“36 Films, 1 Weekend. That’s RUFF”
Remember Makeout!? You can see what happened with the roomful of 200 people smooching at the Ryerson University Film Festival. This weekend RUFF will showcase films by about 40 graduating Image Arts students from May 10-12 at Royal Cinema.
Eat popcorn to Billy Bites People, in which, well, Billy bites people, claymation in Happy Endings Sanatorium, and Jesus’ second coming in Zombie Jesus!. A man steals sounds from existence and catalogues them in Even With Thunder Gone…, Magnum Opius steals Marty’s dreams in Traumrauber and his twin sister tries to get them back, and Robert has an annoying habit of killing people in the horror-comedy-musical I Love You to Death.
Binding Borders kind of sounds like a version of Shortbus without the explicit sex, following the lives and memories of immigrants who cross paths only on a surface level. More like Shortbus, the musical Every Day is Music promises to provide “a social commentary on contemporary problems like lewdness, boundarism, hoolaganism, public drunkenness” and other such good stuff. While on comparisons, Into the Dark could fit snugly in the Chronicles of Narnia series. To see these films, you can buy a RUFF pass for $25, or a ticket for an individual set of screenings per evening for $10.
What’s a film festival without the parties? To kick off the weekend, the RUFF gala is this Wednesday evening at Rockwood. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Then comes three nights straight of afterparties: Thursday night at The MidTown, Friday night at Whippersnapper Gallery, and Saturday night at Chinadoll (whew!).
Still of Billy Bites People from RUFF website.