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“Yes making this film was a challenge, but I think to a much lesser extent then the challenge that the five indigenous artists faced in designing a heritage marker. I really did want to do justice to their story though, and to show how much hard work and struggle the artists put into creating the commemorative marker”, replies filmmaker Howard Adler when we asked him about his documentary An Object that has Spirit which has its World Premiere at the One World Film Festival on Saturday September 26, 2015.
An Object that has Spirit tells the story of five indigenous artists who came together from across Canada 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.
How did you get involved in the making of this film?
I was basically approached by the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), on the recommendations of an advisory committee, which was actually composed of some seriously talented and well known Indigenous Artists. I believe their role was to also make recommendations for artists that could be chosen to create the Commemorative Marker, and I was very honoured that they recommended me for this project.
My job was to document the Commemorative Marker Workshop, a week long gathering in which 5 artists had to conceive and design an object that would commemorate the legacy of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and to create a short film about the creative process.
As part of its commitment to cooperate and collaborate with other arts organizations Ottawa Indie Fest has entered into a partnership agreement with One World Arts regarding a “Call for Short Canadian Documentaries” for its 2015 edition of the One World Film Festival.
Launched in 1989, the One World Film Festival has become Ottawa’s longest running annual documentary film festival focused on social justice, human rights and environmental issues. Featuring documentary film screenings, panel discussions, and Q&A’s with filmmakers, the festival brings together artists, activists, local organizations and members of the public interested in the issues impacting our communities and our world.
Currently Ottawa Indie Fest is seeking submissions for short Canadian documentaries for One World Film Festival’s 2015 program via FilmFreeway. Click on the link below for more detailed information and to submit your short films. More »
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.
SAW Video in association with the NAC’s Ontario Scene & the Downtown Rideau BIA is presenting a program of short films by Ontario-based filmmakers at Club SAW on April 29th, 2015 at 7:30pm.
The collection called VideOntario shows how artists, their ideas, and their locations are linked, both physically and spiritually and is curated by Scott McGovern, program director at Guelph’s Ed Video Media Arts Centre. More »