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UIS Independent and Foreign Film Series presents Lost Film Festival

October 10, 2003

Editors, please note: Lost Film Festival director Scott Beibin is available for interviews: scottb@lostfilmfest.com, or phone (267) 258-4195 (cell).

SPRINGFIELD - The Independent and Foreign Film Series at the University of Illinois at Springfield will present the Lost Film Festival, a traveling showcase of independent films, on Thursday, October 23. A reception will precede the films at 8:30 p.m. in Brookens Lounge, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Films begin at 9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, which is adjacent to the lounge. Special guest speaker will be Scott Beibin, director of the festival and owner of Bloodlink Records. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival features social commentary from around the world in the form of narrative shorts, documented pranks, and amateur protest footage. Beibin narrates with amusing anecdotes and behind-the-scenes information about the films.

Many of the filmmakers featured in the program make low- or no-budget films that intentionally fly "under the mainstream radar." Says Beibin, "Our goal is to spread the ideals of participatory media, while breaking the illusions cast by Hollywood and CNN. You won't see these films at typical indie festivals."

Following is a tentative film list. (Note: Some films may not be suitable for young audiences.)

Terror, Iraq, Weapons (Mike Nourse; three minutes) By deconstructing a broadcast speech by President George W. Bush, Nourse illustrates how simple word repetition can be used as propaganda.

State of the Union (Bryan Boyce; two minutes) In this animation, Boyce combines C-SPAN footage of President Bush describing US foreign policy with clips from The Teletubbies.

Nine News (Andre Hyland; eight minutes) Graphics running across the bottom of the screen are altered and dialog cut, edited, and reshuffled to create an entirely fictional, but seemingly real, newscast.

Burning Man [Trailer] (Gael Firth; six minutes) Each year, tens of thousands of people converge on barren alkali flats in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man Festival. These folks temporarily exist in a commerce-free, autonomous community, a social experiment that attempts to see the world from a fresh perspective.

Eye of the Storm (Raphael Lyon; 16 minutes) A rough cut of an in-progress documentary, this film covers the rise of argentina.indymedia.org as a popular source of news in that country.

Piefight '69 (Sam Green and Christian Bruno; eight minutes) Lost since 1969, this recently unearthed footage documents the notorious "pie fight" incident at the San Francisco Film Festival in which some two dozen costumed radicals descended on the black tie, red carpet festival with one fully laden pie truck and six cameras.

GNN [S-11 (Channel) Surfing the Apocalypse] (Guerrilla News Network; 12 minutes) Culled from more than 20 hours of television footage recorded over a one month period across 13 networks, S-11 Redux is a sound-bite blitzkrieg that challenges the message of mainstream media.

The Horribly Stupid Stunt Which Has Resulted in His Untimely Death (The Yes Men; 16 minutes) An international law conference contacts an organization's website thinking they have invited its director general to make a presentation at a forum in Austria. However, the site is actually run by the Yes Men, a group that regularly orchestrates pranks against economic and government institutions.

The Manipulators (Andrew Jeffrey Wright and Clare Rojas; two minutes) Wright and Rojas use animation to hijack a fashion magazine and manipulate the images used to manipulate us.

Gigi (from 9 to 5) (Joanne Nucho; eight minutes) A postmodern and situationist inspired musical, Gigi (from 9 to 5) is a story about the perils of the endless cycle of work and consumption. Gigi sings and dances her way through the day, trying to keep up with the show. Features Gina Young and members of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Black Dice.

Lego Trilogy (Rob Weychert; 12 minutes) Three Lego tales told by Bredstik Comedy Troupe's Rob Weychert. "Siege on the Corporate Identity Plant": Militants infiltrate a factory that produces homogenized workers. "Heat Part 2": New Jersey is threatened with accelerated global warming. The government's solution? Blow up the sun. "Twelve Bucks": Examines the question, what are you really doing for 12 bucks an hour?

Crowd Bites Wolf (Guerrillavision; 20 minutes) Participants in the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meeting in Prague during late September 2000 were greeted by an insurrectionist army. Despite an unprecedented police mobilization, a united resistance on the streets prevailed.

Punk Rock Archives: Social Distortion (CTV; 20 minutes) In 1988 a Canadian program of "investigative journalism" aired "Social Distortion," a Reefer Madness-style "exposé" that scrutinized the "threatening lifestyles" of punk rockers, claiming with a straight face that North American cities were being overtaken by cults of satanic punk street gangs.

Maryland 355 (Ben Scholle) A self-critical and hilarious narrative in which anarchists searching for a meaningful approach to improving the social good decide to adopt a highway. Featuring Eric Hammar, Carissa Vandenberk Clark, and Scott Beibin.

Anarchy in LA (Jino Choi) This piece dispels common myths and misconceptions about anarchism while pointing out its relevance and influence in the current protest movement. Cameo appearance by Spock Bloc.

Anarchy Carpet (Siketrike) A carpet roams the streets of Baltimore convincing children that a life of egalitarian cooperation is more fun than living under consumer capitalism.

Lost Film Festival compilations volumes one and two will be available on VHS and DVD at the screening and feature many of the films presented. More information about the Lost Film Festival is available. For more information about UIS' Independent and Foreign Film Series, call (217) 206-7716.

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