The 2006 Chicago Underground Film Festival will open on Thursday night in the Windy City with the world premiere of Usama Alshaibi's "Nice Bombs," a personal story that features the filmmaker returning to Iraq to reunite with family. Executive produced by acclaimed author Studs Terkel, who inspired the idea along with diarist Salaam Pax, the film offers a recent portrait of Baghdad. It was produced by Benzfilm Group's Ben Berkowitz and Ben Redgrave and the film received a Creative Capital grant, as well as the Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Award. The festival will close with the local premiere of Joe Swanberg's "LOL", the lastest low-budget film from Swanberg that is described as exploring, "a time when young men are trying to decipher the mixed messages of modern relationships and technology." It features nonprofessional actors and video clips submitted by people from around the world.
Seven more world premieres are set for the Chicago Underground Film Festival, now entering its 13th edition, including Ditmar Post's "The Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback" about five American GI's in a band in Cold War Germany, James Fotopoulos' "Shattered" about the life of work of Barney Rosett, and Rolf Belgum's "The Wild Condition." Also in the line up are: Lee Lynch's "The Transposition of the Great Vessels" which is a fictionalized look at the life of his parents, Stacey Goldschmidt's "Weird Paul: A Lo-Fi Documentary" about the recording artist, Jethro Senger's "Headspace" about party culture and electronic music, and Kate McCabe's "Sabbia," described as a long form music film.
Other filnms set to screen at the festival, running through August 24th at The Music Box Theater, include Todd Verow's "Bulldown In The Whitehouse", JL Aronson's "Danielseon: A Family Movie", Aaron Katz' "Dance Party USA", John Rad's "Dangerous Men," Adele Horne's "The Tailenders", Danielle Lombardi and Brigid McCaffrey's "Lay Down Tracks", Michelle O'Marah's "Valley Girl", and Jeff Krulik's "The Maryland Trilogy."
More than half of this year's festival will be short films, featuring over 100 narrative, experimental, animated and documentary shorts, including work by returing filmmakers Roger Bebee, Cory Arcangel, Sam Green, Jeremey Bailey, Takeshi Murata and Bryan Boyce, according to organizers.
For more information about the festival, including the complete lineup, please visit the CUFF website.