OIFF puts Spotlight on rockumentary

The Ottawa Rock Lottery took 25 local musicians, randomly matched them up into five new bands and gave them all 24 hours to create concert sets.

But while the musicians were frantically trying to meet each other, write original music and practise for the concert, there was also a film crew trying to capture all of the creative mayhem.

“I'm excited to see it, there's probably going to be lots of laughs at the screening,” said musician Sean Tansey, of the upcoming screening at the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF).

Tansey, who plays guitar in the band Miss Polygamy, said the lottery was an eye-opening experience as he made friends and found himself taking on a new, more laid-back creative role as he was drafted as a drummer in the lottery band.

Other bands in the film include The Love Machine, winner of Live 88.5's Big Money Shot, as well as The Acorn, The Murder Plans and others.

“The Spotlight Series was created not only to promote Ottawa filmmakers and their work but to also show the city just how much great work is being done here,” said Spotlight Series manager Shawn Kazda.

Tickets for the show are $8 at the door.

For more information go to oiff.ca or ottawarocklottery.com.

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