06. February 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 4 – Double Happiness (director: Mina Shum) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Feature Films · Tags: , , , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 4 is the film Double Happiness (1994) by director Mina Shum.  Thanks, Emily Ramsay for recommending it as a response to the vLog post for week 3!

The film stars Sandra Oh and Callum Keith Rennie.

“Jade Li, a vivacious Chinese Canadian, wants to become an actress without upsetting her extremely traditional parents. It’s a balancing act that Jade is finding difficult to achieve. Talking in English, wearing western clothes and going out with non-Asian guys, Jade leads a secret life when she leaves her stuffy but warm domestic scene each day. Things come to a head when Mark, a white Canadian graduate student, insists on turning their casual fling into something more meaningful. It’s a relationship that Jade’s parents would hate. What should she do? More »

31. January 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 3 – The Altruist (director: Micheline Lanctôt) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen, Feature Films · Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 3 is the film The Altruist (2015) by director Micheline Lanctôt.

“On a bitingly cold winter night, Lucie, an introverted young woman, offers shelter to Eloi, a homeless man on the verge of freezing to death in the streets. This charitable gesture will entwine the two of them in a complex relationship and help them to find fresh hope, each in their own way.” — iTunes

Micheline Lanctôt was born in Frelighsburg, Quebec. Her post-secondary education was in music, fine arts and theatre at Collège Jésus-Marie in Outremont, and in art history (at the Université de Montréal and the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal) before switching to film animation, which she did originally at the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and then at Gerald Potterton’s studios, Potterton Productions, where she remained for four years. More »

23. January 2016 · Comments Off on #52filmsbywomen #CdnTwist 2 – The Whistleblower (director: Larysa Kondracki) · Categories: #52filmsbywomen · Tags: , , , , , , ,

Hello again. This year, I joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.

My selection for week 2 is the film The Whistleblower (2005) by director Larysa Kondracki.

“The directorial debut of the Canadian filmmaker Larysa Kondracki, this grueling expose of human trafficking in postwar Bosnia teeters in an uneasy balance between quasi-documentary and fiction.  It is based on the true story of Kathryn Bolkovac, a police officer from Lincoln, Neb., who accepted an offer to join the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Bosnia. While there, she uncovered direct evidence that underage girls were being held captive and bought and sold in a profitable sex trafficking operation. When she presented her evidence to her superiors, it was ignored. When she persisted, she was fired. More »

Happy New Year, everyone.  It’s the annual resolution season. This year, I have joined thousands of other film fans who have taken on the challenge to watch 52 films directed by women in 2016.  It’s part of a campaign using the hashtag #52filmsbywomen.  I’m throwing in an additional twist and making them all Canadian films.  I’m about 3 weeks late but here goes.

My selection for week 1 is the film Sabah: A Love Story (2005) by director Ruba Nadda.

“Sabah (Arsinée Khanjian) is a 40-year-old Arab woman living in Toronto. One day, when Sabah least expects it, she falls in love with the wrong man: she’’s Muslim, he’’s not. Keeping him secret from her family, she embarks on a whirlwind affair before both culture and love collide.” – Mongrel Media (Film’s official website) More »

Here are some photos from today’s screening at the Ottawa Indie Fest : Canadian Documentary Shorts screening at the 26th annual One World Film Festival at the National Gallery.

Curators Ed Kucerak, Blair Campbell, Jith Paul and Filmmakers Jennifer Robbins, Mar Y Sol and Howard Adler. Photo: Emily Ramsay

Curators Ed Kucerak, Blair Campbell, Jith Paul and filmmakers Jennifer Robbins, Mar Y Sol and Howard Adler. Photo: Emily Ramsay

The 26th annual One World Film Festival programme centrefold featuring Ottawa Indie Fest's Short Documentary Screening

The 26th annual One World Film Festival programme centrefold featuring Ottawa Indie Fest’s Short Documentary Screening Photo: Jith Paul

Congratulations to Mar Y Sol whose short film 'Sayachapis', about a residential school survivor who now lives in isolation on Indian Island was awarded Best of Fest (Short Film) by the jury of the 26th annual One World Film Festival this evening. She is pictured here with festival manager Jessica Ruano.

Congratulations to Mar Y Sol whose short film ‘Sayachapis’, about a residential school survivor who now lives in isolation on Indian Island was awarded Best of Fest (Short Film) by the jury of the 26th annual One World Film Festival this evening. She is pictured here with festival manager Jessica Ruano. Photo: Jith Paul

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howardadlerHoward 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.

Episodes of the #OttawaIndieFilm series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.