Red/White/Blue: New American Fringe Film and Video

This seems like a good announcement for the 4th of July. (And a Happy Independence Day to all American friends/readers!). Saw Video is painting Ottawa all red, white and blue next week with an exciting six-part series of American fringe film and video. This is an exciting chance to see some unique independent films. (Including some by a filmmaker named Penny Lane… how can you pass that up?) It’s an especially good programme for the summer because the screenings will be held outdoors in SAW’s courtyard. Even better news for summer fun: admission is FREE!

From SAW:
Red/White/Blue: New American Fringe Film and Video,  a six-part series that showcases diverse, emerging artistic talents from the United States. Taking place from July 13th to July 21st 2012, the series is comprised of four outdoor screenings held in SAW’s historic courtyard, as well as an artist talk and a masterclass . Admission to all events is free.

Red/White/Blue spotlights the work of three outstanding young American artists, Michael Robinson (West Danby, NY), Jesse McLean (Iowa City, IA) and Penny Lane (Lexington, KY), who will all be in attendance to present solo screenings of their short films and videos. A fourth screening on the closing night of the series presents more short works by a variety of other promising young American artists in the early stages of their careers. Michael Robinson and Jesse McLean will also give a combined artist talk discussing the intersection between ‘found footage’ and political and social commentary, and Penny Lane will lead a masterclass on feminist documentary practice drawn from her experiences making the documentary The Abortion Diaries.

Although the content and style of the films and videos in the series vary, including drama, animation, documentary and experimental, all of the works selected for Red/White/Blue are ‘fringe’ productions that speak from the margins of society and culture and promote a spirit of independence. Together, they represent an unconventional, fiercely independent and vital artistic and cultural practice, and the young artists featured in this series merit recognition as the trendsetters and innovators of the media of tomorrow.


Under the Rainbow: The Films and Videos of Michael Robinson
Friday July 13th , 8:00pm – 10:00pm
SAW Courtyard, 67 Nicholas Street
Opening reception

Emotional Rescue: The Videos of Jesse McLean
Saturday July 14th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
SAW Courtyard, 67 Nicholas Street

Second That Emotion: An artist talk with Michael Robinson and Jesse McLean
Sunday July 15th , 12pm – 2pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street

(Almost) True Stories: The Videos of Penny Lane
Friday July 20th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
SAW Courtyard, 67 Nicholas Street

The Politics of the Personal: Storytelling and Feminist Documentary Practice
Saturday July 21st, 2pm – 5pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street

Young Americans: More New Fringe Film and Video from the USA
Saturday July 21st, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
SAW Courtyard, 67 Nicholas Street
 Please see the event page for more details and see www.sawvideo.com for more news.