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DAILY NEWS: Chicago Underground Pix; Fine Line Grabs Doc

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire July 27, 1999 at 2:0AM

by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
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by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE


>> Chicago Underground Fest Sets Sixth Slate; Underground Spielberg Pic Among Selections

With a new festival director and new venue, the Chicago Underground Film
Festival
is poised for its sixth annual event. With festival founder Jay
Bliznick
tackling personal film projects and a new job managing Chicago's
Fine Arts Theater, longtime programmer Bryan Wendorf has assumed the top
job.

The 1999 Chicago Underground will kick off on August 13th with the Midwest
premiere of Reed Paget's "Amerikan Passport," winner of the top doc prize
at the 1999 Slamdance Film Festival. 16 feature films will screen during
the seven-day festival that concludes on August 19th with the U.S. debut of
Australian Jon Hewitt's feature film, "Redball." Festival screenings this
year will be held, for the first time, in what Wendorf calls, "an honest to
god movie theater." In past years, screenings were held in makeshift
screening venues.

Another signal of the event's growth is the fact that it received nearly
1,000 entries this year, according to Wendorf. Among them was an anonymous
submissions of "Raping Steven Spielberg," a half-hour movie which has been
making the underground rounds in Hollywood. The movie fictionalizes a
recent threat against Spielberg by a man who intended to sexually assault
the famous filmmaker. Festival materials describe the movie as "a savage
satire of one man's attempt to penetrate the innermost sanctum of the
famous director without adequate lubrication."

A handful of favorites from domestic festivals round out Chicago's feature
lineup. Todd Verow's "The Trouble With Perpetual Deja-Vu" will screen,
along with two features from Jon Reiss, "Cleopatra's Second Husband" which
screened at the 1998 LAIFF, and his new documentary, "Better Living Through
Circuitry
," which screened at this year's LAIFF. Also screening in Chicago
after an L.A. debut is Gordon Eriksen's "The Love Machine." Other feature
screenings include the U.S. premieres of Ian Kerkhof's "Shabondama Elegy,"
and Satoshi Kon's "Perfect Blue," as well as showings of Suki Hawley and
Michael Galinsky's "Radiation," Paul McGuigan's "The Acid House," Chris
Wilcha
's "The Target Shoots First," Cass Paley "Wadd: The Life and Times of
John C. Holmes
," Xachery Irving's "American Chain Gang," and Jonathan
Berman
's "My Friend Paul."

Also on tap is a showing of filmmaker Jon Jost's new digital project,
"London Brief," a retrospective of Ms. Vaginal Creme Davis' work, and a
selection of new experimental work that will be curated by Chicago
Filmmaker
's Patrick Friel.

[For more information, call 773-866-8660 or the visit official website at:
http://www.cuff.org.]


>> Fine Line Nabs Sex Pistols Doc

Julien Temple's "The Filth and the Fury," a documentary about the Sex
Pistols
, has been acquired by Fine Line, the Hollywood Reporter reported
yesterday. According to the Hollywood trade, the film contains rare live
footage and an interview with the late Sid Vicious. Temple is well-known
for documenting the band in the 1980 film, "The Great Rock n' Roll
Swindle
."