Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas

Underground Film Festival

When: Sept. 25-27 2009

The Berkeley Video & Film Festival has a rival this year in the form of the inaugural OaklandUnderground Film Festival. The weekend-long jaunt at Alameda Point Naval Base's Art Deco Movie Theatre (2700 Saratoga St.) features such gems as a resurrected B flick directed by Ray Dennis Steckler, with an appropriately obtuse title: The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed Up Zombies. It also includes No Subtitles Necessary, a documentary about Soviet filmmakers Laszlo Kovacs and VilmosZsigmond; Pass the Mic, about the burgeoning homo-hop movement and the politicization of queer emcees; Utopia, Part III about the world's largest shopping mall in Guangzhou, China; Que Vive La Luchaabout LuchaLibre wrestlers in Mexico; a slew of environmental flicks; a few sordid comedies; an all-star projectionists' jam; and even an extreme sports film about a chubby, wine-drinking endurance swimmer who conquers rivers (e.g., the Danube, the Mississippi, and the Yangtze) to draw attention to water pollution. Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27. $7 per film or $25 for an all-festival pass. OakUFF.org

Rachel Swan

Price: $7-$25

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