06. June 2017 · Comments Off on Indomptable (Wild) – A Supernatural Period Piece by Morgana McKenzie · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

Morgana McKenzie is a young Ottawa filmmaker who was winner the Best Director under 25 award which Ottawa Indie Fest sponsored at the inaugural SAW Video Ottawa Independent Video Awards in 2015.  With several award-winning short films to her credit, she is embarking on an ambitious new project, a supernatural short film set in the 1930s.  Check out her Kickstarter campaign below.

Link to Kickstarter project.

Morgana was also one of the filmmakers who were part of SAWVideo’s Jumpstart Mentorship Grant program in 2015.  We were there as the group presented their short films on May 14th, 2015.  Here’s a recap video.  More information on the program available on SAW Video’s website.

Videographers: Fangliang Xu and Jith Paul. Editor: Jith Paul.

22. July 2016 · Comments Off on SAW Video Jumpstart 2016 screening Q&A · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Canadian Indie Film Night, Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , ,

SAW Video JumpstART 2016, SAW Video’s annual programme of new short works by local emerging video artists was presented at Club SAW on Thursday, July 21st.   The screening featured work by Alexandra Noble, Gillian Kirkland & Andrew Letourneau, Radamis Hany and Tripti Prinja. Ottawa Indie Fest live-streamed the opening and the Q&A with the filmmakers.  Here is the archived version of that live-stream.

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10. May 2016 · Comments Off on Five Questions with Steven Hunt about his Web Series “Past Redemption” · Categories: Canadian Filmmakers, Five Questions with..., Ottawa, Web Series · Tags: , , , , , , ,
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Photo of Steven Hunt by Susan Murdock

“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.

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14. September 2015 · Comments Off on Five Questions With Jennifer Robbins, Director of “Chajil Ch’upup” · Categories: Documentaries, Five Questions with..., Ottawa, Short Films · Tags: , , , , , , ,
Jennifer Robbins

Photo of Jennifer Robbins by Robin Canfield

“I think there is something really powerful about caring about something so much that you would do anything to keep it alive. Meeting the members of Chajil Ch’upup, it really makes you wonder about your own life. Is there something you would get up every morning at the crack of dawn to fight for?”, filmmaker Jennifer Robbins tells Ottawa Indie Fest during a recent interview about her documentary Chajil Ch’upup which screens at the One  World Film Festival on Saturday September 26. 2015.

The film Chajil Ch’upup (Guardians of the Tule) explores the world of Juan, an Tz’utujil Mayan whose family has fished Lake Atitlan (Guatemala) for generations. His generation especially, however, has been subject to major trials created by nature, and also by man. The members of the local fishing cooperative – Chajil Ch’upup – have banded together to work towards a solution and a better life.

How did you get involved in the making of your film?
I was finishing my final year of Humber College where I was studying Film and Television Production and one of my teachers introduced an opportunity to complete the internship by traveling abroad to work on a documentary project. I remember being so excited and running home to research Actuality Media and Guatemala. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of the project, I applied to be director and a few weeks later after an interview process, I got in.

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