20th Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 20-30, 2023

11th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 2023

Five Bucks At The Door: The Story Of Crocks N Rolls

Canada, 2020 : World Premiere
Archives 2020
In Cinema Globe Cinema
Wed, Jun 24 6:30 PM Buy
Thu, Jun 25 Buy


An indie-rock oasis in the Boreal forest. FIVE BUCKS AT THE DOOR: THE STORY OF CROCKS N ROLLS shares the history of how a bar in the middle of nowhere put Canadian music on the map.

In the mid-’80s and early ’90s, the heyday of indie rock, one unlikely venue became the epicentre of Canadian pop culture. In spite of its location, or perhaps because of it, Crocks N Rolls was one of the country’s premiere live music venues. Located in Thunder Bay, Ontario, atop the iconic Highway 61, Crocks (as it is affectionately called by its patrons) was a bridge for East and West coast musicians crisscrossing their way through the country. The story focuses on those pre-internet days of the D.I.Y. punk rock culture and grassroots alternative movement. The film talks with seminal independent Canadian musicians – Sook-Yin Lee, Dave Bidini, Bob Wiseman, Ian Blurton, Lucy DiSanto, Slo'Tom Stewart, Mike McDonald, Steve Loree, Dave Ullrich – each having a personal connection to the venue and its owner Frank Loffredo. A well-loved curmudgeon, known for his curly mullet and unfiltered approach to small business ownership, Frank decided to turn his family-owned Italian restaurant into a premiere "must-play" venue, hosting some of the most influential artists in hardcore, punk rock and independent music and becoming a champion for live music. All roads lead to Crocks, and 30-years later its impact is still being felt.

Live World Premiere on June 24 at 6:30pm feat. a Q&A with director Kirsten Kosloski. The virtual doors open at 6pm for a pre-show DJ set from CJSW's Helen Young (The Future Language). The chatroom will also be open, so login early and come hang out with other CUFF fans!

6pm: Virtual Doors & Live DJ
6:30 pm: Film 
7:50pm: Live Q&A

The film will be available on-demand the following day (June 25-28).

Kirsten Kosloski is a documentary filmmaker, media artist and educator. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she turned a passion for pop culture into a career, and has spent most of her adult life obsessing over music and film. She has been a music writer, film critic and editor at FFWD, Calgary's alternative weekly. In Thunder Bay, she founded the artist-run media arts collective, North Light Media Collective, and has directed and produced two documentaries about the Northwestern Ontario region. FIVE BUCKS AT THE DOOR: THE STORY OF CROCKS N ROLLS is her second feature film.

CJSW Playlist curated by Peter Robinson, Fossil Records (Sat. 7-8pm)

screened with a short film


Cartel Madras "Goonda Gold"

Canada, 2019, 2:34 min. Dir. Bhaveek Makan and Jashan Makan

We’ve always imagined the Goonda as someone from different walks of life moving through the world fiercely, readying themselves for a fight. Gold chains on, cut lip; this song is for the baddies.

Amy Nelson "Educated Woman"

Canada, 2018, 4:40 min. Dir. Gillian McKercher

The title track from Calgary's Amy Nelson bring old-timey folk and outlaw country into everyday, equally heartbreaking modern life.


Closed Captioned / First Feature / Female Filmmaker / Music / Documentary

Closed Captions Available For On-Demand Screening
81 minutes


Kirsten Kosloski

Kirsten Kosloski

Chris Kosloski

Kelly Kashuba
Matt MacNeil

Sook-Yin Lee
Dave Bidini
Bob Wiseman



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Presenting Partner

Community Partners