"You said I was out of my element"
Rik has spent the last few years toiling at inadequate firms and he’s desperate to work for a notable company. He finally catches a break when his cousin secures him an interview with her boss, Colin. However, when the interview begins it’s clear that Colin has something else planned for Rik. Interview is a galvanizing short film, where a traditional meeting quickly descends into a tense confrontation revolving around privilege, race, and the power of words.
Meet The Team
Ryan is an up-and-coming filmmaker that excels as a screenwriter, director, and producer. He has directed the bravoFACT funded short film One Day at a Time, based on the award winning Canadian play Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, and several music videos. His previous short Interview, a dramatic short about race, power, and the importance of choosing your words carefully, was funded by the Ontario Arts Council and played in several festivals. Ryan is currently writing his first feature.
Dave is an accomplished producer. His first project was the acclaimed student film Lurker, which lead him to co-found Riverlife Productions in 2008 and he has never looked back. Working in corporate media, Dave has obtained ample experience in the planning and execution of video production. His work has gained him considerable respect in the community, and has led to him becoming a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award recipient in 2012.More recently, Dave produced the short film All for Davey which was a finalist in the 48 Hour Film Project and produced the Ontario Arts Council funded short film Interview
Ahsan Butt is a writer and essayist. His first two screenplays were official selections of the Toronto International Teen Movie Festival in 2002, while his short fiction and essays have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Offing, The James Franco Review, Eclectica Magazine, LitroNY, as well as The Monarch Review. Recently, he acted as Fiction Editor for an issue of The James Franco Review, a literary magazine focused on the visibility of marginalized writers, especially those who are not James Franco. Ahsan was born in Toronto, is of Pakistani descent, and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Rik (Lead Actor)
Richard Young is an actor who most recently acted opposite Sir Derek Jacobi in the feature The History of Love, based on the internationally bestselling novel. His acting credits include The Strain, Rookie Blue, Saving Hope, Degrassi, Mayday, the digital series MsLabelled (Shaftesbury/Smokebomb) and the feature English Butler Masala Chai (Vision TV). Richard is also a co-creator/writer/actor on the Bell Media OMNI/Rogers digital Kung Fu series Sudden Master, and he produced/wrote/acted in the digital series Off2Kali, featuring a who's who of Canadian talent such as Colin Mochrie (Who's Line Is It Anyway?), Charlotte Hegele (Bomb Girls), Huse Madhavji (Saving Hope) and Katie Boland (Reign). Off2Kali was profiled by CBC’s Punchline and screened at the ReelWorld, Filmi and Toronto Web Festivals. In theatre, Richard is an alumnus of the Nightwood Theatre Emerging Actor Program, was part of the Second City's Educational and Family Companies, and performed to sold-out audiences across the country in the touring romantic-comedy play 30 Dates.
Colin (Lead Actor)
A founding member of the stage and TV comedy group, Ottawa Sketch, Charlie has appeared in over 25 film and television shows including Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2013), Crook (2014), and Tell the World (2015), as well as his television appearances in “Hard Rock Medical” (TVO), “19-2” (BRAVO), “Real Detective” (CTV), and “Best Laid Plans” (CBC), amongst others. With his professional partner, Rachelle Casseus, he wrote and co-produced two successful short films, The Hold Up (2012) which premiered in Los Angeles at the Hollyshorts Film Festival, and The Buckley Brothers (2014), which won “Best Comedy” at the 2014 Lady Filmmakers Fest in Los Angeles, California. Charlie also has numerous stage credits and is a member of the NW9 Theatre Collective—an Ottawa-based professional ensemble. Self-employed as a photographer and writer for over 25 years, and more recently as an actor, Charlie has spent his life defying the idea of “don’t quit your day job.”