By JC Poppe Special to Published May 04, 2011 at 1:03 PM

The Milwaukee Underground Film Festival is back for its 11th edition this Friday through Sunday. The UWM student-run festival will feature around 50 videos and films from around the world throughout its three-day run.


Student organizers Andrew Gralton and Kira Klein, both in their second year of working with M.U.F.F., are excited about this year's event.

"This year's festival will be one of our best. We are showing work by acclaimed experimental filmmakers like Tominari Nishikawa and Robert Todd," said Klein.

This festival isn't just for national and international filmmakers, however.

"Entering its 11th year, M.U.F.F. continues to show work from all over the world, as well as from local Milwaukee makers such as Kate Balsley, Isaac Sherman and Patrick Wodzinski." Gralton said.

"As a student run festival, M.U.F.F. is also a unique opportunity for film students at UW-Milwaukee to create an event that exists not just on campus but in the community," said Gralton.

Though it is billed as being a festival that will heavily feature experimental films and works, Gralton said will be something for everybody.

"People coming to the festival can expect to experience motion picture work unlike anything they've seen before. The pieces are incredibly varied in their form and content, but a common thread of exploration and innovation run throughout the programs," said Gralton.

Said Klein, "Our programs this year have something for everyone. From beautiful technical exercises on 16mm, to documentary, to experimental narratives, to hilarious VHS footage, the artist's work is just all over the board."

Judging this year's event are Roger Beebe from Gainsville, Fla., Lori Felker from Chicago and Nicholas Frank, who curates the UWM INOVA gallery.

Beebe is an associate professor of English at the University of Florida and current artistic director of the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, and is the filmmaker behind "The Strip Mall Trilogy."

Felker is a professor at the Art Institute of Chicago and is also a filmmaker and coordinator of the Chicago Underground Film Fest.

Daily locations include:

  • Friday, May 6: 7 p.m. at UWM Union Theatre, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.
  • Saturday, May 7:  6 and 8 p.m. at Walker's Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St.
  • Sunday, May 8: 3 and 6 p.m. at Kenilworth Square East, 4th Floor, Studio 408.

On Sunday, M.U.F.F. will also be hosting a potluck dinner between the 3 and 6 p.m. showings, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The complete lineup of films includes:

Friday, May 6 at 7 p.m.:
UWM Union Theatre
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd.

What Was Was – David Baker, 7 min, video, 2011
L'Internationale – Marianna Milhorat, 9.5 min, video, 2010
Unsubscribe #1: Special Offer Inside – Jodie Mack, 4.5 min, 16mm, 2010
LOWbASiC – Frank Rinaldi, 24 min, video, 2010
Hindsight – Sean Hanley, 14.5 min, 16mm, 2010
Shibuya – Tokyo – Tomonari Nishikawa, 10 min, 16mm, 2010
Beginnings (alpha&omega) - Roger Beebe, 5 min, digital audio, 2010 (juror presentation)
TB TX DANCE - Roger Beebe, 3 min, 16mm X 2, 2006 (juror presentation)
Washes – Norbert Shieh, 8.5 min, video, 2010
Aliki – Richard Wiebe, 5 min, video, 2010
The Mirrored Curtain - Lori Felker, 10.5 min, HD video, 2011 (juror presentation) *Special work-in-progress preview

Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m.:
Walker's Point Center for the Arts
839 S. 5th St.

JIVE – Steve Cossman, 8.5 min, video, 2011
Negating the Increasing Powerlessness of the Most Photographed Thing in America - Olivia Ciummo, 5 min, HD video, 2010
Meer – Robert Todd, 4 min, video, 2010
In the Swim – Mike Walsh, 22 min, 16mm, 2010
Anima Mundi – Kate Balsley, 3.5 min, video, 2010
Silence – Ava Lanche, 4 min, video, 2008
The Optic Melon – David Baker, 8 min, video, 2008
Light Quanta – Karen Johannesen, 5 min, Super-8, 2004
One New Message – Alee Peoples, 12.5 min, video, 2010
AAAAA Motion Picture – Roger Beebe, 12 min, 16mm X 3, 2010 (juror presentation)

Saturday, May 7 at 8 p.m.:
Walker's Point Center for the Arts
839 S. 5th St.

LAPSE – Micheline Durocher, 1.5 min, video, 2006
A Time Shared Unlimited – Zachary Epcar, 10 min, video, 2010
Nightlight – Dagie Brundert, 2.5 min, video, 2010
Self Improvement – Clint Enns, 3 min, video, 2010
TAPE NUMBER ONE: side one – Tommy Becker, 33 min, video, 2010
The Well of Representation – Evan Meaney, 7.5 min, video, 2011
The Natural – Ted Kennedy, 4 min, video, 2010
Death by VHS – Damien Ferland, 5.5 min, video, 2009
Fertile Ground Corporate Slug – Bryan Konefsky, 4 min, video, 2010
ZWISCHEN – Lori Felker, 2 min, 16mm, 2006 (juror presentation)
One of Those Women – Emily J. Oscarson, 8 min, video, 2011
The Homogenics – Gerard Freixes Ribera, 3.5 min, video, 2010

Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m.:
UWM/PSOA Kenilworth Square East
1925 E. Kenilworth Place

28.IV.81 (Descending Figures) – Christopher Harris, 3 min, 16mm X 2, 2011
Tokyo – Ebisu – Tomonari Nishikawa, 5 min, 16mm, 2010
In Between – Mike Stoltz, 4.5 min, 16mm, 2006
Imperceptihole – Lori Felker + Robert Todd, 14 min, 16mm, 2010 (juror presentation)
The Hunting of Wayne – Matthew Newman, 30 min, video, 2010
Tokyo Fish – Peter Eliot Buntaine, 8.5 min, video, 2008
Tamalpais – Chris Kennedy, 14 min, 16mm, 2009
Afterimage: A Flicker of Life (Version 2) – Kerry Laitala, 9 min, video, 2010

Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m.:
UWM/PSOA Kenilworth Square East
1925 E. Kenilworth Place

Place for Landing – Shambhavi Kaul, 6.5 min, video, 2010
Walk Along The Milwaukee River – Patrick Wodzinski, 18 min, Super-8, 2010
After Morning – Robert Todd, 3 min, 16mm, 2010
Money Changes Everything - Roger Beebe, 5 min, 16mm X 3, 2009 (juror presentation)
The Luminous Passage – Ryan Marino, 6 min, 16mm, 2010
Confessors – Michael A. Morris, 19 min, video, 2010
Friction of the Inner and Outer Consciousness – Isaac Sherman, 7 min, 16mm, live audio performance, 2010
Postface – Frédéric Moffet, 7.5 min, HD video, 2011
To It's Bloom – JB Mabe, 2.5 min, 16mm, 2010
Don't Look Directly into the Sun – Kathleen Rugh, 9 min, 16mm, 2010
Unsubscribe #4: The Saddest Song in the World – Jodie Mack, 3 min, 16mm, 2010

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