Day 2 - Feb. 3 2017

"Last Train" - Matthew Knarr


Hailing from Stratford, Ontario, Matthew Knarr is an established director of photography and a gaffer on various independent productions in and around Toronto. Matt's work has been featured on the CBC and been recognized by a number of festivals, including the Milton Film Festival and the British Film Institute's Future Film Festival. This past year, Matt's directorial debut, Last Train, took home the "Best Canadian Film" award from the Take 21 Film Festival. When not shooting, Matt dabbles in makeup design, writing, and the intense sport of "dogspotting".

"Paitence" - Mikael M. Melo


Born in raised in Cambridge, Ontario, Mikael studies RTA: Media Production at Ryerson University in Toronto. His concentrations are Media Business, Social Media Marketing, Content Creation and On-Screen Broadcasting. Mikael has done a lot of content creation over the years through his work on RUTV, RUStudentLife, SBTV, as well as his own youtube channel “mikaelmmelo”. He has helped direct and produce a mental health awareness video for Kids Help Phone, a documentary about an orphanage in Honduras, as well as script write and cast the short sitcom web series titled “Frienemies”. Mikael has come together once again with Sagi Kahane-Rapport to bring “Patience - The Story of a Broken Heart”. This will be the 4th co-produced and co-directed collaboration between the two (Greatest Time of Year, Stone Cold - A Movement Piece, MAPS).

"Ladies Only" - Vilja Keskimäki


Vilja Keskimäki, born in 1994 in Helsinki, Finland, studies a Film BA (Hons) degree in Edinburgh Napier University, in Scotland, UK. She is currently completing an exchange year in the Ryerson Film Studies Programme. Vilja Keskimäki met Polly Morrison, the co-director of Ladies Only, in her course in Edinburgh. They are both passionate about both documentary and fiction film.

"Ophelia" - Hollie Olenik

“Ophelia” is a short narrative film that I wrote and directed. It’s an ode to recovery, an emotional exploration of aftermath and the emptiness that often goes with it. I wanted to deconstruct the recovery process and show the very beginnings of someone starting to put themselves back together. The focus is not on the traumatic experience itself but returning to reality afterwards and facing the implications of that trauma. It serves not only as a cathartic personal piece but as a way to open up and encourage conversation about subjects such as self harm and mental health.

Content warning: this film contains sensitive material including blood, non-sexual nudity, and implications of suicide.

"Class" - Sarah Devine


Looking out from the back row of any lecture hall, it's easy to see that many student's laptops are not always illuminated with attentive notes. My submission, Class, will feature screencasts of my classmate's activities in an unnamed lecture, that will play in a grid pattern, projected as one cohesive video. Class will be silent, to leave the piece totally open to interpretation. Personally, the piece will be a tangible reflection of conversations I have had with my peers about the spectrum of attitudes towards university.

"October 12th, 2016" - Hung Le

My philosophy behind taking photographs is always to tell a story. October 12th was just an average day I spent with a close friend of mine. Yet when I took this photo, I foresaw a plethora of different stories that can be told from it. We could be on a railway to some other realm, a whole other world. I aim to evoke peoples imaginations from this photograph. I want your minds to wander off into whatever stories you can see from this photo. So, what's your adventure?

"Moss Park Multicultural Centre" - Dan Rubenzahl


My name is Dan Rubenzahl and I am a Third Year Architectural Science student at Ryerson University. After my Undergraduate studies, I intend on completing a Masters of Architecture program and eventually becoming a licensed architect in Canada and the United States. At GLARE 2017, I am presenting my design for a Multicultural Centre in Moss Park, Toronto. The primary intents of the project are to promote multiculturalism in Toronto and to act as a precedent encouraging further impactful development in the Moss Park neighbourhood.

"Glass Wall" - Tess Macpherson


Tess Macpherson is in her second year of Ryerson’s Architectural Science program. For the final project in her first year Design Studio, she designed the “Glass Wall” to be a community library located in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park.

"Fits Regardless" - Eva Kozlova


Eva Kozlova is a second year student at Ryerson University in the Image Arts Film Studies

faculty. In the past several years, she has begun exploring a multitude of creative mediums,with a primary focus in photography, as well as a keen interest in writing, film and design. She is a published finalist for Photo Life Magazine’s 2016 Emerging Photographers competition, and has recently worked in social media content creation for commercial businesses. Eva is eager to expand both her technical and artistic facilities as she continues to learn from, and collaborate with various creators and engage with the art community.

"This Body Is Not My Own" - Renee Rowe

'This Body Is Not My Own' is a commentary on the power of society. Through allowing the way we feel, behave, percieve and interpret to be moulded by those around us, we limit our worldly potential. This piece seeks to encourage viewers to break free from the iron grip of society, creating a class of his/her own.

"Presence" - John Benner


Iceland’s landscape is not only unique and extraordinary, but features a diverse variety of geographies; from vast open plains, expansive fjords, and coastal cliffs, to ancient glaciers and active volcanoes and lava fields. It stands apart from other Nordic landscapes as an idyllic destination for hikers, and trekkers. The challenge of the propellers design was to develop a trekking cabin for an environment that is as varied as it is isolated, while at the same time drawing inspiration from Iceland’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, with the ultimate goal of developing a structure that would be safe, secure, and comfortable and an architectural expression that would stand out as an icon of Iceland’s active outdoor lifestyle; a beacon that encourages all those who dare to take on the challenges that the rich landscape has to offer.

Flexibility of context became one of many focal points during the design phase of the project. With such diverse terrain throughout the landscape, the building had to be elevated from the ground plane, allowing the structure to be assembled in any topographic condition.

The sleeping pods are designed to comfortably sleep 2, and are constructed of a steel structure clad in warm wood on the interior, and brass paneling on the exterior. The brass panels will develop a rich patina over time, which will contrast the materiality of the surrounding structure, while still complimenting the overall weathered appearance we desired to achieve over the lifetime of the design. Earth-concrete tiles overlap and envelope the entirety of the main living structure. These tiles were developed to utilize earthen aggregates from each specific site the cabins would be placed in, therefore taking on the unique characters of the colours and textures inherent to each site the design is placed in. Areas where local soils are used as the aggregate will sprout grasses, mosses, and lichens over time and create an expression that is integrated into the landscape as if it had been there from the beginning of time.