03. August 2015 · Comments Off on Murray Foster’s ‘The Cocksure Lads’ · Categories: Feature Films, Television · Tags: , , ,

murrayheadshot-2The Cocksure Lads, a band from England, come to Toronto on their first-ever North American tour. Ten minutes after arriving, they get into a fight over royalties and break up. The Lads scatter across the city, and spend the day drinking, fighting, meeting girls, falling in love, and searching for a claw-foot bathtub. Through it all they learn what it means to be a band – but can they patch things up before their big show that night?

Director Murray Foster was born in Toronto, attended the University of Toronto, obtaining a degree in English.  While he was there, he formed Moxy Fruvous with three high school friends.  He joined the band Great Big Sea in 2001.  Although a musician by profession, Murray has always had a keen interest for writing.  Although he dabbled in different forms of fiction he didn’t start screenwriting until he entered a local play competition.  After a collective called Filmcoop produced one of his short plays he was quickly pulled into the world of filmmaking in 2010. — official site

Foster pitched the film on the episode of CBC’s Dragons’ Den that aired on January 21, 2015.

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Secret War, a documentary about veterans who join an equine therapy program will have its broadcast television premiere on CBC Ottawa on Saturday August 1st at 7pm as part of the channel’s Ottawa Docs 2015.  Recent graduates from the Carleton University’s Master of Journalism program, Fangliang Xu, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Shannon Lough created the short film last fall as part of the documentary class taught by Michael Ostroff.

Here’s a clip of the film posted on CBC’s Absolutely Ottawa page.

We interviewed the filmmakers earlier this year for the second episode of our #OttawaIndieFilm series.  Here’s our Season 1 recap vid for the series.

Tune in to CBC Ottawa on Saturday August 1 at 7pm for Ottawa Docs.

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27. April 2015 · Comments Off on Muneeza in the Middle: A documentary by Hoda Elatawi · Categories: Documentaries, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , , , ,

Locally produced documentary Muneeza in the Middle is streaming on CBC’s website for free for a limited time.

Muneeza in the Middle is the story of a 2nd generation Muslim at odds with her religion that urges followers to be modest in all facets of life.  Director Hoda Elatawi was recently awarded Best Documentary for the film at SAW Video‘s inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards. More »