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Limited quantity – OIFF \”Early Bird\” Industry Pass

1:37 pm in Festival News, News Release

OIFF is in full swing and set to screen an excellent range of films between August 16th – 19th, 2012 right here in the Nation\’s Capital.  A full schedule for all films can be found here:

At this time, The Ottawa International Film Festival is offering 50 \”EARLY BIRD FESTIVAL PASSES\” at $95 which will provide full access to the entire festival including:

  • August 16th, 17th, 18th:  Access to all screenings at Empire Theatres
  • August 18th: Industry After-Party
  • August 18th: Special event film presentation of “THE DAY\” + Q&A with Producer, Rob Menzies + after party at the Arc Hotel
  • August 19th: Closing party – OIFF Music Video Challenge at Babylon

Please follow this link to secure your reservation:

It is with high hopes that we have peaked your interest into supporting The Ottawa International Film Festival and supporting the Nation\’s Capital as a film friendly destination.

Warmest regards,
Nina Bains
Executive Director, The Ottawa International Film Festival

Support Local Month just around the corner!

11:09 am in Industry News, Ottawa News


We’re big fans of Ottawa — but you already knew that. In fact, we’re guessing that you share similar sentiments, or are at least committed to making this city the best it can be.

In our latest attempt to show this city some lovin’, we’ve rounded up a few friends around town and jointly designated November as Support Local month. This month will be all about unconventional ways of supporting Ottawa and the exceptional individuals that make up our creative community. We have bakeries providing tasty treats at boutiques, pizza at one of our favourite breweries, vintage madness with live ’50s music stylings, a film screening starring Ottawa in the ’70s, firemen and lingerie (together at last!), and much, much more. Head over to our Support Local page to find out all about it – you’ll also find our calendar peppered with specific Support Local events, some lasting all month long.

Read more on the Apt613 website: Support Local Month just around the corner!

Fund Raiser for Algonquin\’s Rising Film Makers

11:37 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

Algonquin College’s Documentary Production program will be hosting a night of film, dancing and libation (drinks!) on March 2, 2011. The evening will be held at Le Petit Chicago, 50 Promenade du Portage in Vieux-Hull, a bar that is known for a calendar full of a variety of events and attention to local and international styles of music and dance.

The purpose of the event is not only to have a great night out, but also to raise funds for the Documentary Production program’s finale film showcase which is happening at the end of April; there will be a five dollar cover charge at the door.
So come out, and have a few drinks with some of the up and coming filmmakers in the Ottawa area, and enjoy a preview of what they have been working on.

Le Petit Chicago,
50 Promenade du Portage in Vieux-Hull

Heritage Minister orders Library and Archives Canada to show controversial film

9:06 am in Community News, Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

The Harper government sent a diplomatic note to Iran Wednesday, as Heritage Minister James Moore lashed out at Tehran for its part in a campaign that cancelled the screening of a movie critical of the Iranian regime at Library and Archives Canada.

On Wednesday morning, the Minister instructed Library and Archives Canada to show Iranium, a documentary critiquing Iran’s nuclear program, after it cowed to numerous threats of protest and an official request from the Iranian embassy in Canada to not present the film Tuesday night, as scheduled.

In its diplomatic note to Tehran, the government said Canada is a free country and that freedom of expression is a core value that won’t be compromised.

“This movie will be shown, the agreement will be kept and this movie Iranium will be shown at Library and Archives Canada. We will not be moving it to a different facility, we’re not bending to any pressure,” said Mr. Moore on the CBC’s Power and Politics.

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Iranium will be shown in Ottawa on February 6th!

8:54 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

Dear Free Thinking Film Society Supporter:
I want to express my extreme disappointment that Iranium was not shown in Ottawa this week.  We are committed to ensuring this film is shown in the capital of Canada – and that our cultural policies are not dictated by the Khomeinist thugs of Iran.

So, I am happy to announce that Iranium will now be shown on Sunday, February 6th at 7:00 PM at the Library and Archives Canada.  Clare Lopez will also be flying in to talk at the event.  Tickets are $15.00 (Students/Seniors – $8.00) and will be available, in advance, at the following locations:

Compact Music, 785 1/2 Bank Street

Compact Music, 190 Bank Street

Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank Street

Ottawa Festivals, 47 William Street

Tickets will also be available at the door, but to ensure you get a seat, please buy your ticket in advance.

What really happened this week
On Monday, January 17th at 2 PM, I was informed by staff of the Library & Archives Canada (LAC) that they had received \’complaints\’ about Iranium and had decided to cancel the film.  They offered to find an alternate venue.

I then phoned the office of the Minister of National Heritage (James Moore) to complain about the cancellation.  I also sent an e-mail through the official website.

The LAC then offered to move the film to the Museum of Nature, but for a substantial fee.  I really couldn\’t understand why the film could be shown in one building, but not the other.  I told the LAC that if it had to be moved, they would have to pick up the costs.

After conferring with our Board of Directors, we decided that it was way too late to move the film, and that we should hold our ground and insist that the film be shown at the LAC.  At 6:30 PM on Monday night, I received a call informing me that the film was now back on at the LAC.

On Tuesday morning, January 18th, I was informed that the complaints had indeed come from the Iranian Embassy!  At 4 PM, I received a call from a senior manager at the LAC that there were protestors inside and outside the building; that they had called the RCMP; who had then informed them that security could not be assured; and that they had no choice but to cancel the film.
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Tonight! The movie that was almost banned!

9:56 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

Tonight – our next film!


January 18, 2011, 7 PM
Library & Archives Canada
395 Wellington

Admission:  $15.00, Students $8.00

In approximately 70 minutes, Iranium documents the hatred and violence exhibited by Iran\’s brutal leadership, and demonstrates how the development of a nuclear program has only added to the already immense danger posed by this regime.

Iranium presents the policy options currently being utilized and considered to deal with the situation in Iran.  After viewing the film, everybody will  understand the critical nature of the threats and encourage a movement aimed at convincing policy makers to prevent the further advancement of the Iranian regime and its nuclear arsenal.

After the film, we will be joined by Clare Lopez (see the article on the left), an expert on Iran, and then please join us for a private reception, after the Q&A.

Here\’s a link to see the complete list of people interviewed in this film.

Where to buy tickets

Tickets will be available at the door.
You can also buy tickets at three locations in Ottawa right now.
1.  Compact Music, 785 1/2 Bank Street in the Glebe.
2.  Compact Music 190 Bank Street (at nepean).
3.  Ottawa Folklore Centre (1111 Bank Street).
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Ottawa Premiere of the documentary film: 3rd World Canada

8:18 am in Community News, Industry News, Ottawa News

An invitation to all Canadians to support the reconciliation movement and close the gap in standards of living through intimate testimonies, ‘Third World Canada’ reveals an impoverished First Nations community and its struggles to care for eight children left behind by their parents’ suicides.

Nov. 30th, 2010 at the National Arts Centre.
Public Screening & Panel discussion: 7:30 P.M.

Tickets: $18.00
Paypal online or reserve & pay at the door

RSVP strongly recommended
(Toronto event at the ROM was sold out)
[email protected]
(613) 755-5315

Engage with National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo,
Participants in the film from remote Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (K.I.), and Gemini-nominee local filmmaker, Andrée Cazabon

Parts of proceeds to go to:
First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and ONEXONE breakfast program


DOMAINE PUBLIC – NOUVELLE FORMULE La projection post‐tremblement de terre

10:35 am in Industry News

Domaine public/Public Domain
Un programme d’oeuvres de commande en arts médiatiques réalisées à partir d’archives de la collection de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Mercredi le 15 septembre 2010, 19 h
Auditorium, Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
395, rue Wellington
Entrée libre / Free admission

OTTAWA – Août 2010 – Le tremblement de terre du 23 juin dernier à Val‐des‐Bois s’est produit quelques heures avant la première très attendue de Domaine public, un programme d’oeuvres de commande en arts médiatiques produit par SAWVideo. En raison du tremblement de terre, l’auditorium de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, où devait avoir lieu la projection, a été temporairement fermé. Grâce à Facebook et à d’autres réseaux sociaux, l’événement a pu être reprogrammé dès le lendemain, au Mayfair Theatre, à 17 h. SAW Video est heureux d’offrir à nouveau au public l’occasion de voir ces vidéos de facture extrêmement contemporaine lors d’une projection post‐tremblement de terre qui aura lieu le mercredi 15 septembre 2010, à l’Auditorium de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, au 395 rue Wellington, à 19 h.

Lancé en juin 2010, le projet Domaine public est la première entreprise de cette envergure produite par SAW Video. Grâce à une subvention du Programme de commandes d’oeuvres d’arts médiatiques du Conseil des arts du Canada, SAW Video a approché sept artistes médiatiques accomplis et basés au Canada pour qu’ils réalisent des oeuvres vidéo à partir de documents d’archives appartenant à la collection de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada. Il en résulte Domaine public, un programme de six vidéos inédites qui fournissent au public l’occasion unique et nécessaire de se pencher sur la question très actuelle des droits d’auteur dans le domaine des arts visuels. Comme le dit la directrice de SAW Video, Penny McCann : « En principe, les oeuvres tombées dans le domaine public sont libres de droits, mais les démarches pour obtenir la permission d’utiliser ces oeuvres « publiques » peuvent être très longues et très coûteuses. Avec Domaine public, nous voulions donner aux artistes médiatiques la possibilité et les moyens d’accéder aux trésors de notre collection d’archives nationales tout en essayant de comprendre pourquoi certaines images de notre passé collectif sont archivées et d’autres pas. »

Les sept artistes canadiens choisis pour ce projet offrent un large éventail d’approches et de techniques quant à la façon d’utiliser des documents d’archives. Steve Reinke (Chicago/Toronto), déjà connu pour l’intégration de documents d’archives dans ses essais vidéo, transgresse la nature des images archivées en les situant dans un contexte différent et en leur donnant un autre sens. Sara Angelucci (Toronto) établit un lien entre l’aspect fragile et évanescent des images concrètes et le caractère volatile de la mémoire et de l’identité. Maureen Bradley (Victoria) recourt à une approche féministe et politique dans une oeuvre en forme d’essai où la force des images documentaires se conjugue avec une incursion dans une histoire de famille. Gennaro de Pasquale (Montréal) recueille des images et des sons de sources diverses qu’il assemble ensuite selon leurs composantes sémantiques et formelles pour en faire des vidéo‐collages poétiques. Suzan Vachon (Montréal) fouille les collections d’archives en quête d’images oniriques et évocatrices qu’elle intègre ensuite dans ses essais de nature lyrique. Les artistes Véronique Couillard et Ryan Stec (Ottawa) s’intéressent à l’aspect graphique des images analogues, qu’ils manipulent par voie numérique en les retouchant et en les mixant de manière à en modifier la nature et le rythme.

Liste des oeuvres présentées :
Gennaro de Pasquale, Vortex, 12:08
Sara Angelucci, The Beauty Pageant News, 8:47
Suzan Vachon, chant [dans les muscules du chant], 23:32
Maureen Bradley, Beyond the Pale, 16:00
Véronique Couillard/Ryan Stec, Library and Archives Canada Public Domain Reels Documenting Spots of Beauty and Interest in Ontario and Quebec Sometime Ago Remixed Today (VCRS): 19752010, 3:00
Steve Reinke, Not Torn (Asunder from the Very Start), 9:57

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SAW Video presents PUBLIC DOMAIN / REDUX The post‐earthquake screening

10:20 am in Industry News

Public Domain / Domaine public
A media art commissioning project drawn from
Library and Archives Canada’s collection

Wednesday , 15 September 2010, 7pm
Library and Archives Canada Auditorium
395 Wellington St.
Free admission

OTTAWA – August 2010 – The June 23rd Val‐des‐Bois earthquake happened just hours before the premiere of SAW Video’s greatly anticipated national media art commissioning project, Public Domain. The tremors resulted in the temporary closure of the venue for SAW Video’s screening – the auditorium of the Library and Archives Canada. With the help of Facebook and other social media, the event was quickly rescheduled and took place the next day at 5pm at the Mayfair Theatre.

SAW Video is pleased to give the public another chance to view these groundbreaking contemporary video works with an encore, post‐earthquake screening taking place Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Library and Archives Canada auditorium, 395 Wellington St., at 7pm. Launched in June 2009, Public Domain is the first commissioning project of this scope undertaken by SAW Video. With the support of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts Media Arts Commissioning program, SAW Video commissioned seven accomplished media artists working in Canada to create new video works using public domain films and videos footage found in the Library and Archives Canada. The result is Public Domain, a programme of six new videos that present a unique and valuable opportunity to contribute to the ongoing discourse around copyrighted images. According to SAW Video director Penny McCann, “Works that are in the public domain are, theoretically, free from copyright restrictions, however the process for obtaining permission for these ‘public’ works can be expensive and time‐consuming. The purpose of Public Domain was to offer media artists the opportunity and the resources to crack open the treasure chest of our national archives collection while at the same engaging in questions of which images in our collective past get archived and which do not.”

The seven Canadian artists chosen for this commissioning project present a variety of approaches and techniques to the use of archival documents. Steve Reinke (Chicago/Toronto), already known for the use of archival documents in his video essays, transgresses the nature of the archival images he employs by giving them a new context and a new meaning. Sara Angelucci (Toronto) links the fragility and physical evanescence of the image with the volatility of memory and identity. Maureen Bradley (Victoria) employs a feminist and political approach in the form of an essay which joins the force of documentary images with an investigation of family history. Gennaro de Pasquale (Montreal) collects images and sounds from multiple sources, which he then assembles in poetic video collages according to their formal and semantic properties. Suzan Vachon (Montreal) gleans archival collections looking for images with oneiric and evocative possibilities which she incorporates into her lyrical essays. The artistic duo Véronique Couillard and Ryan Stec (Ottawa) are particularly interested in the graphic qualities of analogue images, which they manipulate digitally using a process of live retouching and mixing that imparts a new rhythm and a new nature to the images.

List of works being screened:
Gennaro de Pasquale, Vortex, 12:08
Sara Angelucci, The Beauty Pageant News, 8:47
Suzan Vachon, chant [dans les muscules du chant], 23 :32
Maureen Bradley, Beyond the Pale, 16:00
Véronique Couillard/Ryan Stec, Library and Archives Canada Public Domain Reels Documenting Spots of Beauty and Interest in Ontario and Quebec Sometime Ago Remixed Today (VCRS): 19752010, 3:00
Steve Reinke, Not Torn (Asunder from the Very Start), 9:57
For more on Public Domain, visit