Bonnie Robinson

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Bonnie Robinson is the founder of YOW Productions.  A professional writer, producer and director, on this episode she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa.  She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community.

The Ottawa Indie Filmmakers web series is produced by Jith Paul in collaboration with Apartment613.

Why Independent Films?

For me the appeal of Independent Film is the same appeal of Triple-A baseball or the OHL – you get to see potential million dollar players on their way up or on their way down.  Either way its a privilege to see the talent, creativity and ability to do more with less that characterize independent artists.

Its fashionable to knock Hollywood as being a non-creative money machine and certainly that’s true in many cases.  What’s interesting to me about big studio films is when filmmakers manage slip some art through to us anyways despite the bottom-line obsession.  Conversely independent films have the reputation as the sanctuary of the artist, unconcerned about revenue as much as recognition and respect.  Well that’s not true either.  Every artist knows they have to sell their current projects if they ever want to make another or step up to a studio some day.  Consequently there is repetition, familiar themes etc. that are drive by realities of the market. Continue reading “Why Independent Films?”

Roger D. Wilson

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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.

The Ottawa Indie Filmmakers web series is produced by Jith Paul in collaboration with Apartment613.

Jean of the Joneses

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“It’s like a Woody Allen movie if he was a Jamaican woman.”  That’s how someone described Canadian writer-director Stella Meghi’s debut feature comedy Jeans of the Joneses at a recent screening I attended.  It’s an accurate description of what I have to say was one of the most entertaining and satisfying movie experiences I have enjoyed in some time.

Meghie’s quick-witted dialogue and directorial style really add to the quirkiness of the comedy which focuses on a young writer and her interactions with her dysfunctional family in the aftermath of a death in the family and a failed relationship.  The film was a hit at TIFF 2016 and I recommend you check it out if you have a chance.  Here’s the trailer.