31. July 2015 · Comments Off on To Be Reel: The independent film artist in the wake of digital absorption · Categories: Film-related, Visible Cinema · Tags: , , , , , , ,

To Be Reel: The independent film artist in the wake of digital absorption
mattby Matt Joyce

The debate surrounding film and digital cinema is becoming exhausting. Two mediums to choose from – which one is better? It is just not that simple. Like all debates, there are valid points on either side; different people use different mediums for different purposes. Yet it is because both parties are coming from two opposing subjective standpoints that the debate has escalated into irrelevance. The large-scale truth of the matter is: digital is taking over. Independent filmmakers all over the world have embraced the positive benefits of digital video for quite some time, but now digital is taking over the industry. However, this shift does not mean the death of film. Film’s medium is finding a new home, and a new appreciation from a smaller niche of individual independent filmmakers.

During an internship at the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa (IFCO) in Ottawa, Canada, I witness the various ways in which local film artists continue to choose film as their medium. What I determine from my experiences at IFCO is that the decision to privilege film as the medium comes from both a passion for the process of filmmaking itself and recognition of the desired mode of representation specifically sought after by the filmmaker. The purpose of this essay will thus be to describe objectively the impact of digital video while in turn explaining the special new importance film is garnering as a medium. More »

OIFE-1-JumpStart2015The 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.

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More videos from the series are available at OttawaIndieFilm.com.

24. April 2015 · Comments Off on SAW Video Jumpstart Mentorship Program – Application deadline May 1 · Categories: General, News, Ottawa · Tags: , , , , ,

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Have you always wanted to dip your toe into the world of visual storytelling?  Are you a media artist / hobbyist who has always thought about taking your work to the next level?  Do you have a great idea for a short narrative film or a documentary but are intimidated by the process or the technology it would take to complete it?

If you live in the Ottawa area, SAW Video’s Jumpstart grant maybe a good fit for you.  Established in the 1980s, Jumpstart is SAW Video’s longest-standing production incentive program specifically designed for artists who are new to video as a medium.  In addition to monetary and equipment support, Jumpstart offers a mentorship component aimed at supporting emerging artists through all stages of the production cycle. More »

Morgana McKenzie

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: …

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