Girl in the Hallway – Valerie Barnhart

Why does ‘Little Red Riding hood’ give Jamie nightmares? It’s been 15 years, and the girl in the hallway haunts him still. This is a testament to locked doors. A lullaby sung by wolves with duct tape and polaroids. Not all girls make it out of the forest. Some stories children shouldn’t hear.

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 2 at 2:30pm – details & tickets)

Valerie Barnhart is an independent animator and visual artist based out of Ottawa, Canada. Her interdisciplinary practice is exploratory in nature but revolves specifically around the dynamics of silence and inaction as a form of violence.

Valerie’s background in book arts and photography led her to study at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design with a major in Visual Arts: a studio specialty in Printmaking and Drawing and an academic emphasis in Decolonization Politics and Non Western Art. Continue reading “Girl in the Hallway – Valerie Barnhart”

Newborn – Ray Savaya

A couple welcomes their first born son into the world. Tensions slowly arise over a disagreement which lead them into questioning their identity.

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Ray Savaya is a filmmaker from Toronto, Canada. He arrived in Canada as an infant when his parents escaped the Gulf War in 1991 as refugees. As a film editor, Ray’s work has been accepted into countless festivals including Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and LA Shorts Fest. He has won a short film competition for Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a writing competition for The Simpsons. Ray’s directorial debut, Newborn, is his most personal project to date. Continue reading “Newborn – Ray Savaya”

Overgrowth – Christian Belisle

A couple take a hike to an old ruin and in the process discover how much their relationship has changed.

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Christian Belisle is a writer, director, and production designer. An Ottawa native, Christian graduated with distinction from Carleton University with an honours degree in Film Studies. After graduating, Christian sought experience in film production and became passionate about production design and directing. After working as a production designer and an art director on many shorts, Christian directed his first short in 2018, “Overgrowth,” which went on to win Best Film at the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival in Ottawa. Continue reading “Overgrowth – Christian Belisle”

Dog Bite – Luvia Petersen

Boy loves girl. Girl loves boy. Dog bites girl’s face and things get complicated. After a brutal dog attack, career woman Jen becomes determined to start a new life inside a child-like fort. Her dysfunctional family tries to coax her back out into the world. But the only person who can get Jen to go outside is Jen.

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest on Nov 2 at 2:30pm – details & tickets)

Luvia Petersen is a multi-nominated actor and emerging filmmaker living in Vancouver, BC. Her projects include the Leo Nominated short film Dog Bite, which has screened internationally and continues to do the film festival circuit. The independent feature film Writing Kim, and two music videos – one of which won an “Award of Excellence” at the 2016 Canadian International Film Festival. Luvia is the recipient of the 2019 Harold Greenberg Fund shorts-to-feature grant for her project “Happiness” which will be released in 2020.
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Life Via Rail – Jonny Micay

Life Via Rail tells the story of Jason Shron, a train enthusiast from Canada who abandoned a prestigious phD program to pursue his dream of a career in the model train industry. Currently Jason is the CEO of Rapido Trains, one of Canada’s largest model train manufacturers.

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 2 at 2:30pm – details & tickets)

Jonny Micay is a filmmaker and cinematographer from Toronto, Canada. He is incredibly passionate about people and loves to immerse himself in unfamiliar environments. As of now, he has worked professionally in 13 countries around the world. When he isn’t making his own films, Jonny is an avid lighting and grip technician in the Toronto film community.

What inspired your film?

Jason’s commitment to be himself and pursue his dreams no matter how unusual they may seem. Since the age of two he has been obsessed with trains and has worked incredibly hard to find success in such a niche industry. His journey to becoming one of Canada’s most well known model train manufacturers is an example of how far commitment and motivation can take a passionate individual.
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