06. March 2017 · Comments Off on Ottawa Indie Fest visits the Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2017 · Categories: Film and Stuff · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

BlairBack from a great weekend at the Kingston Canadian Film Festival.  Outstanding effort by  all the organizers and volunteers in putting together a well curated and delivered program.

Lots of films to choose from but I wanted to share some personal highlights:

Stella Meghie’s debut feature “Jean of the Joneses” – outstanding script, funny, poignant and real.  Beautifully shot and honestly one of the most satisfying stories I  have seen in a feature film for quite a while.

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08. September 2015 · Comments Off on Ottawa Indie Fest at the Gallery – Saturday September 26, 2015 · Categories: Documentaries, Media Advisories, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , , ,

OttawaIndieFestOWFF-1024The One World Film Festival (OWFF) in association with Ottawa Indie Fest presents Canadian Documentary Shorts at the National Gallery of Canada on Saturday September 26th at 12:30pm, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.

Update: Photos from the event on September 26th

Presented as part of the One World festival’s “Our Home on Native Land” program, the four featured films explore the themes of journeys, the sacred, and conservation and reinforce the need for governments to respect and honour the needs indigenous communities and preserve something lasting for future generations.

 

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Searching for Sacred Mountain
| Dir. Gary Marcuse and Shi Lihong | B.C., Canada | 2015 | 20 mins

In the midst of a growing environmental crisis in China, journalists, filmmakers and scientists discover clean air, green mountains, wild animals and an ancient network of ecological reserves maintained by Tibetan Buddhists in the mountains of southwestern China.


Chajil Ch’upup
| Dir. Jennifer Robbins | Ontario, Canada | 2013 | 8 mins

Juan is an Tz’utujil Mayan whose family has fished Lake Atitlan – one of the most beautiful lakes in the world – for many generations. Working together with other members of the local fishing cooperative – Chajil Ch’upup (Guardians of the Tule) – Juan labours with love to sustain the integrity and viability of the lake that supported his ancestors, marking the way forward for his generation and the next.

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Sayachapis
| Dir. Marie Soleil Henri Foisy | Quebec, Canada | 2014 | 21 mins

On a small island off the coast of Vancouver, Sayachapis lives a solitary life. His memories of hard labour, starvation, rape, broken bones and other unimaginable horrors of a childhood spent in residential school remain vivid, and yet he is able to say: “I am still alive, I am still okay.”

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An Object That Has Spirit
| Dir. Howard Adler | Ontario, Canada | 2015 | 27 mins

Five indigenous artists from across Canada come together to create a heritage marker to honour Indian Residential School Survivors and entrust their experiences to public memory. Faced with an enormous task, the artists rise to the challenge, transforming what was originally conceived of as a heritage plaque into an object imbued with spirit.

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OWFF is Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival, focused on raising awareness on global issues. One World Arts, Festival House 450 Churchill Ave. N. Ottawa, ON K1Z 5E2, T. 613-912-3378 oneworldfilmfestival.ca

Ottawa Indie Fest is a cultural, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to recognize, promote and celebrate the art of cinema by showcasing independent Ottawa, Canadian and international films and filmmakers. Its mission is grounded in the belief that Canadian film and filmmakers are distinctive and vital to our country’s culture and the development of the local economy. ottawaindiefest.com

 

Wet Bum posterAn awkward teenage outcast finds unlikely companions in two aged residents of the retirement home where she works in Wet Bum (international title: Surfacing), the charming and poignant debut by Canadian director Lindsay MacKay.

Expected to work as a cleaner in the seniors’ residence her mother manages, fourteen-year-old Sam (Julia Sarah Stone) endures a daily gauntlet of disgruntled residents. In addition, her slower physical development has made her very self-conscious about her body. Unhappy amongst her schoolmates, Sam finds herself increasingly drawn to two of the seniors at her work. As her relationship with them deepens, she finds worlds far more complex and intriguing than the one inhabited by her peers. Wet Bum is a poignant debut whose hard-won wisdom belies the youth of both its star and director. — Synopsis from TIFF

Wet bum was developed as part of TIFF’s professional development program STUDIO and starts a theatrical run at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Friday May 15th.

Anne Brodie from CHEX TV 12 Durham recently spoke with director Lindsay MacKay and actress Julia Sarah Stone about the film and the title “Wet Bum“.

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05. May 2015 · Comments Off on Ingrid Veninger – The Benefits of Independent Filmmaking · Categories: Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , ,

Canadian filmmaker Ingrid Veninger inspired attendees at the Digi60 Summer Institute of Film and Television in Ottawa last year when she spoke about her approach to independent filmmaking and presented her film The Animal Project.  If you missed SIFT, check out this in-depth interview conducted by the folks at The Seventh Art, where she covers some of the same points.  The Animal Project is available on demand on Vimeo.

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