The 1st Annual New England Underground Film Festival
October 16, 2011 @ La Paloma Sabanera, 405 Capitol Avenue Hartford, CT 06106
BEST PICTURE: Evan Straw
BEST DIRECTOR: Rick Dorrington, Action
BEST SHORT FILM: Contra el Cine
BEST DOCUMENTARY: The Beatles at Their Best
The 2011 festival schedule:
12:00pm – Introduction
12:05pm – Action (Rick Dorrington, Massachusetts) – The pitfalls of putting nonprofessional family members into a movie.
12:15pm – Contra el Cine (Alberto Cabera Bernal, Spain) – A unique montage highlight memorable scene exits from classic films.
12:25pm – The Beatles at Their Best (Shaun Phillips, California) – A documentary highlighting an obscure Liverpool band’s unlikely rise to musical superstardom.
12:50pm – You Know My Name (Angel Connell, Massachusetts) – A Beatles’ b-side ditty inspires a comic romp involving a strange video dating service.
12:55pm – Abstract? (Alexei Dmitriev, Russia) – A seemingly abstract line painting is revealed to be something that is quite unexpected.
1:00pm – Evan Straw (Michael Legge, Massachusetts) – A woman purchases a house with a surprise tenant: a colonial-era ghost. Or is there a ghost present?
2:30pm – Intermission
2:40pm – Frankenstein (1910 version, J. Searle Dawley, The Bronx, NY) – The first American horror film, which was considered lost for many years, receives a very rare public screening.
2:55pm – The Lucky Penny (Cliff Cronan, Connecticut) – A Buster Keaton-inspired silent comedy follows the misadventures of a hapless soul whose life changes when he picks up a one-cent coin.
3:10pm – The Good, the Bad and the Eggly (Nick Zak, Connecticut) – A sunnyside-up parody of Sergio Leone, featuring a scrambled bunch of hard-boiled hombres.
3:15pm – Le Depart d’Ulysse (Jean Nagel, France) – A contemporary interpretation of Ulysses’ emotional departure for war.
3:30pm – Men at Work (Panu Johanssen, Finland) – A strikingly artistic view of the employees of a power plant.
3:35pm – Albumleaf (Paul Turano, Massachusetts) – A living room piano rehearsal unleashes a flurry of visual impressions.
3:45pm – Uncorked (E.M. Schrader, Connecticut) – A video camera crew comes upon a gregarious inebriate, who promptly shares the bizarre details of his raucous life.
4:25pm – It Happened But Nobody Noticed (J.L. Sonic & E.M. Schrader, Connecticut) – A documentary profiling Connecticut’s punk rock scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s.