a writing project
A series of e-mails written as a part of a formal mentorship with filmmaker Kazik Radwanski through the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.
Born in 1985 in Toronto, where he studied filmmaking at Ryerson University, Kazik Radwanski directed his first short film, ASSAULT, in 2007. It was followed by PRINCESS MARGARET BLVD. (2008), OUT IN THAT DEEP BLUE SEA (2009) and GREEN CRAYONS (2010), the two latest selected at the Berlin Festival. In 2008, he co-founded the production company MDFF ( www.mdff.ca ) with Daniel Montgomery. His debut feature film was TOWER (2012). His sophomore feature is HOW HEAVY THIS HAMMER (2015), selected at the Berlinale Forum in 2016.
Through this mentorship, I will be exploring female directors, early mumblecore, Toronto and other city specific films. I will be looking closely at films that delve into romance, illness and loneliness in the city, while writing a series of short screenplays that speak to these themes. I will also be learning more about low-budget filmmaking practices.