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Karolyne Pickett—actress, producer and University of Ottawa alumna—was there recently shooting her debut independent film Broken Waters/ Eaux Troublés. It tells the story of a young female psychiatrist in mid-1980s Ottawa, focusing on her struggle against the then-mainstream concept of chemical psychiatry with her own firm belief in humanistic psychotherapy.

“Ottawa is really uniquely situated because (you can go exploring) within an hour-drive from downtown. You can be climbing in Calabogie, running in Gatineau Park, skiing in Chelsea, or whitewater kayaking on the Ottawa River,” — Jordan Kent, film festival organizer.

Despite Nicholson’s decision, many Canadians believe that Diab is innocent and has been wrongly accused. A group of these Canadians have become so passionate about the case that they created an organization called Justice for Hassan Diab, and have raised money through crowdfunding on Indiegogo to create a documentary to spread the word about Diab’s story.

It’s the story of young and death-obsessed Harold who meets, at a funeral, the life-loving and spritely 79-year-old Maude. Its dark humour, contrasting soundtrack, and the undeniable love of its two protagonists has earned the film numerous awards, and has made it one that has stuck with audiences and filmmakers alike.

Directed and written by Antonio Agugliaro, Gabriele del Grande, and Khaled Soliman al Nassiry, On the Bride’s Side tells the story of five refugees who travel to Sweden from Syria in search of a new beginning. The film will be screened at the ByTowne Cinema on Jan. 28 by One World Film Festival (OWFF) and One World Arts, followed by a discussion on the war in Syria and refugee support.

Both English and French projects will be shown in a variety of genres. The festival creates opportunities for both applicants and for Zoom, as students interested in the industry have the opportunity to be introduced to the U of O’s official group of student filmmakers.

Why it’s famous: Enemy of the State is an action thriller about a lawyer, played by Will Smith, who is framed for a murder of a congressman by a corrupt National Security Agency (NSA) agent, played by Jon Voight. The film, which was released in 1998, came out during Smith’s prime and was his first …

Borsa and Marquis traveled from Bruderheim, Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia with a limited crew to create the film, collecting testimonies from Canadians whose livelihoods and cultures could be influenced by the approval and construction of the pipeline.

The 142-minute runtime may also seem daunting, especially with the lack of action and with the focus primarily on human relationships and character development. But if you can get past the lack of car chases and explosions, it’s entirely worth it.

Cody Campanale, an Ottawa-based filmmaker, has jumped on the hookup culture bandwagon with his new film Jackie Boy. But rather than the happy, romantic comedy endings that come with films like Friends with Benefits, Jackie Boy explores the darker side of casual sex.

Swingers stands out amongst comedies as being unique and innovative in its subject matter and setting. It led the way for other comedies, like Seinfeld, being one of the first to be essentially about nothing in particular, but still being able to draw in audiences.

Produced by George Lucas, directed by The Muppets’ creator Jim Henson, and starring the legendary David Bowie, Labyrinth is a beloved cult classic about a teenage girl on a quest to rescue her kidnapped brother from the Goblin King.

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