Canadian Film Institute Free Screenings Honouring Ottawa Filmmaker Frank Cole


To celebrate Ottawa’s rich history as a filmmaking production centre, the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) is presenting free screenings showcasing the entire body of work of the late, internationally renowned Ottawa filmmaker, Frank Cole, on Saturday, September 30 at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall Theatre.


Ottawa’s Mysterious Maverick: The Cinema of Frank Cole starts at 6:30pm with Cole’s two short documentary films: A Documentary (1979) and The Mountenays (1982), and his first idiosyncratic, ground-breaking feature fiction film, A Life (1987). At 8:30pm, the CFI will present Cole’s second and final feature film, Life Without Death (2000), which documents the filmmaker’s second solo journey across the Sahara Desert. Cole was murdered in a remote part of Mali on this second crossing of the Sahara in 2000.


This is the second in a series of screenings as part of Ottawa: Cinema Capital, a project celebrating Ottawa as a capital of Canadian cinema. The public screening series will continue every month into December with a variety of films made in Ottawa over the years, showcasing everything from animation to documentary, experimental film to narrative drama. The next screening, Ottawa Scandalous, will be held on Thursday, October 26 at the Mayfair Theatre. On the following Sunday at the ByTowne Cinema, the CFI will present a 35mm rare archival print of Crawley Films 1963 feature film, The Luck of Ginger Coffey. The series continues in November and December.


This project is funded by Ottawa 2017’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Program (stewarded by AOE Arts Council, Ottawa Arts Council and Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa).