21st Chicago Underground Film Festival
Highlights of the 21st Edition include: Opening Night
The midwest premiere of What I Love About Concrete, A homespun high school fairy tale comedy shot in Memphis, Tennessee with a shoestring budget and a grand vision by first time co-directors Katherine Dohan and Alanna Stewart. A Million Miles Away, fresh from the Tiger Awards Short Film competition at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, CUFF presents the US premiere of Jennifer Reeder’s latest film. An adult woman on the edge of failing and a pack of teenage girls simultaneously experience a supernatural version of coming-of-age.
On Closing Night
Festival alumnus Usama Alshaibi's newest documentary American Arab. The director's first film made under auspices of Chicago's Kartemquin Films (Hoop dreams, The Interrupters) is a candid and provocative look at contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America sparking a frank conversation about identity and perception.
Over a hundred new feature-length and short underground films will screen.