Boston Underground Film Festival Unleash 5 Days Of Cinemadness This March

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The 21st
Annual Boston Underground Film Festival

Unleashes Five Days of Cinemadness on Cambridge from
March 20

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through the 24

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Titles Include
Hail Satan?, Mope, Tone-Deaf, Knife+Heart,
The Unthinkable

and More!

MARCH 6TH, 2019 Cambridge, MA – New England cinephiles! Spring
festival season kicks off in two weeks when the 21st annual Boston Underground Film Festival returns to Harvard Square, bringing with it a five-day film frenzy to the Brattle Theatre and Harvard Film Archive from March 20th through the 24th. This year’s program
includes a fierce and fresh collection of transgressive, unholy, and unthinkable underground cinema, along with a few outsider-odyssic festival favorites from near and far (in space

and
time)!

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Hail Satan?

BUFF marks the occasion of its decadent and debaucherous 2-1 with the
number of the beast: Director Penny Lane’s provocative Sundance-sensation

Hail Satan?
crowns this year’s festivities with its inspirational and entertaining
chronicle of the extraordinary rise of one of America’s most colorful and controversial religious movements, The Satanic Temple (TST). A damning commentary on the role of organized religion in our purportedly secular society,

Hail Satan?
challenges preconceived notions about the objectives of the nontheistic, Salem-based, political activist movement and offers “a timely look at a group of often misunderstood outsiders whose unwavering commitment to social and political justice has empowered
thousands of people around the world.” Filmmaker Lane and TST co-founder & spokesperson Lucien Greaves will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

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Mope

Reaffirming last year’s commitment to giving first-time feature filmmakers
a broader presence at the festival, BUFF celebrates a bounty of exhilarating visions from the cinematic edge, including Lucas Heyne’s Sundance-smashing porn-drama-cum-true-crime tragicomedy,

Mope,
and Crazy Pictures’ Swedish, precisely-paced disasterama

The
Unthinkable

, which delivers a pulse-pounding stunner of a closing
night!

BUFF revisits its roots with a double-dose of 90’s DIY Queen of the
Underground Sarah Jacobson

her
1997 feature debut

Mary
Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore,

paired with her seminal short
from 1993,

I Was A Teenage
Serial Killer

painstakingly
restored in 2K by the American Genre Film Archive. In perfect complementary fashion, BUFF also presents

Industrial Accident: The
Story of Wax Trax! Records

Julia
Nash’s personal chronicle of her father Jim and his partner Dannie, who formed an unlikely family of punks, queers, and outsiders on their transformative, breakneck ride through the music and culture of the 80s underground scene—to Boston’s industrial devotees.

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Knife+Heart

BUFF’s queer flag flies high with coming-of-age wartime musical
Canary,
Christiaan Olwagen’s electrifying tale of a smalltown boy coming out to a Bronski Beat in mid-80s South Africa, and Yann Gonzalez’s synth-infused, erotic queer giallo,

Knife+Heart,
which marries lush De Palma-esque mise-en-scène with a spellbinding score by M83 (which is helmed by Gonzalez’s brother, Anthony).

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Happy Face

From Satanists to mopes, to Sarah Jacobson and Wax Trax! Records, outsiders
rule the screen at #BUFF21 and Alexandre Franchi’s part autobiographical coming-of-age, part D&D-fuelled fable

Happy Face
bears an antidote to the tyranny of beauty with no makeup, no sfx, no filter and all heart, as a quixotic teen goes incognito to group therapy for the facially different in a misguided attempt to reconnect with his cancer-stricken mother. Join us for a post-screening
Q&A with the director as well!

Fans of horror, have no fear, there’s plenty that’s fearsome in this
year’s lineup! Adrian Panek’s harrowing, horrifying

Werewolf,
raises the bar for siege films to disorienting new heights, while this year’s midnight

Secret Screening
is guaranteed to be one of the year’s most groundbreaking works of terror. After recovering from a subsequently restless night, be sure to join us bright-but-not-too-early for a space-themed brunch, with the filmmakers, at the US Premiere of Drew Bolduc’s
dark sci-fi gem

Assassinaut,
which follows a group of spacewrecked teens on a mission to save the President of Earth from a murderous astronaut.

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Assassinaut

For those that love their scares with a side-order of laughs, festival
alumnus Richard Bates Jr. returns with

Tone-Deaf,
a brilliantly bleak critique of the bizarre cultural/political climate those of us trapped in timeline B are experiencing, starring Amanda Crew (

Silicon
Valley

) and Robert Patrick (Terminator
2: Judgment Day

) in a home-away-from-home invasion horror comedy
fresh off its world premiere at SXSW! And the laughs keep coming with Sophia Cacciola and Michael J. Epstein’s internet-age lambasting horror comedy,

Clickbait;
join us in hailing these hometown heroes as they join us for a post-screening Q&A!

Our annual kid-friendly
Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat
Cereal Cartoon Party

tunes back in to a cherished bygone pastime
with three hours of ‘toons and cereal smorgasbord, hosted and programmed by renowned curator, author, publisher, and founder of the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies,

Kier-La Janisse,
PLUS a veritable bounty of shorts programming, celebrating the finest animation, transgressive horror and genre-inspired music videos, awaits!

Festival passes sold out online last month through BUFF’s annual crowdfunder;
individual screening tickets will be available online for advanced sales and at the Brattle Theatre box office.

Tickets will be on sale at
www.brattlefilm.org
and

www.bostonunderground.org
on March 6th.

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BOSTON UNDERGROUND:

ASSASSINAUT
– US Premiere

Drew Bolduc | USA | 2018

Assassinaut is a science-fiction adventure film about a young girl
who braves the alien wilderness of a faraway planet to save the President of Earth from a murderous astronaut.

CANARY
– New England Premiere

Christiaan Olwagen | South Africa | 2018

A coming-of-age war musical about a small town boy who gets chosen
to serve his compulsory two year military training in the South African Defence Force Choir and Concert group – known as the “Canaries”- during the height of the Apartheid regime.

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Canary

CLICKBAIT
– Massachusetts Premiere

Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein | USA | 2018

A college student who will do just about anything for Internet fame
is kidnapped by a fan, and her reluctant roommate is the only one who can save her in this horror satire of popularity culture. Hometown heroes Sophia Cacciola & Michael J. Epstein bring the first feature they’ve directed, since relocating to Los Angeles,
for a homecoming encore.

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Clickbait

HAIL SATAN?
– Sneak Preview

Penny Lane | USA | 2019

With unprecedented access, HAIL SATAN traces the rise of The Satanic
Temple: only six years old and already one of the most controversial religious movements in American history. The Temple and its enigmatic leader Lucien Greaves are calling for a Satanic revolution to save the nation’s soul. But are they for real?

HAPPY FACE
– East Coast Premiere

Alexandre Franchi | Canada | 2018

Desperate to become less shallow, a handsome teenage boy deforms his
face with bandages and attends a support group for disfigured people.

INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT: THE STORY OF WAX TRAX! RECORDS
– Boston Premiere

Julia Nash | USA | 2018

Throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Wax Trax! founders Jim Nash and Dannie
Flesher led a tribe of outsiders on a ride through the 80s underground, accidentally changing music along the way. INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT explores the life and legacy that pioneered an emerging underground scene – industrial dance music – and features interviews
with the likes of Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Cosey Fanni Tutti, Al Jourgensen, Franke Nardiello, Chris Connelly, and more.

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Industrial Accident: The Story of
Wax! Records

KNIFE+HEART
– New England Premiere

Yann Gonzalez | France/Mexico | 2019

Paris, summer 1979. Anne is a producer of gay porn at discount. When
Loïs, her editor and companion, leaves her, she attempts to reclaim her by turning a film more ambitious with the flamboyant Archibald.

MARY JANE’S NOT A VIRGIN ANYMORE
– 2K Restoration

Sarah Jacobson | USA | 1997

Jacobson’s only feature film, is a vibrant and vital antidote to every
phony Hollywood teen picture, bringing lo-fi realness to the coming-of-age genre. Sure, the usual signposts are here — first job, first time, crushes, friendships, fitting in and figuring it out — but all are handled with utter honesty. Paired with her short
film I WAS A TEENAGE SERIAL KILLER, Jacobson’s punk-spirited DIY films combine B-movie aesthetics and riot grrrl feminism in brand new 2K preservations, presented by the American Genre Film Archive.

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Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore

MOPE
– East Coast Premiere

Lucas Heyne | USA | 2019

The tragic true story of best friends Steve Driver and Tom Dong, two
low end porn actors who sought fame but gained infamy.

TONE-DEAF
– East Coast Premiere

Richard Bates Jr. | USA | 2019

After losing her job and having a recent, complicated relationship
implode, a woman flees to the countryside for a weekend getaway, where she finds anything but respite as her rental’s owner struggles to to control his psychopathic tendencies.

THE UNTHINKABLE
– New England Premiere

Crazy Pictures | Sweden | 2018

Sweden is under attack by an unknown force, and in the midst of the
chaos, Alex tries to reunite with his girlfriend.

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The Unthinkable

WEREWOLF
– New England Premiere

Adrian Panek | Poland | 2018

Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp must overcome hunger,
thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest. Little do they know that their fight for freedom has only just begun.

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Werewolf

Individual ticket sales will be live at
www.bostonunderground.org
&

www.brattlefilm.org

at some point on March 6th.

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