Rukus, the indie furry movie, is coming to Furry Weekend Atlanta
by Patch O'Furr
On April 6, catch the convention debut of an Official Selection from SF IndieFest and the SXSW Film Festival.
FWA just updated their schedule with all the details. Director Brett Hanover and collaborators will be in attendance. It will be an “After Dark Panel.” FWA is part of the story of the movie – it’s a local con for the film makers who come from Memphis.
Rukus (2018, 87 min):
- Trailer and a short review.
- Announcement from the San Francisco premiere, and a look at furry indie movies.
In January I helped bring a large furry group to SF Indiefest. It was an awesome experience, and cinema lovers who appreciate the art form should get a thrill from it. Rukus is punk influenced storytelling between queer coming-of-age story, experimental fiction, and a love letter to fandom. This isn’t a sunny movie but it has joy and passion in it. There’s suicide, sex, and finding identity. It rewards multiple watches where you can peel up the rough edges to find a lot going on underneath. My favorite part is how it takes chances with a shoestring budget, and it’s something a community can count as a DIY product from itself. (I’d love to see that become a scene.) Plus, screening at SXSW is a big deal in the larger scheme of things.
I think one of the reasons I find the furry fandom so appealing and cool is that it facilitates an identity around creation instead of consumption.— several gay monster emoji (@Orcanist) January 22, 2018
It feels more like a community than a result of a good marketing campaign.
I am just completely floored that someone made a movie about an old friend of ours, Rukus, and that it's being played at SXSW. https://t.co/xuGUurekAF— Triad (@triadfox) March 20, 2018
Lots of weird feels... 🙁
Brett Hanover tells me:
It was really well received at SXSW – good turnouts for all three screenings, and a very positive response from the Austin furry community. Had a few other people from the film there who weren’t in SF, too – so overall, a very positive, emotional week.
Next screenings for Rukus:
- April 13: Indie Grits Film Fest in Columbia, SC
- April 20 and 24: Anthology Film Archives in NYC. That’s part of a film series organized by Madsen Minax called “The Cinema of Gender Transgression: Trans Film.”
Article about Rukus, the indie furry doc/fiction hybrid movie. It just screened at @sxsw, a big honor to get. I love that the director mentions the furmeet for the premiere in San Francisco, by me, @RelayRaccoon and a few dozen furs. https://t.co/HuS2EZiBeJ— Dogpatch Press (@DogpatchPress) March 16, 2018
Brett Hanover’s RUKUS is an incredible, indescribable movie that has been in production for over ten years. It had a major effect on all of us in the audience. Go in blind, as I did. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/xCi5pRDrRr— Blair Hoyle (@Blair_Hoyle) March 11, 2018
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