The Living Skies Student Film Festival is a non-profit student-run organization at the University of Regina with a committee entirely made up 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.
Morgan Jones is a third-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, Eyes Up Here Comedy, and Hitchhikers Improv Company. 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 first year organizing the Living Skies festival, and she is excited to be working with the jurors to bring the best student films from around the world and right here in Saskatchewan to Regina audiences.
Luke Halyk is a third-year film production student with an arts administration minor at 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, which focuses on digital online content and maintains a significant YouTube following. Luke manages Living Skies' website and social media, and also designs the festival's marketing and promotional material. He is very excited to have a role in making its 30th anniversary a memorable experience for audiences, alumni and filmmakers alike.
Weiye Su is a film production student with a minor in photography at the University of Regina. His student films have been selected in many film festivals, including the National Screen Institute's Online Film Festival, Canada China International Film Festival, Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival and more. He has also previously been an organizer of the 29th Living Skies Student Film Festival. As well, Weiye Su is a documentary photographer. His photographic works are influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment theory. His upcoming street photography series, Regina at Night, will be solely exhibited at the Fifth Parallel Gallery on the University of Regina campus.
Jessica Davidson is a third-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 30th edition of the Living Skies Student Film Festival.
Matt Ripplinger is in his senior year studying film production at the University of Regina. He is an analog enthusiast, shooting and processing 16mm film, and an avid intaglio printmaker. Matt has made a name for himself as Doktor Ripp. His fiction film Doktor Ripp has been screened in the Canadian cities of Regina, Winnipeg, and Montreal, and as well as in New York City at the Anthology Film Archives. At this year’s festival, he will be introducing screenings, guest speakers, and conducting Q&A’s. Matt wants to showcase the next generation of talented filmmakers from across the world at Living Skies, and bring the arts community together to celebrate its 30th year with an exciting weekend of cinema.
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