SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE follows independent filmmaker Di Golding as she interrogates one of the world’s most lucrative and powerful consumer paradigms – the fashion industry. The rules are simple: for one year Di cannot purchase any clothing or accessories. Equipped with a comedic wit, Di not only examines her own consumption of fashion but also asks the question – Is there a better way? In her quest to find out if it’s possible to escape the reach of fashion, Di also paints a humorous yet alarming picture of the institutionalization of the fashion industry in contemporary culture. With the help of experts and archival film footage, SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE uncovers how fashion has dramatically transformed us from a nation of intrinsically modest folk into a society where every street is a potential catwalk.
DI GOLDING – SUBJECT/WRITER/PRODUCER
Di is an alumni of the 2000/2001 Scriptwriting Program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. She also studied Comedy Screenwriting under SCTV’s Dave Flaherty as part of Humber College’s Mentorship Program in 2003.
Formerly of FIRST PANCAKE FILMS, Di worked on both sides of the camera as an actor, writer, producer and editor on several short films. She wrote and starred in 2008’s ‘Gary From 3 Years Into the Future’, and ‘Mona:24Hour Trainwreck’ which were both semi-finalists in the Super Shorts comedy film contest, and was the writer, editor and star of ‘Mona: A Work In Progress’ which screened at the Ottawa International Film Festival’s 72 Hour Film Festival in 2010.
In 2011, Di and long-time collaborator Tim McEown formed HEART ATTAK FILMS and began work on the documentary ‘Something More Comfortable’.
Di and Tim also had a ten week run as film columnists for CBC Ottawa’s ‘All In A Day’ radio program.
TIM MCEOWN- WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER
A long time employee of Elgin Video and lifelong movie enthusiast Tim has spent his life immersed in narrative. He worked for Aircel comics during the black and white boom of the eighties writing and illustrating for a variety of titles. As well, he self-published ‘The Hidden Bureaucracies of Inanimate Objects’ to the critical acclaim of friends and family. For the last ten years or so he has partnered with Di in writing/directing/producing a number of short films as well as co-hosting segments on CBC1 as film columnists. They are currently in production on the documentary film ‘Something More Comfortable’ .
KYLA FARMER-ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Kyla Farmer is a natural resources & environmental economics student at Carleton University, sustainability entrepreneur, former film festival volunteer, NDP leadership campaign fundraiser coordinator, and associate producer for Something More Comfortable. She recently became a Host for Hub Ottawa – a new social innovation centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Most relevant to SMC would be her involvement with Ef Magazine, an online sustainable fashion magazine, since its launch in January 2011.
LUCA FIORE – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Luca is a director, cinematographer and editor who won the Ottawa International Film Festival’s 2011 Music Video Challenge for ‘Happy Wanderer/Carry the Weight’ by My Dad VS Yours.
Luca was also the star of ‘Polar Bear Love’ which won the Ottawa International Film Festival’s 2011 72 Hour Film Challenge, and was a semi-finalist in CBC Television’s 2011 Short Film Face Off.
See Luca’s work here: http://www.valkaline.com/
NICK BENNETT – EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
A graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, Nick has spent the better part of two decades in the high tech industry in Ottawa. Always a fan of film, he is happy to contribute his experience in project management and delivery to this venture.
JAMES GREATREX – EDITOR/STORY EDITOR
James is a Kingston, Ontario based multimedia artist, filmmaker and screenwriter with a substantial background in documentary, corporate, academic and experimental film-making. James was heavily involved in with the production of documentary films with sustainability advocate David Chernushenko, acting as Assistant Director, Editor, Story Editor and Director of Photography on ‘Powerful:Energy for Everyone’ (2010), as Editor, Story Editor and Camera on ‘Can Canada Catch the Renewable Boom?’ (2009), and as Editor, 2nd Assistant Director and Camera on ‘Be the Change’ (2008). James has extensive experience in many aspects of film-making and has worked on projects for the National Film Board of Canada, Queens University, The Ottawa International Animation Festival, Canadian Screen Training Centre and the Summer Institute of Film and Television.
JESS NEWTON – PRODUCTION/RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Jess holds a degree in sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a Master’s in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. Having spent years working in retail, in both clothing stores and a magazine store, fashion has been front and center in her life. With an interest in how people interact with the fashion world, Jess brings a distinctive perspective to the SMC project.
Tim and Di and ‘Something More Comfortable’ were featured in the October 2011 issue of Ottawa Magazine.
Di wrote a guest blog post for the fashion blog Capital Oh! Read it here.http://capitaloh.blogspot.com/2012/02/exciting-news-capital-oh-readers-right.html
Listen to a selection of Tim and Di’s segments on CBC Radio’s ‘All In A Day’ program here: