Ben’s at Home is a quirky comedy about a 30-year-old guy who has made the unusual decision never to leave the house after a bad break-up. Thanks to the power of the internet, has finds that abiding by this decision is easier than he thought.
The film is the first feature of award award-winning Canadian director Mars Horodyski. An alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, she also co-wrote and produced the film. Lead actor, Producer and co-writer Dan Abramovici is a founding member of Awkward Silence sketch comedy troupe. The film has screened and won awards in several festivals around the world and is now streaming on Netflix Canada.
Ben’s character reminds me of “Physical Phil” from October Road (2007-2008), one of my favourite TV series of all time. Mars’ debut feature film is one I really enjoyed and is just the kind of film I would like to make in the future. Check it out.
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.
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.