Ryerson University, MFA
  • Art Directing
  • Producing
  • Cinematography
  • Editing
Moving Still Life

Moving Still Life is a short documentary film about the plight of homeless youth in Toronto. On any given night, 1,500-2,000 youth are homeless in Toronto, but the current shelters can house only 418. Often misunderstood as rebellious, the primary reason for their homelessness is, in fact, family conflict. Moving Still Life follows two youth, each in a different stage of the shelter experience, and shows how a connection to the arts can play a positive role in helping one to thrive, not just survive.

I produced, directed, shot, wrote and edited this film as part of my final thesis for my Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. The research conducted for this film expands on the serious issues homeless youth face, as well as how the arts can be a crucial tool in their search for independence.

Moving Still Life premiered at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in 2015.