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Film News: ‘Manlife: The Last of Lawsonians’ Wins Audience Award at 2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival


CHICAGO – The 24th Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) wrapped on June 4th, 2017, and announced their award winners on June 7th. Taking the Audience Award, the top prize at CUFF, was the closing night film “Manchild: The Last of the Lawsonians.” As a bonus, the 96 year-old star of the film, Merle Lawson, got the opportunity to bask in the limelight, as he appeared on behalf of the film.

Film News: CUFF Closing Night Film is ‘Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians’ on June 4, 2017


CHICAGO – It’s been five days of off-the-wall cinema, filmmaker appearances, afterparty happenings and showing off the emerging Logan Square neighborhood. The 2017 Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is wrapping up on Sunday, June 4th, with a day of film presentations, culminating with the special U.S. and World Premiere of “Manlife: The Last of the Lawsonians.”

Podcast Talk: Michael Galinsky’s ‘All the Rage’ at Chicago Underground Film Fest on June 3, 2017

All the Rage

CHICAGO – Dealing with pain has become almost an obsession with Americans. Between over the counter sales of pain relievers, doctor visits and the prescription abuse of painkillers, a crisis has come about. Why are we hurting? Director Michael Galinsky, with co-directors Suki Hawley and David Beilinson, explore an alternative means of pain treatment in “All the Rage.”

Podcast Talk: ‘Drifting Towards the Crescent’ Opens Chicago Underground Film Fest

Drifting Towards the Crescent

CHICAGO – The oldest underground film festival in U.S. cinema history is CUFF – the Chicago Underground Film Festival, celebrating its 24th edition. From Wednesday, May 31st to Sunday, June 4th, 2017, the radical fringe of the film world will unspool at the five day fest. The Opening Night film on May 31st, at the historic Logan Theatre in Chicago, is “Drifting Towards the Crescent,” a documentary from local filmmaker Laura Stewart.

Interview: Director Tyler Hubby on His Tony Conrad Doc at Chicago Underground Film Festival

CHICAGO – The great benefit of the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is the exposure to the layers of outsider art within cinema and other categories. A prime example was the fest’s Opening Night film, “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present,” directed by Tyler Hubby.

Film News: Documentary Opens 2016 Chicago Underground Film Festival on June 1

CUFF 2016

CHICAGO – The eclectic, the bizarre and the “underground” awaits film fans with the 23rd edition of the Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF), with Opening Night on June 1, 2016. The fest opens with the documentary “Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present,” directed by Tyler Hubby. The director will be in attendance, and more details and ticket purchasing information can be found by clicking here.

Weekend Preview: 2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival

2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival

CHICAGO – One of the funkiest and offbeat film festivals is taking place in Chicago through Sunday, May 17th, 2015. The 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival (CUFF) showcases independent, experimental and documentary films from around the world. This year’s festival takes place all at the Logan Theatre – 2646 North Milwaukee, Chicago – and the films are augmented by nightly parties and concerts.

Winners of the 17th-Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival

"Modus Operandi" at CUFF

CHICAGO – The winners of the 17th Chicago Underground Film Festival were announced, with the short film winners awarded on June 27th, and the feature-length winners revealed on July 2nd.

17th-Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, Day Four: ‘Scrappers,’ ‘Putty Hill’

Putty Hill

CHICAGO – In Chicago, they are out and about on a daily basis. It is a simple pick-up truck, often bent and rusted with age. Most of the hauling areas in the back cabs of these trucks are outfitted with plywood extensions, increasing their ability to get more stuff in the back. They are the “Scrappers.”

17th-Annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, Day Three: ‘American Jihadist’

"American Jihadist" at the Chicago Underground Film Festival

CHICAGO – What makes a person willing to kill and die for their religion? Day Three of the Chicago Underground Film Festival kicks off with a compelling documentary called “American Jihadist,” the story of Isa Abdullah Ali, a citizen of the USA who became an enemy of the state.

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