Alumni shine at Kingston Canadian Film Festival
Five Queen’s alumni are in the spotlight at this year’s Kingston Canadian Film Festival. The festival provides a unique opportunity for Queen’s community members to interact with some of the leading figures in Canada’s entertainment industry.
“It is a transformative experience for scores of film students each year,” says Clarke Mackey, head of the Department of Film and Media. “Festival internships, meeting successful alumni, having student films screened before features, industry workshops and the popular career event – all these provide invaluable opportunities for learning outside the classroom and for making important professional contacts.”
Renowned documentary filmmaker and producer Peter Raymont (Arts’72), executive Producer of the CBC TV series The Border will facilitate the festival’s Master Class – an intensive look at his career as a documentarian. Mr. Raymont will also attend the screening of his latest film Genius Within: the Inner Life of Glenn Gould.
Co-producers Ryan Noth (Artsci’01), Joel McConvey and Geoff Morrison (Artsci’02) will show their film The National Parks Project: Gros Morne. The film offers breathtaking footage of Gros Morne National Park set to the music of Andrew Whiteman of Apostle of Hustle.
Mr. Noth and Mr. Morrison also collaborated on the romantic comedy No Heart Feelings, filmed over the course of a few weeks for a mere $7,000. Defendor, a film about a would-be superhero’s personal war on crime rounds out the mix ofalumni work at the festival. Starring Woody Harrelson, it was edited by alumnus Geoff Ashenhurst (Artsci’99).
Members of the Queen’s community can participate in a number of free programs. A first-time filmmaking workshop Fearless Filmmaking, is led by Mr. Noth, Mr. Morrison and Mr. McConvey. Breaking In: starting a Career in Film & Media is a career event where students get face time with film industry professionals including a handful of Queen’s alumni.
Now in its tenth year, the festival, which runs March 3-7 provides an opportunity for students to exhibit their short films as part of the Local Shorts Program.
More information about the festival is available at www.kingcanfilmfest.com