By Maureen Post Special to Published Feb 02, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Lulu's Underground Cinema (LLUC) makes its debut tonight.

In an event held at Café Lulu, 2265 S. Howell Ave., the freshly created local organization invites you to come for dinner and stay for a screening of several short films.

Tonight's premiere, themed "The Journey," reveals the work of one filmmaker as she creates three shorts for varying budgets of $1.3 million, $35,000 and $500.

"Memorial Street," "Onlyness" and "What's the sense U.S.?!" combine drama and comedy for truly independent filmmaking. The evening also promises the appearance of a special guest filmmaker.

Café Lulu and Capture Life Productions collaborated to create Lulu's Underground Cinema (LLUC). The organization, hoping to show films at Café Lulu monthly, offers filmmakers the opportunity to show their work onscreen in a casual and receptive environment.

In consideration of Lulu's "artsy" clientele, Capture Life Productions looked to the Bay View restaurant for the ideal screening venue.

Tonight's show starts at 9 p.m.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.