Golden years of film​ making at Humber College

by | Feb 16, 2019 | News

Madeline Jafarnejad, News Reporter

Half a century of memories filled The Spoke Club in downtown Toronto for the Humber College Film at 50 event.

Humber’s School of Media Studies and Information Technology teamed up with the Department of Advancement and Alumni to celebrate the school’s Film and Production program.

Alumni from as far back as the ’60s attended the event to reconnect with old classmates and professors.

“Our department wants to engage our alumni and bring them back to the college so they can have those connections with them,” said Raina Faza, the Events Senior Advancement Officer for Advancement and Alumni at Humber.

“We have so many amazing graduates from the program that are doing amazing things around the world,” Faza said. “We should celebrate them.”

Michael Glassbourg (right), chats with former students as they wait in line for the Humber Film at 50 photo booth on Feb. 8. (Madeline Jafarnejad)

The program started off as “Creative Cinematography” and has become what it is today.

Whizbang Films was the top sponsor of the night and is owned by Humber College graduate Frank Siracusa.

Marc Hallworth, an actor and comedian, was also among the alumni who attended.

He moved to Toronto in 2009 to attend Humber College for its Comedy: Writing and Performance program and was the emcee for the night.

“I was more than happy when I got the call about the event,” Hallworth said, in a voice powerful enough to tower over the chatter of more than a hundred guests. “I made so many good memories at Humber when I was there.”

The night included delicious food, film screenings, a photo booth and a few words from Humber College Film and Production Program Coordinators Donna O’Brien Sokic and Andrew Stevenson.

Andrew Stevenson (right), thanks everyone for coming and introduces a short film of the Alumni’s work that would be shown shortly after on Feb. 8. (Madeline Jafarnejad)

“The event was a huge success,” O’Brien-Sokic said. “It was so nice to see some of my old students. “

Humber College’s Department of Advancement and Alumni said overall the night gave the graduates a chance to come back to the college and make sure they can connect again in the future.