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UFL BULLETIN REPORT 0001

Updated: Feb 18, 2023

UNDERGROUND FILM LODGE

Bulletin Report 0001


Table of contents:

------------------------------------ 1. Latest Event Recap

------------------------------------ 2. Next Event

------------------------------------ 3. Qualities + Direction

------------------------------------ 4. Community2

------------------------------------ 5. Underground Stories

------------------------------------ 6. If you’ve made it this far…

{AALP}

ONE – EVENT RECAP

EVENT 001

Venue: The Dreamland Cinema

Show List:

American Clown Story – Kyle Johnson


Addiction – Paul James Nelson

Jay Walker – Paul James Nelson

Pieces of You – Paul James Nelson

Alternative timeline – Ethan Eskilson

Projectile 4 – Ethan Eskilson

Magazines – Ethan Eskilson

Run – Ethan Eskilson

Dr. How: The Method – Thomas Willoughby & A.L Pruitt

{Round applause for the cast and crew of the films listed above}

{Special thanks to Tish and Lauren at The Dreamland Cinema}

Notes:

- Find a new host...

- Eat more popcorn

{Further notes encouraged. Separate conversations welcomed}

TWO – NEXT EVENT

Venue: The Dreamland Cinema {ideally}

Date: TBD {April-May}

Participation: Email Undergroundfilmlodge@gmail.com or reach out via text, {916-247-2684}, if you are interested in watching your project in a badass cinema house with an audience of engaged humans.

Short films are the bread and butter… but this is a potluck, so bring anything: projects in progress, experiments, pitches, table reads, monologue performances, narrative commercial work, pitch deck PowerPoints, soundtracks and/or scores, etc.

A quick note:

- Overall length of show time is distributed as evenly as possible to all artists that submit their work. Being that you can submit four projects max, the time slots are adjusted per submission based on the amount of time limit used. Simply, there are six 30-minute spots available intially and as they are claimed, and if there is a remainder of time, it will create a new timeslot for someone else. {Is this overly complicated? I’m looking for a way to visualize this.}

THREE – QUALITIES + DIRECTION

Underground film lodge is driven forward by those that wish to participate in its growth, and those that wish to develop its purpose.

QUALITIES:

I. Honor the artists

II. Honor the creation itself

III. Honor the community at large

IV. Honor the paths of others

V. Honor the audience member within us all

DIRECTION:

I. The Best Idea always wins

II. Always operate with politeness

III. Use the UFL as you see fit

IV. Always fight for inclusion

V. Enjoy the craft

{V.1}


FOUR – COMMUNITY2

DOCUMENTARY FILMS MADE BY MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY, ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY:

I. Unhoused Neighbors -- Dir. Preston Allen

“Unhoused Neighbors is a documentary that will tell the stories of individuals that might otherwise go unheard.”


Want to contribute? Two ways to do so:

1. If you have a background in sound mixing, and have a fairly open schedule, Preston and his team are looking for another crew member. Email: taodogoatgod@gmail.com

II. Unamerican Justice -- Dir. By Rod Malloy w/ Gilliam Productions

"Real Stories of Indigenous, Immigrant and Refugee Peoples celebrating the beautiful American mosaic of diversity."

FIVE – UNDERGROUND STORIES

HERE & ABROAD

I. The formerly underground, Sara Gunnarsdottir's

My Year of Dicks

Recommended by a great friend. I won’t ruin your expectations with my flowery language… here are the awards so far:

Special Jury Awards at SXSW for Unique Vision in Writing and Directing and was awarded the Crystal Prize for Best TV Production at Annecy Animation Film Festival.

And Sara was just nominated for an Oscar.



II. Mark Jenkin, director of Bait, speaks to Mubi about the functional limitations of being an indie filmmaker:

MARK JENKIN: “Working at small budgets helps because you've got a huge limitation straight away, so you have to start working in different ways. Not everybody has that luxury of a low budget, which is why some people make such terrible films.”






III. Kyle Johnson’s American Clown Story is an example of succeeding because of these types of limitations:

Kyle and his crew shot and edited this film in two weeks’ time with only a clown make-up budget… Using this, and other limitations, they made a truly funny and inspired 25 minute short.



American Clown Story <--- Check it out!

{True pleasure to watch this at a theater, and congrats on the festival acceptance(s)}

IV. Polaris Banks’ approach:

“I couldn’t afford to make a 2-million-dollar, 120-minute feature, so I divided by ten and made a 2 hundred thousand dollar short film.”

- Polaris Banks (Director, bankrupt filmmaker)


He ended up making the short film. It was really interesting, and online… for a while. https://polarisbanks.com/

FIVE – IF YOU MADE IT THIS FAR…

Know that this bulletin is in essence a document, it will never be tedious or long winded, and as such, I will refrain from editorializing or joking, unless inspired.

- {AALP}

END OF BULLETIN REPORT 0001


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