CANADIAN EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA BEGINS IN OTTAWA – Café Ex Returns Featuring Winnipeg’s Heidi Phillips – October 28, 2011

CFN – The Canadian Film Institute’s interactive program entitled Café Ex presents its premiere guest artist of the season, Heidi Phillips on October 28th at Club SAW. The series features Canadian experimental cinema, with filmmakers presenting their work and engaging in extensive discussions with audience members for a “pay-what-you-can” admission.

Heidi Phillips sifts and searches through old films and found footage, lifting imagery and sound to recycle into her own layered and loosely structured narrative works. These found-footage and hand-processed films entice the viewer into an alternate reality where sailboats have character and disembodied arms have hope. A practicing filmmaker and curator, Phillips has been involved with a variety of projects including the recent multimedia installation Residual, which uses experimental darkroom techniques to manipulate footage of abandoned farms, shacks and churches.

Heidi Phillips: Mysteries of Light takes place on October 28th, 2011 at 7:30pm at Club SAW, 67 Nicholas St., Ottawa. Admission is “pay-what-you-can”. The program will conclude with the premiere of Phillips’ latest film series based on 8mm found footage bought from “Klass ?A’ Auctions” in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Film Institute (CFI) was incorporated in 1935 as a federally-chartered, non-governmental, non-profit cultural organization. It is the oldest film institution in Canada and the second oldest film institute in the world. More information can be found online at

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