“I have never really thought of doing a narrative film until my son Dylan asked me to help him on one of his high school projects. He wrote a script about a fictional town called Redemption where nothing was sacred except blood, money and religion. What eventually emerged was a complete and complex world of a fictional town,” replies filmmaker Steven Hunt. Ottawa Indie Fest spoke to Hunt at his home about his web series Past Redemption.
Steven Hunt, a seasoned director and producer, has worked in Latin America and Africa on numerous broadcast and communications projects. His documentaries on various social issues have appeared on Canadian, European and New Zealand television.
Past Redemption is a 9-part character-driven web series about survival in a small impoverished town, where you can be law abiding and live in poverty, or be involved in petty crime where prospects improve dramatically. It is also the historical birthplace of a major crime family – the Wesley’s.
The web series will have a special premiere screening at the Mayfair Theatre on May 19th at 7pm. It will also appear on line, as nine separate episodes released every second Thursday starting June 2, 2016.
#OttawaIndieFilm is a series of videos featuring filmmakers who call Ottawa home. New episodes of the series are cross posted at Apt613 and on this site. Catch up on episodes of Season 1 posted so far at OttawaIndieFilm.com
Here are the filmmakers featured in Season 1: Cory Thibert, Gary Thibert, Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull, Fangliang Xu, Rhiana Chinapen, Howard Adler, Roger D. Wilson and Bonnie Robinson.
Filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen’s interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year. She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program.
Today’s episode of #OttawaIndieFilm features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called “Secret War” about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war. “Secret War” is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival.
Here’s the first episode #OttawaIndieFilm web series. In this installment, Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film, the supportive filmmaking community in the city, and the nerve-wracking feeling of watching your film with an audience for the first time. Episodes of the series are cross posted on Apartment613 and OttawaIndieFest.
Apartment613 launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a new fellowship program in 2014. Ottawa Indie Fest co-founder Jith Paul was chosen as one of the fellows and is profiled on the blog today. Episodes of the #OttawaIndieFilm video series will be cross-posted on Apt613 and on OttawaIndieFest starting tomorrow, April 7, 2015.
“For the Apt613 Fellowship Program, Jith decided to turn the camera back on Ottawa’s filmmakers by developing a web series Ottawa Indie Film. Focusing on the vast, diverse array of creative talent of the indie film community in the city, episodes of the series will appear here on Apt613 and be cross-posted on the website for Ottawa Indie Fest, Jith’s latest collaboration.
We talked to Jith about his start in film, why Ottawa is a great town for film, and what’s coming up on the horizon for movie lovers.”