Sydney Underground Film Festival 2017
September 14-17, 2017
Dedicated to nurturing an alternative film culture through the promotion of independent and experimental films and with the 2017 incarnation marking the festival’s 11th edition, the Sydney Underground Film Festival opened its floodgates from Thursday 14th until Sunday 17th September at The Factory Theatre, Marrickville.
The festival programs features unique, quality independent films that transgress the status quo and challenge the conservative conventions of filmmaking.
Devoted to renewing local interest in independent and experimental film as part of an international underground film culture and aiming to change an ingrained culture of cinematic complacency, the festival proved once again to be an immersive and welcoming affair that revitalised an enthusiasm for cinema by supporting filmmakers (especially those who operate outside established film industry infrastructures) by providing a platform for exhibition, exposure and critical discussion.
For the opening night, which kicked off the proceeding, SUFF presented Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, the masterminds behind the Found Footage Festival - a one-of-a-kind live happening.
Hosts Pickett (The Onion) and Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) made their Australian debut with an all-new edition of the Found Footage Festival, featuring newly unearthed VHS gems found at thrift stores across America.
Highlights included a collection of satanic panic videos from the 1980s, including “The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults”, outtakes and on-air bloopers from twenty years of North Dakota local news, a star-studded Desert Storm parade sponsored by Taco Bell, highlights from David Letterman's Video Collection, inherited by the Found Footage Festival when Dave retired and never-before-seen footage from the fake strongman prank Pickett and Prueher pulled on local morning news shows earlier this year.
Framed by live comedy and video insanity, the Opening Night proved to be the spectacular it set out to be and set the tone for the festival.
Special events included a late night Cult of Chucky Midnight Screening, breakfast and Late Night Cartoon Cereal Parties along with a myriad of curated films, documentaries and shorts.
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