An eager applicant walks into the pivotal interview of his career. When the employer rejects him before it begins, the young man shows him just how tenacious he can be.
Ryan is an up-and-coming filmmaker that excels as a screenwriter, director, and producer. After receiving high praise for his thesis film, Lurker, Ryan co-founded Riverlife Productions with a desire to focus on strong character driven narratives. He has directed the bravoFACT funded short film One Day at a Time, based on the award winning Canadian play Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, and several music videos that have been featured on Much Music and many online websites. Interview, a dramatic short about race, power, and the importance of choosing your words carefully, was funded by the Ontario Arts Council and has just begun the festival circuit. His most recent project, Cancel the F—ING Internet, is a comedic short that has just completed.
Dave Gibson – Producer
Dave is an accomplished creative and corporate media producer. His first project was the acclaimed student film Lurker, which lead him to co-found Riverlife Productions in 2008 and he has never looked back. Working in corporate media, Dave has obtained ample experience in the planning and execution of video production. His work has gained him considerable respect in the community, and has lead to him becoming a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award recipient in 2012. The leadership and project management skills he has developed have enabled him to produce powerful short films and music videos. His video Where Would I Be has been featured in publications like Urbanology Magazine. He has also produced for broadcast, such as his bravoFACT funded short film Cancer Can’t Dance Like This: One Day at a Time for bravo in 2010 and One in Eleven for Much Music in 2012. More recently, Dave produced the short film All for Davey which was a finalist in the 48 Hour Film Project and produced the Ontario Arts Council funded short film Interview which is currently on the festival circuit.
Ahsan Butt – Writer
Ahsan Butt is a writer and essayist. His first two screenplays were official selections of the Toronto International Teen Movie Festival in 2002, while his short fiction and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Offing, The James Franco Review, Eclectica Magazine, LitroNY, as well as The Monarch Review. Recently, he acted as Fiction Editor for an issue of The James Franco Review, a literary magazine focused on the visibility of marginalized writers, especially those who are not James Franco. Ahsan was born in Toronto, is of Pakistani descent, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Richard Young – Lead Actor
Richard Young is an actor who most recently acted opposite Sir Derek Jacobi
in the feature The History of Love, based on the internationally bestselling novel. His acting credits include The Strain, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, Degrassi, Mayday, the digital series MsLabelled (Shaftesbury/Smokebomb) and the feature English Butler Masala Chai (Vision TV). Richard is also a co-creator/writer/actor on the Bell Media OMNI/Rogers digital Kung Fu series Sudden Master, and he produced/wrote/acted in the digital series Off2Kali, featuring a who’s who of Canadian talent such as Colin Mochrie (Who’s Line Is ItAnyway?), Charlotte Hegele (Bomb Girls), Huse Madhavji (Saving Hope) and Katie Boland (Reign). Off2Kali was profiled by CBC’s Punchline and screened at the ReelWorld, Filmi and Toronto Web Festivals. In theatre, Richard is an alumnus of the Nightwood Theatre Emerging Actor Program, was part of the Second City’s Educational and Family Companies, and performed to sold-out audiences across the country in the touring romantic-comedy play 30 Dates.