(EU Latvian/Canadian Citizenship)
DIRECTOR AND SOLE OWNER OF:
LAIKA FILMS INC. (incorporated 27/01/99) SIA LAIKA FILMS (incorporated 20/01/2012)
42-16 St. Joseph St. Kr. Valdemara 33-10a
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9 Riga LV 1010
WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER (on all projects, unless specified)
SIBERIAN STORY: (development) 10th draft script completed. Project seeking producers. A film exploring exile from a female perspective. (Received Canada Council for the Arts Established Film Artists Grant 2011/2012 for 1st draft.)
INVITATION TO RED: (development) Short script completed. Seduced by the color red, a woman’s passion is ignited finding delicious expression.
A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND: (in development) 2nd draft feature script exploring violence and grace in the south in the 1950’s based on three stories by Flannery O’Connor.
SOLACE, (2006) Digital, 19 min. black & white, Drama exploring violence and grace.
Riga “Arsenals” International Film Festival, Latvia, October 2008
32nd New England Film & Video Festival, 2007
Silver City Film Festival, 2nd Prize best dramatic narrative film, New Mexico, 2007
Stephen Bulgar Gallery & John Spotten Theatre, National Film Board of Canada, 2007
New Riga Theatre, Latvia, October 2006
MATIN DANS UNE FORET DE PINS, (1998) 16mm., col. Feature doc/drama (Latvian w. English subtitles) the lives of six young people unfold in a journey where the boundaries between documentary and fiction, reality and dream cease to exist. Shot entirely on location in Latvia. (Producer, Co-Director, Co-Editor with Janis Kalejs)
Montreal World Film Festival, Cinema of Tomorrow: New Trends, Canada 1998. (In the Telefilm competition for Best Canadian Film)
Riga “Arsenals” International Film Festival, Latvia 1998.
“Andaluzijas Suns” Kinoteatris, Riga, Latvia, theatrical run, October, 1998.
Cinematheque & John Spotton Theater, Toronto, theatrical run, November, 1998
Balticum Film & TV Festival, Bornholm, Sweden, Official Selection Competition, June 1999.
Marseille International Doc Film Festival, France, Official Selection Competition, June 1999.
St. Petersburg “Message to Man” Documentary Film Festival, Russia, June 1999.
Encontros Internacionais de Cinema, Portugal, November 1999. (special Jury award)
SAND IN HER SHOES, (1994) 16mm., col., ½ hour, a woman’s magic, ritualistic journey to empowerment, shot in the desert of New Mexico.
Riga, Arsenals International Film Festival, Latvia, 1996.
International Women’s Film Festival Minsk, March 1997.
VELVEETA AFTERNOON, (1991) 16mm., col., ½ hour, drama exploring the ambiguous and deceptive nature of language and memory in coming to terms with personal truth through two characters; a small town 50’s woman and her young guest.
ANNA & LAURA, (1989) 1 hour drama, video, exploring the notion of duality through the lives of two very different women.
BLUE SKY/GREY SKY, (1989) 5 min., 16mm./video, a filmic journey of a woman through the alienating landscape of the subway.
SKIN DEEP, 13 x 30 min. documentary series on plastic surgery, INNER CITY FILMS (LIFEand Discovery Health Channels). Produced, directed, edited 7 episodes (2001)
THEATER AND ART PERFORMANCE:
1985-86 ESTIMATED PURITY,WHY DON’T YOU DANCE WITH ME?. LA,LA,LA, A PIE, FATHER/LAND
1981-84 AQUASPHERES OR WHATEVER HAPPENED TO NARCCISSUS? ORTHO/HETERO DOX, STATIC INTERFERENCE, SOIREE, SON OF SOIREE, I ALSO PLAN TO CANCEL MY ARTS CANADA SUBSCRIPTION, WHEN DID WE EVER HAVE BREAKFAST TOGETHER? PLASTIK PASSION, NIGHT WHEN THE VEIL IS THIN
(Documented in the Canadian Anthology of Performance Art, 1970-1990, Coach House Press, 1992.)
ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN New Media (Film, photo, video)1985-87
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO Hon. B.A. History (major), Theater (minor) 1981
MUNSTER LETT. GYMNASIUM Abitur (West Germany) 1975
LANGUAGES Latvian, English, basic German and French, student of Russian
Mara Ravins has received numerous Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council grants for film over the last 15 years, financial support from the OMDC, the National Film Board of Canada, The Danish Film Institute, and The Toronto Arts Council as well as two grants from the prestigious Soros Foundation in New York.
RECENT WORK HISTORY
ONTARIO MEDIA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION: Project Analyst for Film, Television and Interactive Digital Media in the Financing & Tax Credits department, 2006 to current, which includes budget breakdowns, financing plans, content and contract analysis, consultation for international producers, teaching workshops on financing for industry organizations such as WIFT and DGC and post secondary film programs.
INSTINCT FILMS/NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA: 9 months of Research and writing toward the development of the docu/drama FAMILY MOTEL based on the lives of homeless living in the motels in the suburbs of Toronto 2005.
ALLIANCE ATLANTIS COMMUNICATIONS INC. March 1998 – August 2002: Script and novel analyst for Motion Picture and TV Departments.
OTHER RELEVANT INDUSTRY WORK:
WARDROBE WORK: Over 1,500 hours of on set wardrobe work with Nabet 700 and IATSE Local 873 for shows such as Friday The 13th series, Palais Royale, JFK, Bait.
ART DIRECTION/ PRODUCTION DESIGN (selected)
ARRESTING DESIGN, Design Dept. Head, Reality TV, 1st season, W Channel. (2003)
ODYSSEY (8 episodes), Buyer, 35mm. Sci-Fiction TV Series, Showtime (2002)
A SORDID AFFAIR, Art Director, 35mm. Feature, Arto-Pelli/Gemini Filmprodukc. (1999)
DANGEROUS OFFENDER, Head Set Decorator, 35mm., Feature, CBC (1995)
BLOOD & DONUTS, Art Director, 35mm.,Feature, Cnd Film Center/Daban Films (1995)
BOULEVARD, Head Set Decorator, 35mm., Feature, Norstar (1993)
TC 2000, Head Set Decorator, 35mm., Feature, Film One Productions (1993)
RED HOT, Assistant Wardrobe Designer, 35mm., Feature, Red Hot Motion Pic. (1992)
GERDA, Production Designer, 16mm., col., Feature, Gerda Film Production (1991)
FRIDAY THE 13th, series, Assistant Wardrobe Mistress, Triumph Ent. (1988-89)
MYSTERIOUS MOONMEN OF CANADA, Production Designer, 16mm., ½ hr.
The film received a 1989 Genie Award. A film by Colin Brunton. (1987)
ARTICLES PUBLISHED ON FILM WORK: (selected)
“Cinema and the Seduction of Beauty”, interview with Mara Ravins, Agnese Civle, in Arterritory, March 2012.
“Again With the tribe” by Kristine Matiss, Latvian Independent Morning Daily, Interview with filmmaker Mara Ravins, October 21, 2006.
“Life…In the Cities. Will Morning in the Pine Forest be a sensation?, by Normunds Naumanis, film critic for Latvia’s largest daily, Diena, September 21, 1998.
“I Want to Break My Prejudices,” by Dita Rietums, film critic for Latvia’s largest daily Diena, September 25, 1998.
“To Be A Part Of…,” by Elga Liepa, Art +, September 3, 1998.
“Morning in the Pine Forest”, by Sergei Timofeiev, film critic for Russian daily Diena, September 10, 1998.
“Unexpected Connections,” by Vineta Lagzdina, Baltic Times, September 30, 1998., Latvija Amerika, November 21, 1998.
“Morning in the Pine Forest,” film review by V. Badayant, St. Petersburg’s Alternative Press, June 25, 1999.
“Sweet Song of Youth,” by Dimitri Katadotis, film critic, Hour, August 28 - September 3, 1998.
“Documentary Tracks Life for Latvian Teens,” Cameron Bailey, NOW, November 12 - 18, 1998.
(references available on request)