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The second annual Reel Indie Film Festival (RiFF) starts in Toronto this week, running from Oct. 14-19. It features a real strong lineup of music-themed documentaries, shorts and videos covering a wide range of genres and such fascinating subjects as Johnny Winter, Joe Meek and Edwyn Collins.
On the Canadian side, a highlight promises to be Born To Ruin, a portrait of up and coming Toronto rock band Wildlife. Born To Ruin follows the group as they record their 2013 sophomore album On the Heart in Bridgeport, Connecticut with legendary producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Local Natives,) with additional recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Gus Van Go (Hollerado, The Stills, Rah Rah). A press release describes the film as "a candid and sincere look at life in the studio: writing, jamming, boredom, drinking, laughing, fighting, and celebrating. An incredibly honest view into the lives of five best friends, as they try to write and record an album to lift them beyond the Toronto indie-rock scene. Nothing censored. Nothing off-limits. It will inevitably change the common perception of life in a music studio".
The film was shot by Canadian director Brendan McCarney, who has helmed similar features on The Meligrove Band & Young Rival. Born To Ruin premiered to much acclaim at NXNE Film earlier this year. For a glimpse of what to expect, check out the trailer. Wildlife also filmed an impressive video for the anthemic track "Born To Ruin", as well as an equally eye-catching (filmed in Hawaii) video for "Lightning Tent" .
It has been an eventful year for Wildlife. The band scored their first top 10 rock radio hit with their single Lightning Tent, plus a win at the 2014 SiriusXM Indie Awards for Rock Artist/Group or Duo Of The Year, (they earned nominations in two other categories too). They are now preparing to get back out on the road, touring Ontario and Quebec this winter with Dear Rouge and playing a hometown gig at The Phoenix on Dec. 4 (an Edge 102.1 Jingle Bell Rock event).