the art of the morning – Synopsis
A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.
About the director, Nathan Hauch
Nathan Hauch has been active in Ottawa’s poetry scene, having published in journals such as Bywords.ca. He was part of the creative team behind “City that Fun Forgot?”, a documentary exploring Ottawa’s (undeserved?) reputation as a boring capital, that was released to national media attention in 2014.
What inspired your film
I had a colleague who told me that she simply couldn’t imagine how difficult my mornings must be, given my physical disability. I wanted to offer a different perspective – one that recognizes the joy disability can bring.
What was your biggest challenge in making your film
It was, ironically, trusting myself that I was ready to start shooting. Even with all the planning in the world, nothing is full-proof, and you have to improvise when technical issues come up.
What was the best part of the experience for you?
The project was part of SAW Video’s SparkLab for artists with disabilities, funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council. I learned so much from other participants, and adored seeing different reflections of the disability experience on screen. My mentor, Izabel Barsive, taught me so much – and with such great humour. I am so grateful to the crew, including Eric Greer, Adrie Sustar, and my splendid partner, Stephan Charbonneau.
What advice would you give aspiring filmmakers?
Try to silent the inner critic. The creative process can be tedious, but focus on the fun of doing something new. What story is burning inside of you? What’s a new way to tell it? Also, seek feedback from those you trust–but love you, too. My boyfriend was able to give me some tremendously helpful criticism, but because I knew he was in my corner, I was able to receive it, even though it meant re-shooting a whole scene – even after the initial shoot.
What’s next for you?
I would like to try my hand at documentary again, but using some of the technical skills I learned in SparkLab. In 2014, I worked on “City that Fun Forgot?” with Amen Jafri, that looked at Ottawa’s (in my opinion, undeserved) reputation as a boring town. Right now, I’m scoping out a project on how local progressives are coping – or re-charging – in the demoralizing age of Donald Trump. Also, I’m always open to learning about potential collaborations with other filmmakers, so I’ll keep up with that, too.