MEET THE TEAM: 2019 FESTIVAL COORDINATORS
The Living Skies Student Film Festival is a non-profit student-run organization at the University of Regina with a committee made up entirely of passionate film students. Our mission is to showcase emerging Saskatchewan talent, expose local audiences to excellent student work from around the world, and to keep Saskatchewan filmmakers engaged through captivating workshops and lectures lead by independent and industry professionals.
Jessica Davidson is a fourth-year film production student at the University of Regina. Her primary interest is in working as an Assistant Director, though she recently had the opportunity to work on the upcoming Saskatchewan feature film Supergrid as the truck costumer. She is a firm believer in the power of a good story and is thrilled at the opportunity to bring some stories from around the world to Saskatchewan audiences with her work as a coordinator for the festival’s 31st edition.
Luke Halyk is a fourth-year film production student with an arts administration minor from the University of Regina. He is an aspiring director/producer, and is also interested in business, graphic design, music and politics. He is a co-founder of production company Blister Cinema, and is also an active board member of the Saskatchewan FIlmpool Co-operative. Luke maintains the festival’s presence on web and social media, while also designing graphics and marketing materials. He is very excited to be in his 2nd year of organizing Living Skies, and is looking forward to expanding and improving the festival for its 31st edition.
Morgan Jones is a fourth-year film production major at the University of Regina, with a minor in history. Aside from film, she also has interests in music and comedy, and is a member of UR Improv. Her experimental film Home Sewn has been screened at festivals in Canada and the United States, including the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival in Newfoundland. Home Sewn has also been featured in CBC Arts’ program Exhibitionists. This is Morgan’s second year organizing Living Skies, and she is excited to be working with the jurors to bring the best student films from around the world and here in Saskatchewan to Regina audiences.
Jacob Farrell is a fourth-year film production student at the University of Regina. He is primarily interested in writing, directing, and producing independent films. Jacob is a co-founder of the media production company Blister Cinema and a member of the Film Students’ Association of Regina. Other areas of interest include analog photography, music, graphic design, and film criticism. He secretly hopes to marry Sofia Coppola and is an avid lover of dogs, sneakers, and coffee.
Harlea is a fourth-year film production student studying at the University of Regina. She is an active member of the Film Students’ Association, and is an aspiring cinematographer. Her dream is to work in the Vancouver television industry after graduation, and she can always be found gushing about her favourite movies, books, music, and T.V. shows.
D.J. is a third-year film production major at the University of Regina. He’s always had a passion for filmmaking from a very young age, and as a kid grew up making home-movies on his Canon camcorder with friends. He has his own YouTube channel where you can find all of his short films and other video content. His most recent film, The Visitor from the Other Side, was selected at film festivals around the world, and won awards for Best Student Director, Best Mystery Short, and Best Editing. This is D.J.’s first year organizing Living Skies, and he looks forward to putting together an exciting event that will showcase student talent from around he world right here at home.
Austin Nygaard is a third-year film production student currently studying at the U of R. His interests include coffee, horror movies, and metal. In 2017 he was a co-recipient of the Jean Oser prize in Film Studies for an essay he wrote on Canadian auteur David Cronenberg. Austin also has a passion for photography and hopes to further develop his photography business Nygaard Visuals after graduation. Austin is excited to bring inspiration and a new perspective to the festival’s 31 st edition.
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