telefilm case study

2:00 PM  I  Friday, October 18th, 2019  I  Toronto Reference Library

A case study on Gloria Ui Young Kim’s Queen of the Morning Calm.

What will I learn?

Join us for a very special case study with Sedina Fiati as we take a deep dive into the production of Gloria Ui Young Kim’s feature debut, Queen of the Morning Calm, a film about a Korean sex worker trying to make ends meet while dealing with her rambunctious daughter.

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Meet the Panelists



Sedina Fiati

Sedina Fiati is a performer, producer, creator and emerging director for stage and screen. Sedina has moderated and sat on panels at various festivals including Toronto Black Film Festival, Reel Asian, Reelworld Film Festival and Mirror Mountain Film Festival.



Dan Lyon

Dan Lyon is Telefilm Canada’s Feature Regional Film Executive for Ontario and Nunavut. His executive producer credits include Ginger Snaps, Twist, and Everything’s Gone Green.

Dan is a produced playwright, and co-author of the book Public Strategy and Motion Pictures.

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Gloria Ui Young Kim

Born in Seoul, Korea, writer/director Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. She’s an alumni of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, TIFF Talent Lab. She recently directed, wrote and produced her first feature, QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM, (Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award, Greenberg Fund, Telefilm), which is now in post. Her last short FLAMENCO, (CBC, 2015) won the 2017 Corus Fearless Female Filmmaker Award. She has won numerous Golds for her commercial work at the Bessies, Cannes Lions, ADCC, Marketing Magazine Awards, and has had over a million views online. She recently directed several episodes of Sinking Ship’s Odd Squad (TVO, PBS) and Dino Dana (TVO, Amazon); Riverbanks’ When I Grow Up (TVO) and BGM’s It’s My Party (TVO). She was chosen by Women in View as one of the 2017 Five in Focus, and is on the Board of Directors for Women in Film and Television-Toronto.

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Dmitry Lopatin

Dmitry Lopatin is a cinematographer from Toronto. Dmitry’s passion in film and photography sparked at the early age of 8 where he began creating short films in his spare time. His career officially began at York University, graduating with a BFA in film production. He is best known for shooting the award-winning web series Teenagers (2014-2017); which gained significant popularity online, has screened at festivals around the world, and received a nomination from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. Dmitry has been continuing to work on his craft through feature films, commercials, and documentaries. Dmitry has worked with brands such as Subaru, Diabetes Canada, Enbridge, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, and Cisco.



Sonya Di Rienzo

Sonya Di Rienzo is a Toronto-based producer. She worked at award-winning production companies Rhombus Media and Whizbang Films before co-founding Hawkeye Pictures with Aeschylus Poulos. She has produced film, television, and multi-platform content, including co-creating the anthology Little Films About Big Moments (HBO Canada). A Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab and WIFT Scripted Digital Series alumna, she currently shapes Hawkeye’s slate of feature films, documentaries and series. Recent projects include executive producing the feature QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM; and producing the international co-production PROPAGANDA: THE ART OF SELLING LIES (ARTE/ZDF/TVO/PBS) by award-winning director Larry Weinstein (OUR MAN IN TEHRAN). Upcoming projects include a feature film adaptation of the award-winning novel Brother by David Chariandy.

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