Work Stuff: Ottawa’s Latin American Film Festival is Almost Here

This week at work, the majority of my efforts went towards preparing for the press conference for the Latin American Film Festival. Held at the Embassy of Cuba, the event was a success, as we garnered media coverage from multiple Ottawa media outlets.

Here’s the press release I drafted up, some photos of the event and some of the coverage we got in the local media.

CFI Launches 17th annual Festival of Latin American Cinema

OTTAWA (March 15, 2013)‚ €œ The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) is proud to present the 17th annual‚ Latin American Film Festival, running on select dates from‚ March 21st to April 7th. The 2013 edition of the Festival features 16 films from 15 Latin American nations. All films are Ottawa premieres and all are presented in their original language with English subtitles.

Award-winning films being screened for the first time in Ottawa include:‚ O Palhaƒ§o‚ (The Clown), a comedy-drama starring and directed by Selton Mello, which was Brazil’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards,‚ Infancia Clandestina‚ (Clandestine Childhood), an Argentinian film set in that country’s troubled 1970s, and 7 Cajas (7 Boxes), a Paraguayan movie which has been screened at festivals around the world including the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

“The 17th edition of our Latin American Film Festival is one of the strongest ever, says CFI Executive Director‚ Tom McSorley, who founded the Festival in 1997. “It features several multiple award-winners, and has a range and diversity of tones €œ comedy, satire, drama, tragedy‚  €œ‚  that makes a festival experience so rich and unique. We are also thrilled to have two filmmakers attending the Festival to present their work:‚ Andrea Martinez Crowther, from Mexico, and Julio‚ Ponce Palmieri, from Guatemala.

Each screening will take place at the Auditorium at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for CFI members, seniors, and students. CFI members are also eligible to purchase Five-Film Passports for $35. All tickets can be purchased on-site each night of the Festival starting on March 21st, including advance tickets for all films. Visit‚ www.cfi-icf.ca‚ for complete listings.

For 17 years, the CFI has brought the Latin American Film Festival to Ottawa as part of its dedication to filmmakers worldwide, giving Canadian audiences ongoing opportunities to celebrate the art of film. The Latin American Film Festival is presented in collaboration with the‚ Group of Latin American Ambassadors‚ in Ottawa (GRULA).

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non- governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. More information can be found online at‚ www.cfi-icf.ca.

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Press Release: CFI to Screen Boxing Documentary Directed by Oscar-Nominated Canadian

Press Release I authored for an upcoming event

CANADIAN FILM INSTITUTE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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CFI to Screen Boxing Documentary Directed by Oscar-Nominated Canadian

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OTTAWA (January 16th, 2013) €œ The Canadian Film Institute (CFI), is pleased to present ‚ a special screening of The Boxing Girls of Kabul on Wednesday, January 30th, at 7:00PM.

Directed by independent Afghan-Canadian filmmaker, Ariel Nasr, this powerful documentary follows three young Afghan women, who risk everything in their pursuit to become world-class boxers, despite training without even the most basic facilities.

Led by their trainer, an ex-boxer who once dreamed of competing in the Olympics, the film follows his proteges as they travel to boxing competitions in Vietnam and Kazakhstan. The film also reveals the life-threatening risks these athletes and their families face by participating in a sport that many in their country believe is inappropriate for women.

A National Film Board production, The Boxing Girls of Kabul was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award while Nasr, the film’s director who makes his home in Montreal, was nominated for an Oscar in the Short Film – Live Action category for his work as a producer on the film Buzkashi Boys.

‚ Nasr will be in attendance to introduce The Boxing Girls of Kabul and, following the screening, will participate in a discussion with CFI executive director Tom McSorley, as well as a question and answer session with the audience.

This special screening will take place at the Auditorium at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for CFI members, seniors, and students and can be purchased on-site with the box office opening half an hour before the start of the film. Showtime is 7pm.

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.cfi-icf.ca.

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Checking Out The Winterlude Press Launch

Winterlude Launch at Ottawa City Hall
Winterlude Launch at Ottawa City Hall

I made sure to bring my warmest hat to work when I headed out the door this morning, because I knew I’d be attending the media launch event for the 2013 edition of Winterlude at City Hall.

The organization where I work, The Canadian Film Institute, is one of 75 programming partners for this year’s winter festival. We’ll be chipping in by screening Bright Nights, our Baltic-Nordic film festival on select dates during Winterlude. Films from Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Estonia, and Norway are featured.

Seemed like there was a good turnout for the press launch, with all of the major media outlets on hand. Lots of festival partners were on hand and everyone seemed genuinely excited about being a part of Winterlude in their way.

Local mayors from both sides of the river Joseph De Silva (Gatineau) and Jim Watson (City of Ottawa) were on hand to give speeches. The crowd was then entertained by some Cirque de Solei style aerial dancers hanging off the front of city hall (See photo).

The event’s got me excited for Winterlude and the arrival of February, both professionally and personally. Professionally, partnering with Winterlude will give our Bright Nights festival a big boost in visibility. On a personal level, I love the energy around Confederation Park at Winterlude. It’s a much needed shot of energy in the cold days of February.

For more information, check out the Winterlude website or check out the Bright Nights Film Festival Facebook page. It’s pretty quiet now, but it’ll pick up in the new year.

Aerial Dancers
Aerial Dancers