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Az Underground Film Festival explores cinema's outre limits

World premiere of 'The Exibitionists' and North American premiere of Chinese film 'Girl$'


The 5th annual Arizona Underground Film Festival opens Friday, Sept. 21 with the Arizona premiere of Italian experimental film “The Legend of Kaspar Hauser.”

This year the state’s only genre/cult film festival features Arizona and North American premieres, cinematic rarities from around the world and cult favorites, plus after-show parties.

On Saturday, Sept. 22, the festival will host the world premiere of “The Exhibitionists,” a film that blurs the line between satire and exploitation with a touch of Greek tragedy. Director Michael Melamedoff and actor Richard Short will attend the premiere and hold a question and answer session after the screening.

Saturday will also see the Arizona premiere of “Bones Brigade: An Autobiography.” The movie, which follows six skateboarder in the 1980s, has been hailed as one of the best documentaries of the year and is an official Sundance Film Festival selection.

Sunday, Sept. 23, will highlight a block of ten short films, running from one to 27 minutes long, the West Coast premiere of psychological thriller “Last Look,” and the Arizona premiere of the European drama, “Robert Mitchum is Dead.”

Other films include

  • The Arizona premiere of the highly regarded, “Missing Pieces
  • Exit,” a Sci Fi London Film Festival selection
  • Hungarian animated brainteaser, “Cycle,” a Moscow International Film Festival selection
  • Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression,” a documentary that examines graffiti as art and crime
  • Deadball,” a Japanese baseball splatterfest comedy
  • The North American premierd of “Girl$,” a Chinese drama about teenage prostitutes
  • I Want My Name Back,” a documentary about seminal rappers, The Sugarhill Gang
  • The Arizona premier of “Funeral Kings,” which Ain’t It Cool News called “one of the best movies of the year”
  • 7 Years Underground: A 60s Tale,” a documentary about New York’s legendary Café Au Go Go, with director Jason M. Solomon available for questions after the screening

The Festival’s full schedule, with links to descriptions and trailers of individual films, is available online at azuff.org/festival-schedule.

Festival films will play primarily at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress Street.

Two Saturday evening movies, “Bones Brigade,” on Sept. 21 and “The Wraith,” on Sept. 29, will play at 7:00 pm at the Crossroads Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Rd. “The Wraith,” a 1986 action thriller filmed in Tucson, stars Charlie Sheen, Randy Quaid and Sherilyn Fenn. “Wraith” director Mike Marvin will take questions after the retro-oriented screening.

Individual screenings are $7.50. A limited number of festival passes are also available.

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3 comments on this story

Sep 22, 2012, 4:43 pm
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They’re showing movies through next Saturday - you’ve still got time ; )

Sep 22, 2012, 12:50 pm
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damn, looks like it would have been fun.  never been to it.  unfortunately the RSS feed didn’t tell me about it until today for some reason :(  oh well, glad you enjoyed it thesegoto11

Sep 13, 2012, 11:07 am
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I LOVE this festival! One of the reasons I like living in the old pueblo in September.

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