Filmmaker Update: Albert Shin and Shasha Nakhai

The Toronto Film Critics Association has announced their award winners and we’re pleased to share that Albert Shin, director of In Her Place, is the recipient of the Scotiabank Jay Scott Award for an Emerging Artist! The awards gala will be held in the new year on January 6. In Her Place premiered at TIFF earlier this year in September. It is also one of the Canadian feature films showcasing at TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

Reel Asian is proud to have had Albert as one of our Unsung Voices filmmaker mentors this year. Check out our blog interview with Albert Shin here!

Three years ago, Reel Asian strategically paired five groups together and invited them to create a new dance, film and/or live multimedia work that incorporates dance. The special presentation project – SPRUNG – was commissioned by Reel Asian and Canada Council For The Arts. One of these pairings include filmmaker Shasha Nakhai and artist Catherine Hernandez. Shasha’s film PARUPARO follows a migrant nanny (played by Catherine) who takes centre stage and externalizes her internal pain through dance, utilizing brilliant red fans in a dizzying and riveting blend of traditional Filipino and modern improvisational dance. The film is now available online!

In 2010, Shasha Nakhai won the Reel Asian “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition in the Emerging Filmmaker category. The following year her short documentary “The Sugar Bowl” premiered at the festival and was the winner of the WIFT-T award. Shasha’s stepped up to the stage again this year and was a finalist for Reel Asian’s 2014 pitch competition in the Established Artist category.