22. July 2016 · Comments Off on SAW Video Jumpstart 2016 screening Q&A · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Canadian Indie Film Night, Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

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.

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09. June 2016 · Comments Off on Pat Mills’ GUIDANCE, A benefit for SAW Video Media Art Centre · Categories: Canadian Indie Film Night, Feature Films · Tags: , , ,

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.
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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 »

16. February 2016 · Comments Off on Hubert Davis’ Invisible City · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Canadian Indie Film Night

urlOne World Arts and the One World Film Festival are marking Black History Month with a screening of the Hubert Davis‘ award-winning documentary Invisible City and a post-film talk on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7PM at Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street) in Ottawa.

The evening will also feature a new Heritage Minute about Canadian civil rights icon Viola Desmond, a Nova Scotian woman who challenged racial segregation and is often referred to as “Canada’s Rosa Parks,” courtesy of Historica Canada.

Invisible City follows the lives of two black teens from Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, Kendell and Mikey, as they make the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Their mothers and mentors root for them to succeed as the teens grapple with issues of race, crime and notions of manhood and the social pressures of an environment that places them at risk. More »

Here are some photos from today’s screening at the Ottawa Indie Fest : Canadian Documentary Shorts screening at the 26th annual One World Film Festival at the National Gallery.

Curators Ed Kucerak, Blair Campbell, Jith Paul and Filmmakers Jennifer Robbins, Mar Y Sol and Howard Adler. Photo: Emily Ramsay

Curators Ed Kucerak, Blair Campbell, Jith Paul and filmmakers Jennifer Robbins, Mar Y Sol and Howard Adler. Photo: Emily Ramsay

The 26th annual One World Film Festival programme centrefold featuring Ottawa Indie Fest's Short Documentary Screening

The 26th annual One World Film Festival programme centrefold featuring Ottawa Indie Fest’s Short Documentary Screening Photo: Jith Paul

Congratulations to Mar Y Sol whose short film 'Sayachapis', about a residential school survivor who now lives in isolation on Indian Island was awarded Best of Fest (Short Film) by the jury of the 26th annual One World Film Festival this evening. She is pictured here with festival manager Jessica Ruano.

Congratulations to Mar Y Sol whose short film ‘Sayachapis’, about a residential school survivor who now lives in isolation on Indian Island was awarded Best of Fest (Short Film) by the jury of the 26th annual One World Film Festival this evening. She is pictured here with festival manager Jessica Ruano. Photo: Jith Paul

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Ottawa Indie Fest and the Ottawa Champions are pleased to present Ottawa-Gatineau and Canadian indie short films on the brand new screen at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton Park in Ottawa during the baseball game on Thursday July 16, 2015 at 7pm.  For information and to purchase tickets please visit ottawachampions.com.

We received over 150 submissions in response to our call for films on FilmFreeway that ended on July 1.

Congratulations to filmmakers Max Woodward, Luz Corona Piñera, Mike Geiger, Fangliang Xu, Guy Charnaux and April Campbell whose work will be showcased at the event on July 16th!

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24. March 2015 · Comments Off on Five Questions With Lost Dominion’s John Yemen · Categories: Canadian Indie Film Night, Feature Films, Film-related, Five Questions with...
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Photo by Michelle Gingras

 

Known as the “Lost Dominion Screening Collective”, a group of Ottawa film enthusiasts are having a special screening of the Canadian film The Luck of Ginger Coffey at the Bytowne Cinema on March 31st.

Produced in 1964 by Ottawa’s Crawley Films, The Luck Of Ginger Coffey is a compelling drama about the travails of a high-spirited Irish immigrant trying to make his way in Montreal in the early 1960s.

Ottawa Indie Fest spoke with John Yemen, a member of the Collective, about the film, the group and archival Canadian cinema.

 

 

Why should people go and see The Luck of Ginger Coffey?

The Luck of Ginger Coffey has a really interesting history not only in terms of Canadian film history, but also as a product of Ottawa’s local film industry. It was the second feature-length drama produced by legendary Ottawa film producer Budge Crawley through his company Crawley Films in the early 1960s.

Besides being a very good film (having won the Best Feature Film Award at the Canadian Film Awards in 1965) it also has a very interesting cast and crew. It stars Robert Shaw (best known as Quint in Steven Spielberg’s Jaws) and it was directed by Irvin Kershner who later directed the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back. Irish-Canadian novelist Brian Moore (Black Robe) wrote the book on which it is based, and he adapted his own screenplay.

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