Unsung Voices, Class of 2018: Jessica Lee,Joshua Lang, Lina Li, Mariam Habib, Karla Danan. Tony Lau (Instructor), Joseph Chung (Coordinator)
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s Unsung Voices: Youth Video Production Workshop will provide young Asian Canadians with a keen interest in film the necessary skills to express themselves as artists, learn from professionals in the field, and to produce a distinctly Asian Canadian story.
Select youth, who may otherwise not be have the opportunity to engage in filmmaking, will be provided the means for producing their own film (8 mins maximum), in any genre (fiction, documentary, experimental). Each work will be produced with fellow workshop participants and within the community. The entire collection of films will receive a world premiere at the 22nd Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in November 2018 and may be considered for additional national and international screenings.
This program is admission free. Applications have closed.
UNSUNG VOICES TEAM
Unsung Voices Instructor
Tony Lau was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Windsor, Ontario where he began his film making career. Tony is currently a professor in department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Windsor. He has worked on numerous international films, animations, documentaries, and has supervised multiple productions that span across the globe including; Canada, America, Japan, Germany, Korea, and Hong Kong. Some of his works include; Myth of Dreams, Left Behind Women, Dearest Quinn, Go for Broke and his most recent, Stand Up Man. He is one of the core members who helped create the Unsung Voices program and this is his 5th time teaching it. Tony is currently working on his feature documentary Restaurant in Hong Kong as the producer.
Unsung Voices Coordinator
Joseph Chung is the this year’s Unsung Voices coordinator. Graduating from York University in Cinema Media Studies, Joseph has been working with the Reel Asian festival for the past three years. He has worked on the Canada 150 project, BEEN HERE SO LONG in honour of the 150 years of Canadian history in 2017. Joseph is currently creating his own Webtoons series TBA.
Matt Bendo (CSC)
Cinematography and Lighting
Matt Bendo is an award winning Cinematographer and Director based out of Toronto. He has experience shooting with Coca Cola, Coors Light, Campbells, Pampers, Jack Daniels, Canon, Sunwing Airlines, Honda, and Microsoft. In April of 2017, Matt Bendo received the CSC Award for Best Cinematography in Branded Content at the 60th Annual Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards for his commercial entitled Storm. He is the youngest person to win the prestigious national award. In April of 2018, Matt Bendo received the CSC Award for Best Cinematography in Branded Content at the 61st Annual Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards for his commercial entitled Legacy.
Aram Collier is a San Francisco native and has a BFA and MFA in Film Production from the University of California at Santa Cruz and York University respectively. Aram is a filmmaker, an educator and a festival programmer. He has a background in documentary post-production, editing a pair of documentaries broadcast nationally in the United States. His films have played festivals in the United States, Canada, Japan and China. From 2011-2014, Aram’s film and live music project, Suite Suite Chinatown, toured in festivals around North America and China. In 2015, Aram made the short film Go For Broke, which premiered at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. A father of two very small children and immigrant to Canada, Stand Up Man is loosely based on these two seismic shifts in Aram’s life.
Production and Directing
Ammar Keshodia is a filmmaker and curator with a background in advertising and commercial production. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto in Political Science and Cinema Studies. In the past he’s taught a variety of workshops and classes focused on helping first-time filmmakers learn about Directing, Cinematography, and Editing. Since 2016, Ammar has been working at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in the Festival Programming department, screening short film submissions from around the globe.
Nathalie Younglai (WGC)
Writing and Ideas
Nathalie Younglai is a writer, director, producer and harpist. She was the writing mentor for the Reel Asian Film Festival’s Unsung Voices summer workshop for youth and founder of Toronto’s Writers of Colour in TV & Film. Her work can be seen on Tessa & Scott (W Network), Til Debt Do Us Part (Slice, CNBC), Princess (Slice, CNBC) and Top Chef Canada (Food Network Canada). Her short, The Sound That Broke Silence, premiered at the 2013 Reel World Film Festival. Nathalie was awarded a 2013 Ontario Arts Council playwriting grant, the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award, the 2012 Global Writers Apprenticeship and inaugural 2011 WGC-CTV Diverse Screenwriters Program.
Sikandar Saleem is a third year production student at the University of Windsor. Sikandar has been working with audio since the age of 14 and has over a decade of experience under his belt. He has worked on several short films as a sound mixer and boom operator. He most recently acted as a boom operator on his first feature film, ‘Boys vs. Girls’. He has worked on post production audio for short films, sketches and documentaries as an audio editor and music composer. He is also an active music producer and has been producing for local acts for over 6 years. He is currently working with a web magazine, xmpl.ca, as an audio engineer and production manager, where he sets up, records and edits podcasts.
- There is no fee required to apply to the workshop program
- Participants must be between ages 18–25
- Basic production costs will be provided during the sessions
- Workshop will be conducted in downtown Toronto in the summer of 2018 (approximately 12 workshop dates, excluding shooting days, orientations & final sessions)
- Participants will learn the necessary skills to complete a video production successfully:
- Technical (writing, visual storytelling, image creation, non-linear digital editing)
- Creative (critical thinking skills about filmmaking & arts practice)
- Management (team leadership, working in groups, planning for production)
- Personal external harddrive required (minimum: 500GB – 1TB, Ideal: 2 External harddrives, both 500GB – 1TB)
The process is intentionally multi-faceted. By encouraging new work with a uniquely Asian Canadian perspective, new media works by young filmmakers who represent the community will contribute to diverse voices and content on screen.
All sessions are mandatory:
- June 4 – 15: Writing & Pre-production (2 sessions per week)
- June 18 – 29: Camera, Lighting, Sound, Editing (3 sessions per week)
- July 2 – August 31: Filming & Production Period
*Specific dates TBA. Timeline subject to change. All sessions/classes are from 10:30am to 2:30pm.