Old Faithful: Experimental Shorts

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Underground films are borne out of love, not out of a desire for fame or to have an impact on popular culture. The Portland Underground Film Festival (PUFF) has, at its core, the mission to pay tribute to those films and videos that challenge commonly held attitudes toward technique, content, and form. Our intent is to honor those films that excel in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic arts to create a new audio-visual language.

Old Faithful: Experimental Shorts


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For me, comedy starts as a spew, a kind of explosion, and then you sculpt it from there, if at all. It comes out of a deeper, darker side. 

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Old Faithful


Director Luca Cioci

Functional and aesthetic values in recurrent, yet questionable domestic scenarios.

38 River Road

Director Josh Weissbach

The voice of a figureless character is heard. The figure of a voiceless character is seen. A sequence of estranged voicemails is framed by unidentified events. Fear resides in the gesture of a telling.

An Eastardly Journey

Director Ben Popp

A faceless subject ventures into an unknown landscape, only to be greeted by a natural world that wants to fuck with him. 

The Floating World

Director Janelle VanderKelen

The Sun was offended by her brother's behavior one day and hid away in a mountain cave as an act of passive protest. Representatives of a world plunged into darkness begged her to come out, but she refused. It was only after someone started a silly, racocious dance and the plight of the world was momentarily forgotten in laughter, that the Sun peeked out to see what could be so funny.

Yachats Blow-Hole

Director Gus Frederick

The tidal blow-hole at Yachats, Oregon, as seen in Slow Motion with Balinese Gamalong music accompaniment...


Director Jason Miller

Two characters meet.


Director Eric Kochmer

A biographical essay film about the last memories of the filmmaker Owen Land.

Anthropocene Antiphony

Director My Name Is Scot

Fake News, alternative truths, global warming skeptics, apocalyptic prophets, survivalist preppers, end time logistics, peak oil apologists, climate change deniers; doomsday scenario.

Twitter storms, extreme weather alerts, spiking temperatures, rising tides, disappearing coastlines, an endless summer, a nuclear winter, the silent spring. Intra-species conflict, declining infrastructures, disappearing ecosystems, forced migration, opportunistic pathogens, mass extinction; the uncontained and the uncontainable. 


Director Dmitry Moiseev

The poet wants to write a poem, but the heat and flies interfere with him. Everything turns into phantasmagoria and absurd, leading the poet to an important thought.

Astronaut Fleas

Director Randy Zuniga

A small group of Astronaut Fleas circle the moon...

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