“As I filmmaker I grew up loving animation and comic art in hopes of telling stories that I could create and tell. Watching movies like Tim Burton’s Batman or the 90’s TMNT films and shows made me love the medium,” director Yaron Betan tells Ottawa Indie Fest during a recent conversation about his feature documentary film Heroes Manufactured.Yarton with Poster in BG

Winner of five awards and the official selection in 30 international film festivals, the film explores the world of Canadian independent artists who are trying to break into the comic book industry while dealing with fandom and the craze of comic book conventions, super heroes, cos-players and everything else the comic-con markets have to offer.

Heroes Manufactured has its Ottawa premiere on Saturday June 3, 2017, 11:00am at Ottawa Indie Fest 2017.

How did you get involved in making a documentary on this subject?
Comic books have always been a passion of mine while growing up. I had produced a number of documentaries and feature films in the past and wanted to create something that I really loved and appreciated. Comic creation, illustration and story telling have always been a subject I had interest in.

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22. May 2017 · Comments Off on Five Questions With Kim Saltarski, Director of “Andre The Anti-Giant” · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Documentaries, Five Questions with..., Ottawa · Tags: , , , , , ,

“Andre was such a ‘human beacon’ in the sense of how he made the most of life despite facing extremely daunting physical challenges. He was a 3-foot-something comically fuelled, socially conscious, disability activist tank of a man”, director Kim Saltarski filmmaker tells Ottawa Indie Fest during a recent interview about the subject of his documentary “Andre The Anti-Giant” which has its Ottawa premiere at Ottawa Indie Fest on Saturday June 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm.

Andre & Kim

Andre H. Arruda and director Kim Saltarski

Andre the Anti-Giant is the remarkable journey of 3-foot-something actor, comedian, and disability advocate Andre H. Arruda. Although born with a rare genetic condition, Andre hasn’t let it or misguided ableist preconceptions prevent him from fulfilling his show business dreams. Supported by a loving family, Andre defied an early prognosis that he wouldn’t live beyond his teens, becoming a regular at Toronto comedy clubs despite their limited accessibility and the harassment of those who insist on defining him by his stature. When a new medical complication threatens to leave him paralyzed, Andre must summon that defiant spirit yet again in order to retake the stage.

 

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03. April 2016 · Comments Off on Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel’s ‘God Save Justin Trudeau’ · Categories: Documentaries · Tags: , , , ,

godsavejustinmovieGod Save Justin Trudeau or How the MP from Papineau became Prime Minister of Canada is a 2015 documentary by filmmakers Guylaine Maroist and Eric Ruel.  It documents the “Thrilla on the Hilla”, the 2012 charity boxing match between the then Liberal MP for Papineau, Justin Trudeau and Conservative senator, Canadian navy veteran, black belt Patrick Brazeau.  The filmmakers were given unparalleled access to the events and some of the organizers for what promised to be a memorable event no matter the outcome.

“To call the match sensational would be to underestimate the situation.  It may have been for charity, but to think of it as just for fun would be to miss the vast and dynamic symbolism of the event.” — The Guardian

“Leaderless and penniless, the Liberals have been given up for dead,” the film opens. “One man will change the course of history.” More »

25. February 2016 · Comments Off on Elisa Paloschi’s ‘Driving with Selvi’ · Categories: Documentaries

26jan_epaloschiSelvi, like so many girls living within India’s patriarchal culture, is forced to marry at a young age, only to find herself in a violent and abusive marriage. One day in deep despair, she chooses to escape, going to a highway with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus. Instead she gets on the bus, choosing to live… and goes on to become South India’s first female taxi driver.

Elisa Paloschi is a documentary director, producer, cinematographer and photographer who is drawn to stories with a human voice. She is President of Eyesfull, a Toronto- based independent production company dedicated to making non-fiction documentaries with social relevance that reflect the diversity of the human condition. — Official website for the film

Paloschi grew up in Kingston and encountered 18-year old Selvi while on travel during her volunteer work at an NGO called Odanadi, which runs a shelter for girls and women who have suffered gender based violence in South India. More »

24. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52FilmsByWomen #CdnTwist 7 – Girls’ Night Out (director: Phyllis Ellis) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Documentaries, Television

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for film 7 is the film Girls’ Night Out (2016) by director Phyllis Ellis.

Girls’ Night Out is billed as a feature-length POV documentary, an all access journey into the lives of young women and binge drinking.  The film features the first person narratives from women who talk about the epidemic proportions binge drinking has risen to in recent years.   More »

13. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 5 – Hi-Ho Mistahey! (director: Alanis Obomsawin) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Documentaries · Tags: , , , , , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 5 is the film Hi-Ho Mistahey! (2013) by director Alanis Obomsawin.

Hi-Ho Mistahey!, Cree for “I love you forever”, is a feature length documentary that profiles Shannen’s Dream, an activist campaign inspired by the work of Shannen Koostachin, a Cree teenager from Attawapiskat, who wanted to lobby for improved educational opportunities for First Nations youth.  Read more about Shannen’s Dream on the website for the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. More »