OCanFilmFest2018 – End of the Night – Tavit Melikian

End of the Night – Synopsis

After the accidental death of his best friend, Jimmy comes to believe that the friend now haunts his car, but selling it – even with the brother’s help – takes them to a very dark place. 

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.

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About the director, Tavit Melikian

Tavit Melikian graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in 2010. One of his biggest achievements was having the opportunity to work on the movie “Noah”, as a special makeup effects artist. He directed his first short film titled “End of The Night” and is currently working on directing his next film. 

What inspired your film? 

I’ve always wanted to make a short film, but I also didn’t want to fall into the traps of low budget storytelling. I also wanted my first film to be about the actors. Let the actors tell the story and I will just follow (an actor’s director).  I came up with the story when I thought about the relationship I have with my own best friend. I’ve known him for 25 years, but what if he passes away one day?  Would I still hang out with his younger brother?

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OCanFilmFest2018 – What We Owe – Bryce Mercier

What We Owe – Synopsis

Noah struggles with moving forward with his serious girlfriend Emily, as he wants to be there 24/7 for his sick mother, Ann. When it is suggested that Ann be moved into an assisted living home, Noah cannot seem to let go, even the slightest.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 5 p.m.

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About the director, Bryce Mercier

Bryce Mercier is 21 years old and comes from Bradford, Ontario. Completing his final year of his Bachelor of Film & Television at Sheridan College. ‘What We Owe‘ is the second short film that he has directed since starting his directing career.

What inspired your film?

Our parents inspired our film, Ryan Cowan (writer) and I focused on that awkward transition in life where we get to the age where we start to become adult and you start to make the hard decisions. When you’re growing up you never think about how one day your parents will need your help like you did when you were little. Continue reading “OCanFilmFest2018 – What We Owe – Bryce Mercier”

OCanFilmFest2018 – Russian Gangster – Maissa Houri

Russian Gangster – Synopsis

Nikolai Dalca has been aspiring to be a great actor in Hollywood. The only thing stopping him is who he is…

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 2 p.m.

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About the director, Maissa Houri

Maissa Houri is an Middle-Eastern-Canadian actress and emerging filmmaker based out of Ottawa, Canada. She is also one of the Co-Founders and the Director of Industry Events for the Eve Film Festival, a festival dedicated to women and women-identifying directors. Recently, her short film Inara won her two awards at the Ottawa Digi60 2018 Spring Edition including the SAW Video Female Filmmaker Award and Best Director Award. Her first short film Russian Gangster, a comedy dedicated to diverse actors, is an official selection of the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival and most recently the Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2018. 

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OCanFilmFest2018 – Angels – Taylor Olson

Angels – Synopsis

A young Dad struggles to reconcile with protecting his daughter and bringing her up in a world that has nothing to offer her and will only take everything from her.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 8 p.m.

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About the director, Taylor Olson

Taylor is an ACTRA nominated actor and Screen NS nominated writer/ film maker based in Halifax, NS. He is one half of Afro Viking Pictures, and has directed/ written films such as Hustle & Heart, Cut, Perfectly Sane, Danny Dare Me, Grace and Angels. His films have screened internationally and won prizes at CBC’s Short Film Face Off, FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival, Emerging Lens Film Festival, Bluenose Ability Film Festival and Big Terror Film Festival.

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Boost

Spotlight on Canadian Films - OCanFilmFest

Boost, a first solo feature from Montreal director Darren Curtis, is a gritty and thrilling look at 72 hours in the lives of two high-school students who live in Montreal’s tough Parc-Ex neighbourhood. Jahmil French and Nabil Rajo star as Anthony and Hakeem who work at a car wash run by Hakeem’s uncle Ram (Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine), who uses it as a front for more nefarious business dealings. Their friendship is put to the ultimate test when they become entangled with the mob after stealing a car that leads to a windfall of cash, but has dire consequences down the road.

Nabil Rajo won the Canadian Screen Award for best lead actor in a feature film for his role in the film. “You have no idea what this means to a kid from Asmara, Eritrea” Rajo says. “I’ve waited a very long time to see a character like Hakeem on the big screen. Representation does matter.”

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