22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024


Listen to archive episodes of CUFFcast. We are not currently making new episodes, but you can still listen to the 11 episodes by clicking the links below. 


CUFFcast takes you a wild ride through the world of weird, underground & fantastic films with the Calgary Underground Film Festival, which has recently been named one of the Best Horror Festivals in the World, 2022 by Dread Central, and World's 50 Best Genre Film Festivals & 50 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee 2021 from MovieMaker Magazine.

Join Host & CUFF Lead programmer Cameron Macgowan, Producer Rhett Miller and the CUFF team for candid interviews with the twisted brains behind cutting-edge genre cinema. Guests will include a wide range of interesting characters from the rich and diverse genre film community to discuss cinematic history, production adventures, film festivals, physical media, creative inspirations and tips for burgeoning filmmakers!


Ep 11 – Brenda Lieberman

On this instalment of CUFFCast, we welcome Brenda Lieberman to the studio to discuss the origins of the Calgary Underground Film Festival, her programming work with the Calgary International Film Festival and how one mighty lady has helped shaped Calgary's entire film festival landscape! Hosts Cam and Rhett also dig into their giant stack of unwatched discs to shine a light on some recently released gems. 

0.25 – Intro 
1:00 – 19th Calgary Underground Film Festival & Joe Bob Briggs recap  
6.00 – Interview with CUFF Festival Founder and Director & Lead Programmer Brenda Lieberman 
30.00 – Mail Day
54.50 – Outro

INFO ABOUT CUFF: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/

Ep 10 – CUFF 2022 Special

With our main festival rapidly approaching, CUFF lead programmers Cameron Macgowan, Brenda Lieberman and Brennan Tilley break down all the excellent films that we have in store for the 2022 Calgary Underground Film Festival. We discuss modern classics, ranging from the new films from euro-horror auteur Peter Strickland to a documentary on Calgary's friendly local came store The Sentry Box.

0.25 – Intro 
1.15 – Off the CUFF highlights 
4.15 – Rundown of the CUFF 2022 Program 
1.00 – Golden Boys Report 
1.07.30 – Outro

CUFF 2022 LINEUP: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/films

Ep 9 – Peter Kuplowsky

After a brief winter hiatus, the CUFFcast boys are back in studio and are joined by current TIFF Midnight Madness Programmer, Fantastic Fest Shorts Programmer, Producer of cutting-edge indie cinema and champion of outsider art – Peter Kuplowsky! It was an absolute joy to speak with Peter about topics ranging from Short Film Tips to the explosive entertainment of PM Entertainment.

0.25 – Intro
1.00 – CUFF updates
5.00 – Interview with Peter Kuplowsky
49.00 – Golden Boys Report 
54.55 – Mail Day 
1.26.00 – Outro

CUFF 2022: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/about-cuff
TIFF MIDNIGHT MADNESS: https://www.facebook.com/MidnightMadnessTIFF
FANTASTIC FEST: https://fantasticfest.com/
PM ENTERTAINMENT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PM_Entertainment


Ep 8 – CUFF.Docs 2021 Special

In this special instalment of CUFFcast, we are joined in-studio by fellow CUFF Lead Programmers Brenda Lieberman and Brennan Tilley for an in-depth preview of the fascinating, chilling and heart-warming documentaries that are playing the 2021 CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival. 

0.25 – Intro & Halloween recap
4.45 – CUFF.Docs overview  
54.00 – “Dusty DVD Bin and Streaming Too ‘Cause I Got Some Streaming Stuff” Picks from Cam and Rhett
1.10.00 – Outro

CUFF.DOCS: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/films 


Ep 7 - Halloween Special w/ Kier-La Janisse

In our first Halloween special we are joined by esteemed curator, author, programmer, educator and filmmaker behind the brilliant documentary WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED Kier-La Janisse. We discuss programming cartoon marathons, and digging through cinematic history to unearth folk horror treasures! The CUFFcast team also gives you a detailed overview of the 2021 12-Hour Halloween Horror Movie Marathon and provides some recommendations for your October viewing pleasure.

0.25 – Intro
2.00 – Rundown of CUFF 12 Hour Halloween Horror Movie Marathon
24.30 – Interview with Kier-La Janisse
59.50 – The "Golden Boys" Report – HALLOWEEN KILLS
1.08.25 – Halloween Movie Picks
1.26.55 – Outro

ALL THE HAUNTS BE OURS: https://severin-films.com/shop/folk-horror-box/
THE MISKATONIC INSTITUTE: https://miskatonicinstitute.com/


Ep 6 - Paul Corupe and Bret Berg

On this month's installment of the CUFFcast, we are joined by Paul Corupe to discuss his extensive online compendium of Canadian genre cinema Canuxploitation and Bret Berg reveals the inspiration for his Museum of Home Video and the great work that's being done by the team at the American Genre Film Archive.

0.24 – Intro
1.24 – Art that kept us sane during the pandemic chat 
9.50 – Interview with Paul Corupe
30.43 – Interview with Bret Berg
1.12.17 – The "Golden Boys" Report - Champagne & Bullets
1.18.36 – Mail Day 
1.25.07 – Outro

CANUXPLOITATION: http://www.canuxploitation.com/
MUSEUM OF HOME VIDEO: https://www.patreon.com/museumofhomevideo
AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE: https://www.americangenrefilm.com/


Ep 5 - Lloyd Kaufman

This month, CUFFcast celebrates over 45 years of gonzo filmmaking with filmmaker and president of Troma Entertainment, Lloyd Kaufman! We are joined by Co-host Cody Cook (Troma Superfan and Managing Partner of Night Terrors Film Society) to discuss the origins of Troma, the history of their seminal films and the importance of Mr. Lloyd Kaufman to the modern genre film community.

0.24 – Intro
1.03 – Our Personal Tromatic History 
8.43 – Interview with Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment
58.40 – The "Golden Boys" Report - Strike Commando
1.04.39 – Mail Day 
1.19.00 – Outro

TROMA NOW: https://watch.troma.com/
NIGHT TERRORS FILM SOCIETY: https://www.facebook.com/nightterrorsfilmsociety/


Ep 4 - Hobo with a Shotgun’s 10th Anniversary with Jason Eisener and Karim Hussein

This month, CUFFcast celebrates weirdo Canadian genre cinema with some hard-working titans of the industry. First up, we wax poetic about ten years of HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN (CUFF 2021 National Canadian Film Day Selection) with Filmmaker Jason Eisener and Cinematographer Karim Hussein. Then we pick the brains of Director Amelia Moses and Producer Michael Peterson about their hot-off-the-press Albertan werewolf synth-pop thriller BLOODTHIRSTY, which played CUFF 2021.

0.25 – Intro with Host & CUFF Lead Programmer Cameron Macgowan
0.55 – Canadian cinema chat with co-host Rhett Miller 
5.45 – National Canadian Film Day extended Interview with HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN Filmmaker Jason Eisener and Cinematographer Karim Hussein
52.05 – Interview with BLOODTHIRSTY Director Amelia Moses and Producer Michael Peterson
1.04.55 – Mail Day 
1.12.50 – The “Golden Boys” Report
1.16.00 – Outro

DARK SIDE OF THE RING: https://www.vicetv.com/show/dark-side-of-the-ring
KUNG FU ELLIOT: https://www.kungfuelliot.com/
FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS: https://store.dreadcentral.com/for-the-sake-of-vicious


Ep 3 - Colin Geddes and Heather Buckley

This month, we pick the brains of two of the most exciting minds behind modern genre cinema while trying to catch up on rest following CUFF 2021! First up, the legendary Colin Geddes of Ultra8 Pictures joins us to discuss his origin story as the superstar film programmer of TIFF Midnight Madness/expert curator for SHUDDER. Then we were truly honoured to speak with Black Mansion producer extraordinaire Heather Buckley about the wild world of producing special features for companies such as Kino Lorber, Severin & Scream Factory.

0.25 – Intro with Host & CUFF Lead Programmer Cameron Macgowan
0.50 – 18th Annual Calgary Underground Film Festival wrap chat & the importance of film festivals 
7.15 – Interview with Colin Geddes 
31.50 – The “Golden Boys” Report with co-host Rhett Miller: Gary Daniels Double Feature RAGE & RECOIL 
38.45 – Heather Buckley  
1.03.45 – Mail Day 
1.17.30 – Outro & Ep 4 preview 

SHUDDER: https://www.shudder.com/
Ultra8 Pictures: http://www.ultra8.ca/
Black Mansion Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/BlackMansionFilms


Ep 2 - CUFF 2021 Special with Nick Prueher and Devereaux Milburn

This month, the lead programmers of the Calgary Underground Film Festival preview the films playing CUFF 2021 (streaming across Alberta from April 23 – May 2), Nick Prueher of Found Footage Festival joins us to chat about his new board game "Dream Crush", Devereaux Milburn discusses the influence of Japanese extreme cinema on his rural horror HONEYDEW, and we speak with CUFF artists Tank Standing Buffalo and Trey Madsen about this year's beautiful festival animation and poster.

0.25 – Intro with Host & CUFF Lead Programmer Cameron Macgowan
1.20 – CUFF 2021 Lineup Discussion with CUFF Lead Programmers Cameron Macgowan, Brennan Tilley and Brenda Lieberman 
34.50 – Interview with Nick Prueher from the Found Footage Festival and the creator of “Dream Crush” 
45.15 – Interview with Trey Madsen and Tank Standing Buffalo about CUFF’s 2021 Festival Animation and Artwork 
57.10 – Interview with Devereux Milburn, Director of the 2021 Off the CUFF Selection HONEYDEW 
1.11.30 – Mail Day with co-host Rhett Miller 
1.20.30 – Outro and Ep. 3 preview

CUFF 2021 Lineup: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/films
Dream Crush on Mondo: https://mondoshop.com/products/dream-crush
*coming soon to the CUFF Merch Store: https://www.cuffmerch.org
CUFF Poster Gallery: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/cuff-poster-gallery
Trey Madson’s Artwork on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/coolguymadsen/
Tank Standing Buffalo’s Short RKLSS at CUFF 2021:
HONEYDEW VOD release on April 13, 2021: https://darkstarpics.com/honeydew


Ep 1 - Robin Bougie and Steven Kostanski


This month, we discuss the end of an era with Robin Bougie and his highly influential zine Cinema Sewer coming to an end, FX-Wizard Steven Kostanski drops by to drool with us over the PSYCHO GOREMAN blu-ray release and we shine a light on Volunteer Previewers, the true heroes of all film festivals.

Bananarama, “I Heard a Rumour”
0.25 – Intro and What is CUFF with Host & CUFF Lead Programmer Cameron Macgowan 
3.00 – Previewer Report with Jim Evans
Bananarama, “Cruel Summer”
8.45 – Interview with Robin Bougie on end of Cinema Sewer
Bananarama, “Some Girls”
25.15 – Golden Boys Report with Producer Rhett Miller (WICKED WORLD from Barry J. Gillis
28.45 – Interview with Director Steven Kostanski on the blu-ray release of PSYCHO GOREMAN
54.00 – Mail Day 
59.45 – Unobstructed View sponsor shout-out 
1.00 – Outro and Ep. 2 preview 

Cinema Sewer: www.cinemasewer.storenvy.com
Film Rage: www.filmrageyyc.com
Psycho Goreman: twitter.com/psychogoreman
Wicked World: www.vinegarsyndrome.com/products/wicked-world-agfa


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