CineSiege 2013

Discover the next wave of Canadian film talent!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 7:00 pm
The Royal
608 College St. Toronto

Free admission

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Now in its 11th year, CineSiege presents a collection of short films – riveting fiction, cutting-edge alternative works and provocative documentaries – selected by leading lights of the Canadian film and media scene.

Screening one night only, this juried showcase features the best productions of 2012-2013 by York University’s talented young undergraduate filmmakers, chosen from a shortlist of 25 nominees, culled from a total pool of 130 productions.

Jurors are:

  • broadcast journalist Garvia Bailey, host/producer with CBC Radio 2 and cbcmusic.ca
  • filmmaker Anita Doron (The Lesser Blessed, Late Fragment, The End of Silence)
  • experimental filmmaker, film programmer and writer Chris Kennedy, executive director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)
  • Anita Lee, producer, National Film Board of Canada (Stories We Tell, Home Again)
  • Ezra Winton, film writer and co-founder and programming director of Cinema Politica

Jurors will be in attendance at CineSiege to introduce the winning films and explain why they were selected.

CineSiege is made possible through the generous support of  Cinespace Film Studios

Garvia Bailey

Garvia Bailey

Garvia Bailey has been a broadcast journalist with the CBC for ten years. She got her start in the world of independent film with the start-up production company Channel Zero – telling stories of social unrest around the world. Currently, she is a host and producer with CBC Radio 2 and cbcmusic.ca.  Prior to that, Bailey served as host and producer of “Big City Small World”, a program devoted to Toronto’s vast and diverse cultural scene.  She has been a regular contributor to CBC Radio 1’s Metro Morning since 2006, and is a regular presence on CBC TV covering the arts.
Anita Doron

Anita Doron

Anita Doron is a filmmaker and a TED Fellow. Her films have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South By South West, The Future of Cinema Salon at Cannes and at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her latest feature film, The Lesser Blessed, premiered at TIFF 2012. Doron received a Canadian Screen Awards nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Lesser Blessed. She is slated to direct Sailor Girl for Markham Street Films and is in development on Thunder Over Kandahar, a feature film based on the award-winning novel by Sharon McKay.
Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy is an independent filmmaker, film programmer and writer based in Toronto. He programmed for the Images Festival 2003-2006 and the Pleasure Dome screening collective 2000-2006. Currently, he programs two screening series: Early Monthly Segments (which he co-founded with Scott Miller Berry and Kate MacKay) and TIFF Cinematheque’s The Free Screen. Kennedy also serves as executive director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto. His short experimental films have screened at more than 100 festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows at the Canadian Film Institute, Los Angeles Film Forum, Nam June Paik Art Center, the La Plata Semana del Film Experimental and Pacific Film Archive. He has presented the work of others in Belgium, Egypt, Germany, the US and Canada.
Anita Lee

Anita Lee

Anita Lee is a producer at the National Film Board of Canada. Since joining the NFB in 2005, she has produced a slate of award-winning films including The Bodybuilder and I (Best Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2007 and Best Canadian Feature Documentary, Atlantic Film Festival 2007); FLicKeR (Jury Prize for Best Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs 2008; nominated for the 2009 Best Arts Documentary Gemini); and Tiger Spirit (2009 Donald Brittain Award Gemini). As co-producers, her credits include Deepa Mehta’s dramatic feature Heaven on Earth (TIFF 2008 world premiere, selected for Canada’s Top Ten 2008); Late Fragment (TIFF 2007 world premiere, SXSW 2008), an interactive dramatic feature co-produced with the CFC New Media Lab; and Act of Dishonour, a dramatic feature by Nelofer Pazira produced with Danny Iron. Lee’s recent projects include Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky’s film installation Road Movie (TIFF and Berlin International Film Festival 2011); Let the Daylight into the Swamp by Jeffrey St. Jules  and Home Again by Sudz Sutherland, both world premieres at TIFF 2012; and Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley (world premiere, Venice Days 2012). She founded the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in 1997 and continues to serve on its advisory board.
Ezra Winton

Ezra Winton

Ezra Winton is the co-founder and director of programming of Cinema Politica, the world’s largest grassroots documentary screening network, and is a contributing editor at POV Magazine, Canada’s leading documentary media publication, and Art Threat, a cultural policy and political art blog.Currently completing his PhD in Communication Studies at Carleton University, hi’s research and teaching interests include radical and alternative media, social movements, global cinema and documentary institutions and culture. His dissertation for looks at the cultural politics of documentary as seen through the lens of Toronto’s Hot Docs film festival. WintonRecent publications include a chapter in The Documentary Film Book (BFI Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), edited by Brian Winston and Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada, co-edited with Thomas Waugh and Brendan Michael Baker (MQUP, 2010).

Nominees I – Externally juried 3rd & 4th year productions

A Family Affair A Family Affair
9:00 min.
Director/Writer: Shehrezade Mian
Producers: Shehrezade Mian, Vincenzo Bertillo
Directors of Photography: Ryan Forneri
Editor: Oscar Lao
Sound: Nathan AllenPaul has been the victim of overly controlling women for the better part of his life – first his mother, now his wife. With only his meek father to come to his defense, Paul will now be forced to discover what it is that will finally give him a moment of respite from these wretched, yet incredibly alluring shrews.
A FRIEND IN THE BLUES A Friend in the Blues
15:00 min.
Director/ Producer: Florencia Martinez Carranza
Director of Photography: Zach Garand
Editor: Ryan Haas
Sound: David Beckett Padbury, Ryan Blanchard, Florencia Martinez CarranzaThe story about how Danny Marks’ success and hardships amounted to a life-long dream he still lives today, as a blues musician and radio personality.
Boylesque Boylesque!
11:20 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Zach Garand
Director of Photography: Vincent Pun
Editor: Holden Mohring
Sound: David Beckett PadburyA glittery introduction to the world of male neo-burlesque performers, brought to you by Barely Legal Leelando and Dr. Tease.
Buy Sell Trade Buy.Sell.Trade
9:50 min.
Director/ Producer: Kevin Shak
Director of Photography: Warren Goodwin
Editor: Kevin Badali
Location Sound: Yanick Kayembe
Sound Editing: Yanick Kayembe and Kevin Shak
Sound Mixing: Kevin ShakIn a world of computers, iPhones, and mp3s, why vinyl records?
Cat's Eye Cat’s Eye
15:15 min.
Director/Producer/Editor/Sound: Vincent Pun
Writer: Vincent Pun, based on the novel Cat’s Eye by Margaret AtwoodA story about a girl growing up in 1950s Toronto.
conceived Conceived
5 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Eui Yong Zong
Director of Photography: Perrin Hartke
Editors: Dylan MacVicar, Eui Yong ZongEui Yong confronts his parents about the story behind his conception.
Drinking Games Drinking Games
10:45 min.
Director: Adrian Murray
Writers: Adrian Murray, Marcus Sullivan
Producer: Matthew Shoalts
Directors of Photography: Mark Baluk
Editor: Aaron Keogh
Sound: Tanner ZurkoskiAn insecure bro navigates the social battleground of a house party while trying to subvert his “friends” hookup plans in this subtle examination of guy behaviour.
Elisabeth Elizabeth
7:00 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Eui Yong Zong
Director of Photography: Dylan MacVicar
Editor: Perrin Hartke
Sound Mixing: Akreta SaimElizabeth meant a lot to him.
Eve Eve
11:10 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Jill Lefaive
Director of Photography: Crystal Basaez
Editor: Lester Melado
Sound: Kieran SherryEve examines the victimization of women within struggles of power, control and wealth throughout centuries of patriarchy in Catholic communities in France and French Canada.
Expired Rain Expired Rain
11:30 min.
Director/Writer: Christine Wang
Producers: Christine Wang, Caroline O’Neill
Director of Photography: Christine Wang
Camera Operator: Mark Baluk
Sound Design: Andrew BundasThis short alternative film follows a girl’s journey through the process of healing. She battles to overcome torment through a surrealistic struggle.
50 Bucks Fifty Bucks
9:45 min.
Director/Producer: Steffi Tupe
Writers: Steffi Tupe, Rodrigo Herrera
Directors of Photography: Thaddeus Eng
Editor: Alisha Vander Ahe
Sound: Andrew BundasA day in the life of a young couple struggling to make ends meet and love one another.
Good Grief Good Grief
8:45 min.
Director/ Producer: Jenn Paul
Director of Photography: Jill Lefaive
Editor: Gabrielle Bleyendaal
Sound: Sara Ann Brown, Ben SkinnerOne man’s reflection on love, life and death.
The Good News The Good News
13:25 min.
Director: Matthew Shoalts
Writers: Thaddeus Eng, Matthew Shoalts
Producer: Alisha Vander Ahe
Directors of Photography: Mark Baluk
Editor: Aidan Jeans
Sound: Aaron Keogh”The song of life has two paths: one of tradition, one of love.”
Into the River Into the River
17:00 min.
Director/Writer: Gabrielle Dupuis
Producers: Gabrielle Dupuis, Ingrid Fish
Director of Photography: John Palanca
Editor: Rebecca Lugo
Sound: Tanner Zurkoski”I have been loved by something strange and it has abandoned me.”
Lather and Nothing Else Lather and Nothing Else
13:45 min.
Director: Jeff Hamill
Writers: Jeff Hamill  (screenplay) Hernando Tellez (short story)
Producer: Gabrielle Bleyendaal
Director of Photography: Zach Healey
Editor: Zach Healey
Sound: Kieran SherryIn 1950s Colombia, a quiet barber secretly working as a revolutionary faces a life-changing decision when a ruthless army captain comes in for a shave.
Leave Them Unbroken Leave Them Unbroken
10:22 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Sara A. Brown
Post Sound Mixer: Omie CradenAn experimental documentary examining the collective past of a family, and why they stay together despite error and pain.
The Master and the Movie Doctor The Master and the Movie Doctor
12:15 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Nikissi Serumaga-Jamo
Director of Photography: Scott Johnson
Editor: Nathanael Richards
Sound: Moses Bwayo (location), Tanner Zurkoski (post)In Kampala’s cinemas, live translators excite audiences through a shrewd combination of TVs, piracy and dogged entrepreneurialism. In the underbelly of the capital, “The Movie Doctor” investigates the galvanization of Ugandan cinema.
Naughty or Nice Naughty or Nice
14:00 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer/Sound: Jessica Gilbert
Director of Photography: Jill Lefaive
Editor: Nathan AllenA dramatic comedy following Erin, a teenage girl who wants to break tradition by spending Christmas with a recent fling’s family instead of her own.
Northern Lights Northern Lights
4:50 min.
Director/Writer/Producer/Director of Photography/Editor: Caroline O’Neill
Production Manager: Christine Wang
Sound: Steve Munro, freesound.orgA girl tries to find the mysterious place she went in her dream.
On the Shore On the Shore
17:00 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: John Palanca
Director of Photography: Mati Kuld
Editor: Earl Oliveros
Sound: Matt Dailey, Tanner ZurkoskiOne weekend in the life of a family, gathered together when the spirit of the deceased father returns home.
Penelope Penelope
12:00 min.
Director: Gabrielle Bleyendaal
Writer: Lucas Guignard
Producer: Jenn Paul
Director of Photography: Jillian Dobson
Editor: Jeff Hamill
Sound: Jill LefaivePenelope Blue, 17 and determined, has dreams of becoming an actress in New York. The only thing standing between her and the stage is her stepfather.
Pertaining to Youth Pertaining to Youth
18:00 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Victoria Long
Director of Photography: Alec McKay
Editor: Louisa Pang
Sound: Kevin ShakAn anti coming-of-age film.
Razones Razones
16:40 min.
Director/ Sound: Milad Alamkhany
Writer: Rodrigo Hererra, Milad Alamkhany
Producers: Milad Alamkhany, Steffi Tupe, Mark Baluk, Vibhuti Ratho
Director of Photography: Steffi Tupe
Editor: Mark BalukEsteban woke up this morning just like any other morning. With one slight difference: today he found his broken VHS camera from long ago.
Torontopia
10:40 min.
Director/Producer/Editor: Sam Alex Kay
Directors of Photography: Veronica Ladico, Sam Alex Kay
Sound: Andrew Bundas, Spencer CreaghanAn unlikely but curious suburban immigrant discovers Canada’s great city
Yugen Yugen
9:20 min.
Director/ Writer: Rebecca Lugo
Producers: Rebecca Lugo, Veronica Ladico
Director of Photography: Veronica Ladico
Editor: Veronica Ladico
Sound: Tanner Zurkoski, Andrew BundasThe beauty found in the motions of mental spaces and turbulent anxiety brings an existential lullaby: the comforting acceptance of existence and meaning

Nominees II – Internally juried 1st & 2nd year productions

Bathroom Bathroom
3:50 min
Directors/Producers/Editors: Victor Ostrovsky, Ros MacDonald
Writer: Ros MacDonald
Directors of Photography: Ros MacDonald
Sound: Victor OstrovskyDreamy abstraction of a bathroom from an innocent, yet sinister point of view.
The Forbidden Room The Forbidden Room
9:59 min
Director/Writer: Kristina Mileska
Producer: Andy Kloske, Kristina Mileska
Director of Photography: Andy Kloske
Editor: Mathew Murray
Sound: Josh DevenyiWilliam is a curious boy with hemophilia.
Generations Generations
6:45 min
Directors/Producers/Editors: Mathew Murray, Kristina Mileska, Jenn Lund
Directors of Photography: Mathew Murray, Kristina Mileska
Sound: Jenn LundA short documentary told through a series of interviews featuring people of The Silent Generation (born 1920s -1940s), who pass down their stories and wisdom regarding youth, morality, family, death and our ever-changing world.
Noise: BOMB Noise: BOMB
3:32 min
Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: Peter Howie
Directors of Photography: Peter Howie, Christian Harrison
Sound: Eric Swiatoschik
A man who is plagued by night terrors is put through emotional and terrifying paces that never seem to feel routine.
The Last Chapter The Last Chapter
13:25 min
Director/Producer/Writer: Esery Mondesir
Director of Photography: Esery Mondesir
Editors: Esery Mondesir, Layan Mahshi
Sound: Esery Mondesir, Jessica TatWe lose a little bit of ourselves when a bookstore closes, but is the last chapter of the Toronto Women’s Bookstore also the last breath of feminism in the city?
Persolus Persolus
3:45 min
Director: Alanna Smith
Producers: Madeleine Patton, Alanna Smith
Writer: Madeleine Patton
Director of Photography: Alanna Smith
Editors: Madeleine Patton, Alanna Smith
Sound: Alanna SmithIn an allegory of social anxiety disorder, the last person on earth reflects on the time before the apocalypse.
The Redo The Redo
4:15 min
Directors/Producers: Cristina DiGiulio, Adrian Cheung
Writer: Cristina DiGiulio
Director of Photography: Adrian Cheung
Editor/Sound: Cristina DiGiulioSometimes once isn’t enough.
Sit Boy Sit Sit Boy Sit
10:45 min
Directors: Julian Papas, Jesse Wyatt
Writer: Akash Bansal
Director of Photography: Ryan McIntyre
Editor: Julian Papas
Sound: Imaad BhattyA seemingly ordinary day takes an unexpected turn for two high school friends.

Award Winners

Outstanding First-Year FilmPersolus Persolus
3:45 min
Director: Alanna Smith
Producers: Madeleine Patton, Alanna Smith
Writer: Madeleine Patton
Director of Photography: Alanna Smith
Editors: Madeleine Patton, Alanna Smith
Sound: Alanna Smith
Outstanding Second-Year FilmSit Boy Sit Sit Boy Sit
10:45 min
Directors: Julian Papas, Jesse Wyatt
Writer: Akash Bansal
Director of Photography: Ryan McIntyre
Editor: Julian Papas
Sound: Imaad Bhatty
Best Alternative Filmconceived Conceived
15:00 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Eui Yong Zong
Director of Photography: Perrin Hartke
Editors: Dylan MacVicar, Eui Yong Zong
Best Fiction FilmLather and Nothing Else Lather and Nothing Else
13:45 min.
Director: Jeff Hamill
Writers: Jeff Hamill  (screenplay) Hernando Tellez (short story)
Producer: Gabrielle Bleyendaal
Director of Photography: Zach Healey
Editor: Zach Healey
Sound: Kieran Sherry
Best Documentary FilmElisabeth Elizabeth
7:00 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Eui Yong Zong
Director of Photography: Dylan MacVicar
Editor: Perrin Hartke
Sound Mixing: Akreta Saim
Best Editing Penelope Penelope
12:00 min.
Director: Gabrielle Bleyendaal
Writer: Lucas Guignard
Producer: Jenn Paul
Director of Photography: Jillian Dobson
Editor: Jeff Hamill
Sound: Jill Lefaive
Best CinematographyEve Eve
11:10 min.
Director/ Writer/ Producer: Jill Lefaive
Director of Photography: Crystal Basaez
Editor: Lester Melado
Sound: Kieran Sherry
Best ScreenplayA Family Affair A Family Affair
9:00 min.
Director/Writer: Shehrezade Mian
Producers: Shehrezade Mian, Vincenzo Bertillo
Directors of Photography: Ryan Forneri
Editor: Oscar Lao
Sound: Nathan Allen
Best Sound50 Bucks Fifty Bucks
9:45 min.
Director/Producer: Steffi Tupe
Writers: Steffi Tupe, Rodrigo Herrera
Directors of Photography: Thaddeus Eng
Editor: Alisha Vander Ahe
Sound: Andrew Bundas