Winner of the Toronto Film Critics Association prize for Best Canadian Feature of 2016, The Stairs is a challenging look at the lives of those who live on the margins.  We saw this film at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival earlier this year and were blown away by the sensitivity of the filmmaker and the amazing access to the subjects in Toronto’s Regent Park.  The film is now streaming on-demand at tvo.org.  Here’s the trailer.

You can access the film directly at the tvo.org site by clicking  this link.

Here’s some feedback we recently received for #ottawaindiefest2017 from a few of our featured filmmakers.

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Thanks again to the filmmakers who submitted films for consideration for inclusion in our inaugural festival program.  Without your films, we’d have no festival.  Watch the playlist of clips from the films below.

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06. June 2017 · Comments Off on Indomptable (Wild) – A Supernatural Period Piece by Morgana McKenzie · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

Morgana McKenzie is a young Ottawa filmmaker who was winner the Best Director under 25 award which Ottawa Indie Fest sponsored at the inaugural SAW Video Ottawa Independent Video Awards in 2015.  With several award-winning short films to her credit, she is embarking on an ambitious new project, a supernatural short film set in the 1930s.  Check out her Kickstarter campaign below.

Link to Kickstarter project.

Morgana was also one of the filmmakers who were part of SAWVideo’s Jumpstart Mentorship Grant program in 2015.  We were there as the group presented their short films on May 14th, 2015.  Here’s a recap video.  More information on the program available on SAW Video’s website.

Videographers: Fangliang Xu and Jith Paul. Editor: Jith Paul.

30. May 2017 · Comments Off on Five Questions with Lasha Mowchun, Director of “Hue Quilted Windowpane” · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Five Questions with..., Short Films · Tags: , , , , , , ,

In the short film Hue Quilted Windowpane imaginary love is better than real loneliness as Edi, a lonely woman finally finds love when Elvis Presley charms her through the television.

As a host of the Shopping Channel, Elvis can communicate with Edi privately as she watches the screen. He even dazzles her with a real cubic zirconia ring! But when he promised to come by to deliver the pantyhose she ordered from the telly, Edi must wait to see if the man of her dreams will appear in reality.

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Lasha Mowchun

Fascinated by this pop art gem, Ottawa Indie Fest had a chance to speak to Lasha Mowchun, director of Hue Quilted Windowpane about the inspiration for and making of her film which has its Ottawa premiere at Ottawa Indie Fest on Saturday June 3, 2017, 11:00am.

Where did you get the idea for your film?
I grew up as the daughter of a psychiatrist worried that, like many of my family members, I would one day become schizophrenic. My dad would often tell me frightening stories about people suffering. This scared me because of my family I am predisposed to schizophrenia. Luckily I never became sick with schizophrenia, but the threat loomed for much of my teenage and early adult life because this is the typical onset period.

One story my dad told me stuck out in my mind because unlike the others it wasn’t really negative. It was actually kind of fun. One of his patients was a very sweet older woman who had suffered with schizophrenia her whole life but managed to retain her gentle demeanour. Some of her delusions seemed kind of pleasant. The little birds outside her window would talk to her. This film is based off of a particularly dazzling auditory hallucination she had. She was a big Elvis fan and when she put on her pantyhose she said she could hear Elvis singing in her legs. Imagine being able to hear music through your legs! This idea made the illness seem less damaging. In this film, I explore the potentials of altered perception to teach us new things about the body and love.

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