Roger D. Wilson is an independent film artist based in Ottawa, Ontario. Described as an “experimental film scientist”, his films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the film. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada.
Howard 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.
The SAWVideo JumpStart 2015 Screening was a presentation of new short narrative and documentary works by local emerging video artists who participated in the JumpStart Mentorship Grant program. The screening took place at Club SAW on May 14, 2015. This year’s screening featured works by Rebecca Garcia, Guillaume Leduc, Paola Della Malva, Morgana McKenzie, Cory & Gary Thibert and Caroline Yung mentored by Dan Gainsford, Lesley Marshall, Jacques Ménard, Peter O’Rouke, Jith Paul and Ariel Smith. Also featured in the video recap is SAW Video’s director Penny McCann.
Videographers: Fangliang Xu and Jith Paul. Editor: Jith Paul.
First established in the 1980s, the JumpStart Mentorship Program is SAW Video’s longest standing grant program. It was expanded in 2009 into a revamped mentorship program aimed at connecting artists new to video with SAW Video’s community of independent video makers. More information available on SAW Video’s website.
#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.
Morgana McKenzie at #OIVA2015, photo by Timothy I. Smith
Morgana McKenzie was awarded the Best Director under 25 award (sponsored by Ottawa Indie Fest) at the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards #OIVA2015 gala on April 11th. We couldn’t agree more with the jury’s statement that she “displays incredible maturity, depth and technical sophistication for someone so young.” Morgana writes about her experience in her blog.
Here is the complete list of #OIVA2015 award winners:
Congratulations to last night’s winners of the inaugural Ottawa Independent Video Awards:Best Director, Documentary: …
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.”