Once again I am ecstatic to be a part of another amazing TIFF Kids! As always, it’s great seeing other kids film enthusiasts, chatting about new projects and ideas, and… SEEING ALL THE GREAT NEW FLICKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD!!! Great job Liz Muskala and her fantastic team for another great year!!
Some of my favourite flicks so far (warning I cried in all of them):
We may only shoot for 3 or 4 days but a LOT of work is put into making the films both leading up to the shoot and after the shoot is done and the film is in post production. There are also a whole lot of AMAZING people working real hard behind the camera making it all come together!
THE INTERGALACTIC SPACE ADVENTURES OF CLEO AND ANOUK:
I’ve been secretly working away on a new short film idea. Top secret for now but it’ll be a hilarious eye-popping, head rolling, womp’n stomp’n good time. An original 2D animated short that I wrote and created with character designs by my SUPER TALENTED pal Kathryn Durst .
We’ve got our fingers crossed that ‘Nick’ likes it and we get to make it!! STAY TUNED AND CROSS ALL YOUR DIGITS FOR US!!
I am a born and bred Toronto kid that has grown up riding the streets on two wheels and even one wheel! TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING!! So… get on your bike and HAVE FUN!!
This is a short doc I made for school in 2008 (when I was in 3rd year film production at Ryerson University) that celebrates my love of cycling in the city. It is a colourful parade of wheels, happiness, activism, and colour. Enjoy!
This past January The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk played in its 12th film festival!!!!! Despite the cold kids from Peterborough Ontario (nice and close to home) attended ReFrame’s Reel Kids Peterborough International Film Festival where they were able to see our lovely flick alongside a bunch of other really amazing films!
I put together my first gallery show this past January for Fine & Dandy a small window gallery at 2017 Dundas St. W.. The show was made up of my grandfather’s kodochrome slides that I scanned in digitally and retouched and printed large scale and hung alongside artifacts of his various arctic and mountaineering expeditions.
Meine grossvater (German for ‘my grandfather’), Fritz Müller climbed Everest!
He was part of the 1956 Swiss Everest/Lhotse (4th tallest mountain in the world) Expedition, they were the second team EVER to reach the summit of Everest (preceded by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.) My grandfather was a geographer and glaciologist. His primary objective on the expedition was the scientific glaciological investigations of the Khumbu glacier, located in the Khumbu region of northeastern Nepal between Mount Everest and the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. With elevations of 4,900 m at its terminus to 7,600 m at its source, it is the world’s highest glacier.
Fritz and his colleagues were also some of the first to explore and study the vast and beautiful Canadian arctic. My grandfather earned his PHD from McGill University where he focussed his study on Axel Heiberg Island Arctic Research Station in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of what is now Nunavut. After attaining his PHD he continued to study in the Canada where he and his family, my gran, Barbara, my mum, and my aunt, lived, as well as the glaciers in his home country of Switzerland where the family later moved in the early 70s.
In 1980, my grandfather, Fritz Müller died due to a heart attack during a field excursion for journalists on the Rhône Glacier in Switzerland. At the time my mum was in her early 20s and it was still 6 years till I would be born.
Although I have never met him, I have a strong image of my grandfather pieced together through the stories I’ve heard. Recently I’ve been scanning and printing the kodachrome slides of his adventures and excursions to help me discover more of the man he was and share their beauty.