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Off the CUFF

By chicago_chris in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 12, 2004 5:51PM

2004_08_movies_underground.jpg Hey, kids! The Chicago Underground Film Festival is coming soon and Chicagoist knows you want to get in on all the esoteric cinematic goodness. One of the fest's most noteworthy events is the world premiere of Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? – a documentary about Christian rock, featuring interviews by the local (The Detholz!), the semi-famous (Pedro the Lion), and, not, fortunately, the shitty (Creed). The film even managed to net the cover story in this week's New City, an article that provides an entertaining look into the film's production and its secular approach to a very spiritual subject. Also noteworthy is the fact that Heather Whinna, Chicagoist's boss, codirected this film. (You should've seen the looks on people's faces yesterday after picking up New City in the lobby... Priceless like a MasterCard commercial.)

Other CUFF events include an opening night showing of The Manson Family (presumably about Charles & Co., not Marilyn, although that would be a nice counterpoint to Heather's doc) and a filmmaking workshop with Larry Cohen (whose praises we already sang earlier this week). All the festival's screenings are held at the Three Penny, an admittedly shitty theatre, yes, but an admittedly shitty theatre that now serves alcohol. (When Chicagoist first saw "Beer and Wine" on the marquee, we thought it was the greatest unknown movie ever.) You really can't beat the price, either: tickets are $5 for shows before 7, $7 for anything later. To purchase them – and keep Chicagoist employed – follow this CUFF link. Ha... ha.