Return of the Reel Indie Film Fest

There are many film festivals in town this week, but only one of them truly rocks


Created three years ago as the film component of Indie Week Canada, the Reel Indie Film Fest – RIFF for short, get it? – sets up shop at The Royal this week to offer a selection of musically inclined documentaries and shorts.

The festival kicks off tonight (Wednesday, October 14) at 6:30 pm with Amanda Macchia’s Yorkville, a documentary about the days when that Toronto neighbourhood was a bohemian and cultural hotbed, rather than a retail playground.

Other offerings include Nick Cavalier’s Forced Perspective (Thursday, 6:30 pm), a profile of Cleveland artist Derek Hess Roger King’s radio-DJ study I Am What I Play (Thursday, 9 pm), which premiered in the Canadian Music Week Film Fest earlier this year, and a sneak preview of Fran Strine and Jason Hook’s Hired Gun (Friday, 6:30 pm), about session musicians.

And Saturday night is all about western Canada, with Piss On You: Winnipeg’s Early Punk Scene at 6:30 pm and The Smalls: Forever Is A Long Time, commemorating the Edmonton band’s recent reunion tour, at 8:45 pm.

All screenings are preceded by selected music videos and shorts. The festival wraps on Sunday with an awards presentation at the Mod Club at 5 pm, followed by an afterparty at the Bovine Sex Club from 10 pm until very, very late. Or very, very early, if you’re into the whole next-morning thing.

normw@nowtoronto.com | @normwilner

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