CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival announced the lineup of 19 features and 20 shorts documentary films that will play the 9th doc fest returning to Globe Cinema from November 24-28 for its first in-person festival in two years. In addition to theatrical screenings, this year’s hybrid festival has an online component with additional selections, including two shorts packages, available to stream on-demand.
Highlights of this year’s CUFF.Docs festival include:
A local NFB film LOVE: THE LAST CHAPTER from Calgary-based filmmaker Dominique Keller, which follows three different couples in a Calgary seniors’ facility as they navigate the delights and challenges of late-in-life romance.
The Canadian premiere of the road trip comedy JOY RIDE, which follows veteran comedians Dana Gould (THE SIMPSONS) and Bobcat Goldthwait (WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, JIMMY KIMMEL), as they journey through the American South on their latest tour.
CLIFF: A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST, a candid examination of one of Winnipeg’s most successful visual artists, Cliff Eyland, as he looks back on his life after a successful double lung transplant.
Other films include the bio-pic about Sasha Shulgin, a chemist who discovered nearly 200 psychedelic substances, including MDMA and 2CB (BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY), the story of a Scandinavian who sets out to break the world record by playing his favorite arcade game Gyruss for 100 hours nonstop (CANNON ARM AND THE ARCADE QUEST) and an account of Canadian baseball icon Fergie Jenkins’ incredible on-field accomplishments, as well as the tremendous hardships and losses he endured off the field (GLORY AND GRIEF: THE FERGIE JENKINS STORY).
“Through CUFF.Docs we look to bring in a selection of documentaries that entertain and challenge audiences. Along with the best of the year’s documentary releases, we include innovative selections that push boundaries of form, subject matter and style. We have films that reconnect us with old friends and others that our audience will not find anywhere else,” said CUFF Lead Programmer Brennan Tilley.
CUFF.Docs 2021 feature film lineup
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY Director Connie Littlefield
CANNON ARM AND THE ARCADE QUEST Director Mads Hedegaard
CLIFF: A PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST Director Adam Brooks
COME BACK ANYTIME Director John Daschbach
DEAR MR BRODY Director Keith Maitland
GLORY AND GRIEF: THE FERGIE JENKINS STORY
JOY RIDE Director Bobcat Goldthwait
KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME Director Don Argott
LOVE: THE LAST CHAPTER (Opening Night Film!) Director Dominique Keller
LOST BOYS Directors Sadri Cetinkaya and Joonas Neuvonen
LUCHADORAS Directors Paola Calvo and Patrick Jasim
ONCE UPON A TIME IN UGANDA Directors Cathryne Czubek and Hugo Perez
REBEL DYKES Directors Harri Shanahan and Sîan Williams
SATOSHI KON – THE ILLUSIONIST Director Pascal-Alex Vincent
SEDIMENTS Director Adrián Silvestre
THIS IS GWAR Director Scott Barber
WE WERE ONCE KIDS Director Eddie Martin
WHEN CLAUDE GOT SHOTDirector Brad Lichtenstein
WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED Director Kier-La Janisse
In addition to the features, CUFF.Docs will feature 20 shorts playing before features and as part of two online shorts packages, including four from Alberta.