UFR: Underground Film Revolution
Emerging filmmakers show film and video at the Milky Way Lounge and Lanes in Jamaica Plain on the first Monday of every month.

Saturday, May 29, 2004  

The Milky Way and the underground film revolution present
films that defy the copyright confines and attack american pop culture

Do you like to watch stuff you're not supposed to???

Don't be ashamed, everybody has a bit of a naughty side...and this month, the underground film revolution (UFR) is doing it's own little part to facilitate the process.

UFR is proud (and not the least bit scared) to present several ILLEGAL and CONTRABAND films that you just can't see at your local multiplex. All of the filmmakers represented at the screening use their camera to satirize popular culture at its commercial core: THE ACTION FIGURE.

Back for a second screening (work was previously presented at last year's UFR Women's Director Spotlight) is local filmmaker Michelle Barczykowski. Barczykowski's short videos manipulate GI JOE action dolls into all sorts of sexual and power scenarios (including a fabulous take on the TV show COPS and a provocative strip tease topped of astroglide).

Headlining the evening is a certain infamous film that we're technically not allowed to mention...BUT, let's just say that it's a senior thesis film made by a now famous Hollywood film director while he was studying at Brown University. Its subjects are a famous brother and sister 1970s singing duo known for their happy tunes and not so happy personal lives...the female member in question had a quite publicized issue with eating disorders. The film, animated by Barbie and Ken dolls, has grown into a cult classic as the family of said musicians sued the filmmaker for libel.

To conclude the evening, a similar group of short videos featuring a Farrah Faucet action figure and parodies of scifi favorite ALIEN will also screen. Plus the Joe Gibbons pixelvision short, Barbie's Audition--a quite humorously uncomfortable look at the infamously sleazy casting couch.

The UFR program is currently an extension of THE VIDEO UNDERGROUND, an independent video rental store located at 389 Centre Street in Hyde Square, Jamaica Plain (617-522-4949) that seeks to support and promote independent filmmakers and create a diverse film/video selection for its customers. This month's UFR screening is co-curated by Coolidge Theatre's Clinton McClung (guru of the sadly defunct Allston Underground).

The Milky Way is located at 403-405 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain, downstairs from Bella Luna. It is accessible via public transportation (Perkins Street stop on the #39 Bus/Jackson Square stop on the Orange Line T). Screenings begin at 9:30pm on the first Monday of every month; admission for is $5 per person and the events are 21-plus unless otherwise noted. Please call 617.524.3740 for EVENT INFO, more detailed directions or other club info.
Evonne Hyla Wetzner
The Video Underground, Inc.
389 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130

Supporting independent filmmakers and offering Jamaica Plain a diverse selection of Videos and DVDs.

posted by Steve Garfield | 3:43 PM
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