The Chicago Underground Film Festival runs mightily from August 18th to the 24th, and will show an astounding 18 features, 12 documentaries and more than 150 shorts over seven days at the historic Fine Arts Theatre (418 S. Michigan Ave.) at its seventh annual event.
In preserving their fierce indie spirit, The Chicago Underground will honor the godfather of the midnight movie, Alejandro Jodorowsky, with their Lifetime Achievement Award. The now-legendary Chilean director first captured the attentions of New York’s late night set with his mystical surrealist parable, “El Topo”. Unfortunately, due to the graphic and often blasphemous nature of his work, most of Jodorowsky’s films have seen limited release, and have been subject to major edits. The Fest will present uncensored versions of three of the director’s most notorious and rarely screened films: “El Topo,” “Holy Mountain,” and “Santa Sangre,” none of which are available on video.
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