Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chinatown fĂȘte.


















I daresay we quite enjoyed ourselves at the Chinatown Night Market Festival this past Thursday. Sorry about the eardrums, everybody. The sound system was a beast that attempted to overwhelm us with sheer volume.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chinatown Dreaming.


Scoping out the Chinatown Gate for Dreaming Thomas's gig on Thursday, 8:15pm. We're sharing the stage with K-pop dance teams, asian comedians, a UPenn a cappella group, Ronnie DJ, and others.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

So. Much. Grading.

There must be a better way....

Some welcome rain this morning, after a couple of weeks of no rain. Feels like October. Charlie Brown's getting ready to put too many holes in his ghost costume. Wonder if knows he's just going to get rocks again when he goes out for trick or treat...

Friday, October 6, 2017

I Can See Clearly Now


Great song.




Cheese-y interview.

Outside.

























City sidewalk somewhere.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sunday wandering.


Ottawa, it is almost time to leave you again. Something gained from each experience, though this time was a little bittersweet. The sunny weather put a nice tint to everything. First time here was in 2001. Will this be the last time? Never say never, but it would be handy to be invited back with a film in the proceedings.

This building has changed stores a few times at least over the years...
DreamingThomas finds its way to the theatre again.
The ceiling pool in the National Art Gallery. They're doin' it, right.
Bye bye to Pierre-Marc and Chantal...many years of warm welcomes and great breakfast conversations. Thank you for being a big part of the festival for me.

Zombie in the garden.


 : D

Thought I was doing a shaka. Hope it was sign language for "love".
New filmic research: urban patterns.
Little guy on the street. Got a little song practice in today, trying to memorize lyrics.
The Rideau Canal, looking towards the Ottawa River at Golden Hour, Chateau Laurier on the right.

 The observer being observed.
 More observing.
This looked better with real eyes.

Early morning drive tomorrow with two vans of students and two colleagues. This was certainly the sunniest of Ottawas. Lots of great films. I'm not inclined to be earnestly critical anymore. It's not the way to best enjoy them. But I do appreciate the good things.


Going to bed watching a little Quebec news...

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday in Ottawa.

Back to this little guy, lurking on theatre seats.
Louise's "Maman", in front of the National Art Gallery on a blue sky day.


Hot peppers at the Byward Market. Walked around a bit this afternoon, looking for something nice.
Not so sure about this.

Tomorrow's the last full day in Ottawa. Tonight the festival awards were...awarded. It's basically over, though there are screenings still to be...screened.

All things must pass, when they happen in time.

Ottawa Friday

Another great day of screenings at the festival. And today, the  Animator's Picnic.

Here in the double-decker bus on the way to Strathcona(?) Park for food, beer, and rencontres. I've never carved a pumpkin here, just taken photos.

Today was relaxed and sunny. Tomorrow it's more "Meet the Filmmakers". The first day's crowd of artists was surprisingly articulate. Today's experience was different, with some degree of incoherence, some interesting points, and a wandering host who let one thing go on a long time.
The first-prize pumpkin.

Bus interior texture.
For several years I have walked past these tissue holders. Thought of acquiring one but am now content just to take a picture.
















Dreaming Thomas have found their way to Canada. No gigs just yet, just traces in odd places. So far it hasn't affected record sales, but we expect to see an Ontario spike soon...




Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday in Ottawa.



Full day watching movies, but with some time spent outside, too. This is a view from inside the National Art Gallery, attending the International Panorama screening. Panorama films are deemed not good enough for competition but worthy of being screened at the festival.

So, looking forward to jogging down by the river, it was unfortunately the case that the river path is being renovated and so most of it is closed on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. Don't know why, but I will check out the Quebec side in the morning, going across the Alexander Bridge. The weather's been the best I've ever experienced here, and that's since 2002.

Walked around downtown, past a Peace Day demonstration/gathering in front of the Parliament buildings. Went into a shopping/business building to get a Subway lunch, then headed back on the pedestrian street to the auberge. Ottawa is not big, and not small, with a comfortable tourist zone with its covered market and many hamburger pubs, as well as Middle Eastern, Indian, and Asian restaurants.

Tomorrow is the Animator's Picnic, an opportunity for photo-taking at the pumpkin carving contest. Sunday will be interesting, as the festival will essentially be over, leaving a full day for sightseeing and doing work.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ottawa Animation festival 2017.



Drove up with two vans full of animation students and two fellow teachers yesterday, during a warm, sunny day. A pleasantly uneventful trip followed by the evening screening of Competition Shorts, Program 1. Bumped into a few folks and sang "Hey Bulldog" at the karaoke party, then headed back to the auberge for to sleeping.

Here with Karl and Chantal, back at her Auberge des Arts. Looking forward to seeing way too much great animation and enjoying the river.