Sean Cisterna is a York Region-based film director. He directed the YTV musical King of the Camp. His 2011 feature film road trip comedy Moon Point played the international festival circuit to great success, winning several awards. His 2015 project Full Out, starring the iconic Jennifer Beals, is a feature based on the true story of gymnast Ariana Berlin, and is currently on Netflix worldwide. He is currently working with TLN Television/Corus Entertainment on he new preschool series My Name is Ripley, to be broadcast nationally in 2017.
Kiss and Cry is a romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of cancer. The film stars Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk, Naomi Sneickus and Sarah Fisher as Carley. Sarah Fisher and Carley Allison were best friends in real life.
We had the privilege of speaking with Sean about his upcoming film and his experience as filmmaker.
Ontario Culture Days launched an exciting new initiative called the Youth Arts Ambassadors Program (YAAP) aimed at fostering and supporting the next generation of community artists in our province. YAAP commissions five diverse youth artists to create new community arts projects in their respective regions that premiere during the 2016 Culture Days weekend taking place September 30, October 1 and 2, 2016. Vaughan resident, YRAC member and Artrepreneur fellow, Veronica Abrenica was selected to represent York Region and its surrounding areas.
Betty Wong's painting “Chasing Dream #1” won 7th place in the Painting Category. This is one of the two paintings that Betty did in empathy for the 2014 Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong. The painting is in watercolour mainly, with some acrylic on canvas. The warm and bright tone depicts hope and strength for the future of her birthplace.