Howard Adler is a filmmaker and curator and founder of Ottawa’s Asinabka Film Festival. Howard tells us about his first experience with video editing in high school, how he worked with a group of friends to start a new film festival and what makes Ottawa an amazing place for a media artist.
“It’s just like a Woody Allen movie. Except in this case, he’s a Jamaican woman.” That’s how someone described Canadian writer-director Stella Meghie’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.
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.
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 28th anniversary in 2017. 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.