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.

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

  • Carlton Cinema 20 Carlton Street Toronto, ON, M5B 2H5 Canada (map)

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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