David Tuff

Filmmaker, Videomaker
male
Born
1959
in
Calgary , AB
Canada
Alberta CA
Died
January, 1992
Biography

Filmmaker, video maker. Calgary native Tuff studied film and video at ECIAD, and in his short career before being struck down by AIDS showed exceptional verve and promise. Among other works, his video installation Are We Going Backward? (1987-88) is an activist documentary collage of plague imagery and voices, together with angry street theatre denouncing the then Social Credit BC government’s proposed legislation setting up an AIDS quarantine. In a diametrically opposite tone, Tuff’s nine-minute graduation film The Width of a Room (1989) is a dreamlike narrative of a man alone in a hotel room, exalted by a fantasy (or memory?) of an erotic encounter.