16-year-old London playwright Adam Corrigan Holowitz in rehersal for his Fringe Festival production. Photo taken on Monday June 13, 2011.
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It is perhaps characteristic of London’s Adam Corrigan Holowitz that the young playwright/actor/director/vocalist & impresario is also a documentary filmmaker . . . & didn’t mention this (as far as JBNBlog knows) to me during the run-up or run of Colleening, the play about my late mother’s life & poetry which wound up on Saturday at The Arts Project.
The following details arrived from Angela Garde, Communications and PR Specialist, TVO (thanks Angela!) . . . & you can see LFP country holds two of the five spots in the final with Woodstock’s Doug MacDonald as a contender.
JBNBlog intends to view these films online & then vote & urges you to do the same . . . some other news about Adam herein — it appears he intends to study theatre at Fanshawe. Yay. Just in time for Fanshawe’s downtown performing arts centre to welcome him & classmates if all goes well.
Over to TVO & best wishes to Adam & all the finalists . . .
Adam Corrigan Holowitz, a Grade 12 student at London’s H.B. Beal Secondary School, has been selected as one of five finalists in the TVO Doc Studio Contest for his short film, I Am Excessive Wealth. Would you be interested in doing a feature on Adam about his film and his participation in the contest?
The TVO Doc Studio Contest is TVO’s second annual short documentary competition. Under the theme of “Poverty in 5”, entrants from across Ontario were asked to submit films that challenge society’s perceptions of poverty in five minutes or less. The theme of poverty extends TVO’s Why Poverty? campaign, an international initiative aimed at raising awareness about poverty in the 21st century. Led by renowned Canadian producer/director Shelley Saywell, a jury of esteemed Ontario documentary filmmakers determined the shortlist of five films. And now it’s in the hands of the public to choose their winner byvoting online.
I Am Excessive Wealth takes a satirical look at wealth distribution trends in Ontario. The film’s main character, Excessive Wealth, tries to convince the world to keep the poor “locked in their station” with suggestions like trying to be born poor, stripping unions of power and cutting social services. Watch his filmhere.
I Am Excessive Wealth is Adam’s first film. He has a passion for theatre and has directed seven plays. He also wrote performed in a one-man show calledManor Park, a play about his neighbourhood school. After high school, he plans to pursue studies in theatre arts at Fanshawe College.
The public can view the five shortlisted films and vote on their favourite until March 18 on the TVO Doc Studio voting page. The winning film will be announced on the Doc Studio site on Monday March 25. The winner will see his or her documentary aired on TVO, receive a pass to the Hot Docs Film Festival, and a day-long mentorship session with Shelley Saywell.
- Ontarians can cast their vote now for the next great documentary filmmaker at docstudio.tvo.org
TORONTO, March 11, 2013 /CNW/ – TVO is pleased to announce five finalists in TVO’s second annual short documentary competition, the TVO Doc Studio Contest. Under the theme of Poverty in 5, entrants from across Ontario were asked to submit films that challenge society’s perceptions of poverty in five minutes or less. Led by renowned producer/director Shelley Saywell, a jury of esteemed Ontario documentary filmmakers determined the shortlist of five films. And now it’s in the hands of the public to choose their winner by voting online.
The contest engaged a wide range of people, from aspiring filmmakers and those directly affected by poverty, to students from elementary to post-secondary levels. Submissions told compelling stories, such as seniors impacted by poverty; homeless men who commit crimes so they can get into jail – and off the streets; a filmmaker’s criticism of banks; and poverty from the eyes of grade-school students. The jury, which included Lalita Krishna, Manfred Becker and Min Sook Lee, were impressed as much by the ideas expressed in the films as by the innovative filmmaking demonstrated in the submissions.
“The jury and I were really looking for a different approach to the issue of poverty, and in watching the films we saw that participants understood that. We were prompted to question our own definitions of poverty,” says Shelley Saywell, TVO’s featured filmmaker. “TVO’s Doc Studio Contest has given people a valuable platform in which to have their say on an issue that affects so many of us, and has also made the art of filmmaking very democratic.”
The public can view the five films and vote on their favourite until March 18 on the TVO Doc Studio voting page. The winning film will be announced on the Doc Studio site on Monday March 25. The winner will see his or her documentary aired on TVO, receive a pass to the Hot Docs Film Festival, and a day-long mentorship session with Shelley Saywell.
For more information and full contest details, visit docstudio.tvo.org.
The five finalists are:
I Am Excessive Wealth
Directed by Adam Corrigam Holowitz (London)
I am Excessive Wealth takes a satirical look at wealth distribution trends in Ontario. The film’s main character, Excessive Wealth, tries to convince the world to keep the poor “locked in their station” with suggestions like trying to be born poor, stripping unions of power and cutting social services.
Make It a Priority
Directed by Doug MacDonald (Woodstock)
Against a simple backdrop of stats and facts, Grade 6 students explore why poverty exists. Through impassioned “rants,” the students contrast the Western world’s ease of access to the necessities of life to children around the world who struggle every day to get food, education, water and healthcare.
Directed by Vince Vaitiekunas (Toronto)
Exploring “where” poverty takes hold, Poor Ink takes viewers to a tattoo shop at the corner of Queen and Sherbourne in downtown Toronto and introduces three individuals who share the physical and emotional impact of poverty on their lives.
Food for Thought
Directed by Luis Cornejo (Toronto)
Filmed in two very different kitchens and focusing largely on images of food, Food for Thought is a visually rich and creative take on the socio-economic divide, comparing the meals prepared by a wealthy couple and a poor family.
Directed by Craig Conoley (Ottawa)
Mixing poetry, performance and documentary, 4 Kids examines poverty through the prose of Just Jamaal, a slam poet and hip hop artist from Ottawa. As an early childhood educator, night-shift caretaker, part-time artist and father of four, Jamaal is a testament to the pride that can exist despite one’s circumstances and the power of art to liberate oneself from those circumstances.
About Doc Studio
TVO champions documentaries year-round on air and through Doc Studio, an online showcase for documentary filmmakers and their work and a learning community supporting point-of-view filmmaking. A leader in Canadian point-of-view documentaries, TVO devotes more than half of its primetime schedule to documentaries and commissions 8 to 10 new point-of-view documentary films every year.
TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.