2010 – 2016 State of Exception (in production)
Residents of Rio de Janeiro’s iconic favelas band together to resist forced eviction from their homes to make way for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Commissioned by Hot Docs
Rio de Janeiro introduces a controversial policing program (UPP) in the favelas. Artists resist against police brutality and social exclusion through their music and performance art.
Official Selection – Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Official Selection – The European Indendent Film Festival 2014, Paris, France.
Official Selection – The Sarasota Film Festival 2014, Sarasota, USA.
Official Selection – FIFEQ – Ethnographic Film Festival 2014, Montreal, Canada.
Official Selection – SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival 2014, Providence, USA
Official Selection – Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival 2014, New Delhi, India
2013 Migrant Dreams
Camera/Sound (Dir: Min Sook Lee)
2013 The Plutocrats
Sound (Clearwater Documentary)
Feature length Documentary based on the New York Times Bestseller; Plutocrats – The Rise of The Global Super Elite and the Fall of Everyone Else, by Chrystia Freeland.
2012 Teo in Toronto (TVO)
1st Camera/Sound (Dir: Min Sook Lee)
Follow-up to Min Sook’s 2003 film: El Contrato, exploring the plight of migrant agricultural workers in Ontario.
2012 Jack: The Innovative Educator at RU
Camera/Editor (Dir: Min Sook Lee)
Short documentary about Jack Layton’s legacy as a professor at Ryerson University.
2012 The Secret Trial 5
Camera (Producer: 52 Media)
2011- 2012 Hot Docs Film Festival
Video Production Coordinator (Director/Producer/Editor)
Coordinate a crew of twelve to produce a series of promotional videos in advance of the festival as well as dailies screened online and in theatres during the festival.
Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
Winner of the Canada Cinema Editors Award
SYNOPSIS: One citizen, one camera, one horrific weekend in Toronto. While violence robbed the headlines at the G20 Summit, the urgent pleas of an international citizen movement were silenced in what the Ontario Ombudsman André Marion describes as “the most massive compromise of civil liberties in Canadian history”.
2011 Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands
CBC DocZone & The Nature of Things two-hour special.
Operating as a one-person crew, I traveled to Washington with the film’s protagonist Dene elder Francois Paulette, recorded the G20 protests in Toronto, and logged and captured more than 100 tapes of raw footage (DVCPRO HD & HDCAM).
An excerpt from the international broadcast/theatrical version of Tipping Point,
all footage recorded by Jason O’Hara with the exception of the interview with George Monbiot.
2011 G20: You should have stayed home
CBC The Fifth Estate
Investigative reporter Gillian Findlay confronts Toronto Chief of Police Bill Blair with footage recorded by Seven Generations at the G20 protests.
2010 An Urban Tragedy
(co-directed with Tom Radford)
A preliminary version of the documentary was unveiled at the opening ceremonies of the UN Habitat World Urban Forum 5 in Rio de Janeiro to an audience of 8,000 international delegates, including several heads of state.
2010 Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman
Additional Footage – provided for June 28, 2010 broadcast