The Arizona Underground Film Festival is back for its 7th year as one of the countries biggest underground/genre film festivals! Next month we will be screening over 50 films from all over the world giving a shot in the arm to genre filmmaking, with films that are diverse from drama, horror, documentary, experimental, animation, and of course exploitation films.
This list is just a sample of some of the great films that will be screened at the festival, we can’t reveal all the films now, but this will give you an idea of what to expect. This year we will have several World Premieres, North American Premieres, and Arizona Premieres at the festival, more than any other year. Arizona Underground Film Festival will take place at the newly remodeled Screening Room in downtown Tucson with the after parties being held in the area. The festival passes are now on sale (www.azuff.com/tickets), and tickets for individual screenings will go on sale Sept. 1st along the complete schedule listing! See you at the underground!
1- KILLERS (Japan, Indonesia 137min)
Directed by: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto (The Mo Brothers)
Starring: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, & Rin Takanashi
This critically acclaimed film from the producer of The Raid tells a violent and brutal story of a psychotic game of cat and mouse as the two men battle for notoriety. Soon it becomes clear that it’s only a matter of time until the two killers square off face to face.
2- TIME LAPSE (USA, 104min)
Directed by: Bradley King
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary & George Finn
Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
3- METALHEAD (Iceland, 95min)
Directed by: Ragnar Bragason
Starring: Thora Bjorg Helga, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson
A girl is caught between the life that took her brother and her own inability to strike out on her own. In her grief, she finds solace in the dark music of Heavy Metal and dreams of becoming a rock star.
4- WOLFCOP (Canada, 79min)
Directed by: Lowell Dean
Starring: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry
As a series of strange and violent events start happening, an alcoholic policeman realizes that he has been turned into a werewolf as part of a larger plan, so he investigates with the help of his partner and his friend.
5- YOU AND THE NIGHT (France, 98min)
Directed by: Yann Gonzalez
Starring: Kate Moran, Niels Schneider, Nicolas Maury
Around midnight, a young couple and their transvestite maid prepare for an orgy. Their guests will be The Slut, The Star, The Stud and The Teen. Soundtrack by M83.
6- B.F.E. (USA, 98min)
Directed by: Shawn Telford
Starring: Hans Altwies, Mark Carr, Will Cowles Meyer
Four stories converge in a small town dominated by guns, drugs, sex and violence. They say it’s quiet out in the country… they don’t know sh*t!
7- The Badger Game (USA, 99min)
Directed by: Joshua Wagner, Thomas Zambeck
Starring: Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh
A chronic philanderer falls victim to an extortion scheme when he is abducted by four masked strangers demanding retribution for his sins.
8- Call Girl of Cthulhu (USA, 92min)
Directed by: Chris LaMartina
Starring: David Phillip Carollo, Melissa O’Brien, Nicolette le Faye & Leanna Chamish
When a virginal artist falls in love with a call girl, she turns out to be the chosen bride of the alien god Cthulhu. To save her, he must stop an ancient cult from summoning their god and destroying mankind.
West Coast Premiere
9- My Name is Jonah (USA, 103min)
Directed by: Phil Healy, Jb Sapienza
What is the secret origin of this self-proclaimed ‘real-life warrior, adventurer and musician’? How has he gained his tremendous cult following? Steel yourselves for a quest to explore how this enigmatic personality came to be and the powerful effect he has on all those he meets. Prepare to be amazed at just how ordinary your own life really is…
10- Unsound (USA, 94min)
Directed by: Darious Britt
Unsound was shot entirely in Tucson, AZ, and makes its Tucson premiere at the festival! An ambitious, young filmmaker must battle his mother’s mental illness and his worst fears to save her from herself and reclaim his life.
1- Life After Manson (USA, 25min)
Directed by: Olivia Klaus
Life After Manson is an intimate portrait of one of the world’s most infamous crimes and notorious killers. An exclusive interview with Manson Family member Patricia Krenwinkel reveals an unlikely relationship with charismatic Charles Manson that led her to cross every line of moral consciousness, culminating in the brutal murders she committed to win approval of the man she loved.
2- One More For The Road (Canada, 17min)
Directed by: Navin Ramaswaran
Starring: Mike Donis, Amy Seidman, Jeff Sinasac
A married couple go on a road trip to rekindle their marriage, leading to disastrous results.
3- Fool’s Day (USA, 19min)
Directed by: Cody Blue Snider
Starring: Mitchell Jarvis, Justin Absatz, Phyllis Bowen
FOOL’S DAY is a dark comedy about a 4th grade class that pull an innocent, April Fool’s prank on their teacher…that accidentally kills her. Panicked and convinced they will go to prison, the blood splattered classmates try to cover up the murder and dispose of the body before their D.A.R.E. officer shows up for his weekly lesson.
4- I Am Monster (USA, 18min)
Directed by: Lori Bowen, Shannon Lark
Starring: Shannon Lark, Jeff Dylan Graham, Adam Cardon
Vivienne’s extraordinary fetishism has taken her to a new level. She gets her kicks by violating the dead in a hospital morgue on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Vivienne gets a whole new taste of what the dead can provide when she meets Jason, a fresh body who has some ideas of his own.
5- Darwin’s Dead (USA, 13min)
Directed by: Kevin Tobin
A not-so-narrative stream of consciousness through filmmaking and the career game.