In 2005, filmmaker Kara Blake decided to give her creative efforts an official name and thus was born Philtre Films: a production company specializing in directing, editing and compositing for a wide spectrum of projects including short films and music videos, live projections and installation pieces.
The work of Philtre Films has been shown internationally at festivals and venues including the Museum of Modern Art New York, Telluride Festival, CPH:DOX and The Independent Film Channel. Most recently, The Offerings, a documentary presented as a 5-channel video installation, is part of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal’s touring exhibition Leonard Cohen : A Crack in Everything, 2017-2021.
The Delian Mode, an experimental documentary about electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, had the distinction of winning both a Genie Award, and the HotDocs Award for Best Short Documentary in 2009 and continues to screen worldwide. Next of Kin was the National Winner of the 2011 RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition hosted by TIFF and Derby & Groma picked up the Special Jury Prize at the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival in 2014.
Philtre Films has distinguished itself with unique independent productions, as well as close collaborations with artists and organizations such as composer Nicole Lizée, production designer Corinne Merrell, The National Film Board of Canada, Moment Factory, CBC, Erased Tapes and others. Past roles include editor for the stop-motion department of the animated feature film The Little Prince and co-creator of a large-scale visual accompaniment for an orchestral concert called Illusions commissioned by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal.
Kara was born in a small Ontario town at the height of Pong and Easy-Bake oven popularity. Impressed by flashing lights, she gravitated towards the dazzling skyline of Toronto in the early 90’s.
After completing a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in film production at Ryerson University, Kara worked as a digital effects artist, compositing visuals for film and television, while at the same time cultivating her own filmmaking practice.
One day Kara emerged from the darkroom with the bright idea of moving to Montreal to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University. Here, she furthered her experiments in fusing fact with fiction, and let her affinity towards sound and music guide her artistic endeavours.
Kara continues to call Montreal home while exploring worlds near and far through audiovisual means. She loves being involved in projects sparked by interesting ideas and fuelled by artistic integrity. Want to light a fire with her?