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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 JayeHeavy 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.

Check out cuff.org for more information. And head over to Flavorpill to learn more about this event and all the other cultural happenings in your city.

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