Fotdella follows New-Brunswick born Canadian street musician Ryan Baer – influenced by San Francisco one-man-band legend Jesse Fuller – as he constructs instruments from salvaged junk and performs in markets, beach towns and underground spaces. Drifting through Kitchener-Waterloo, Lake Huron and Berlin, Germany, the film captures the solitudes and celebrations of nostalgic touring musicians who recycle 20th century blues, jazz and folk cultures. As it documents the tactile mechanics of DIY music making, Fotdella tinkers with intimate and surreal performance footage to present a world of hacksaws, tubas, washboards and song staged between a transnational present and an imagined past.
Saroja (No Cable Productions) is a Canada-based filmmaker, sound artist and community arts educator raised in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. She is well-versed in critical geography, participatory media and documentary. Her independent arts practice involves working with a variety of media within the spectrum of documentary – animation, photographs, home video, electronic soundscapes, audio archives and video interviews. Her current body of work focuses on the spatial, political, psychological and sonic worlds that artists and communities create for themselves, and how these are embodied and shaped by their own intergenerational histories.
Pandi, her first feature film, is an intimate moving diary that explores the mysteries behind her uncle’ life and sudden death via his personal archives. Her work has been supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada. She has been an integral part of the National Film Board’s Emmy-winning HIGHRISE project. In 2015, she was awarded with the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Media Arts.
Saroja has worked in programming, research and workshop facilitation with various arts institutions and non-profit organizations including the NFB, Regent Park Film Festival, The Metcalf Foundation, Workman Arts, Toronto School of Arts, Hot Docs Youth Camp, the Commons Studio and has sat on juries for the Ontario Arts Council. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Geography from University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University.