12. February 2016 · Comments Off on SAW Video Resolution 2016 screening · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Film-related, News · Tags: , , ,

Congratulations to the SAW Video members who showcased their work at RESOLUTION 2016 last evening at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa. There was a great turnout and many good networking opportunities at the after-party at Club SAW.

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RESOLUTION 2016 was a presentation by SAW Video in partnership with Downtown Rideau CHILL FACTOR  and  Winterlude.  Here are the videos which were featured: More »

Kevin Nikkel PhotoIn 1919, a film crew set out on an epic journey across Canada’s North. Over the course of six months, their expedition traveled by icebreaker, canoe, and dog sled, capturing the Canadian fur trade in a silent feature documentary. The Romance of the Far Fur Country was released in 1920, two years before the legendary film Nanook of the North.

Rediscovering the documentary in a British archive, filmmaker Kevin Nikkel began a journey to resurrect the lost film, taking it to the communities where the film was originally shot. The result is the award winning feature documentary On the Trail of the Far Fur Country.

The film captures the descendants of the First Nations communities depicted in the 1919 footage watching the archival footage as they recognize faces, landscapes and lost traditions.

Ottawa Indie Fest recently spoke to Kevin Nikkel about the making of his film which screens at the ByTowne Cinema on May 24 at 6:25pm as part of the Lost Dominion Screening Collective’s series of film screenings.

How did you get involved in the making of this film?

As a filmmaker based in Winnipeg, I’ve done a series of documentaries for a local broadcaster on local history topics. I wanted to expand my scope to something national, and figured that approaching the topic of the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) was a good place to start.

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Canadian director Harold Crooks exposes the dirty world of corporate tax avoidance in The Price We Pay, screening at the ByTowne Cinema in Ottawa on May 3, 4 and 5th.

Crooks was nominated for an Impact Award at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival and the film won Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle in 2015. More »

21. April 2015 · Comments Off on Q & A with John Lazarus at “Skip Tracer” Screening on April 21st · Categories: Feature Films, Film-related, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , ,
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Photo of John Lazarus by Mitchell Lazarus

John Lazarus, who plays the character Brent Solverman in the Canadian film “Skip Tracer”, will be at the film’s screening at the ByTowne Cinema on April 21st and will participate in a Q & A after the screening.

The film is part of an on-going series of screenings by the the Lost Dominion Screenings Collective. Based on a new 4K scan of an archival print, this will be the best projection of the film since its 1977 debut, and Ottawa audiences will get to see it first.

John Lazarus has been an award-winning Canadian playwright since 1970, and a renowned teacher of play-writing since the early 1990s. He is also known as a screenwriter, critic, and essayist.

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