Mirror Mountain Film Festival brings the best in independent and alternative cinema to Canada’s capital. Mirror Mountain is an inclusive festival that welcomes all types of films and all types of people to share in the collective cinema experience. In addition to film screenings, our festival features live performances, parties, Q&A sessions and more.
Christopher Rohde (b. 1983) is an award-winning filmmaker from Ottawa, Ontario. His video The Pink Ghosts (2006) was screened across Canada and was one of the first four films selected for the inaugural edition of EnRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight film festival. Odd One Out (2014) was screened internationally and won awards for Best Film by an Emerging Filmmaker at the Jasper Short Film and Media Arts Festival and Best Director (Experimental) at the 2015 Ottawa Independent Video Awards. He received his M.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University in 2007. He was a member of Available Light Screening Collective from 2006 to 2013 and curated several programmes for the group including Stellar Regions: Jazz & Avant-Garde Film and Raw Power: Rock & Avant-Garde Film. From 2010 to 2014, he was the Programmer at SAW Video Media Art Centre, a dynamic artist-run-centre in the nation’s capital, where he curated dozens of screenings, installations, exhibitions, performances and other projects with many of Canada’s top media artists.
Kenneth Warner is a professional audio technician who has worked for various organizations in Ottawa, Ontario including Wall Sound, Algonquin Commons Theatre and CUSA. His creative work builds off of his interest in social, technological and human interaction. He has co-created and organized multimedia experiences at Th’YARC in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and worked with artist groups across Ottawa. As a musician, Kenneth has played at many locations in Nova Scotia and Ottawa and in vastly different styles ranging from folk blues to abstract noise music. His filmmaking experiments question the impact of relational space on human development. A lifelong academic, Kenneth graduated from Carleton University with a honours degree in Communications and Political Science. In his spare time he continues to study and is currently interested in the development of socio-pragmatic theories based on human growth and communal formation.
Front of House Manager
Renuka Bauri is the Director of Communications and Advocacy for Canadian Artists Representation / Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC National). She is on the steering committee for the Canadian Arts Coalition, and is an active member of the SAW Video Board of Directors. She completed her B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies and English Literature and her M.A. in Film Studies at Carleton University. Renuka has worked with various film festivals in the Ottawa area as a jury member, programmer and front of house manager, and has previously served on the board of the Media Arts Network of Ontario. She has worked for various local and national non-profit artistic and cultural organizations, including the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and Copyright Visual Arts. In 2017, Renuka completed a certificate program in Management for Women and also holds a certificate in Canadian Copyright Law Management.
Vera Wabegijig is an Anishnaabe writer, blogger, media artist and mother living in Nepean, Ontario. Her films have screened at Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival (Ottawa), IMAGeNation Aboriginal Film & Video Festival (Vancouver), imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Toronto), and Dawson City International Short Film Festival (Dawson City). Her poetry has been printed in many anthologies including Yellow Medicine Review, XXX NDN, Breaking the Surface, Our Words, Our Revolutions, Reclaiming the Future and Sweetgrass Grows All Around Her. Vera has performed poetry at the Canadian Spoken Word Festival, Talking Stick Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, VerseFest and Voices of Venus. Wild Rice Dreams is her first collection of poetry (BookLand Press, Toronto ON, 2013). For more information visit: verawaabegeeshig.wordpress.com
Sabastien Callender studied Business at the University of Ottawa and is also a graduate of the Sound Engineering program at Raven Street Studio. He currently toils with audio and video experiments in his laboratory whenever opportunity allows. In addition to being continually involved in audio and visual design, he is also interested in writing projects. He works with local non-profit organizations, providing video documentation and on-line content development services, as well as local film and television productions providing visual design services. Sabastien has served on the Board of Directors of SAW Video Media Art Centre for many years, holding various executive positions and is currently Vice Chair. He has also served on other film and video juries including the new SAW Video Spotlight Award, which has been presented over the last two years at Digi60, Ottawa’s Digital Filmmakers Festival.
Howard Adler holds a B.A. degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University and an M.A. degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is currently the Workshop Coordinator at SAW Video Media Art Centre and also works as a freelance videographer and video editor. Howard is the Co-Director and Programmer for Asinabka, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa. Howard’s film and video work has been exhibited in both gallery settings and film festivals, including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival (Toronto), Weengushk Film Institute (Sudbury), Biindigaate Indigenous Film Festival (Thunder Bay), One World Film Festival (Ottawa), First Nations Film and Video Festival (Chicago) and Dellie Maa Sápmi Indigenous FIlm & Art Festival (Sweden). Howard is Jewish and Ojibwa and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in Northwestern Ontario.
Garmamie Sideau is a web-communications, media and marketing advisor who has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has a BA in Law from Carleton University and a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Production from Algonquin College. He has been involved in various creative communities and has experimented with different art forms from poetry and music to drama and fight choreography. Garmamie also has experience in front of the camera acting in several local independent short films. From the early to mid 2000s, he ran This is Hiphop, the arts and expression series at Carleton University, a creative space for poets, musicians and emerging artists of all genres and disciplines. He is currently the host of podcast series Conversations with Garmamie and is working on an independent long-form documentary on the development of Judo and Jiujitsu in Ethiopia.