The fourth annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival offers an uneven sampler of wild, woolly and weird low-budget movies. The three-day outpouring of oddities ranges from a slick German music documentary on the European punk scene ("Noise & Resistance," 2:15 p.m. Sat.) to a surprisingly mundane horror film about a Muslim dominatrix ("Profane," 6:15 p.m. Sat.). There are visually interesting, overwrought shorts seemingly inspired by death-metal album art (such as "Eternal Chrysalis," pictured above, 5:15 p.m. Sat.) and shoestring genre spoofs that are funny and self-aware ("Some Guy Who Kills People" starring ubiquitous independent film actor Kevin Corrigan and executive-produced by John "Animal House" Landis, 5:15 p.m. Sun.). While there's a lot of sophomoric gore, banality and cheap nihilism on display (see the French slasher fantasy "Last Caress," 7 p.m. Sat., if you want to lose all hope for humanity), there is also a wry look at the Minneapolis gallery scene ("All Over the Walls," charting the rise and demise of the ill-fated Karnak gallery, 5 p.m. Sun.). Dipping into this three-day mini-festival is like panning for gold. Plenty of shale, here and there a glittering nugget.
- Fri. through Sun. 12/2-12/4
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 2501 Stevens Av. S., Mpls
- Individual tickets $6, festival pass $29
- For more information, call 612-548-4150 or visit minneapolisundergroundfilmfestival.com