Dan, Leo’s calling . . . again

Nominated again: Dan Hogg

Hot on the heels of being part of last year’s Leo Award-winning team for the UVic web series Freshman’s Wharf, Fine Arts digital media staffer and Department of Writing film production/screenwriting/cinematography specialist Daniel Hogg has also been nominated in this year’s Leo Awards. This time, Hogg is tapped in the “Best Screenwriting in a Short Drama” category for his own short film, Woodrow Without Evelyn.

Written and directed by Hogg, Woodrow Without Evelyn is a six-minute slice-of-lifer about an aging widower trying to celebrate his Christmas holiday traditions alone; while it’s tinged with sadness, there are definitely a few light-hearted moments (mostly thanks to Freshman’s Wharf star Simon Basch.)

The Leo Awards are an annual project of the Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia and celebrate excellence in artistic achievement in B.C.’s film and television industry. Winners will be announced at the obligatory gala in Vancouver on May 26.

Going places: Hogg and Lutter

This latest nomination follows up the news that Hogg and Writing alum Jeremy Lutter were accepted as one of four teams in the 2012 National Screen Institute Drama Prize, an ambitious course that provides emerging filmmakers with training in the various stages of filmmaking—including $10,000 in cash support, over $20,000 in services and mentoring from established industry leaders while teams develop and produce a short film (up to 10 minutes).

Hogg and Lutter’s project is Floodplain, a short drama set in the Canadian Rockies about a young man who has to let go of his teenage sweetheart when she’s heading off to college. Floodplain is based on a short story by fellow Writing alum and rising literary star D. W. Wilson.

Just to further the Department of Writing connection and bring this post full-circle, Lutter and Writing alum Ben Rollo also collaborated on the award-winning short film Joanna Makes a Friend, which is now heading off to the Cannes Film Festival—and has also been nominated for eight Leo Awards, including “Best Performance by a Female in a Short Drama” for Dalila Bela (as Joanna).

One final Leo nomination worth noting: Department of Theatre grad Erin Karpluk is up for “Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series” for her lead role in the CBC series Being Erica.

Jeremy’s Friend heading to Cannes

The very big Jeremy Lutter with the very small “Joanna”, Daila Bella

Just announced! Writing grad Jeremy Lutter‘s short film Joanna Makes A Friend will be heading to the Cannes Film Fest as part of Telefilm Canada’s second annual Canada: Not Short on Talent short film showcase.

One of 25 films chosen by program curator Danny Lennon, the founder of Prends ça court! and a renowned programmer on the international festival circuit, Joanna also won the Audience Favourite Short film award at the Victoria Film Fest this year—and Jeremy just picked up an M Award last week for Favourite Filmmaker.

The films were selected to represent the diversity of Canadian talent, with directors from all across the country. The shorts will also be entered in the Short Film Corner, a section of the Cannes Film Market dedicated to short films, with viewing stations for buyers and accredited professionals. 

Canada: Not Short on Talent will premiere on May 22, and you can watch a montage of chosen films. Congrats to Jeremy on the big news!

Faces of UVic Research series launched

As one of Canada’s leading research universities, the University of Victoria is home to a wealth of world-class expertise across a broad range of disciplines. More than 800 faculty researchers are at the forefront of discovery—on everything from aging to music to zoology and sculpture—and are working with community, government and business partners to turn that new knowledge into action.

Who are these researchers? What do they study? And how is their work relevant to our lives? Find out in the newly launched “Faces of UVic Research” video series, in which individual researchers give a short and succinct “elevator pitch” on their work—in everyday language—that quickly gets to the heart of what they do and why it matters.

Sixty short one-minute videos have now been released on UVic’s YouTube channel, and Fine Arts is well-represented in this first batch by the likes of Lorna Crozier, Maureen Bradley and David Leach (Writing), Warwick Dobson and Conrad Alexandrowicz (Theatre), Daniel Laskarin (Visual Arts), Marcus Milwright (History in Art) & Andrew Schloss (Music).

The ongoing video series is aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the depth, breadth and impact of UVic’s research talent, particularly prospective students and faculty, public and private sector funders, and the news media. The videos are searchable by name and area of expertise, so take a few minutes and check out what your campus colleagues are working on.

“We’re very excited about this video series,” says Dr. Howard Brunt, UVic’s vice-president research. “Successful research depends on energy, creativity and passion, as well as a genuine commitment to making a difference. You’ll see these qualities in abundance in these videos.”

Stay tuned for more videos in the future—and if you’re keen to be included in the next series, be sure to drop Fine Arts Communications guy John Threlfall a note with some details on your area of research and your availability over the next few months.