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BlairHello everyone,

This is Blair, the author of the Frankly, I do give a damn sub-blog on this site.

My introduction to independent film was in the late 60s and 70s.  Living in Ottawa at that time there were precious few venues to watch anything that wasn’t a studio film.  We had the Ottawa Public Library, universities and college, the NFB and Archives but that was pretty much it.  So as a consequence much of early film education came from books and magazines.   Those articles and film stills provided a glimpse into a world I never knew existed.   From those roots my lifelong love all things film related and in particular independent film emerged.  In those films the freedom of expression, the ability to transcend conventional narrative, the creative use visual and audio was inspiring and exhilarating to experience.  Many years later the world has changed immeasurably but those are still the reasons I find independent film so exciting today. More »