The Chicago Underground Film Festival has been playing my films since 1998! Holy shit. If it wasn’t for Bryan and CUFF I would not be who I am today. They asked me if I had any fun stories about CUFF… and I have so many. Some are epic and shall not be repeated and others I can barely remember, lol. But it was my friendships and connections with all the wonderful folks at CUFF, and the filmmakers that I feel a kinship with– it was an extension of everything that I loved about Chicago and this more fringe set of filmmakers. They were like me.
I was looking forward to a road trip this summer with Talia to visit again and play our latest work. But we have the coronavirus now and everything has been cancelled… but CUFF hangs on and they are playing the Best of CUFF virtually. This is an opportunity to see my documentary American Arab and other phenomenal films!
This is not expensive and pay what you can if you can’t afford the festival pass. From CUFF: We’ve set complete festival passes at just $30 with a suggested individual program ticket at $10 but individual programs are “pay what you can.”
So check out my film and other films by some of the most innovative and wild filmmakers today. Remember that corporate media controls over 90% of everything you watch and it is a gift when venues like CUFF show work on the margins of culture.
As long as I make films I hope to always play at the Chicago Underground Film Festival. It is in my blood and in my spirit.