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.

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Brett Hanover



Directors: Brett Hanover, Alanna Stewart and Katherine Dohan
Screenwriter: Brett Hanover, Alanna Stewart, Rukus
Cinematographer: Brett Hanover, Alanna Stewart, Katherine Dohan
Editor: Brett Hanover
Sound Designer: Kevin Houston
Music: Brian Saia
Principal Cast: Brett Hanover, Alanna Stewart, Andrew Gafford, Dylan Thompson, Eileen Townsend, Rukus, Sable
Additional Credits: Assistant Director: Alanna Stewart, Assistant Director: Katherine Dohan, Animation: Eusong Lee, Ben Holm, Karolina Glusiec


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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2017
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Experimental, LGBTQ
Screening Section: Visions
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 86:41 mins