Hamilton Fringe

Now in its 18th season, the Hamilton Fringe creates a platform for independent, emerging, and established theatre artists in Hamilton.

Films On The Fringe

Films On The Fringe, presented by the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area, offers Hamiltonians two opportunities to enjoy films under the stars at our Fringe Club Patio (125 Barton St. W., South Building – enter off Caroline Street N.). Part of our FREE Digital Fringe Club programming.

July 16, 2021 @7:30PM

The Fourth Annual Shorts Showcase is hosted by Laura Ellis. Enjoy a selection of shorts by Canadian filmmakers and find out who the winner is! Jury members include: Laura Ellis, Louise Noel-Ambrose, and Marina Willats.

Shorts Showcase Longlist 2021

“The Curtain”

“Little Oliver”
1st Runner Up

“The Women”
2nd Runner Up

“Falling In”


“I’ll Need This For Later”

Laura Ellis, Juror and Host

Laura Ellis is an award-winning actor, director, writer and arts educator in the theatre and film
industry. She is the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Women’s Work: an all-female writer’s
collective and of the Hamilton L.O.F.T (Ladies of Film & Television): a film collective for
womxn/non-binary artists to network, find mentorship and training opportunities, and
create/promote their work. In 2020, Laura was the Host for The City of Hamilton Arts Awards
and is currently the community producer and Host of Cable 14’s show “Backstage Pass” (which
showcases the talent of local artists). In her non-COVID days, she could be found kicking butt in
martial arts classes, performing as part of the female comedy sketch duo The Awkward Rebels,
and napping with her cats. Let’s be real…you can still find her napping with her cats.

Louise Noel-Ambrose, Juror

Louise Noel-Ambrose has been an image of excellent leadership throughout the years she has
worked and represented many communities and projects to make her local community and the
City of Hamilton a much better place for women and their families to foster their growth and
resilience. Louise Noel-Ambrose is an event specialist, public relations guru, founder of
eventobe wellness and President of the Women's Canadian Club of Hamilton. Recipient of the
following awards:: Trailblazer in the African-Carribbean Community Awarded 100 Black
Women to Watch in Canada – CIBWE YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards –
Trailblazer Absolutely Fabulous Women – Excellence Award in the Community Leadership
Louise is a lover of films, in particular Bollywood films with subtitles in english. She has worked
with four international film festivals via Toronto, UK, Grenada and Hamilton.

Marina Willats, Juror

Marina Willats is an elementary school principal in the Hamilton Wentworth District School.
She previously spent 20 plus years as teacher and administrator in the Peel District School
Board. Marina's strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has led her to work with
corporations to train employees in culturally responsive volunteer practices to support their
Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. When not exploring the trails, Marina can be found
binge watching Netflix, knitting, trying her hand at golf, and scoping out patios for meet ups
with friends and family.


July 23, 2021 @ 7:30PM

In 20XX, a security specialist named Kawabi wants what everyone wants: to leave behind the scars of sickness, hunger, and war… and lead a new life in a new body. She joins The Grove, an idealistic new start-up with a fleet of bioengineered and shareable bodies. But when a hostile entity hacks The Grove’s network, colonizing the minds and bodies of its inhabitants, Kawabi must rescue her new home… by reckoning with a ghost of the past.

K BODY AND MIND is a new sci-fi miniseries by interdisciplinary performance collective, A Wake of Vultures, under the leadership of writer, director, and producer, Conor Wylie. It was initially conceived as an experimental performance, with dissociated but interlocking tracks of sound, light, and choreography, like a radio-play overlaid on a silent film. It blends the maximalist cyberpunk and anime aesthetics of films like Ghost in the Shell, AKIRA, or The Matrix, with the type of off-kilter minimalist performance seen in a Richard Maxwell play, or a David Lynch movie. It’s a strange and mesmerizing convergence, performed by two bodies in a 100-year-old theatre.

This 3-episode miniseries will stream LIVE in real time only ONCE – so don’t miss your chance to catch one of the most unique theatre/video hybrids to come out of the pandemic. More info about K BODY AND MIND here: https://www.kbodyandmind.com/

A woman in white light looks up into the distance with a wistful expression, while another woman in red light beside her looks off right of frame with a concerned expression.

Jasmine Chen + Donna Soares in K BODY AND MIND



You can also watch these events stream LIVE on 3 big screens at our outdoor Fringe Club Patio! Reserve a table at our  here: https://bit.ly/HFFPatio2021

Digital Fringe Club events are available to stream from now until July 25, 2021, with the exception of Films on the Fringe | K BODY AND MIND, which can only be viewed LIVE on July 23rd at 7:30pm – this event will not re-air.


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