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Your Guide to the Calgary Underground Film Festival

Two aliens form a band in Brooklyn in The History of Future Folk. Photo courtesy CUFF.

Two aliens form a band in Brooklyn in The History of Future Folk. Photo courtesy CUFF.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival runs April 15 to 21 at the Globe Cinema. Film genres include documentary, animation to horror. Festival producer Brenda Lieberman shares her top five festival selections, which she describes as “shocking, funny and all definitely worth seeing.”

The History of Future Folk 

Two aliens form a bluegrass band in Brooklyn. The romp of a feature is quirky, unique and features great music. Wednesday, April 17, 7 PM

Frances Ha 

This is the Alberta premiere of a film sure to be the next indie hit. Director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg) reteams with his Greenberg ingenue Greta Gerwig for this urban fairytale set in New York. Thursday, April 18, 7:30 PM

Noah Baumbach's latest film Frances Ha, screens April 18. Photo courtesy: CUFF.

Noah Baumbach’s latest film Frances Ha, screens April 18. Photo courtesy: CUFF.

Picture Day 

This film pushes the boundaries of the coming-of-age genre. “This is an amazing feature directorial debut starring rising star Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black),” says Lieberman. Saturday, April 20, 7:15 PM

I Declare War 

A seemingly innocent game of capture the flag amongst a group of 13-year-old friends becomes an epic adventure. When their imaginations begin to blur fantasy and reality, the dark side of human nature and the strength of friendship are exposed. Tuesday, April 16, 9:30 PM

The Final Member “This documentary will make you laugh out loud, shock you, intrigue you and leave you at times in disbelief at the subject, the facts and the interesting characters throughout the film,” says Lieberman. Sunday, April 21, 1 PM

Hidden Gems

Guests dressed their best for Saturday Morning Cartoons. Photo: Caitlind Brown, courtesy CUFF.

Guests dressed their best for Saturday Morning Cartoons. Photo: Caitlind Brown, courtesy CUFF.

Don’t miss the Saturday Morning Cartoon Party. Vintage cartoons are screened, pajamas are encouraged and bottomless breakfast cereal bowls are served. Globe Cinema, April 20, 10 AM

Catch unique and innovative films at the 48 Hour Movie Making Challenge shorts showcase. The short movies are the product of the popular Calgary movie-making competition that sees teams create a variety of short films in multiple genres (all two to five minutes in length) over a 48-hour period. A public awards ceremony will follow the showcase. Globe Cinema, Sunday, April 21, 3:30 PM

CUFF Notes

A full festival pass is $140, while a five-film punch card is $40

Tickets are $10 for regular screenings, $8 for CUFF members, CJSW card holders, students and seniors

Tickets can be purchased online at www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org

Grab a beer with your popcorn: every screening after 3 p.m. is fully licensed!

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