RiFF Announces Full-Lineup – Oct. 14 – 19, 2014 in Toronto

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Indie Week presents
2nd annual
Reel Indie Film Festival

October 14 – 19, 2014



The Royal – 608 College St.

Single tickets – $10

RiFF wristband (entry to all screenings) – $40

All details on ticket prices and packages available online: http://ticketf.ly/1yoXoPZ

After bringing rock n’ roll to the big screen in its inaugural year, the Reel Indie Film Festival (RiFF) is back for round two. This year’s line-up has everything from cutting-edge music therapy to witty shorts to biopics on some of music’s greats. No matter your taste in music, you’ll be moved by each one of these films.

“All our features this year are powerful and insightful documentaries, that also showcases some diverse shorts and a bunch of wicked music videos,” says RiFF founder Darryl Hurs. “If year two is any indication of the kinds of films we’re showcasing, then this will no doubt grow to be one of the country’s biggest music film festivals.”

RiFF’s opening party will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at Crawford Bar (718 College St.).  Admission is $10, or free with any RiFF ticket, wristband or pass. Please see RiFF’s website for more details!


Born to RuinDirected by Brendan McCarney (Canada) (doc) – Opening Night Film – The film is a candid and sincere look at 5 best friends who comprise the Toronto indie band Wildlife. It follows their lives as they write and record an album. Nothing is censored. Nothing off-limits. Born To Ruin will inevitably change the common perception of life in a music studio.

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory – Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett (USA) (doc) (Audience Award at Sundance) – As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, the touching Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.

A Curious LifeDirected by Dunstan Bruce (UK) (doc) (North American Premiere) – This rockumentary features The Levellers, a phenomenon anarcho-punk-folk band, as told by their eccentric bassist Jeremy Cunningham.

Folk – Directed by Sara Terry (USA) (doc) (Canadian Premiere)- Three singer-songwriters navigate the thriving subculture of American folk music, each struggling to be heard in the 21st century version of a genre that once dominated mainstream culture.

Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty – Directed by Greg Olliver (USA) (doc) (Canadian Premiere)Featuring interviews with Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), and Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan), amongst others, Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty charts the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter, from his early beginnings in Texas to his later life on the road.

A Life in the Death of Joe Meek – Directed by Howard S. Berger & Susan Stahman (UK) (doc) – This feature documentary chronicles the rise, fall and resurrection of Joe Meek. Nearly 50 years after his tragic and mysterious death, Joe Meek has been reborn as an inspirational icon for anyone in search of the Independent Spirit.

March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads – Directed by Raffaele Mosca (Italy/Greece/UK) (doc) (Canadian Premiere) – March of the Gods: Botswana Metalheads is a portrait of the heavy metal cowboys of Botswana. The film follows Wrust one of the predominant local bands, gearing up for their first live show in Europe.

No Land’s Song Directed by Ayat Najafi  (Germany/France) (Toronto Premiere) (doc) – Since the revolution of 1979 in Iran, women are not allowed to sing in public as soloists. Composer Sara Najafi gathers Iranian and Parisian singers to collaborate on a project, re-opening a musical bridge between France and Iran and defying censorship and taboos.

The Possibilities are Endless – Directed by Edward Lovelace & James Hall (UK) (doc) – Placed inside celebrated lyricist, Edwyn Collins mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life and love.


Song from a Blackbird – Directed by Enrique Pedraza (USA/Colombia)
The Pump – Directed by Cabot McNenly (Canada)
ROR – Directed by Natalie Cunningham (Australia)
One More Song… An Evening of Rage – Directed by Shawn Beckwith (Canada)
Rat Pack Rat – Directed by Todd Rohal (USA)
Petty Troubles – Directed by Isaac Pingree (USA)
Will Play for Beer – Directed by Carrine Fisher (USA)
What Cheer? – Directed by Michael Slavens (USA)


I love you…But (Grayce) – Directed by Thomas Zoeschg (USA)

Monobrow  (Dolman) – Directed by Jaime Pardo (UK)

The Heat and the Cold War (Glossy Jesus) – Directed by Julie Perion (Netherlands)

Everybody Knows (Iska Dhaaf)Directed by Tristan Seniuk (USA)

Bome Gnomeski  (Curtis L. Wiebe) – Directed by Curtis L. Wiebe and Marlon Wiebe (Canada)

Hard Part (Nathan Wiley) – Directed by Stephanie Clattenberg (Canada)

When the Time is Right (Such Small Creatures) – Directed by Travis Laidlaw (Canada)

Sever and Stitch (Raised On DJs) – Directed by Sean McKay (Canada)

Up (Arrested Development) – Directed by Tony Reames (USA)

Full details on all films and complete lineup order can be found online: http://reelindiefilmfest.com/

All RiFF screenings will take place at the historic The Royal, a landmark cinema in Toronto, at 608 College St.

A short film and music video will precede each feature film.
RiFF is where music and movies live in harmony. RIFF provides moviegoers and music lovers with the best in music themed films.

Reel Indie Film Festival (RiFF) is an independent film festival with a focus on music-related content. Launched in 2013 as part of the 10th anniversary of Indie Week. RiFF seeks to cover the gamut of musical inspiration, and to support filmmakers’ music-oriented stories, using music as a platform for one’s thoughts and beliefs. Films that capture the essence of a band or song.  http://www.reelindiefilmfest.com

About our sponsors
RiFF could not have happened without the passion and support of our terrific sponsors: Presenting sponsors – Jack Daniel’s and Mill Street Brewery, Conference Sponsor – William F. White, Best Feature Sponsor – Redlab, Short Film Sponsor – Harold Greenburg Fund, Ticketing Sponsor – Ticketfly, and Bronze Sponsor – Red Square Motion.

About Indie Week Indie Week is an independent music festival founded in Toronto in 2003. Since its inception, Indie Week has grown to support 200+ bands from all over the world. The festival expanded to international waters with Indie Week Ireland in 2007. www.indieweek.com.