by Shannon Buckley – Managing Editor
Well, CUFF has been on for the past week, and I’m happy to report that, from an outside perspective, it has gone off without a hitch.
The opening film Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, was a huge success. The theatre was packed and the show, starring Michael Fassbender as Frank, as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson, was a mind-turning adventure, start to finish.
The following day saw host to the 10th anniversary program of the Found Footage Festival. Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher travel the continent in search for old VHS tapes at garage sales and thrift stores, watch the thoushands of hours of footage and then compile the funniest bits into a 90-minute montage of hilarity.
If you haven’t been before, it runs like a longer, funnier version of the television program America’s Funniest Home Videos and is definitely worth the admission price. But don’t worry, they’ll be back next year with an all new ensemble of clips.
So far this year, CUFF has had four Canadian premiers, nine Alberta premiers, and three world premiers of films.
Last night was the world premier of the documentary Vannin’, with directors in attendance. Not to mention a multitude of tricked out vans.
Other than the minor speaker feedback issue last night saw, the festival has been a major success. Branda Lieberman, you should be proud of yourself and your team of programmers and volunteers. Congratulations.
If you’re still interested in going, tonight (Saturday) will feature five different Alberta premiering films and Sunday will have five encore screenings if you missed a film and still want to see it.
Come down to the Globe Theatre and stand in line with us for a roaring good time.
For the film schedule for Saturday and Sunday, and the film trailers, visit https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/schedule
Or for more information on CUFF, https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org