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CUFF.Docs Announces Line-up for 2021 Fest

Love: The Last Chapter to open Calgary doc fest

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19 feature documentaries will screen at this year’s CUFF.Docs. The Calgary Underground doc festival revealed the complete line-up for its 2021 edition today. CUFF.Docs returns to in-theatre screenings after a year of COVID-related closures shifted events online.

This year’s CUFF.Docs opens with Dominique Keller’s NFB doc Love: The Last Chapter. The film is a tender observation of love in the golden years. Keller offers an immersive portrait in a seniors’ home that captures the love lives of the elderly.

“Through CUFF.Docs we look to bring in a selection of documentaries that entertain and challenge audiences,” said CUFF Lead Programmer Brennan Tilley in a statement from the festival. “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.”

Also screening at the festival is the film-on-film odyssey Kurt Vonnegutt: Unstuck in Time, directed by Don Argott. Audiences looking for a warm bowl of noodles will find comfort in Come Back Anytime, directed by John Daschbach. Dear Mr. Brody is the latest work from Tower directed Keith Maitland, while Adam Brooks profiles Winnipeg artist Cliff Eyland in Cliff: Portrait of an Artist.

CUFF.Docs also offers a hybrid component this year, which includes additional online streams of shorts for viewers who prefer to watch at home. All in-theatre screenings will follow health and safety protocols that include reduced capacity, proof of vaccination or recent test result (72 hours), and masking.


The full lineup of 19 features for CUFF.Docs 2021 is:


Better Living through Chemistry

Cannon Arm and the Arcade Quest

Cliff: Portrait of an Artist

Come Back Anytime 

Dear Mr. Brody  

Glory and Grief: The Fergie Jenkins Story

Joy Ride  

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time  

Love: The Last Chapter (Opening Night Film!)

Lost Boys  


Once Upon a Time in Uganda 

Rebel Dykes 

Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist  


This Is Gwar  

We Were Once Kids 

When Claude Got Shot  

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched  


CUFF.Docs runs November 24-28.


Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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