis: A documentary based on the life of entertainer Donny West aka Lady Patra. Dazzle talks about everything from being a drag queen in the seventies to living with the challenges in a straight society while undergoing a transition from Male to Female.

 

Link to trailer coming soon.

Short film screening before film:
Welcome to New York with Q&A
Director: Steven Tylor O’Conner
2013, NYC, 28 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: The story of five young people’s unique first experiences in New York City who get help navigating the Big Apple with the help of the unorthodox Dr. Kitty Rosenblatt (Sheery Vine). Film features Sean Paul Lockhart and Casper Andreas.

Link to trailer.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
8:00 pm – Stones in the Sun
Director: Patricia Benoit
2012, NYC/HAITI/MAIMI, 95 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: In the midst of increasing political violence, a young couple, two sisters, and a father and son are driven from Haiti to New York, where they must confront the truths of their interlocked pasts.

Link to trailer.

Short film will screen before film:

Sweet Honey Chile
Director: Talibah L. Newman
2013, USA, 18 min.
Midwest Premiere
Synopsis: A young boy, Honey, explores identity and grief with his mystical neighbor, while in the midst of the struggle to help his mother lay his grandfather to rest.

Link to trailer.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
10:00 pm – Discopath
Director: Renaud Gauthier
2013, CANADA, 81 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: The mid-70’s: a timid young New Yorker leads an uneventful life until he is fatefully exposed to the pulsating rhythms of a brand-new genre of music: disco. Unable to control his murderous impulses that stem from a traumatic childhood experience, Duane Lewis transforms into a dangerous serial killer exiled to Montreal.

Link to trailer.

Short film screens before feature.

Yellow
Director: Ryan Haysom
2013, GERMANY, 26 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: “Yellow” is a homage to the Italian Giallo of the 60’s and 70’s. It is the story of an old man obsessed with hunting down a vicious serial killer of woman. Who is committing gruesome murders in neon-lit Berlin in the 1980’s.

Link to trailer.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
1:00 pm - Roots of Rescue with Q&A
Directors: David Cowardin & Joe Olivieri
MN/USA, 53 Min.

Synopsis: Two College graduates from MN Traveled south to film animal cruelty and dog fighting in Alabama, but what they found was a network of animal rescuers at their wits end.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
2:15 pm - Where’s the Fair? with Q&A
Directors: Jeffrey Ford, 2013
USA, 83 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: Where’s the Fair? Is the story of the loss of not only the world’s greatest celebration of culture, art, and science, but also of American exceptionalism, and perhaps, the American dream? It is a global quest for truth against a backdrop of secrecy, corruption, and political entanglement. It is the surprising answer that you find when you ask Where’s the Fair?

Link to trailer.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
4:00 pm - MN Made Short Films with Q&A

  •  Travel In Spirals Director: Tou SaiKo Lee & Justin Schell, 30 min. Synopsis: Travel in Spirals is the emotionally powerful story of the Hmong artist Tou SaiKo Lee’s journey back to Thailand, nearly 30 years after his family fled the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
  •  Storytime Director: Conor Holt, 12 min.
    synopsis: A father tells his daughter a tragic bedtime story that may or may not be far from the truth.
  • Concentration Director: Dan Dorland, 2 min.
    Synopsis: A grade-school girl (Bethany) must complete arduous homework in an impossible amount of time, or face stern discipline from a faceless adult (Jon).
  • Torn Director: Kassandra Langum, 11 min.
    Synopsis: A young women goes in search of her birth mother after the sudden death of her adoptive parents. When she finally works up enough nerve to introduce herself to her birth mother she learns that not all things go as planned.
  •  The Moment Director: Beth Vang, 7 min.
    Synopsis: The Moment is a short film about a man who tries unsuccessfully to help his wife remember her past. However, he develops a watch theory for her to create any moment she wanted to remember in her past.
  •  The Mediocres Director: John Gigrich & Kris Dunlap, 6 min.
  • Synopsis: In this world of every-kid-is-a-genius, what happens…when you realize your child is just…exceptionally average? This is the humorous story of a father searching for something his son is good at.
  •  Fighting History Director: John Gigrich, 6 min.
    Synopsis: The pregnant daughter of an alcoholic mother fights to end the multigenerational downward spiral of her family.
  • How People Talked in 1940’s Director: Nathan Hastings, 6 min.
    Synopsis: Vic is not so smooth a talker as his 1940’s buddies Evelyn, Perry & Spike are. But how ever do they manage to speak in such clever hard-boiled metaphors and similes all the time..?
  • The Healing Musical Director: John Gigrich, 8 min.
    Synopsis:  A behind the scenes look at Musical Healer Kale Kokopelli as he produces the world’s first Healing Musical.
  • The Deuce Director: Edward Linder, 8 min.
    Synopsis: Steve, needed to go to the bathroom and then his day turned south. So he heads to the comic book emporium to relieve him-self and then all heel brakes loose.
  • The Butler Did It Director: Justin Schaack & Kristin Schaack, 10 min. Synopsis: With $10,000 on the line, everyone is a suspect at the Brotherhood of Butlers Annual Retreat.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
6:10 pm – Tilt with Q&A
Director: Phil Holbrook, Cinematographer Jeremy Doyle
2013, MN Made, 78 min.

Synopsis: Paul hasn’t connected with his daughter in over 10 years, but when their world is turned upside down by an unthinkable act, he has to decide what’s more important: doing the right thing or setting things right?

Link to trailer.

Short film screens before feature:

Disco Nap with Q&A
Director: Nick Bain & Peter Browne
USA, 10 min.

Synopsis: A suburban husband is unhappy with his stagnant marriage and begins an affair with a co-worker. Meanwhile his wife meets with a friend at a local bar when it is revealed that she has a secret of her own.

Link to trailer coming soon.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
8:00 pm – Full Circle with Q&A
Director: Solvan “Slick” Naim & Olli Koivula
2013, USA, 84 Min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: An Action-comedy about a Brooklyn pizza boy who seeks revenge on a local thug after his best friend is killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Link to trailer.

Music video screens before feature:

Slick the Misfit - Bushwick Boys
Director: Solvan “Slick” Naim

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
10:00 pm – The Demon’s Rook
Director: James Sizemore, 2013
USA, 103 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: A hellishly bizarre parade of magic and carnage… Young Roscoe finds a portal to another world where he is taught magic by an elder demon known as Dimwos. The demon raises the boy into manhood, revealing to him many things... except for one dark secret. When Roscoe discovers the secret withheld from him all these years, his anger inadvertently unleashes three malevolent demons. Roscoe flees the demon’s wrath by escaping through the portal, drawing the demons to discover our world for themselves. Once they pass through, a nightmarish foray of monsters is unleashed.

Link to trailer.

Short film screens before feature:

The Last Video Store
Director: Timothy Rutherford & Cody Kennedy
2013,  CANADA, 10 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: The Last Video Store” owner fights alongside the suspicious delivery boy to defend his collection, when an unexpected package from digital rivals unleashes an analog eating terror in the shop.

Link to trailer.

AND:

Perfect Drug
Director: Toon Aerts
2013, Belgium, 13 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: Misha, Yumiko and Chinatsu are sitting in a parked car in front of a strange motel. In the backseat, they have a huge amount of test tubes filled with different substances. It's clear that their attempted burglary didn't go as planned... While Yumiko tries to calm down their Albanian boss Hasan on the phone, Misha can't resist it any longer. He opens up a test tube and drinks it to the drop, causing some extraordinary effects

Link to trailer.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
1:00 pm - Hit & Stay with Q&A
Director: Joe Tropea & Skizz Cyzyk
2013, USA, 97 min.
MN Premiere

Synopsis: A story about priests, nuns, and everyday people who protested the Vietnam War by breaking into draft boards, destroying records, and waiting around to be arrested. They went to prison but started a wave of attacks that helped end the draft.

Link to trailer.

Short film screens before feature:

Act of Terror
Director: Gemma Atkinson & Fred Grace
2013, LONDON, 7 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: Gemma Atkinson was assaulted by the Police for filming them on her mobile phone. Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring them to justice.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
3:00 pm – Narrative & MN Made with Q&A

  • Last Remnants Director: Charles Pieper, USA, 7 min.
    Synopsis: A young man’s night out at a diner takes a curious turn when he is confronted by a stranger completely removed from the modern era… “Last Remnants” is based off of a newspaper article published by the Chicago Herald in 1901.”
  • Becoming Henry Director: Anna Goodman-Herrick, USA, 10 min.
  • Synopsis: Holocaust survivor, Henry, attended a party where one of the guests kept pestering him with questions about the war and finds out that they were there at the same time.
  • Les Esclaves (The Slaves) Director: Jesse Mast, MN, 16 min.
    Synopsis: Two best friends live as slaves in ancient Italy. One has hatred for their master, but the other has strong devotion. When tragedy strikes their master’s house, both slaves must decide what is more important: To be free, or to stay alive. Filmed in southern France.
  • Jackpot Director: Björn Tobiasson, Producer Dylan Thomson & Lisa Mackintosh, 5 min.Synopsis: James’ lucky numbers have come up and there is only one thing on his mind-winning back the heart of his ex-girlfriend Abby.
  • City Boots Director: Ryan Strandjord, MN MADE, 10 min.
    Synopsis: A lesson is taming a beast becomes a lesson of taming each other.
  • Secret Keeper Director: Bears Fonté, USA, 18 min.
    Synopsis: A secret is a precious commodity. If a person can seal their secrets away, and live guilt free, they can truly be anyone, do anything. Somewhere, sometime is an alternate future or past that vaguely resembles the styles and prejudices of our late 1940’s, The Secret Keeper provides clients with that very opportunity. But who keeps keeper provides clients with that very opportunity. But who keeps The Secret Keeper’s secrets?
  • Tourvall the Terrible Director: Sean A. Skinner, 8 min.
    Synopsis: Wanna get a good story out of an old timer? Just give him a drink

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
4:30 pm - United States of Hoodoo
Director: Oliver Hardt
2013, GERMANY, 100 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: The film explores how African-based spirituality has influenced America’s popular culture. The film shakes up traditional and stereotypical ways of thinking about race, religion, and rationality. Narrator Darius James meets with musicians, writers and artists, healers, gumbo cooks and Mississippi Blues men. 

Link to Trailer.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
6:15 pm – Murder of Couriers
Directors: Tom Macleod & Neil Brill, Producer: Chris Judson & Douglas Kerr
2013, CANADA, 90 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: Murder of Couriers documents the lives of a group of bike messengers over a nearly three-year span. Murder of Couriers was created by couriers, about couriers, for a wide general audience and offers the chance to experience a lifestyle that not many get the privilege to enjoy.

Link to trailer.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
7:50 pm – Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles
Director: Andy Ray Lemon, 2013
USA, 120 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: A teensploitation trashterpiece of Subterranean Sinema documenting a geological excavation of underground rock through a low-fi odyssey into the current Austin, TX garage scene. Come dig…

Link to trailer.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2013
10:00 pm – LFO
Director: Antonio Tublén
2013, Sweden/Denmark, 94 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: LFO is a dark comedy/drama/Sci-Fi about a man who realizes that he can hypnotize with sound. He starts experimenting on his neighbors, where the abuse of power takes over and, eventually, severe consequences for humanity are at stake.

Link to trailer.

Short films screening before feature:

Grasshopper
Director: Ryan Roy & Michael Usry
2013, USA, 11 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: A suburban housewife tries to stop her neighbor from going on a rampage after he witnesses a gruesome accident that he attributes to a giant grasshopper.

Link to trailer.

And:

Green Eyed
Director: Nathaniel Lindsay Producer: Anne Kojevnikov
2012, USA, 16 min.
Midwest Premiere

Synopsis: In the summer of 1980 a successful yuppie faces an existential crisis when a nosferatic ghoul joins his social circle and undermines his social status.

Link to trailer.