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LOMAA’s Broad Topics is excited to continue this series on femme-spectrum Canadian media artists with a screening and artist talk by Ottawa-based filmmaker Patrice James. LOMAA will be partnering with Forest City Gallery to co-present this event.

SHE KEEPS IT REEL! The whimsical, curious, sometimes gritty short films of an artist who isn’t afraid to bare it all!

Friday October 19, 2018 | Forest City Gallery – 258 Richmond Street
Screening and Artist Talk | 7-9pm
Admission by Donation (suggestion of $3-$5 but no one is turned away!)

SHE KEEPS IT REEL! Program:

Title: GHOST (JOST) 
Production Year: 2010
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour 
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 5:00 minutes/28 seconds
Synopsis:
They say you never forget your first time…hmmm! Ghost (Jost) is about a woman, her passport and a first adventure; take a trip with me and discover a magical place.

Title: BA-BYE MAMMY BA-BYE
Production Year: 2008
Production Format: Super 8mm + 16mm, Colour & Black & White
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 5:00 minutes/53 seconds
Synopsis:
An affectuous farewell from a daughter to her estranged deceased mother.

Title: BLACK LIKE SHE
Production Year: 2009
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour & Black & White
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 4:00 minutes/22 seconds
Synopsis: 
By contemporary North American standards images of black femininity and black sexuality are still relegated to the periphery of cinema. In 2009 it is yet difficult for those of us who are women of colour i.e. black or “other”, to adequately access identifiable images of ourselves. ‘Black Like She‘ presents a filmic portraiture of black beauty underscored by an a lyrical sound-scape which invites you to engage in a celebration of black beauty, for a brief moment.

Title: TWENTY’S SUMTHIN
Production Year: 2016
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour & Black & White
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 7:00 minutes/5 seconds
Synopsis: 
I’m sure many us can remember, or are experiencing a sort of a “quarter life” crisis; you know that period between your early twenties, sometimes heading into your mid-thirties; when life is just rife with angst? Well “Twenty’s Sumthin” is a brief glimpse, a filmic snapshot if you will, into the lives of two brave twenty something’s as they share their innermost anxieties, frustrations and hopes about where they’ve been, where they are, and what they hope for.

Title: OY! ERE’S ENGLAND
Production Year: 2011
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour 
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 6:00 minutes/5 seconds
Synopsis: 
A whimsical visual recollection of a trip across the POND…to dear ol’ England! Armed with a Super 8mm camera, the filmmaker captures various treasured moments of her so long-anticipated trip to England.

Title: CRACKED
Production Year: 2015
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour & Black & White
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 8:00 minutes
Synopsis: 
CRACKED is an auditory and visual exploration of the “manic” realities of drug addiction; an affliction which affects well over 200 million individuals worldwide. Dealing with a loved one who is an addict is emotionally exhausting, and mentally challenging. This filmmaker attempts to delineate just how difficult this reality is through her own personal experience of dealing with an addict.

Title: FINE A@#%$ MAN
Production Year: 2012
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour 
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 6:00 minutes/36 seconds
Synopsis: 
A day in the life of bona fide Ottawa visual artist, sculptor and musician extraordinaire, Mathieu Dubé, who is “richly” talented; doesn’t go to “rich” artists’ galas, and doesn’t “whine” about grants. See, Prime Minister? All artists aren’t profiling equally!

Title: MEH BROTHA
PRODUCTION YEAR: 2013
Production Format: Super 8mm, Colour & Black & White 
Exhibition Format: Digital
Running Time: 7:00 minutes/51 seconds
Synopsis: 
A brief snapshot into the life of the filmmaker’s estranged brother of 17 years, captured during a long delayed return back to the homeland – Trinidad & Tobago. The beauty of the landscape is interrupted by ‘raw’ audio of Q (the filmmaker’s brother), as he describes some of his experiences in both Trinidad, and Tobago. The film subtlety challenges the viewer to look beyond the beauty of the beaches, the waves, the windblown palm trees and ‘see’ through listening; what ‘island life’ is more often than not, about! 

Patrice James holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Film Studies from Carleton University. Ms. James is presently the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa Inc. (IFCO). She has extensive training in several aspects of film, television and video production, and is herself a practicing filmmaker with nine film credits and two digital credits to date. Ms. James has contributed to the cultural life of Ottawa for over 18 years as a strong advocate for the media arts both locally and at the national level. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) and the Media Arts Network of Ontario/Réseau des arts médiatiques de l’Ontario (MANO/RAMO); she has been a past juror for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ottawa Arts Council. Patrice James was one of three finalists in 2012 vying to receive Ottawa’s top annual arts prize; the Victor Tolgesy Award, which is given annually to an individual who has “contributed substantially” to culture in Ottawa. Ms. James continues to live and work in Ottawa.

Forest City Gallery (FCG) is an artist-run centre founded on artistic autonomy with a commitment to excellence in programming exhibitions and events that reflect and address recent developments in cultural production. FCG serves to foster and support contemporary art, promoting dialogue amongst local, regional, and international arts communities. FCG represents artists of all disciplines and career levels with a focus on emergent artists and practices. 

http://forestcitygallery.com/

LOMAA is an emerging, enthusiastic and devoted non-profit artist-run collective that fosters collaboration, investigation and innovation by tapping into the talent and serving the needs of media artists in the London region. 

www.lomaa.ca

LOMAA would like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for their support of this program, as well as London Arts Council for this continued backing.