Here’s some feedback we recently received for #ottawaindiefest2017 from a few of our featured filmmakers.

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Thanks again to the filmmakers who submitted films for consideration for inclusion in our inaugural festival program.  Without your films, we’d have no festival.  Watch the playlist of clips from the films below.

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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.
SAW Video Benefit Screening - Guidance
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 »

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 »

16. March 2016 · Comments Off on Questions of Art & Identity — Jesus of Montreal, Life Classes · Categories: Feature Films, Visible Cinema · Tags: , , , ,

Questions of Art & Identity — Jesus of Montreal, Life Classes
mattby Matt Joyce

One’s identity and the complexity of this identity is where the artist finds the source for artistic expression. What has come to shape our individual identity will become clear in our art form. The relationship between individual identity and artistic expression is strong and similar for the one offers stability and clarity to the other. Many artists channel their expression from the familiarity and intensity of their individual identity. The strength of this relationship between individual identity and artistic expression can be illustrated in Denys Arcand’s film, Jesus De Montreal (1989), and William D. MacGillivray’s film, Life Classes (1987). When looking at these two films and the relationship between art and identity and how one spawns the other, we see the drive of the artist (the filmmaker) and how his identity is both inside and outside the film that he has created. Through the director on the outside and the characters and events within the film and the similarities between them we see how the artist’s identity creates the type of art he/she as an individual wants to express. The artistic expression of the characters acts as one with the style of the director and the difference between fiction and reality starts to unwind. “Those characters aren’t insects I’m looking at. Not at all. They’re my friends, they’re me.” (McSorley, 12) More »