A hybrid of documentary and fiction, Rukus is a queer coming-of-age story set in the liminal spaces of furry conventions, southern punk houses, and virtual worlds. Rukus is a 20-year-old furry artist, living with his boyfriend Sable in the suburbs of Orlando, Florida. In his sketchbooks, Rukus is constructing an imaginary universe - a sprawling graphic novel in which painful childhood memories are restaged as an epic fantasy. Brett is a 16-year-old filmmaker with OCD, working on a documentary about kinky subcultures in spite of his own anxiety. After an interview leads to an online friendship, their lives entwine in ways that push them into strange, unexplored territories.
"A highly personal docu-fiction hybrid of significant scope and emotional power . . . Rukus creates a contemplative space where the subject itself keeps transforming."
Sheila O'Malley - Film Comment
"Punk-influenced storytelling between queer coming-of-age story, experimental fiction, and a love letter to fandom."
Patch O'Furr - Dogpatch Press
"What starts as a film about remembering a lost friend and the furry fandom turns out to be a work of art about the ways that we create art and ourselves."
Julian Modugno - Wussy Magazine
"A deep engagement with something like experimental sublimation in queer life: the transformation of inaccessible or not-yet-known desires into niche cultural practices or, vice-versa, the therapeutic possibilities of acts that we recognize as inherently sexual."
Ben Levinson - Tone Glow
"Taps into something universally true about the roles of community & identity in our larger modern digital hellscape."
Brandon Ledet - Swampflix
"Its cinematic style mirrors the fluid sexuality spectrum of its principal cast . . . Rukus is about the benefits of being inquisitive and adventurous, ridding oneself of definitions and boundaries." Don Simpson - Hammer to Nail
Indie Memphis Nights
Lake County Film Festival
Cinémathèque Française - American Fringe: Season 3
Indie Memphis Film Festival - Best Hometowner Feature
Mephit Fur Meet
San Diego Underground Film Festival
Nashville Film Festival - TN First Grand Jury Award
Anthology Film Archives - Cinema of Gender Transgression Series
Indie Grits Film Festival
Furry Weekend Atlanta
SXSW Film Festival
SF Indie Fest