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A/CA Panel at the International Film Festival of Ottawa | March 9th, Ottawa Art Gallery

Ottawa Art Gallery’s Alma Duncan Salon
10 Daly Avenue
Ottawa ON K1N 6E2


We are excited to announce that there will be a panel featuring several A/CA members at SAVE AS, a day-long conference on Canadian cinematic heritage that is being organized alongside this year's International Film Festival of Ottawa (IFFO)

This panel is titled "Decolonizing the Archive" and will be moderated by Janine Marchessault and feature Brian Virostek, Laura Horak, Marjorie Beaucage, and Jean Pierre Marchant as panel speakers. SAVE AS will be taking place this coming Thursday (March 9th, 2023) at Ottawa Art Gallery’s Alma Duncan Salon, and the A/CA panel is scheduled for 1:15-2:15 PM. There is also an option to register for a virtual recording of the event if you cannot make it out in person.

See below for a copy of the press release, or click on the following link to see the SAVE AS page on the IFFO website.



9:30 am: Opening Remarks
Welcome by: Tom McSorley, Executive Director, Canadian Film Institute

Announcement: Aude Gagnon-Raymond, Director National and International Program, Telefilm Canada 

Introduction to SAVE AS by: Paulina Abarca-Cantin, Programming Specialist

9:45-10:45 am: Panel 1: DIY Archiving
In the absence of coordinated state-run archival activities, inspired and motivated individuals and NGOs have been engaged in the daunting tasks of restoring, preserving, archiving and exhibiting audiovisual artifacts from a variety of sectors. What is the range and reach of these ‘do-it-yourself’ activities? What are the outlines of this ‘ground up’ approach to the archiving, restoring, and exhibiting processes and how can these practitioners inform and even help shape potential future public sector/government policy frameworks?

Moderator:  Brian Belovarac, Theatrical Distribution, Janus Films/Criterion Channel (New York, USA)

Panelists: Viviana García Besné, Director of Permanencia Voluntaria (Mexico); Ron Mann, Founder of FilmsWeLike (Toronto, Canada); Justin D. Williams, Archivist & Project Manager, South Side Home Movie Project (Chicago, USA)

11:00-11:45 am: Case Study 1: When Night is Falling (1995)
Acclaimed Canadian director Patricia Rozema will be showcasing the 4K restoration of her 1995 groundbreaking LGBTQ+ film, When Night is Falling (1995) starring Pascale Bussières, Rachel Crawford and Henry Czerny.

Panelist: Patricia Rozema, Director

Interviewed by: Paulina Abarca-Cantin, Programming Specialist

11:45-1:15 pm: Lunch Break

1:15-2:15 pm: Panel 2: Decolonizing the Archive
A reflection on the actions underway to expand the spectrum of archival processes, with a view toward integrating meaningfully and disseminating and exhibiting historically marginalized works. This panel will also interrogate the colonial structures and attitudes that have shaped the idea of ‘the archives’ and highlight the work being done now to make that idea and its institutions more responsive and inclusive.  

Moderator: Janine Marchessault, Professor, York University, Archive/Counter-Archive (Toronto, Canada)

Panelists: Brian Virostek, Archivist, Audiovisual Private Specialized Media, Private Archives and Published Heritage Branch, Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa, Canada); Laura Horak, Professor of Film Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada); Marjorie Beaucage, Filmmaker (Saskatoon, Canada); Jean Pierre Marchant, Director, CineMobilia (Toronto, Canada)

2:30-3:15 pm: Case Study 2: Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988) and Rush to Judgment (1967)
Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann will discuss his work on the restorations of Guy Maddin’s first feature film, Tales from the Gimli Hospital (1988), as well as the adaptation film by director Emile de Antonio, Rush to Judgment (1967), a political documentary whose new 4K restoration will have its world premiere at IFFO 2023.

Panelist: Ron Mann, Founder of FilmsWeLike

Interviewed by: Paulina Abarca-Cantin, Programming Specialist

3:15-3:30 pm: COFFEE BREAK, Sky Lounge

3:30-4:30 pm: Panel 3: Focus 2023: Africa
What are the international activities being undertaken to restore, preserve, and disseminate the classics of African cinema? In addition to a presentation and panel discussion on this subject, SAVE AS will present a special tribute screening of Mandabi (1968), a key recently restored work by African cinema pioneer, Ousmane Sembene, in celebration of the centenary of his birth in 1923.

Moderator: Aboubakar Sanogo, Professor, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada)

Panelists: Ahmed Bedjaoui, Academic, Producer and film critic (Algiers, Algeria)

Judith Opoku-Boateng,  Archivist, University of Ghana


SAVE AS passholders get 30% off tickets to these heritage film screenings.

When Night is Falling  /  WORLD PREMIERE
March 9, 7:00 pm

Rush to Judgment  /  WORLD PREMIERE
March 9, 9:00 pm

March 15, 8:30pm

Cinema’s First Nasty Women: Gender Adventures
March 18, 7:00 pm

Tales from the Gimli Hospital
March 18, 9:15 pm