The Mayor of Comedy: A Canadian Stand-up Story – Matt Kelly

Canadian comedian Sandra Battaglini is an award-winning performer, a headlining comic and a veteran of the Just For Laughs comedy festival. Despite her success Sandra feels trapped in a system that offers low pay, few opportunities and a lack of support from the government.

(Screens at #ocanfilmfest2019 on Nov 1 at 8pm – details & tickets)

The Mayor of Comedy: A Canadian Stand-up Story is an eye-opening documentary that follows Sandra as she rallies the biggest names in the Canadian comedy industry in an effort to address the many challenges they face. Sandra and filmmaker Matt Kelly give viewers an all-access pass to the murky world of Canadian showbiz, a world where the funniest people in the country struggle and the industry strives to keep it that way.

The film features interviews with over 30 of Canada’s top comics including Scott Thompson (Kids In The Hall), Steve Patterson (The Debaters), Debra DiGiovanni (Conan), Mark Forward (Fargo), DeAnne Smith (Just For Laughs) and K-Trevor Wilson (Letterkenny).

Matt Kelly is the producer and director of the disruptive comedy documentary The Mayor of Comedy: A Canadian Stand-up Story. Matt has produced and directed for Canadian icons like rock band Rush and Wayne Gretzky. Matt created and produced Hookin’ Up, a successful television series for WFN that aired 4 seasons across North America.

Matt’s television project The Uncomfort Zone was a finalist at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO 2014 where it sold to Big Beach Films. In 2016 Matt’s project Inhuman Resources was selected by comedy superstar Kevin Hart for his digital comedy platform LOL Network. Matt’s scripted comedy pilot Mrs Football made the finals of JFL ComedyPRO 2017.
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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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OCanFilmFest Talks – Tarek Mounib (documentary ‘Free Trip to Egypt’, #PlegeToListen)

Tarek Mounib recently stopped by CKCU’s studios to chat with A Luta Continua host Monique Fuller the morning after the Canadian premiere of the documentary film Free Trip to Egypt.

The film follows his search for random Americans concerned about an Islamic threat.  He takes a group of these strangers to Egypt with a hope of building bridges of mutual understanding and friendship between them and Egyptian individuals/families he has matched with them .  Tarek talks about his motivation and back-story surrounding the creation of the film and the ensuing #PlegeToListen initiative.

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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)

Finding Peter Bryce: Story of a National Crime

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In 1907 Dr. Peter H. Bryce, the Chief Medical Health officer for the Department of Indian Affairs wrote a report documenting the inhuman and unsanitary conditions in Canada’s residential schools.  Bryson’s report was discredited by the department’s chief bureaucrat Duncan Campbell Scott and he was subsequently relieved of his duties at Indian Affairs.

Decades later, Andy Bryce, great-grandson of Peter Bryce opens a box of family memorabilia that inspires a journey into tracing Peter Bryce’s story from his childhood in rural Ontario to his mysterious death on a cruise ship in the West Indies.

Directed by Peter Campbell and produced by Andy Bryce and Peter Campbell,  Finding Peter Bryce: The Story of a National Crime screens at at the historic Mayfair Theatre tonight, May 10th at 6pm.  Admission is free, first come, first served. (Presented by Peter Bryce, the Bryce Family and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society)