What is The MUFF Society?
The MUFF Society (Monthly Underground Female Film Society) is a feminist community based in Toronto (with prior pop-ups in NYC and San Francisco) that celebrates women—both on and off screen—in film and television.
We did this at our former monthly screening series (Dec '14 -Dec '17) by programming films with awesome female characters and/or powerhouse female players behind the scenes: directors, writers, editors, producers, etc. We also curated a short film program (mini MUFF), conversation series (Reel Girl Talk), documentary series (HER-Story).
In 2018 we will continue to champion women in the film/TV industry by providing our online community with stories of interest, news about local women-centric films and events, and writing/profiles on our blog.
The MUFF Blog on Medium is where you can find films that we consider "feminist," where we highlight women filmmakers of note, and where we profile local filmmakers and support female-centric film crowdfunding campaigns.
What makes a film "feminist?" We believe that it can be more than the storyline and conversations had between characters because the women involved in making films are just as valid. We're talking about directors, editors, producers, cinematographers, writers, production designers, and the list goes on and on. Whether these talented women are working in front of the camera or behind it, we are here to commend it.
We want The MUFF Society to be a place where we can support women in the film and television industry and have a damn good time doing it too. Join us! (Oh, and if you were wondering about the name...)
Want to get involved? Just wanna talk MUFF? Get at us. And since we're still waiting for owls who (who, who, who) deliver the mail, emails will have to do:
SIÂN - Founder, Director
Siân dreamt up The MUFF Society to express her love for women, movies, and photo booths. Having worked at film festivals for over five years, she is a fierce lover of cinema and the filmmaker/audience experience. She likes to write and talk about movies and has contributed to outlets like Film School Rejects and Women & Hollywood. When she’s not talking about her MUFF (ha), she’s probably binge-watching her latest TV obsession or talking about herself in the third person.
MUFFIANS FOR LIFE:
ALI - Pop-Up Shop Coordinator
Alexandra (Ali) Chappell is a small town girl living Toronto, ON. She has a Triple Threat degree from The Randolph Academy For The Performing Arts and has been working as an actor for the past decade. In her spare time she writes for a number of websites including HorrorTalk.com, The Cinemaholic, and Rebelle Society. She trains in archery, hikes constantly and travels as often as she can. You can often find her at local coffee shops in Parkdale or hanging out by the waterfront.
ANDREA - Newsletter Princess, mini MUFF programmer
Andrea is an ardent feminist and supporter of women filmmakers. She has her Honors BA in Film Studies from Western University and has been working in television post production and film production for three years. An obsessive movie watcher and tumblr nerd, she can happily submerge herself in 90’s nostalgia until the cows come home.
BRANDY - Event Social Media Coordinator
Brandy is a level 12 half-orc who loves weapons, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter, and Brand New. She once interviewed Kevin Smith while she was naked, and DEX is her dump stat- as her shattered iPhone screen can attest. She collects cookbooks and is a very avid, though bad, knitter.
EMILY - Reel Girl Talk Producer
Emily is a lifelong Ghost Girl™ who lives on slasher flicks, feminism and breakfast food. She started Cinefilles and is the co-founder of Spooky B Films, a production company focused on creating new horror films about girls (and women). This one time, Gillian Anderson shared a story she wrote (“How Dana Scully taught me to believe—in myself”) and she ascended to Valhalla. She returned to Earth sometime in the fall of 2016, solely to start MUFF series Reel Girl Talk (and dress up like Jillian Holtzmann for Halloween).
JENNIFER - HER-Story Producer
Jennifer is a dedicated cineaste and passionate about the Canadian Film Industry. She enjoys scriptwriting, The Mindy Project, and uke-king out to her favourite songs. When she is not engrossed in a film project, she is practicing yoga or dancing like no one is watching... which happens at least twice a day!
LISA - Producer, Programmer
Lisa is an avid cinephile and uber-lovely person (Astron-6 said so!). When not deep in MUFF, she works as the Social Media Coordinator for Toronto After Dark and the Volunteer Coordinator for Blood In The Snow. She is a lover of carbs, caffeine, and Wet Hot American Summer. Her heart belongs to a tall, bald dude and her two cats, Doug and Lou.
NICOLE - mini MUFF Programmer
Nicole is super excited to finally be a part of the MUFF family! She is a film enthusiast and works at several different film festivals each year. If you need to find Nicole at any time, she can probably be found watching some kind of soccer match or baseball game (go Blue Jays!) and talking about sports in general. She also has an unhealthy Tegan & Sara obsession.
TRACY - Pre-Show Content Producer
Tracy watches so much (too much?) film and TV that she can spot an actor in the background and instantly tell you five other roles from their career. By day she’s a marketing professional; by night she’s an avid gamer, film producer, aspiring illustrator and unapologetic snort laugh-er. Her favourite things include her partner, their two cats, film/game scores, chips and 1971’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.