Betty Burke

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BB’s “Suede” to screen at Ottawa International Film Festival

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People sometimes ask me how I know so many musicians from Ottawa. As a punk and fanzine writer in Cornwall in the 90s, attending shows in Ottawa and hanging around the zine rack at Five Arlington, was an important part of my life. Though I am not “from Ottawa,” I was more than a tourist/less than a resident to its music scene, and I continue to be friends with many of the great people I met in those years.

Ottawa-born Jeff Miller’s Ghost Pine zines and book are a big influence on Betty Burke. I consider Ghost Pine’s guiding principle “All Stories True” to be words to live by, and reading Jeff’s tales about friends and fellow musicians taught me that you don’t need science fiction to have a good time.

Ottawa has given me friends, literary influences, great music, and a distinctive accent. But that’s not all: this summer, Ottawa is giving Betty Burke a film screening! The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is happy to include Cornwallites in their definition of local filmmakers. It is just a hop, skip & jump; a jump away, after all! So this local filmmaker will be having a big screen debut on Sunday, August 21st at the Babylon club on Bank Street, as part of a music video program that runs 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. The film of Betty Burke’s “You Can’t Wear Suede in The Rain,” a collaboration with Joseph Clement, will be shown along with other music videos from the Ottawa area.

There is a lot of talent in the valley, and I am proud to be part of a festival that celebrates this rich little land of storytellers, musicians, and film and video artists.

– MM


Written by bettyburkeband

August 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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