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Elephant Landmine Survivor Documentary Opens One World Film Festival

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(c) Julia Ferdinand. Soraida Salwala, the founder of FAE's Elephant Hospital, pets Motala after her first steps on her new prosthesis.(c) Julia Ferdinand. Soraida Salwala, the founder of FAE's Elephant Hospital, pets Motala after her first steps on her new prosthesis.

The world is coming to Ottawa. On Thursday October 11, the 23rd annual One World Film Festival kicks off at Library and Archives Canada. Featuring nineteen films, including fourteen full-length documentaries and five short films, the festival is for film goers looking for a bit more during their screen time. This year’s line-up touches on experiences such as inner city youth in major Canadian cities, the Rwandan genocide, the Arab Spring in Yemen in Egypt, Japanese internment in Canada and the economic crisis in Greece. In addition to a slam... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.

It’s a little quieter this weekend as people scatter decorative gourds on the dining room table and bake up pumpkin pies, but we’ve still got some great options for you. Hoping to make that Thanksgiving dinner a little more fairly traded? Credible Edibles has the perfect workshop for you. And, staying with the season, learn all about how harvesting is actually done (scythes are so last century) and how you can harvest energy from those very crops. Lefty McRighty and the O-town Hoedown enter the last weekend of that music... | Continue reading article

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Treepot indie filmmaker showcase returns – win tickets!

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Ottawa’s got a thriving filmmaker scene – which is why the Treepot Indie Filmmaker Showcase gets better every year. Coming up on October 4, this fourth showcase is going above and beyond, featuring some of Ottawa’s best as well as some folks who once called Ottawa home. It all takes place down at the Bytowne, where for just $10 you can catch over ten short films and music videos, and win a few awesome prizes. We’re in the mood for prizes, too, so we’re giving away five pairs of tickets... | Continue reading article

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Ralph Bakshi: Past, Present and Future

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Take One by Yasmin Nissim Ralph Bakshi is a lot of things. He’s an award winning animator, a director, an artist; he’s the man behind Fritz the Cat, one of the most successful independent animated films ever made, along with countless other notorious features that have pushed boundaries and offended the conservative sensibilities of the unimaginative. Most importantly though, Ralph Bakshi is a self-professed stubborn old man who will never compromise what he has to say in favour of slick, big-budget production. Several of Bakshi’s works were screened last week during The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawans, you’ve never seen a weekend like this – it’s going to be one big art party! With Festival X’s photography, the Animation Festival’s films, and Nuit Blanche’s all nighter on Saturday, you’re sure to find something that delights and amuses. First off, Nuit Blanche: we Apartment613 folks will be stationed down in the market, with our Canadiana-themed photo booth – come by and get your picture taken as a Mountie or an explorer or a Red Coat, and then see it projected for all to see. Just around the... | Continue reading article

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Get your animation on! Win passes to this year’s animation festival

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Apartment613 is pleased to be partnering with the Ottawa Animation Festival this year. I think the Animation Festival is a local treasure and hopefully we can all get out to enjoy it. All the screenings and major events are in our event calendar on the left, so have a look through and see what you’re into. We’ve got a bunch of passes for Apartment613 readers and we’re hoping that you’ll tweet and comment about the shows and events. If you’re interested in attending the festival shoot us an email and... | Continue reading article

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Local Animator Competes at the OIAF

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This year, the Ottawa International Animation Festival received a record-setting 2,377 entries. Animations were received from all across the globe, and only a select few would make the cut. When the dust settled, only 101 finalists remained. And one of them was Ottawa’s own David Borish, a recent graduate of the Glebe Collegiate Institute. This will be Borish’s second time competing at the OIAF. Last year, judges considered his stop-motion animation Paper Man. He didn’t win, but Borish says he was just glad to be considered. Seeing his film on... | Continue reading article

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“The City as a Canvas:” Windows Collective’s Underpass Films

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On a beautiful summer night, with the tranquil waters of the Rideau Canal rippling nearby, six local film makers transformed a downtown passageway into a dreamlike movie theatre. Beginning at dusk on the evening of August 15, the six-person Windows Collective gathered at the Plaza Bridge Underpass for a one-night-only experimental film screening. Projecting six separate short films simultaneously in different spots, the show created a gallery of moving images on the walls of the underpass, which is located between the National Arts Centre and the Bytown Museum. “We use... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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With a precious few summer weekends left, we’ve got to pack in as many outdoor activities as we can – we won’t have too many more chances to head to garage sales (a rock ‘n’ roll one, at that), take a bike tour, or frolic on a farm with zombies. We’ve got a rainbow of festivities happening with Capital Pride week wrapping up on Sunday – there’s the usual parade spectacular (including the Dusty Owl Reading Series), a youth prom and masquerade, and a mini-music festival down at City Hall... | Continue reading article

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Local shorts under the stars at Centretown Movies

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Treepot media has hosted a few evenings highlighting local shorts, one at the Bytowne last March and one at the Mayfair in Septermber. The events featured short films and music videos – work from the local community that Treepot is part of. “It started as a way to get our stuff on the big screen” says Jith Paul, owner of Treepot Media. If you’ve never heard of Treepot, you might still know their work. They have done work with local favourites the Sound of Lions and they are involved in... | Continue reading article

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