Celebrating stories that matter to the Ottawa-Gatineau region, Absolutely Ottawa showcases short films, musical performances and documentary programs produced by in-house producers and independent filmmakers.
This year's Absolutely Ottawa series tells unique stories from the local region, including student films from Carleton University, Algonquin College and Cegep de l'Outaouais. With heartwarming profiles of community members, musicians and local artists, both Ottawa Docs and Reel Shorts bring something special to the series. Coming up later in September, In Their Words: The Power of Poetry explores the city's talented slam poetry scene, plus encore presentations of OrKidstra: The Power of Music and The Hyphen Project.
Take a look at the 2017 line up:
In Search of Dan Cooper
Air date: August 26, 2017
This documentary uncovers the long-lost Canadian war icon and comic book hero, Dan Cooper.
Ottawa Docs 2017
Air date: September 2, 2017
A compilation of short documentaries by emerging student filmmakers and artists, including inspiring stories about overcoming life's challenges and communities coming together.
Short documentaries include: Grannies, More Than a Refugee, Evan Sharma, Gift of Spirit, A Mother's Story
Reel Shorts 2017
Air date: September 9, 2017
A compilation of short films by local filmmakers that utilize different storytelling mediums, including stop-motion animation and music created in nature. Plus, two student films from Carleton University that profile local artists in our community.
Short films include: Emergency Broadcast, Found Sound, Marc Walter: Land Artist, The Printmaker, The Music in Me
The Hyphen Project
Air date: September 16, 2017
Growing up in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, filmmaker Gabriela Warrior Renaud uncovers the origins of her mixed heritage and explores how other people with hyphenated backgrounds see themselves.
OrKidstra: The Power of Music
Air date: September 23, 2017
Discover OrKidstra, a local community music program for youth living in under-served areas of Ottawa with a mission to empower children through the universal language of music.
In Their Words: The Power of Poetry
Air date: September 30, 2017
A one-hour documentary that explores how poetry and performance help local spoken word poets express themselves. As we follow their powerful stories, they share their hopes, fears, struggles and dreams for the future.
Featured poets: JustJamaal ThePoet, CauseMo, DMP, King Kimbit, Apollo the Child