The MUFF Society

A feminist community that celebrates women in film/TV.

The MUFF Society is a feminist screening series and community based in Toronto that aims to champion women in film both on and off screen. We do this through a variety of initiatives, including a short film program (miniMUFF), conversation series (Reel Girl Talk), documentary series (HER-Story), and blog.


MUFF TO x Now and Then
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

MUFF TO x Now and Then

Photobooth/Dance Party: 8:00 PM
Film: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10!!!!!! (Buy them now!)


This August MUFF’s getting nostalgic with Lesli Linka Glatter’s Now and Then, a slumber party staple about friendship, growing up, and buying a motherfucking treehouse.

The screenplay was written by Pretty Little Liars showrunner I.Marlene King. And just like Pretty Little Liars, this film is jam-packed with beautiful besties and more than a few secrets! Although bookended by the amazing Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson, the real heroes of Now and Then are their younger counterparts: Gaby Hoffmann, Christina Ricci, Thora Birch, and the late Ashleigh Aston Moore, who star as the spunky girl gang that we all wanted be! The plot may center around the girls’ attempts to raise enough money to buy their own treehouse, but the film is more about so much more: maturation, coming to terms with death, first kisses, loving your friends, and putting pudding cups in your bra! So, bring your besties and grab your tissues as we take this sweet journey back to 1970’s Indiana together. 

Join us in the lobby at 8:00 PM for photobooth fun, some slammin’ jams, and limited-edition Now and Then buttons for sale! Please hold off on the Red Rover though, we don’t think we have the insurance to cover that.

Our mini MUFF selection this month is the short film Penny's For Tea, from Vancouver filmmakers Sophie Jarvis and Kane Stewart!

A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event:  Carlton CinemaThe Beguiling Books & ArtThe Candy Bar, Condom Shack, and Secrets from Your Sister! Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.

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MUFF SF x Desperately Seeking Susan
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

MUFF SF x Desperately Seeking Susan

Annnd we’re back!! MUFFxSF returns this month with Susan Seidelman’s classic Desperately Seeking Susan, the story of lost identity in the pre-Internet world. Rosanna Arquette plays Roberta, a restless housewife, daydreaming of a couple, Susan (Madonna) and Jim, who communicate through personal ads. Fantasy becomes reality when their lives intersect in a mish-mash of directions.

In true 80's form, there's murder, mystery, fashion and big hair, and not in the least, there's Madonna as the cool girl we all want to be.

Also, amateur magicians are welcome to perform any known tricks involving doves.

Join us at our newest screening venue, Alamo Drafthouse New Mission! (Note: time still to be confirmed.) 

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MUFF TO x Inside Out: But I’m A Cheerleader
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

MUFF TO x Inside Out: But I’m A Cheerleader

Lobby Fun: 8:00 PM
Film: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10!!!!!! (Buy advance tickets here!)

Since MUFFxTO screened Bring It On in March to an overwhelmingly ecstatic audience (we love ALL of you), we decided we weren't quite done with the whole cheerleading thing just yet.

Research. Coffee. Research. Milk. Cookie. Decision. Conclusion: But I’m A Cheerleader.

But I’m A Cheerleader features everyone’s favourite OITNB actress, Natasha Lyonne, teamed up with director Jamie Babbit for her first feature film. The film uses the story of a young woman finding her sexuality to explore the social construction of gender roles and the artificiality of gender construction (highlighted through superb costume and production design using artificial textures in intense blues and pinks).

Basically, this isn’t your typical chick flick. Okay, it has to do with love and chicks—but...well, here. This questionnaire ought to clear things up:

Are you a vegetarian? Do you love Melissa Etheridge?
Do you like to wear baggy clothes and play softball?
Do you tape pictures of girls all over your locker and love watching cheerleaders dance?
Did your mother get married in pants?

Assessment: If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you’re probably a lesbian. And we know just the place to send you!

But I’m A Cheerleader takes us on a hilarious adventure with Megan, a high school teen who believes her life—that of a well-liked cheerleader with a football player boyfriend—is completely normal. Her tightlipped Christian parents think otherwise (ugghhhhhh, parents) and call for an intervention: Megan has to go to True Directions, a sexual conversion therapy camp so she can be cured of her lesbianism.

We're super excited, thrilled, tickled, honoured, and every other positive verb to be co-presenting this screening with the Toronto LGBT Film Festival Inside Out. This year's festival takes place from May 26 - June 5 but we're joining the party a little late because GUESS THE FUCK WHAT, the entire month of June is Pride Month! It's Canada's first ever Pride Month; one, about time and two, we can't wait to celebrate. Learn more about Pride Month in Toronto here!

As usual, we will have a photobooth, a themed MUFFtail, limited-edition buttons, and awesome prizes to give away! Our Mini MUFF selection this month is Heyishi Zhang's Gay Mean Girls.

1,2,3,4! We won’t take no anymore!

A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event: Carlton Cinema, Cinefilles, The Beguiling, The Candy Bar, and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.

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MUFF TO x When Harry Met Sally...
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

MUFF TO x When Harry Met Sally...

Lobby Fun: 8:00 PM
Film: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10!!!!!! (Buy advance tickets here!)

Yes.
Yes.
Yes.
OH GOD.
YES.

*slams table*

MUFF IS DOING WHEN HARRY MET SALLY! Nora Ephron penned the story of two friends, Sally Albright and Harry Burns, who met on one very long drive from Chicago to New York. The two have an immediately strong connection even though Sally seems to hate Harry almost instantly. In the coming years, they continue to run into each other at bookstores or airports, and slowly form an extremely deep and meaningful (although occasionally murky) friendship. Through all their ups and downs, one thing can be certain: that no one will ever want that wagon wheel coffee table.

This quirky, hilarious, and almost aggressively adorable movie is going to be so much fun to watch with an audience because with so much wit sewn into almost every line, it is endlessly quotable. Basically, you have to come, because… WE’RE GONNA BE 40! (In 39 years.)

Join us in the lobby ahead of time for photobooth fun, limited-edition buttons for sale, and many a MUFFtail to be consumed (lack of paprikash not guaranteed). As always, we will be screening an amazing local short film as part of our Mini MUFF programming. This month our selection is Flower Girl, written and directed by Dominique van Olm.

Note: All Sheldons more than welcome.

A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event: Carlton Cinema, Cinefilles, The Beguiling, The Candy Bar, and Coal Miner’s Daughter. Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.

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MUFF TO x Etheria: The Being & Blood Diner - A Jackie Kong Double Feature & Slumber Party!
Apr
22
8:00 PM20:00

MUFF TO x Etheria: The Being & Blood Diner - A Jackie Kong Double Feature & Slumber Party!

Lobby Fun: 8:00 PM
Film Start: 9:00 PM & 11:00 PM
Tickets: $15 for both films!!! (Buy tickets here!)
Prizes: All night long!

RSVP through the FB Event! 

This month MUFF has teamed up with Etheria to bring you Toronto MUFF fans a night of ‘80s b-movie horror and the darkest, creepiest, bloodiest female-directed Canadian shorts we could find!

Just like the good ol’ slumber parties of our youth, we’re ready to put on our best jammies, grab some snacks, and watch those sleazy, campy horror flicks we used to pluck from the rental shelves based on VHS covers alone. From director Jackie Kong, we will be screening a double bill of The Being (1983) and Blood Diner (1987)!

A decapitation-loving mutant toxic waste monster? Check. A town that is more concerned with threats to potato crops than threats to themselves? Double check. Academy Award winning actor Martin Landau as a shady scientist? Yup. How about a talking brain in a jar? You betcha! The resurrection of an ancient goddess of blood and lust? Of course. Dismemberment, cannibalism, and eyeball mutilation? Heck yes! Nude aerobics AND nude martial arts? You are definitely in for a night you won’t forget!

Seriously, how can you argue with Amazon reviews like these?!

“As an absolutely enjoyable, laugh-aloud funny, cheesy B-level horror movie, this is possibly unbeatable!!” - The Being

“Be forewarned: Gone With The Wind this ain't. Just grab yourself some popcorn, sit back, and put your brain on hold!” - The Being

“Blood Diner is a masterpiece. I've never seen a more hilariously inept, tasteless film. . . . The ridiculously complicated, nonsensical, convoluted plot makes a lot more sense if you're on substances. Some genuinely disturbing, wonderfully gothic plot twists and images intermingled with the absurd.” - Blood Diner

“Its hilarious mixture of slapstick humor and comic gore makes it one of the most entertaining and under-appreciated films of its kind. . . . It manages to walk the fine line between camp and typical ‘80s cheese, coming out on top thanks to Kong's smart handling of the material and spirited directing, as well as the animated performances given by each of the cast members (including the tasteless humor of Uncle Anwar's disembodied brain). Blood Diner is an ultimate guilty pleasure, and a real treat for fans of ‘80s trash!” - Blood Diner

“I recommend a healthy dose of LSD before viewing, but even straight, you'll laugh your bag off!” - Blood Diner

Each of these feature films will be accompanied by a video intro and Q&A session from director Jackie Kong, as well as a block of local and Canadian shorts! Check out our awesome lineup:

To screen before The Being:

Fish Out Of Water (dir. Kirsten Carthew)
Mitten (dir. Amanda Row)
Remote Viewing (dir. Kristen Anderson-Sauvé)

To screen before Blood Diner:

Grace (dir. Karen Nielsen)
The Makeover (dir. Dara Jade Moats)
Madre De Dios *special sneak peek!* (dir. Gigi Saul Guerrero)

Join us in the lobby at 8:00 PM for photobooth fun, a tasty themed MUFFtail, and limited-edition buttons for sale. Stay up and party with us if you can, we’ll be giving prizes away all night long!

A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event: EtheriaCarlton CinemaCinefillesThe BeguilingThe Candy BarCoal Miner’s DaughterMalabar Ltd.,Cursed4Life, and Fiendish Fancies. Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.

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MUFF TO x Bring It On
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

MUFF TO x Bring It On

Lobby Fun: 8:00 PM
Film: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10!!!!!! (Buy tickets here!)

RSVP HERE!

We’re sexy. We’re cute. We’re MUFF lovers to boot.

This month MUFF’s getting spirited with Jessica Bendinger’s Bring It On, the classic tale of friendship, cheerocracy, and what to do when it’s cold in here.

Precious baby angel Kirsten Dunst (who probably holds some sort of MUFF award at this point for Most Films Programmed) stars as Torrance Shipman, the new head of a championing cheerleading squad who has recently discovered that the ruthless ex-captain Big Red stole all of their most successful routines from a different school. Torrance now has to race to figure out how to compete at the upcoming championships, and deal with all of the guilt that comes with performing years worth of stolen routines, all while dealing with some confusing feelings for a new dude.

We will try our very hardest to not scream out cheers as the movie plays, but this movie is so much fun that it will have you dancing around your living room for days practising your very best spirit fingers.

Join us in the lobby at 8:00 PM for photobooth fun, a very special themed MUFFtail, and limited-edition Bring It On buttons for sale! Even though you’re a hardcore gymnast, we’re positive that jumping up and down yelling “Go Team Go!” in the Carlton lobby is gonna satisfy anyway!

Awesome, oh wow! Like, totally freak me out! I mean, right on! Our Mini MUFF selection this month sure is number one! This month we’re screening the short film Crystal, from local filmmaker Chell Stephen!

A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event: Carlton CinemaCINEFILLESThe Beguiling Books & ArtThe Candy Bar, andCoal Miner's Daughter. Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.

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MUFF TO x American Psycho
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

MUFF TO x American Psycho

Lobby Fun: 8:00 PM
Film: 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10!!!!!! (Buy advance tickets here!

RSVP HERE.

Is your busy life of murders and executions getting you down? Are the cran-apple stains you can’t get out of your sheets driving you crazy? Do you think everyone is wrong about Huey Lewis and the News’ early work being their best (clearly, it was a little too new wave and they really came into their own, commercially and artistically, when Sports came out in '83)?

Then come join The MUFF Society for a night of film, fun, and utterly insane prizes at Carlton Cinema! (Sorry, they don’t have a good bathroom to do coke in.)

February is Women In Horror Month and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to show Mary Harron’s classic homegrown (shot in Toronto!) horror, American Psycho.

American Psycho introduces us to Patrick Bateman, a slick-haired finance bro who has the same problems as any yuppie of the ‘80s: his business cards have not yet reached perfection, he can’t get a reservation at the “it” restaurant Dorsia, and he has a seemingly endless amount of video tapes to return. He’s also likes to dissect girls.

Bateman and his merry band of coke-snorters have their origins in Bret Easton Ellis’ novel of the same name, but are brought to life by the direction of Mary Harron. Harron co-wrote the American Psycho screenplay with actress Guinevere Turner and together they amplified the intelligent satire, biting humour, and aestheticized gore, making it perfect for the big screen.

Join us in the lobby at 8:00 PM and don’t forget to apply your herb-mint facial mask so that you are fresh and ready for our photobooth fun! Try one of our to-die-for themed MUFFtails, shake your booty like Christian Bale in a raincoat to our latest #MUFFMix playlist, and donate a dollar to get a limited-edition American Psycho button!

Our Mini MUFF selection this month will be LONG BRANCH, co-directed and co-written by local filmmakers Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark.

A big thank you to our MUFF Friends & sponsors of this event: Carlton Cinema, Cinefilles, The Beguiling, The Candy Bar, Coal Miner's Daughter, Queen Video, and Toronto BATL. Check back closer to the event for more sponsor announcements.

 

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MUFF TO x Goodfellas
Jan
13
to Jan 14

MUFF TO x Goodfellas

As far back as we can remember, we always wanted to screen Goodfellas. We all love us some Marty Scorsese, but far too often praise for his films does not extend to the person who actually puts them together: Thelma Schoonmaker. 

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MUFF TO x Ghost World
Dec
16
to Dec 19

MUFF TO x Ghost World

We have some big news. Our little MUFF is turning ONE! To celebrate this joyous time of year we turned our programming over to YOU in a poll on our Facebook page, and you guys chose the amazing Ghost World for our December screening!

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MUFF TO x Wayne's World
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

MUFF TO x Wayne's World

Did you ever see that "Twilight Zone" where the guy signed a contract and they cut out his tongue and put it in a jar and it wouldn't die, it just grew and pulsated and gave birth to baby tongues? That was pretty cool, but instead of screening that we’ll be screening Wayne’s World.

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