Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (September 2nd)

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Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (September 2nd)

September 2, 2017

Immerse yourself in Fourth Wave feminism! 

We invite you to join us on September 02, 2017!

As we premiere our Second Annual Festival at the Digital Gym Cinema(Producers of the prestigious San Diego Latino Film Festival) in San Diego.

Les Femmes Underground International Film Festival (LEFUFF) is the ONLY traveling festival that showcases exclusively feminist experimental art and narrative work.

Let us lead you into the underground world of feminist inter-sectional art, music, and celluloid fantasies. LEFUFF invites you to take a cinematic adventure that destroys the meaning of mundane with its unique programming.

Les Femmes Underground International film festival features films from over 30 different countries ranging in genres from Documentary, Experimental, Narrative, Horror, Female Sexuality, and our own concoction Psychotropic.


This year’s programming will dig into the esoteric realms, of witchcraft and feminism.

This particular programming will merge women using occult ideology and notions of the phrase, “witch” as a way to indoctrinate equality, independence, and empowerment.

Spellbinding is guaranteed!

Nurturing The Goddess Within Holistic Wellness

Joshua Ploeg- Vegan Chef

The Kitty Cult

The East Side Story Project

Femme Oracle and Magic Mama Co.

Cynthia Kashiwagi 
San Diego Asian Film Festival

Killing Us Softly – Emilie Boyard – Austria 

‘Killing US Softly’ is a mirror held up to humanity – it points out our ugliest, greediest and most idiotic ways. It is a chant, a protest rally, a wake-up call to the people, and a reminder that we still have the power to take back what they are taking from us. (05:00)

Brujas – Lindsey Hagen & Miles Joris-Peyrafitte – United States

“Brujas” is an urban, free-form, creative and autonomous organization that seeks to build radical political coalition through youth culture. This group of minority female skaters express community through skateboarding, art, and political organizing. This NYC collective has created a nationwide following inspiring change makers, creatives and skaters alike to come together in solidarity to exercise their freedom of expression.   (06:48)

Troll: a Southern Tale – Marinah Janello – United States

An eccentric musician/filmmaker navigates self-expression based on his experiences living and growing up in the South. (11:42)

Primary Colours – Roua Aljied, Emily Ramsay, & Derek Price – Canada

A cinepoem by Sudanese-Canadian spoken word artist Roua Aljied, aka Philosi-fire, about the realities of domestic violence and how each step a woman takes is a new colour to paint on the canvass of her life. This story is based on all too familiar statistics and is a raw and honest call to arms by an activist who will not be silenced. (03:16)

Names of Women –  Poppy Liu & Amanda Madden- United States

Names of Women is a short film based on a true abortion story from the point of view of a woman who has gone through it. It is the complex, nuanced, spiritual, human side of the abortion story. It is the feminine telling of an abortion story. (12:42)



Emily Best
Founder of Seed & Spark

Tough Luck- Jamie Wolfe –United States        

Short and sweet , the oddly humorous loops of animation show Jamie’s offbeat psychedelic/surreal style made for artist Sneaks AKA Eva Moolchan. (01:31)

Two – Carolina Mandia – United States

Painted on film. (00:53)

Move Mountain – Kirsten Lepore – United States

A girl journeys through a vibrant, pulsing, macrocosmic landscape, but a precipitous incident compels her to venture up a mountain in an attempt to save herself. A story about illness, perseverance, and our connection to everything around us.   (10:56)

Brain Dance – Amia Yokoyama – United States

A science-fiction inspired animated film that probes the dynamic between human, parasite, and cure. An obsession to collate pressure between two touches. Mind watering and mouth wandering, it seeps into a liminal space where corporeal realities collapse on themselves.   (07:28)

Erasure – Birgitta Hosea – United Kingdom

Based on the filmmaker’s own early experiences of working as a cleaner, this experimental animation uses repetitive actions and the textures of ink, bleach and other cleaning products to re-animate the labour of domestic work performed over and over by many generations of women, but then forgotten and taken for granted. (03:00)

Tomato – Caitlin Craggs –United States

A juicy moving picture about words, history and a beloved, oft overlooked fruit. Tomato is the first in a series of bite-sized, visually punny films that reconsider some of the most humble and ubiquitous foods on our plate— the ways we define and consume them, and also how those foods might be defining us.   (02:43)

Manspreading – Rachel Ara – United Kingdom 

In 2015 the word “Manspreading” was officially entered into the English Dictionary.

This is a lighthearted animated take on the word from the London Underground. (01:00)

Until Dawn – Kaylee SooHyun Lee – United States 

A woman relives the horror of her lover’s death until she is awoken by the stark reality of passing time. A short animation about death, grief, and closure. Animated with charcoal.  (04:44)

Phosphena – Maya Erdelyi – United States

A cut-paper hybrid animation inspired by ‘phosphenes:’ an “entoptic phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye.” Loosely inspired by the bowerbird and its constructions–the animation is a tale of love, deception, and tragedy. (4:04)

Reshet – Rachel Gutgarts  – Israel

A short, abstract, experimental music analysis made with silk screen prints. Every 30 frames are printed in a grid formation on a3 paper, then scanned and cut to their original form as a running, 25 fps, animation. Original music by Shaun Shar-Lev.    (01:30)

Tangerine – Jaclyn Goldstein – United Kingdom

Cut out animation.   (00:24)

Unpainted Women – Kathy Rose – United States

Part Fantastic Voyage, part celebration of my younger self, this is a finely crafted jewel in which I am looking for those who are not immune to splendor. Reality is both harsh and wondrous. I am trying to circumvent it all.   (04:19)

Diana Agostini 
San Diego Italian Film Festival

Quetzal –  Irene Marco – Veracruz

Quetzal is a coming of age film about a young boy who is sent into the jungle to catch the bird that represents the essence of his tribe and step into adulthood. Fearfully, he sets himself into a journey of self-discovery, understanding, and forgiveness when he accidentally shoots a birdwatcher. (24:00) 

Dian –  Tamara Shogaolu- Indonesia

Unable to conceive a child, a desperate woman turns to dark magic to save her marriage—and her position in a traditional Javanese villa   (19:00)

Iris – Gabrielle Demers – Canada

Emanuelle is training on her stationary bike but she can’t get her mind off the image of Laura. The more she pedals, the more her memories turn to desire. (9:52)

La Madre Buena- Sarah Clift – Mexico

A Mexican mother embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find her son’s birthday request, – a Donald Trump piñata. (5:36)



“Iress (formerly Iris) makes the kind of music that submerges you into another world. Heavy. Dark. Electric. Doom-gaze guitars are layered over ethereal vocals that metamorphose into anguished screams, and are accented by cinematic drums and dancing bass lines.”

“Spare Parts for Broken Hearts is Sarah Green’s raw and colossal vocal angst soaring above the dark sludgy walls of coveted 90’s drenched guitar tones. There’s a very visceral approach to the melodic layers of this songwriter’s melancholy. The result is a heavy yet polished landscape, suspending her and her band within the realms of the velvety layers of A Perfect Circle, the tangible yet expansive sound of PJ Harvey & the gut-wrenching howl of Grace Slick.”
Christine Schindel 
Horrible Imaginings Programmer

Short Cut –  Prano Bailey-Bond – United Kingdom 

A blood splattered tale of karma. Bad boyfriend, sleeping girlfriend, fast car, full moon. When Kurt takes a shortcut he enters a supernatural realm and is forced to sacrifice a little piece of himself.  (5:00)

Hard Times –  Ibba Armancas – United States 

Shay, the happy-go-lucky last woman on earth, thinks the end of the world is great. fact, the only downside she’s noticed is that the apocalypse makes it hard to get laid. So when she stumbles upon a zombie-infested sex shop, she’s willing to take on its Mean Girls-esque undead horde if it means getting her satisfaction.  (10:30)

Brainless Killers –  Ren Thackham – Australia 

Set in a world of zombies you’ve like nothing you’ve seen before, created by the Academy Award winning make-up team that brought you Mad Max Fury Road, Brainless Killers follows two journalists on a journey through Zombridge and they get a lot more than they bargained for. (17:55)

Glenda – Puppett – United States

A reimagining of Twin Peaks ”25 years later.” Lucy’s daughter Glenda searches for answers in her mother’s mysterious hometown. She meets the Log Lady’s daughter and other mysterious residents of Twin Peaks. (5:00)

Sacrifice –  Elena Passani – United Kingdom

Morgan Woods is a young nurse caught in a struggle between the world of medicine and magic. Her mother is dying but as a witch she refuses medical care, insisting that magic is the only thing that will cure her. When their attempts to heal her fail, her mother demands Morgan to perform a sacrifice to save her.  (20:02)

Light Thief-  Eva Daoud – United Kingdom 

When the essence of Love is snatched from someone and locked away in a vessel with no name what happens to those persons and how do they change? How can the broken hearted souls break that curse and recover from their pain? Can they regain their spark by overcoming dark supernatural forces?.  (19:00)

So Yun Um
So Reel’s Thoughts

Let is all Hair Out – Sam Gurry – United States

Sights – hair hair hair. Sound – the losers “street drummer” via FMA (00:34)

Pornoauguri – Martina Scarpelli – Italy

A.  (1:46)

Instantaneous Culture  – Elly Clarke – Germany

Instantaneous Culture is a ballad about love in a time of mobile phones, about wanting, longing, desiring but not really getting. Talk and communication versus action, song versus stillness and some great lingerie to go with it.   (2:31)

Sherry  – Eliane Lima – United States

Sherry is an experimental documentary film which witnesses the private life of Robert, a 75 years old gentleman from Orange County. Every day, Robert transforms himself into a living doll, Sherry.  (24:00)

Cosmoetico – Martina Scarpelli – Italy

What was it like, before the birth of the universe? Does reality exists just because we are able to perceive it? A girl searches for an answer to the big questions.  (4:46)

Amo – Alex Gargot – Spain

An android programmer obsessed with replicating human anatomy and intelligence will be led to the darkest corners of his own mind by Mia, his domestic companion android.  (17:00)

Serpentine – Bronwyn Maloney – United States

‘Serpentine’ follows a young woman through a moment of self-realization. In the midst of reflective fantasy, her thoughts of herself arouse a surreal exploration of sensuality, self-esteem, and deeply rooted fears. (2:02)

Humanoid – Ekaterina Stashevskaya – Moscow, Russian Federation

A sixteen-year-old teenage girl invented a humanoid for her lonely mother to make their family full and happy. However, the girl diagnosed problems in a program of a robot and everything went wrong.(16:01)

River of Blood – Leila Jarman – United States

River of blood is high art conceptual music video that with imagery laced with femininity: flowers, watermelons, eggs, the female form. There are moments of intimacy and moments of struggle with the main character against herself and her environments. (3:03)


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