Saturday July 27, 8pm
Arts Court Theatre, 2 Daly Avenue
Co-presented by Ottawa Film Society
A program of two exceptional medium-length films, one that creates a poetic vision of the past, and the other, a haunting tale of the imminent future.
Danielle Sturk, Canada, 2018, 43 min.
Through the lens of memory, nostalgia and love, the documentary film EL TORO reconstructs the world of a family-run diner deep in the entrails of 1960’s industrial Saint-Boniface.
A recipient of multiple arts awards from national, provincial and municipal arts councils, Danielle Sturk is a bilingual multi-disciplinary artist with a BA in Film/Theatre from the University of Winnipeg. Sturk began her career as a dance artist and choreographer, performing nationally and internationally from 1986-1997. As filmmaker, her combined films d’auteur have been screened at over thirty film festivals and broadcast on most major Canadian English and French networks, such as CBC, Radio Canada, APTN, UNIS, TV5, MTS TV, Vision TV and for the National Film Board of Canada.
Pixie Cram, Canada, 2018, 30 min.
Inspired by the Chernobyl aftermath, the film follows two young women as they journey from the outskirts of the city to a radioactive area deep in the woods. Along the way, they encounter a young drifter. As they travel together, they are forced to confront their new reality.
Pixie Cram lives and works in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. She creates fiction and stop-animation on themes of nature, technology, and war. Her films have screened at festivals across North America and in Europe and have aired on CBC TV. Pixie was the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum. In her day job, she coordinates Hot Shoe Productions, a video program & social enterprise that employs Ottawa youth. On top of her own art practice, she works as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor.
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