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Boston Underground Celebrates Grindhouse, Queer Cinema

Boston Underground Celebrates Grindhouse, Queer Cinema

The twelfth annual Boston Underground Film Festival, which runs March 25-April 1 at the Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, will focus on grindhouse films and queer cinema, with appearances appearances by John Waters’ muse Mink Stole (who will receive the festival’s first Underground Lifetime Achievement Award) and legendary underground filmmaker George Kuchar.

Among the grindhouse selections are the East Coast premiere of “Stuck,” writer and director Steve Balderson’s homage to grindhouse era women-in-prison films, featuring an appearance by Mink Stole, who performs in the film with Karen Black, and ex-Go Go Jane Wiedlin, Elijah Drenner’s “American Grindhouse,” and Chad Ferrin’s “Someone’s Knocking at the Door.” The 80’s horror film “Piece (Mil gritos tiene la noche)” directed by Spanish exploitation director Juan Piquer Simon rounds out the grindhouse segment.

The festival’s queer cinema section includes Jennifer Kroot’s “It Came From Kuchar,” a summation of the work of legendary, underground filmmaking twins, George and Mike Kuchar, the Serbian selection “Life and Death of a Porno Gang,” the “S&M sex comedy” “My Normal,” and the shorts program “Cinemental,” curated by Aliza Shapiro of Truth Serum.

Other fest highlights include opening night film “Love Exposure,” Japanese director Sion Sono’s 4-hour epic about upskirt photography and Christianity, Gorman Bechard’s “Friends (With Benefits),” and Danny Ledonne’s documentary “Playing Columbine,” which examines the controversy surrounding the video game Super Columbine Massacre RPG!.

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