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In the mid-1980s NYC Lower East Side hipsters Lydia Lunch, Foetus, Annie Sprinkle, Sonic Youth, Wiseblood, and the Butthole Surfers got together with such filmmakers as Richard Kern and Nick Zedd to make some very dark low-budget films that incorporated elements of hard-core porn, punk rock, violence, drug culture, and modern art, which Zedd dubbed the "cinema of transgression." I saw a few of these films as a young punk at the old club Exit around the time they came out, and they blew my small-town mind. Deathtripping: The Cinema of Transgression, a program sponsored by the Chicago Underground Film Festival, will feature such films as Where Evil Dwells by David Wojnarowicz and Tommy Turner, Parade of Cruelty by Cassandra Starke Mele, and Kern's The Bitches. Zedd will be interviewed by Jack Sargeant, author of a book that shares the program's name, and will also screen a collection of his films, including Whoregasm, Smiling Faces Tell Lies, and a 20-minute clip from the feature War Is Menstrual Envy. Friday and Saturday at 8 at Chicago Filmmakers' Kino-Eye Cinema, 1543 W. Division. Admission for each screening is $6. Call 384-5533 for information.

--Cara Jepsen

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