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Back from a great weekend at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. Outstanding effort by all the organizers and volunteers in putting together a well curated and delivered program.
Lots of films to choose from but I wanted to share some personal highlights:
Stella Meghie’s debut feature “Jean of the Joneses” – outstanding script, funny, poignant and real. Beautifully shot and honestly one of the most satisfying stories I have seen in a feature film for quite a while.
As part of its commitment to promote the growth of independent Canadian films, Ottawa Indie Fest is now accepting submissions for its 2017 Film Festival Program. We have extended the regular deadline to March 19, 2017.
SAW Video JumpstART 2016, SAW Video’s annual programme of new short works by local emerging video artists was presented at Club SAW on Thursday, July 21st. The screening featured work by Alexandra Noble, Gillian Kirkland & Andrew Letourneau, Radamis Hany and Tripti Prinja. Ottawa Indie Fest live-streamed the opening and the Q&A with the filmmakers. Here is the archived version of that live-stream.
08. July 2016 · Comments Off on 2nd annual Ottawa Indie Fest at the Ballpark – July 14, 2016 · Categories: General, News
Ottawa Indie Fest and the Ottawa Champions are pleased to present Ottawa-Gatineau and Canadian indie short films on big screen at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Park in Ottawa during the baseball game on Thursday July 14, 2016 at 7pm. For information and to purchase tickets please visit ottawachampions.com.
Congratulations to filmmakers Rudy Cepeha, Fangliang Xu, Guy Charnaux and April Campbell whose work will be showcased at the event on July 14th!
Join us at the SAWVideo benefit screening of Pat Mills’ feature film GUIDANCE at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on Wednesday June 22nd. Doors open at 6:15. More details here.
Guidance is a Canadian dark comedy film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival on September 5, 2014 as part of the Discovery program.
The full-length directorial debut of Pat Mills, the film stars Mills as David Gold, a down on his luck former child star who fabricates his credentials to take a job as a high school guidance counsellor. An unrecovered alcoholic and drug addict troubled by his faded success and in deep denial about both his closeted gay sexuality and his health following a skin cancer diagnosis, he becomes unexpectedly popular with the students after his habit of introducing them to his own deeply unhealthy coping mechanisms actually helps many of them solve their own problems.
The film’s cast also includes Kevin Hanchard, Alex Ozerov, Jen Goodhue, Maria Vacratsis, Eleanor Zichy and Allison Hossack. — Wikipedia
We ran a YouTube live-stream on June 11th to announce a contest for free tickets for the screening. Check out the archived version More »
“I have never really thought of doing a narrative film until my son Dylan asked me to help him on one of his high school projects. He wrote a script about a fictional town called Redemption where nothing was sacred except blood, money and religion. What eventually emerged was a complete and complex world of a fictional town,” replies filmmaker Steven Hunt. Ottawa Indie Fest spoke to Hunt at his home about his web series Past Redemption.
Steven Hunt, a seasoned director and producer, has worked in Latin America and Africa on numerous broadcast and communications projects. His documentaries on various social issues have appeared on Canadian, European and New Zealand television.
Past Redemption is a 9-part character-driven web series about survival in a small impoverished town, where you can be law abiding and live in poverty, or be involved in petty crime where prospects improve dramatically. It is also the historical birthplace of a major crime family – the Wesley’s.
The web series will have a special premiere screening at the Mayfair Theatre on May 19th at 7pm. It will also appear on line, as nine separate episodes released every second Thursday starting June 2, 2016.