CUFF.Docs, Calgary’s Documentary Film Festival presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival has released its lineup of 13 groundbreaking feature documentaries, covering everything from medical cannabis to slam poetry and swamp rats.
The five-day festival, running November 28 to December 2 at Globe Cinema, will open on Wednesday, November 28 with MR FISH: CARTOONING FROM THE DEEP END, about the political cartoonist known for his subversive and often controversial art. Director Pablo Bryant and documentary subject Dwayne Booth (Mr Fish himself) will be in attendance and are available for media interviews prior to the screening.
On the final day of the festival, the local film WOLVES UNLEASHED: AGAINST ALL ODDS from director and world-renowned wolf trainer Andrew Simpson will play with Simpson in attendance. Simpson has worked with wolves on Alberta productions including THE REVENANT, GAME OF THRONES, WYNONNA EARP, and this film documents his time in China raising and training wild Mongolian wolves for a Chinese blockbuster. Andrew Simpson is available for media interviews prior to the screening.
“At CUFF.Docs we always we look for a mix of festival favorites and award-winning films,” said Festival Director and Lead Programmer Brenda Lieberman. “This is a collection of documentaries that will entertain or educate regardless of whether you’ve heard of the story or subject before.”
Other guests coming to CUFF.Docs are: Nikhil Melnechuk, slam poet and producer of DON’T BE NICE about a team of young New York City slam poets competing for the National Championship, and Scott Christopherson, director of THE INSUFFERABLE GROO, which tells the story of prolific and eccentric filmmaker Stephen Groo as he tries to recruit Jack Black for his latest project.
Documentary highlights include a new film about the Sri Lanka pop star and political activist M.I.A (MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.), the Sundance award-winning skateboarding film MINDING THE GAP, RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE: an environmental study of nutria – giant swamp rats in Louisiana – from CUFF alumni Chris Metzler, Jeff Springer and Quinn Costello, and WEED THE PEOPLE, a timely look at the medical benefits of cannabis.
CARMINE STREET GUITARS (a day-in-the-life story of the acclaimed guitar shop), HAL (a bio about the acclaimed 1970s Hollywood director Hal Ashby), PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE (a look at the Chinese online streaming platform YY) THE CLEANERS (an expose about the hidden shadow industry of digital cleaning) and THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING (an exploration of the systemic sexism in Hollywood) round out the 13 film lineup.