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Winnipeg Underground Film Festival
June 1 to 4th, 2017

Underground filmmaking is often less about form or content than it is about context and community. With that in mind, we’ve decided to kick off this fifth Winnipeg Underground Film Festival with a California collision - some of the most exciting and bizarre left-field work from our open call paired with works shown at the 2016 San Diego Underground Film Festival, and the World premiere of a film by one of its founders. What better way to start the fest than by jumping straight into the deep end? New work from Canada and the United States, with SDUFF directors Ryan Betschart and Rachel Nakawatase in attendance.
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The Sacred Mushroom Edition (For Anger by way of Kuchar) dir. Ryan Betschart
2017 | US | 4 | 16mm on video | World premiere
An ode to the 1978 version of Kenneth Anger’s film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (dubbed The Sacred Mushroom Edition) and its peculiar use of Electric Light Orchestra’s album El Dorado over images of a ritual orgy between gods. The Sacred Mushroom Edition finds two fallen angels arguing over ELO and their lead singer Jeff Lynne’s affiliated supergroup, The Traveling Wilburys - and his connection to the dark side. -RB

Tasman Hates the Beach dir. Karen Asmundson
2016 | CA | 3.5 | super 8mm on video
Why would anyone want to go to the beach during the day? Tasman shares his distain for beach culture over bleak and grainy Manitoba interlake landscapes. -KA

Hue Quilted Windowpane dir. Lasha Mowchun
2016 | CA | 5 | video
This pop art gem follows Edi, a lonely woman who finally finds love when Elvis Presley charms her through the television. As the host of the Shopping Channel, Elvis can communicate with Edi privately as she watches the screen. He even dazzles her with a real cubic zirconia ring! But when he promises to come by to deliver the pantyhose she ordered, Edi must wait to see if the man of her dreams will appear in reality. -LM

Roommates dir. Jamie Wolfe
2016 | US | 3 | video | Manitoban premiere
Sanity diminishes as the temperature rises. -JW

Walrus Sausage dirs. Kayla Jeanson, Rylaan Gimby + Jocelyn Le Léannec
2016 | CA | 3 | video
It’s not easy to make sausage out of a walrus. -KJ

Hat Dog Hands dir. Matt Reynolds
2016 | US | 6.5 | video | Canadian premiere
This woman can’t stop growing fingers. -MR

Animals Under Anaesthesia: Speculations on the Dreamlife of Beasts
dirs. Brian M. Cassidy + Melanie Shatzky
2016 | CA | 14 | video | Manitoban premiere
Part lyrical document, part farce, Animals Under Anaesthesia explores the imaginary unconscious minds of animals. Images of sex, death, and the natural world are made manifest in the murky and disquieting dreams of a dog, cat, pig, and rabbit. -MS

Prizzly dir. Evin Collis
2016 | CA | 6.5 | video | Canadian premiere
In an icy forlorn settlement, a lonely and distressed hockey player is haunted by the mythic prizzly bear: a hybrid of mixed polar and grizzly bear descent that roams the local garbage dump. -EC

Monster Movie dir. Kevin Obsatz
2016 | US | 9 | 16mm on video | World premiere
An experimental 16mm film about a digital documentary feature about softcore vorarephilia fetish horror filmmaker “Rock n’ Roll Ray” Whalen. -KO

Plena Stellarum dir. Matthew Wade
2016 | US | 11 | 16mm on video | Canadian premiere
Neon ghosts dreaming in dead landscapes. -MW
*** Screening for the first time ever in dazzling ChromaDepth® 3D ***

GHOST OF XMAS PAST dir. Melissa Tvetan
2016 | US | 3 | video | Canadian premiere
A lost angel haunts a very special commercial break. -MT


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* images from Ryan Betschart's The Sacred Mushroom Edition (top) and Evin Collis' Prizzly (bottom)

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