OCanFilmFest Talks – After Horizons (Pixie Cram, Matthieu Hallé and Andrés Salas)

After Horizons was an evening of short films presented by SAW Video in partnership with Cinema Politica featuring works by two SAW Video members: Pixie Cram’s premiere of her new short film ‘Pragmatopia,’ and Matthieu Hallé‘s film experiment ‘Apartment No. 2.’ Also joining them was Andrés Salas, whose film ‘We Might Have Been Heroes’ was produced through Cinema Politica’s recent commissioning program The Next 150: Documentary Futurism.

These varied works examined contemporary concerns through a dystopic lens, each navigating the terrain of a world on the other side of collapse.  Here are a few clips from the discussion moderated by Zoë Mallett that followed the screenings at Knot project space on November 30, 2018.

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OCanFilmFest2018 – Russian Gangster – Maissa Houri

Russian Gangster – Synopsis

Nikolai Dalca has been aspiring to be a great actor in Hollywood. The only thing stopping him is who he is…

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 2 p.m.

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About the director, Maissa Houri

Maissa Houri is an Middle-Eastern-Canadian actress and emerging filmmaker based out of Ottawa, Canada. She is also one of the Co-Founders and the Director of Industry Events for the Eve Film Festival, a festival dedicated to women and women-identifying directors. Recently, her short film Inara won her two awards at the Ottawa Digi60 2018 Spring Edition including the SAW Video Female Filmmaker Award and Best Director Award. Her first short film Russian Gangster, a comedy dedicated to diverse actors, is an official selection of the Women’s Only Entertainment Film Festival and most recently the Canadian Diversity Film Festival 2018. 

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OCanFilmFest2018 – Pur Laine – Alexander Cruz

Pur Laine – Synopsis

An old man suddenly dies, leaving his most recent wife to sell the house and start a new life. When his daughter from a previous marriage appears and claims the house is hers, all hell breaks loose.

World Premiere Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 8 p.m.

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About the director, Alexander Cruz

Alexander was born and raised in Ottawa (b. 1985), but has worked and lived in Calgary, Toronto and Manila. He spent most of his twenties looking for greener pastures as a production assistant and videographer for different studios.  Once he realized you have to be rich to be a starving artist, he returned to Ottawa a few years back and found inspiration telling local stories. He has made several short documentaries like “Mémoires sans frontières,” (2012),“Fiesta” (2013) and “68 années de l’hiver” (2014), and other experimental art house stuff that even he doesn’t quite understand. His films have been exhibited at art and film festivals across Canada, in the United States and in South East Asia. With “Pur Laine” (2018), he followed the advice of others and wrote about what he knows: the struggle of first and second-generation immigrants, and the lingering anxieties of les habitants. He lives in Hull.

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OCanFilmFest2018 – the art of the morning – Nathan Hauch

the art of the morning – Synopsis

A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.

Screening at #OCanFilmFest2018 on November 3 at 2 p.m.

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About the director, Nathan Hauch

Nathan Hauch has been active in Ottawa’s poetry scene, having published in journals such as Bywords.ca. He was part of the creative team behind “City that Fun Forgot?”, a documentary exploring Ottawa’s (undeserved?) reputation as a boring capital, that was released to national media attention in 2014.

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Ottawa Filmmakers – Season 2

Ottawa Filmmakers web series - Jith Paul ocanfilmfest

I’m pleased to announce that a second season of the Ottawa Filmmakers web series is in the works.  Here’s a behind-the-scenes photo taken during the set-up / pre-interview chat between Monique Fuller and local filmmaker Stephen Coleman at CKCU in Ottawa from an upcoming episode. – Jith Paul

Past webisodes are available here.