The 18th Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival
The summer film season is upon us — and, as always, so are the attendant sequels, reboots, and big-budget froth. Yes, the blockbuster season has its charms, but we’ll spare you the populist pretense: the Chicago Underground Film Festival is the oasis for which we cinephiles yearn this time of year. Among the feature-length highlights are the Genesis Breyer P-Orridge doc The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye; Heavy Metal Picnic, a follow up of directors Jeff Krulik and John Heyn’s own cult hesher doc Heavy Metal Parking Lot; and Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, which chronicles the granddaddy of modern tattoo culture. The stacked short-film programs, meanwhile, read like a who’s who of Chicago film/video artists, with Jennifer Reeder, JB Mabe, Steve Reinke, Jesse McLean, Ben Russell, Deborah Stratman, and Melika Bass among the field.