Sheridan Alumni Film Festival: March 7th

The Sheridan Alumni Office is hosting a special film festival on Mar. 7 in S235 at Trafalgar campus to celebrate our talented alumni in the television and film industry. More than 30 alumni have been nominated for a 2013 Canadian Screen Award (formerly known as the Gemini Awards).

The Sheridan Alumni Film Festival will showcase two Canadian Screen Award nominated productions:

7 pm: Frost, produced by Lauren Grant and Sheridan alumnus Bob Munroe.

8 pm: Descending, featuring a cast and crew of Sheridan Alumni.

Join us for this exclusive screening followed by Q&A session with host Scott Wilson and a reception at 9pm.

Please find more information here:

ATVF Students Tackle Tricky Topics in 2013 Films

ATVF students landed themselves on the front page of the Woodstock Sentinel Review on Feb. 11 for their short film about gender transitioning in the workplace ( The film, titled Iridescent, follows a shop owner and her employee, who is in the first stages of preparing for gender reassignment surgery.

I sat down with Iridescent’s director, ATVF student Elias Campbell, to get the behind-the-scenes take on how his team handled such a tricky topic. All ATVF projects begin with directors selecting scripts written by Sheridan students, Elias explained, and then directors pitch to the writers and faculty how they would approach the film. Iridescent was written by Brandon Zyma. “Not every director jumped at [this film] because there’s room to make a lot of mistakes and that’s scary,” said Elias. He wanted to be “as honest and realistic as possible” in his portrayal of Ian becoming Ivy, so he talked to people going through the male-to-female transition to find out what their experience was like.

The students then faced the challenge of finding a retail venue where they could film.  “We were refused by the Bay, Zellers and Giant Tiger, because they didn’t think the content reflected their brand image in a positive way,” said Elias. “I think it’s partially because the customers in the script aren’t very accepting of the [transgender] character.” Eventually, producer Sara Sorochan-Ruland found a shop in Woodstock, aptly named “It’s Perfect”, which was sympathetic to the student film.

Iridescent is now in postproduction, due to be completed by mid-April along with five other narrative films and three documentaries currently being produced by students in the ATVF program. Other films cover topics from bullying to post-prison life to teleportation, and all will be screened at Sheridan in mid-May, and at TIFF thereafter. Elias hopes to enter the film into other festivals, and he looks forward to getting feedback from the transgender community.

David Wyman recognized for Freedom to Read Posters

David Wyman, Visual and Creative Arts professor, has created 12 posters for Freedom to Read Week, including this year’s. He has received the Canadian Library Association’s Award for Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in recognition of his work.

Freedom to Read Week (February 24 – March 2) is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The project is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee ( of the Book and Periodical Council (

Theatre Sheridan Gala Celebrates 40 Years

Theatre Sheridan celebrated 40 years in 1920s-style on Friday Feb. 24. Technical Production students transformed the Marquee into a speak easy for the event, and second year Music Theatre students hosted the event dressed in 20s garb, leading guests past rumrunners and police to the Marquee, where a knock and password was required for entry. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and songs from the 20s before being raided by theatre students, who led them into the theatre ‘for questioning’. Here, Music Theatre students performed Chicago for the crowd, and then everyone was ushered back to the Marquee for a special performance by the Come From Away cast.

“It was a great night to showcase our students, celebrate 40 years of the theatre, and thank our patrons,” said Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, Michael Rubinoff. Patrons paid $500 per table for the Sheridan Theatre gala, and guests included Oakville Mayor Rob Burton, MPP Kevin Flynn and theatre owner David Mirvish and his wife. Guests were invited to dress up in 1920s style, and many got into the theatrical spirit.

The event came alive through a combined effort of Music Theatre performance students and Technical Production students. Sheridan’s Music Theatre program produces six shows every year, three of which are performed on the main stage, while the other three are done in studio.

Sheridan grad Meaghan Ogilvie enjoying a winning year

Applied Photography graduate Meaghan Ogilvie has been racking up successes early in 2013. Her work will be published in Silvershotz Magazine for their 2012 annual Folio Awards (link:, and her work will be part of a show at Twist Gallery called Beneath The Ocean Floor, opening Mar. 8. She was also shortlisted in the fashion category of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, selected from 62,654 images entered from 170 countries. Finally, she won an Honorable Mention for her image Succumbed from the All Women 2013 Art Exhibition.


Sheridan furniture students exhibit in downtown Toronto during Design Week

Students and alumni from the Furniture Program exhibited dozens of pieces in downtown Toronto during Design Week (Jan. 21-27) in multiple venues. Editors from Design Lines Magazine visited all exhibitions mounted during Design Week, picking the best of the work on view. Twenty of the 100 pieces they singled out for praise were designed and made by Sheridan Furniture alumni and current students: a remarkable showing at an international design event.

Battle of the Titans at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

Bachelor of Illustration professor Kathryn Chorney celebrated the opening of Battle of the Titans, a major new exhibit currently breaking attendance records at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. The unique exhibit places our two most familiar dinosaurs – T. rex and Triceratops – within the context of the ecological forces that shaped them and their world. The exhibit was created by Hall Train Studios Ltd, where Kathryn has been a longtime associate. Two Sheridan Illustration alumni and several Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics, and Props alumni also worked on preparing the exhibit. Battle of the Titans runs at the RBG until April 7, at which point it will begin touring to other venues.

Rafael Goldchain exhibiting in Clash: Conflict and its Consequences

Rafael Goldchain, Bachelor of Photography program coordinator, is taking part in an exhibition called Clash: Conflict and its Consequences at the National Gallery of Canada from Feb. 1 to Apr. 21. The exhibit examines war and conflict, and the consequences for those engaged in it. See the exhibit’s page here:

In related news, a documentary based on Rafael’s life and work, Beautifully Broken, will broadcast on TVO in May. The documentary was produced by Media Arts faculty Vladimir Kabelik, and it examines Rafael’s fascination with identity and mortality, stemming from his Jewish background.

Sheridan Textiles students’ Valentine’s Day crafts sale on NOW

Textiles students are selling their hand made crafts today in the B wing on Trafalgar campus. Valentine’s Day themed items include cards, t-shirts, bags and more! This card (pictured) is selling for the very fair price of $2! Come check it out before 4 pm today, and get your sweetheart something original this Feb 14!

Interior Design Competition

Interior design students flexed their skills in a conceptual design competition this term to design the Cafe & Dance Caribe Dance Studio in Mississauga ( / (289)813-5505). The winning team won $1000 cash for their design, they will have the opportunity to work with an architect to see their design come to life.

The winning group is featured here (left to right): Jennifer Gillies, Polina Volkonskaya and Liz Eansor. The runner up was Danielle Webster.