The final three days of the Arizona Underground Film Festival boasts a lineup of movies that have earned some serious buzz in the world of experimental film.
The festival that started last Saturday also includes afterparties - an ideal setting to discuss the movies.
"Afterparties are just a great way for people to be able to discuss the films," said festival organizer David Pike. "People can hang out, drink, listen to great music and interact with the filmmakers."
Friday night's afterparty at Sky Bar, for example, will feature a performance by Acorn Bcorn, a Tucson duo that will show off their deranged, playful blend of surf guitars and off-kilter rhythms.
Now in its third year, the festival is loaded with new experimental, independent films that simply can't be seen anywhere else.
The titles alone tell you something about the treasures on tap. Tonight's lineup at the Screening Room, for example, includes "Ticked Off Trannies With Knives." It starts at 9 p.m.
Friday night will see the North American premiere of "The Last Rites of Ransom Pride," screening at 8 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.
Directed by newcomer Tiller Russell, who will be in Tucson for a Q & A after the film, it's a stylized Western that's been described as Peckinpah meets Tarantino. The cast includes Lizzy Caplan, Kris Kristofferson, Peter Dinklage, Jason Priestley and Dwight Yoakam.
"People will really be blown away by Dwight Yoakam's performance," says Pike. "He plays one of those really memorable, really crazy bad guys."
"The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulh," an Arizona premiere, is about an ordinary man with a boring job who finds out he is the last person in the bloodline of horror novelist H.P. Lovecraft. Jeff and his friends find themselves in a fantastic adventure as they try to protect an acient relic from an ancient evil. It screens at7 p.m. Friday at the Screening Room.
Later Friday night is the world premiere of "Nude Nuns with Big Guns," a 90-minute film from director Joseph Guzman about one bad mother of a sister. It screens at 11 p.m. Friday at the Screening Room.
But wait, there's more!
"Dead Hooker in a Trunk," a psychotic "feel good" horror flick, will show at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Screening Room. The Brazilian horror film "Beyond the Grave" will follow at 7 p.m., and this screening will also include a Q&A with director Davi de Oliveira Pinheiro.
The festival's final film will be a Serbian horror film called "A Serbian Film," screening at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Crossroads Cinema, 4811 E. Grant Road.
The directorial debut of Srdjan Spasojevic was banned in Serbia. It centers on Milosh, a down-on-his-luck porn star who gets a job on an "art film" that turns out to be a snuff movie.
For more info about the festival, including more detailed storylines and a complete schedule, go to azundergroundfilmfest.com
if you go
• What: The final three nights of the Arizona Underground Film Festival 2010.
• When: Tonight through Saturday at various times.
• Where: The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress St., and other locations.
• Tickets: $7.
• Online: www.azunder groundfilmfest.com
Adam Lehrer is a UA journalism student who is apprenticing at the Star. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org