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CBC showcases four Sheridan student films for Absolutely Canadian series

Sep 17, 2019
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Four films by students from three Sheridan arts programs have been licensed by CBC for Toronto Reel Shorts and Toronto Docs 2019, as part of its Absolutely Canadian independent film showcase. Three of the films aired on CBC Toronto television this summer and one, Family Affair, will be broadcast this September 21 at 7 p.m.

Absolutely Canadian includes short films produced by local students and independent filmmakers. Accompanying the shorts are CBC-led interviews with the student directors involved about what inspired their work.

“I was very happy with the quality of productions from the students at Sheridan,” said Adele Cardamone-Martel, Executive Producer of Absolutely Canadian/Ontario at CBC. “It's great to see the work of these creative storytellers come to life as part of the Absolutely Canadian series with many of the stories showcasing the people and places in our local community.”

The 2019 CBC-licensed Sheridan short films are outlined below.

First Steps follows the journey of young dancer Ariana Barillas and the people around her as she pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina. Written and directed by Ander Barillas and Josh Casale and supported from their peers and faculty from Honours Bachelor of Film and Television.

Wash Day is an animated short about a young black girl going through the relentless process of washing and styling her hair. Created by Jaida Salmon from the 2019 Honours Bachelor of Animation graduating class.

Askew is an animated short about a museum director who is obsessed with perfection, which leads her to destroy everything she loves. Through that destruction, she finds a new perspective on life. Creative team: Isaac Delaney (Art Fundamentals '14), Laura Flynn (Art Fundamentals '16), Chase Jacques (Art Fundamentals '16), Catherine Hannaford, Dayeun Kim, Sergei Kofman, Adi Messinger, Matt Stewart and Kelvin Tang from Honours Bachelor of Animation.

Family Affair is an expository point-of-view documentary that explores the stories of three generations of black women who have witnessed and experienced the harsh realities of colourism within their family structure. Each story sheds light about colourism as it transcends history, generational gaps and colour lines. Co-written by Yasmin Evering-Kerr and directed and co-written by Stefano Notaro from Advanced Television and Film.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to share their work with local and national audiences and be part of a celebration of local student and independent filmmakers,” said Desirée Thyme, Media Production Coordinator in the Department of Film, TV and Journalism at Sheridan. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to work with the CBC and elevate our students’ work in this way.”

All four Sheridan student films will be available to stream on CBC Gem until January 2021.

Pictured top: Behind-the-scenes from Ander Barillas and Josh Casale's short film First Steps.

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