The York University Magazine

Fall 2015

The alumni magazine of York University

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movies & shakers O N LY A F O R T U N AT E F E W have childhood friendships that last a lifetime. For York University film grads Albert Shin (BFA '06) and Pearl Ball-Harding (BFA '08), luckier still, the bond they formed at Newmarket High School in ninth grade has not only withstood the test of time, but it has blossomed into a professional partner- ship that's helping to put Canadian cinema on the map. The strength of this pair couldn't be better exemplified than by their latest project, the Korean-language film In Her Place that they co-wrote, which had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and has since garnered critical acclaim worldwide. Shin also directed the film and co-produced it with another fellow York grad, Igor Drljaca (BFA '07, MFA '11). Their independent feature, called "exquisite" by renowned Canadian moviemaker Atom Egoyan, has won numerous awards, including the Child Protection Award for Best Film at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival's International New Talent Competition. And it surprised everyone when it picked up an impressive seven nominations at this year's Canadian Screen Awards. "It's really cool that this little film was able to cut through some BY LINDSAY MACADAM PHOTOGRAPHY BY MCKENZIE JAMES How a low-budget film by two York grads became an indie darling 22 The York University Magazine Fall 2015

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