OCanFilmFest Presents: Secret War

We are kicking off our new series of free short film screenings on Saturday February 2nd with a presentation of the short film Secret War at SAWVideo‘s  Knot Project Space (2 Daly Avenue) at 6pm.

Secret War follows the emotional journey of two veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Mental illness is a growing issue in the military as suicide has taken more lives than the war Afghanistan. The War Horse Project uses equine therapy to help soldiers find peace and maybe a companion along the way. Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu were students at the School of Journalism at Carleton University when then created the film in 2015. The film was an Official Selection at the Yorkton Film Festival that year.

OCanFilmFest thanks SAWVideo for collaborating on this event. Facebook Event.

OCanFilmFest Presents: Secret War February 2, 2019 at SAW Video’s Knot Project Space. Filmmaker Emanuela Campanella and Alison Vandergragt, Program Director of The War Horse Project in attendance. 📷 Megha Dash (larger photos)

OCanFilmFest2018 Sponsor – Vimy Brewing Company

We are pleased to announce that the Vimy Brewing Company is a sponsor of our 2018 Festival.

 

Founded by brothers Kevin and Michael Sirko, the company strives to be wholly-Canadian. In the spirit of our mission to promote Canadian films and filmmakers, here’s a short YouTube video interview with Michael Sirko put together by Carleton Journalism grads Jeff Pelletier and Emma Rektor.

Stephen Coleman

Ottawa Filmmakers web series - Jith Paul ocanfilmfest

Ottawa winters are cold and many people in our city go without adequate accommodation and protection from the elements.  In his first feature length documentary Project Cold Days, filmmaker Stephen Coleman helps us meet these often invisible and voiceless people and allows them to tell their stories.  He dropped by CKCU for an interview with Monique Fuller (host of A Luta Continua) and I tagged along to take some behind the scenes video.  Here are a few excerpts from the interview.

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Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu

Ottawa Filmmakers web series - Jith Paul ocanfilmfest

This episode features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called “Secret War” about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  “Secret War” is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival.

The Ottawa Indie Filmmakers web series is produced by Jith Paul in collaboration with Apartment613.