Bonnie Robinson is the founder of YOW Productions. A professional writer, producer and director, on today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa. She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community.
Roger D. Wilson is an independent film artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. Described as an “experimental film scientist”, his films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the film. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada.
Howard Adler is a filmmaker and curator and founder of Ottawa’s Asinabka Film Festival. Howard tells us about his first experience with video editing in high school, how he worked with a group of friends to start a new film festival and what makes Ottawa an amazing place for a media artist.
#OttawaIndieFilm is a series of videos featuring filmmakers who call Ottawa home. New episodes of the series are cross posted at Apt613 and on this site. Catch up on episodes of Season 1 posted so far at OttawaIndieFilm.com
Here are the filmmakers featured in Season 1: Cory Thibert, Gary Thibert, Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull, Fangliang Xu, Rhiana Chinapen, Howard Adler, Roger D. Wilson and Bonnie Robinson.
Filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen’s interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program.
Today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called “Secret War” about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war. “Secret War” is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival.