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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HER-Story: The Prison In Twelve Landscapes

Theatre Opens | 6:00PM
Opening Remarks | 6:30PM
Screening | 6:35PM
Q&A | 8:30PM
Tickets | $12 (Buy advance tickets here)

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HER-STORY is back for our third round of women-powered documentary cinema. The focus of this screening is incarceration.

“More people are imprisoned in the United States at this moment than in any other time or place in history, yet the prison itself has never felt further away or more out of sight…” - Brett Story

We are pleased to announce our feature presentation THE PRISON IN TWELVE LANDSCAPES (2016), directed by Brett Story. Brett is a Canadian filmmaker and the recipient of the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, the Prize for Best Canadian Documentary at the DOXA Documentary Festival, and a Special Jury Mention at the Camden International Film Festival.

Other incredible women you say? Glad you asked: Brett teamed up with MAYA BANKOVIC, Director of Photography, AVRÏL JACOBSON, Editor, and LORI CHODOS, Associate Producer. Together, along with the whole The Prison in Twelve Landscapes team, they swept through the festival circuit, and have landed right here… in our very laps… for a HER-STORY screening.

How much do you know about incarceration? Well, you are soon going to be informed and mesmerized in Brett Story’s vivid portrayal of how communities across the US are affected by the prison system. In fact, the crew doesn’t even enter a prison...

The Prison in Twelve Landscapes is a film about the prison in which we never see a penitentiary. Instead, the film unfolds as a cinematic journey through a series of landscapes across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives, from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires, to a Bronx warehouse full of goods destined for the state correctional system, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.” - Brett Story, director’s synopsis 

At the screening, as always, we are connecting YOU with the filmmaker. Brett Story will be present over the phone to answer your burning questions. Why not in person? Because she'll will be working hard at the Sundance Labs during this time.

This time though, we are mixing it up a little. We will ONLY be screening a feature film. We are putting together an exciting panel for you that are not only going to talk about the film, but bring these issues closer to home and talk about how Toronto communities are reintegrating former inmates back into the community in order to foster a stronger city for everyone. Stay tuned for our panel announcement! 

Our Co-Presenter for this screening is: KLINK Coffee Shop

KLINK is a social enterprise created by John Howard Society of Toronto, a not-for-profit charitable organization. They help to make communities safer and families stronger by providing jobs and training for people returning home from prison.

ABOUT HER-STORY:
HER-STORY is a unique documentary series from The MUFF Society. Drawing from our female-led/centric film team criteria, we screen documentaries directed, produced, filmed, and/or edited by female talent. While the subject matter itself does not have to explore women's issues or themes, we aim to program films covering topical issues from passionate filmmakers who are willing to share their behind-the-lens experience with our community.

ABOUT THE MUFF SOCIETY:
The MUFF Society (Monthly Underground Female Film Society) is a feminist screening series based in Toronto, (with prior pop-ups in New York City and San Francisco). We aim to champion women in film both on and off screen and we do this by programming films that have awesome female characters and/or have powerhouse female players behind the scenes: directors, writers, editors, producers etc. We are also an online community that aims to keeps the conversations about women in film flowing and supports and promotes other film events and initiatives which are focused on women in film.

ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY:
Our awesome venue and home base, Imagine Cinemas Carlton, has a fully accessible entrance, snack area (very important), theatres, and toilets. If you have any additional accessibility concerns, please reach out to us in advance of a screening. MUFF is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all of our patrons and will do our best to accommodate. You can read more about Imagine Cinema’s Accessibility Plan here.

Earlier Event: June 14
MUFF TO: Death Proof
Later Event: August 16
MUFF TO: It Takes Two

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