For the past three years the Arizona Underground Film Festival has rapidly been growing both in and outside of Arizona as a top-notch underground cult film festival. The non-profit festival allows truly independent artists the chance to showcase their talents to an audience regardless of genre. Whether you’re looking to see a truth seeking documentary or an over-the-top exploitation film (AZUFF is the only fest that offers an exploitation category), AZ Underground Film Festival is sure to have something for everyone. Continue reading
Amexica, from writer/director Ron Krauss, was hands down the best short film I screened at the 2010 Arizona Underground Film Festival–and in no way is this a slight to the other films there. Amexica was simply just that good. Continue reading
Kink ‘N’ Kill is a short film from director Diego Ibarrola and was written by Ibarrola along with Brendon Reed and Jason Reed. The short film is about a sick, twisted news reporter that has some extremely kinky fetishes. Continue reading
Misguided Sympathies of Flowers is supposed to be about isolation. It’s supposed to be about how a mentally ill homeless woman deals with being alone. It’s supposed to be dramatic and disturbing. At least this is what the IMDB.com page for this short tells us director/writer Gregory Dyke was trying to get across to us. Continue reading
Care directed by Erika Gronek was the one documentary piece I screened as part of the Celluloid in the Sun Showcase at the AZ Underground Film Fest and it was an interesting doc to say the least. Continue reading
One of two animation shorts I saw at the Arizona Underground Film Festival was The Villikon Chronicles: Return to Mayhem. The three minute short, written by Bryan Kinnaird and directed by Rebecca Friedman, is just a very small segment in The Villikon Chronicles series created by Kinnaird. Continue reading
You ever wonder what’s in those huge underground tunnels you see around town? You know the ones. You can often find them under a bridge or overpass. I always thought they were bum tunnels. I was terrified to go in them. Sometimes, I’d step in and immediately retreat back on out. I never made it two steps in, so I have no proof that bums ever lived in them. Writers Travis Mills and Drew Koshar have a much different and quite frankly much more interesting theory in the short film The Ruffians, directed by Mills. Continue reading
It’s bad luck to kill a coyote. It’s really bad luck to kill a coyote if you’re a college kid trespassing on sacred Native American soil with three of your college buddies. This is what writer/director Dave Surber shows us in his 15-minute short, Bloody Basin. Continue reading
Berm-Tech seems like a typical business. Employees work in cubicles, management holds meetings, and everyone can’t wait for their lunch break. But the staff of Berm-Tech are not your average office workers. In fact, Berm-Tech is an organization run by vampires, or Netherbeasts as they prefer to be called. That’s the plot of Netherbeast Incorporated, one of the great independent films shown at this year’s Toofy Film Fest in Boulder, Colorado.
Toofy Film Fest is a fun mix of fashion, music, art and film. The festival includes fashion shows, live music performances, and two days of film screening at the Boulder Theater.
This was my second year in attendance at Toofy and, like last year, I enjoyed almost every short film and feature that I saw there.
For me, the shorts have always been the highlight of the festival, ranging from inventive music videos like Gotye’s “Heart’s a Mess”, creative animation like the Adult-Swim-style video for Taking Back Sunday’s “12 Days of Christmas”, and quirky live-action shorts like “Lines” by Sonja Jasansky or the hilarious “Winner Take Steve”, by Jared Hess of Napoleon Dynamite fame.
The films at Toofy are a refreshing break from the big-budget blockbusters that are in theaters during the summer.
Perhaps the best part of the Toofy Film Fest is the laid back atmosphere. The audience is not pretentious or stuffy; they are merely there to see enjoy great films.
Many filmmakers also attend the festival and conduct a Q&A session after their film, responding to questions ranging from “What was your budget?” to “How did you pull off that one shot?”
Whether you’re a festival veteran or a film fest first timer, Toofy is enjoyable for all.