Summer Nights Festival

Event FROM July 27 TO August 5

Summer Nights
Cinema and Music Under the Stars
July 27 – August 5, 2012

Presented by Galerie SAW Gallery (Ottawa) and AXENÉO7 (Gatineau)

Festival venues:
July 27 – 29: SAW outdoor courtyard (67 Nicholas Street, Ottawa)
August 3 – 5: AXENÉO7 backyard (80 Hanson Street, Gatineau)

In case of rain, events will be held inside Galerie SAW Gallery and AXENÉO7.

Single tickets: $5
All-access pass: $10
Camping (includes tent) : $10

Tickets and passes available at the door. Camping on August 3 and 4 only.
Tent reservations:
Some of the world’s most visionary filmmakers and an eclectic group of musicians will congregate under the stars for a summer festival like no other. Featuring outdoor projections followed by music around the campfire by live bands and DJs, the festival brings the summer camp experience to the city!

Summer Nights will take place over two weekends, with screenings held in Ottawa in SAW’s outdoor courtyard between July 27 and 29, and in Gatineau in AXENÉO7’s backyard between August 3 and 5. The screenings in Gatineau will also feature an overnight campground for more adventurous festival-goers, but most can simply grab a beer, settle down on the grass, roast marshmallows and enjoy a new unique outdoor cinematic experience!

The festival will kick off at on Friday, July 27 with the critical sensation Double Take, featuring a cast of characters that includes Alfred Hitchcock, George W. Bush, Fidel Castro and Richard Nixon. Belgian director Johan Grimonprez plundered film and television history to create a mesmerizing, genre-defying work that The New York Times calls “the most intellectually agile of this year’s crop of films.” The opening party continues into the night with a concert of electronic pop by Toronto-based collective Lal. Chili and baked beans, cooked onsite by Friday Lunch Project, will be served along with special campfire fare such as bannock and marshmallows.

Not to be missed on Saturday, July 28: a special live-animation performance by 2010 Sobey Award winner Daniel Barrow, who will present his low-tech masterpiece The Face of Everything using a simple overhead projector to breathtaking effect. Based on the life experiences of some of Liberace’s notorious young boyfriends, the performance will be followed by Ottawa hometown DJ phenom Phil Villeneuve, who has been behind some of Toronto’s best parties (Big Primpin’ and Fit). He will be bringing to the capital an incarnation of his over-the-top French gay dance party Tapette with special performances by the irreverent Toronto drag star Fay Slift.

On Sunday, July 29, the festival will feature the newest film by one of Canada’s most successful exports, acclaimed Winnipeg-based filmmaker Guy Maddin. A haunting black-and-white film that defies categorization, Keyhole features cinematic grande dame Isabella Rossellini in yet another collaboration with the filmmaker.

For its second weekend, the festival crosses the river from Ottawa to Gatineau to AXENÉO7’s idyllic setting on the Ruisseau de la Brasserie, for a screening on Friday, August 3 of Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi’s latest work, This is Not a Film. Partially shot on an iPhone and famously smuggled in a cake for its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival during the director’s house arrest and government-imposed ban on filmmaking, this poignant reflection on the art of filmmaking will be followed by a concert by Ottawa singer and musician Hamid Reza Naderian, whose performance of traditional Persian music will fill the night.

On Saturday, August 4, the festival will showcase the 1974 cult classic Il était une fois dans l’est (Once Upon a Time in the East), born of a long-standing collaboration between film and theatre director André Brassard and legendary Québec playwright Michel Tremblay. It will be followed by a dance party with Décorative Internationale, featuring DJs Edmond Palace and Angel Femminielli from Montréal, who are sure to make the audience boogie and bounce until the wee hours of the night.

To close off the festival on Sunday, August 5, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s knock-out documentary film !Women Art Revolution will bring the 1960s and 1970s feminist movement back to vivid life with a rousing soundtrack by Laurie Anderson, Janis Joplin and Sleater-Kinney and a plethora of interviews with the likes of Yoko Ono, Miranda July, Cindy Sherman and the Guerilla Girls. The evening continues with the loungy beats of local nightlife sensation Jas Nasty.

Summer Nights is co-presented by the artist-run centres Galerie SAW Gallery and AXENÉO7 though the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The complete festival program is available here: /


Friday, July 27 at 9PM
Galerie SAW Gallery

Opening night

Source, Pepita Ferrari, Québec, 6 minutes, 2011
Double Take, Johan Grimonprez, Belgium/Germany/Netherlands, 80 minutes, 2010

Musical performance by Lal, Toronto

Saturday, July 28 at 9PM
Galerie SAW Gallery

Special sneak preview of 3D short film Many a Swan, Blake Williams, Canada, 6 minutes, 2012
The Face of Everything, Daniel Barrow, performance, Québec, 45 minutes, 2002

Followed by Tapette, featuring DJ Phil Villeneuve and performer Fay Slift, Toronto

Sunday, July 29 at 9PM
Galerie SAW Gallery

Solipsist, Andrew Thomas Huang, USA, 10 minutes, 2012
Keyhole, Guy Maddin, Canada, 93 minutes, 2011

Musical performance by DJ Lakes District, Ottawa

Friday, August 3 at 9PM

Le beau et le laid, et la photographie, Emmanuelle Léonard, Québec, 16 minutes, 2011
Ceci n’est pas un film (This Is Not a Film), Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi, Iran, 75 minutes, 2011

Musical performance by Hamid Reza Naderian, Ottawa

Saturday, August 4 at 9PM
Il était une fois dans l’est (Once Upon a Time in the East), André Brassard, Québec, 101 minutes, 1973 Followed by a video interview with André Brassard, produced for Summer Nights

Décorative internationale DJ night, featuring Edmond Palace and Angel Femminielli, Montréal

Sunday, August 5 at 9PM

Closing night

Sophie Lavoie, Anne Émond, Québec, 8 minutes, 2009
!Women Art Revolution, Lynn Hershman Leeson, USA, 83 minutes, 2010

Musical performance by DJ Jas Nasty, Ottawa

For more information: /

Galerie SAW Gallery    
67 Nicholas Street    
Ottawa ON K1N 7B9    
T: (613) 236-6181

80, rue Hanson,
Gatineau (Qc) J8Y 3M5

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