Fortunate Son – Ottawa Premiere
Thursday, November 3rd, 7pm
Library and Archives Auditorium, 395 Wellington Street
$5 SAW Video & CFI members
$8 general admission

Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute

Fortunate Son is an autobiographical feature documentary about the echoes of depression and drug addiction, and a strange love letter from a troubled son to his aging parents. Over a decade ago, filmmaker Tony Asimakopoulos fell into a hole of severe drug use and nearly destroyed himself. Only recently did he discover the extent to which he shattered the lives of his Greek immigrant parents. Using a camera as a psychological probe, he looks at himself, his parents and his new fiancée, and begins to understand his family's legacy of fear, anger and negativity. A film about faith, despair, escape and renewal, Fortunate Son follows the filmmaker from his childhood home in Montreal, to the Greek villages of his parents' birth, and beyond...

SAW Video is proud to present this new feature by one of its beloved former members, who was active at the centre between 1995 and 2004.


Café Ex: The Short Films of Tony Asimakopoulos
Saturday, November 5th, 7pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street
Pay what you can

Presented in collaboration with the Canadian Film Institute

Café Ex is an on-going screening series featuring Canada’s most acclaimed experimental imagemakers. For this edition, Tony Asimakopoulos will introduce and discuss a selection of his short films, including the award-winning Jimmy Fingers (1991), the dark drama Night of the Celibate (2000), the experimental dreamy melodrama Damn Near Killed Him (1998), and the story of a young Italian man who loses faith in everything, Mama’s Boy (1992).


“Enter At Your Own Risk: Filming your Family”: A Master Class with Tony Asimakopoulos

Friday, November 4th, 2pm - 5pm
Club SAW, 67 Nicholas Street
Cost: $25 / Limited to 15 participants

Veteran filmmaker and SAW Video staff alumnus Tony Asimakopoulos will offer a master class in autobiographical documentary production, drawing on examples from his new feature film Fortunate Son. He will discuss everything he did wrong, and how you can try to avoid it... as well as the various benefits of going straight to the core of your preoccupations as a human being and an artist: your family of origin.

Tony Asimakopoulos is a director currently based in Montreal, where he recently completed his first documentary feature, Fortunate Son, produced by EyeSteelFilm. Tony studied film at Concordia University and made the award-winning shorts Jimmy Fingers (1991) and Mama's Boy (1992). After recovering from a severe drug problem, he worked to develop a groundbreaking video-apprenticeship program for youth-at-risk at SAW Video. Returning to film & television work, he wrote & directed the dramatic feature Horsie's Retreat (2004) at the Canadian Film Centre, and the docudrama series Canadian Casefiles (2005/2006) for Global Television. Since 2007, he has been the director of online comedy shorts for CBC's WireTap with Jonathan Goldstein.

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