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PREVIEW: 5th Edition of the M.U.F.F. May 13-14-15

Posted by Luc / May 12, 2010

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All MUFFs great and small. North by NorthMUFF. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MUFF. Alright, that's enough with the puns. Lock, Stock, and two smoking MUFFs. Ok now I'm done I swear. The Curious Case of MUFF Button. Sorry.

What's with all the MUFF? Well it's the 5th Edition of the Montreal Underground Film Festival of course! It's happening this weekend (May 13-14-15) and it promises to be a ragger. The brainchild of Zoe Brown and Katrina Mariano (former classmates at Concordia), the idea for the festival dawned upon Brown one day earlier on in the Millenium, "I was walking down the street and realized that the acronym MUFF wasn't taken, so I called Katrina up and we registered it."

This came after Brown was bored with the current state of independent cinema, to the point where she didn't even want to make a living in film, even after graduating with a Masters of Cinema. "Is the world just not producing good writers?" Brown said on her state of mind back then.

Five years later, the festival boasts three full days of screenings with films coming in from all around the world. "We've received films from Japan, Asia, Africa. The more obscure the location, the more interesting the film gets" she said. This year's theme is Science Fiction, which depending on how you see it, may or may not be a upgrade on 2009's theme of Sex and Animals.

Some of the films in the fest this year include Wrestling With My Father, a film by Charles Fairbanks, which is entirely raw footage of his father watching him wrestle. The best part is that you don't ever see Charles on screen; just his dad sitting there twitching anxiously and watching intently. There's also the wonderful stop motion esthetic of Kid Apocalypse 2 by Roman Winkler and the fun animal-head animation of Belleville by Pascal Guillon. Not to mention the poem about Saskatchewan farmers that only uses four words over again in Belt Buckle by Terry Mialkowsky. And all that's just on the first night!

The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward MUFF.
Ok that's enough.
For screenings, tickets, locations, check out their site here.

Photo courtesy of MUFF

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