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Filmmaker Biographies

Greg Boa is a motion picture film conservator at Library and Archives Canada. He has been involved in the independent film community for 20 years as a film tech at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and as a printer and colour timer at Niagara Custom Lab. Greg’s film work explores technology and techniques that are unique to photochemical film. 

Pixie Cram is a filmmaker and animator who lives in Ottawa. In her films she explores themes of nature, technology and war. On top of her own art practice, she works as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor.

Bridget Farr is a prolific filmmaker creating 16mm short films. Her work ranges from documentary, experimental, and commissioned films and has created a body of work of over 100 productions. Honoured by the Canadian Film Institute for her contributions as an artist, CFI director Tom McSorley refers to Farr’s diverse work as “restless cinema”.

Paul Gordon is an Independent Filmmaker and Film Conservator.  He has worked on such diverse projects as a TV talk show set in the Yellowknife Dump (Dump Talk), a feature length documentary set in the Middle East during the Iraq War (Baghdad or Bust) and numerous short works produced with the help of SAW Video and IFCO here in Ottawa. Programming films on film is a passion as well as tinkering with 35mm projectors and setting up odd exhibition venues for them.

Matthieu Hallé is a media artist interested in finding new uses for the technology used in filmmaking. His work includes experimental film and video, and performances using custom-made projection devices. Often, his work involves hybridizing analog and digital mediums, abstraction, and the use of organic materials. He has collaborated with many different improvising musicians who have complemented the spontaneity and chance elements within his own live moving-image performance works.

It was the punk and metal scene in the Canadian prairies that kicked started Dave Johnson’s love of filming. Realizing he wasn't a good musician, he began documenting the scene, and videotaping sketches with his friends using an old video camera. After some brief travels, he enrolled in film school in Regina where he cultivated his cinematic skills while adhering to the punk DIY ethos by experimenting with film and challenging cinematic conventions. After working on various independent productions and working in a sound studio as a sound fx editor, Dave got the travel bug again. He ended up in Australia where he developed and taught an introduction to alternative cinema class and started screening Canadian shorts to large audiences. In 2004, he enrolled at Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim school of cinema and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Production. Since this time Dave has been involved within the arts scene in Ottawa where he was Vice president at IFCO (the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa) and later became the Technical Director. Currently, Dave’s artistic practice is based on experimenting with documentary techniques, process cinema, expanded cinema and sound design. His work has been exhibited both Nationally and Internationally and as a member of the Windows Collective. In addition, he currently teaches at Algonquin College and is a producer for SDC video.

Penny McCann's body of work spans three decades and encompasses both narrative and experimental films and video. In 2008 and 2010, Penny participated in the Independent Imaging Retreat, aka the Film Farm, in Mount Forest, Ontario, led by Philip Hoffman. Through these periods of study and experimentation, McCann has expanded her filmic vocabulary to include deeply resonant hand-processed imagery. Her films and videos have been widely exhibited at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally, including Centre national d’art contemporain (Grenoble, France), the Hamburg International Short Film Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, New Mexico), the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Canadian Film Institute (Ottawa), and Festival International du film sur l’art (Montreal, Quebec).

 
 
 

Cooper is an Ottawa-based media artist, his body of work includes films, HD videos, installations, and live performances. Also known as the Film Scientist, Cooper’s practice is heavily based on the technical aspects of the filmmaking process and he creates his films using an array of techniques, including stop-motion, 2D & 3D animation, optical printing, film processing, and cinematography. Thematically his films are a reflection of his memories and drawn from life experiences. Cooper teaches media art to children and adults in and around Ottawa. He is an award-winning artist and his work has been presented at festivals and art galleries across Canada and internationally.