Toronto Youth Shorts 2017 – Ariana: A Folk Musical


The Toronto Youth Shorts film festival is coming up this weekend. I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on some previews of some of the works on display this year. My favourite thus far is, without a doubt, Ariana: A Folk Musical, directed by Astrid Harrison (who also worked on the writing of the script and music). That’s not to say that there aren’t other great films that I’ve got a chance to see (you’ll hear more about them throughout the week and weekend), or even more profound films (they are in abundance), but this particular film truly caught my attention; it inspired me.

YouthShort1As a musician myself, as well as one who has suffered loss (though not the loss of a significant other as in this film), I absolutely understand the crippling effect that loss can have on creativity. However, it can also have the opposite effect if you allow it to. And while this story, like all stories, is a form of love story, it is (to me) more about one’s journey to overcome grief and rediscover creativity. More specifically, to rediscover music.

If there’s one thing that I could wish for this film, it would be to have more music shared between the two leads. And while I should love to go further in depth into the script, and the shooting of the piece, I think it would be unfair of me to spoil such a wonderful film for you all.

So do get out this weekend, check the programming, and see about catching the screening of Arian: A Folk Musical. It is indeed a beautiful film short.