Armand Garnet Ruffo
Armand Garnet Ruffo’s work is strongly influenced by his Ojibway heritage. The author of poetry, fiction, drama and screenplays, including the acclaimed creative-biography Grey Owl: the mystery of Archie Belaney, subsequently adapted to film by Richard Attenborough, Ruffo’s work has been published both nationally and internationally. In addition to creative writing, Ruffo has directed two short experimental films and a feature film, A Windigo Tale. To prepare himself for the leap into feature length filmmaking, he studied and mentored under some of Canada’s most respected filmmakers, including Deepa Mehta, Colleen Murphy and Gary Burns. Ruffo currently lives in Kingston and teaches Aboriginal literature and creative writing at Queen’s University. He recently completed a book-length creative biography on the acclaimed Anishinaabe painter Norval Morrisseau, Man Changing Into Thunderbird (Douglas & McIntyre, 2014) and is currently developing a second feature film.