Regina filmmaker's tribute to mother screening at festival in the U.S.

Dianne Ouellette’s 8-millimetre film about her mother’s battle with cancer will be featured at the Slamdance Film Festival.

'Red is Dead' to be featured at Slamdance Film Festival

Dianne Ouellette’s 8-millimetre film about her mother’s battle with cancer will be featured at the Slamdance Film Festival. (Samanda Brace/CBC)

Fifty years ago Kodak's Super 8 film changed the way people shot home movies. While its popularity declined with the creation of the video camera, it has survived the digital age.

Filmmakers from around the world have entered the Kodak Super 8 Filmmaking Challenge, and a Regina woman has made it into the finals.

Dianne Ouellette's 8-millimetre film about her mother's battle with cancer called Red is Dead will be featured at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

"It's pretty exciting," she said. "After I figured out I was in the final 15 I scanned through the finalists to see where they are all from, and there is people from all over the world. "

She is the only one from Canada.

Ouellette originally made the film for the One Take Super 8 Event in Regina in 2013. At the same time, her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.

"I shot footage of my animals because I kept thinking they were surrounding my mother with a lot of love," she said. "I just kind of based it on how I was feeling. The day the soundtrack was due my mother passed away, it ended up screening silent at the original festival."

A year later, Ouellette was finally ready to create the soundtrack for the film.

"It's a tribute to my mother," she said.

Ouellette said she has always loved filming with Super 8 because it creates a sense of nostalgia.

"Super 8 is amazing because it is film. You can't duplicate the film look with digital video in my opinion," she said. "Seeing the grain that dances on the screen, you just don't duplicate that with video."

Ouellette will arrive at the film festival in time for the screening of the 15 finalist entries, including her own, on Jan. 25.

The voting has started to determine the top three films. You can vote here


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