Lights, camera, action = gold

Architecture student’s experimental film wins award

A scene from House of the Gathering. A man stands in a smoky street.

Submitting a film to a film festival is similar to playing a lottery: one never knows what the outcome will be. However, when an Architecture graduate student sent in his film, it won him his third Gold Remi for Experimental Drama at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

James Anthony Usas’ film about Kitchener in 1916, House of the Gathering, shows how the city’s cultural roots fueled social tension during WWI. The city had just changed its name from Berlin to Kitchener, and the tensions between ethnic Germans and multi-generation Canadians brought about violence and crime in the city.

A feature-length version of House of the Gathering will be shot in April 2014, and the original video will be posted on Vimeo following its showing at the Montreal World Film Festival this month.

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