Seven Must-See Movies at the Chicago Underground Film Festival

Chicago filmmaker Andrew Rosinski shares the movies he’s most excited to see at Underground Film Fest, running today through Sunday at the Logan Theatre.

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The Chicago Underground Film Festival is not just another independent film event. The 20-year-old movie medley showcases “great, obscure moving image work,” or so says Andrew Rosinski, a Chicago-based filmmaker and festival alum. This Thursday, Rosinski is premiering his newest film, Island Light, a three-minute piece about paddling a boat across a lake one summer night. We asked the up-and-coming visual artist for some tips on what to see on the packed schedule. Here is his must-see list:

The Invisible World by Jesse McLean
March 7 at 9 p.m.
A deceased hoarder explores what materialism remains after death.

Releasing Human Energies by Mark Toscano
March 7 at 9 p.m.
A 16-mm film considers control and Capitalist principles as a way to maximize human efficiency.

Persian Pickles by Jodie Mack 
March 8 at 9 p.m.
Mack studies psychedelic paisley patterns amid fractal phonics.

Mosaic Do Porto by Robert Todd 
March 9 at 7 p.m.)
Moving pieces across Porto, Portugal display a fragmented and whole picture of love.

The Creation As We Saw It by Ben Rivers
March 9 at 9 p.m.
Rivers shares three allegories from the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.

Retrospective Shorts Program: Flying Lessons (selected by Amy Beste)
March 10 at 3 p.m.
Nine shorts reflect on late-90s feminism, excuses and excesses, being lost and found and more.

The Name Is Not The Thing Named by Deborah Stratman
March 10 at 6 p.m.
A title borrowed from Aleister Crowley’s 1918 translation of Tao Te Ching, this film follows places and experiences that language cannot describe.

The Chicago Underground Film Festival runs March 6 to 10 at the Logan Theatre, 2646 N. Milwaukee. For info, cuff.org.

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