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Cuffley, whose past films include the 2007 festival-favourite comedy-drama Walk All Over Me, will offer Bright Hill Road, a psychological horror film about a troubled young woman who loses touch with reality at a creepy boarding house.
Other entries include Metis director Benjamin Ross Hayden’s sophomore film, Parallel Minds, a futuristic tale of murder and corporate greed about a new invention that can see and record past memories. Calgary filmmaker Matt Embry, whose past work has tackled the opioid crisis and his own experiences with multiple sclerosis, returns with Dark Cloud, a documentary about the tragic cyber-bullying of Canadian teenager Amanda Todd. Author and filmmaker Cheryl Foggo’s John Ware Reclaimed explores both the life of the black cowboy and rancher who arrived in Alberta in 1882 and the racism she faced while growing up in Calgary.
Ted Stenson’s Calgary-shot debut, Events Transpiring Before, During, and After a High School Basketball Game is a deadpan dark comedy in the vein of early Wes Anderson that was mostly shot in the gymnasium of Calgary’s Queen Elizabeth High School last summer.
Calgary filmmaker Warren Sulatycky’s sophomore drama, Jasmine Road, was filmed in Calgary, Longview and Black Diamond and tells the story of a widowed rancher in smalltown Alberta who opens his home to Syrian refugees. Thomas Robert Lee’s The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw is a period horror film; Come True, directed by Ontario filmmaker Anthony Scott Burns but shot in Edmonton, is a sci-fi horror thriller; while Caleb Ryan’s Vagrant is a drama about homelessness.