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Darling, a passionate and modern artist, trapped in a male-dominant society, recounts the beginning of her marriage in 1919.
Justine McCloskey
Toronto, Ontario
4 Team Members

Teaser trailer coming soon!


Short Summary

As a woman and a creative spirit, I hope to contribute to the cosmic collective of works and experiences, archetypes and invention, surrendering myself to the universe and all its wonders. I hope to do this, with your help, through film art.

Radiant Hours is a film that has been written and developed for over two years and is a combination of passions and experiences. It is a ten-minute period film set in 1919 that addresses the suppression of women in history as we glimpse into the mind of a passionate artist who gets lost in the shadow of her husband. After years of self doubt, criticism and stigmas thrust upon her by patriarchal society, the female protagonist searches for her individuality once more.


What We Need & What You Get

By donating to Radiant Hours, you will help us pay for;

  • The intricate period decor, costumes, makeup and hair products, along with furniture rentals and props ($2500.00)
  • Expensive camera equipment rentals, lights, dollies, generators and most importantly colour film stock and processing ($3500.00)
  • Location costs, insurance, truck rentals and gas ($2000.00)
  • Food and drink for the cast and crew ($1000.00)


For being generous enough to donate, we are pleased to give you gifts in return!

  • For any $5.00 donation, you will get a special thanks in our credits.
  • For any $10.00 donation, you will get the above and a handmade Radiant Hours lobby card.
  • For any $20.00 donation, you will get the above and a Radiant Hours poster signed by the cast and crew.
  • For any $50.00 donation, you will get the above and an Executive Producer credit.
  • For any $100.00 donation, you will get the above and a 1920s style cocktail gift basket.
  • For any $500.00 donation, you will get the above and tickets to the premiere.
  • For any $1000.00 donation, you will get the above and a top restaurant dinner with the producer and director.


The Impact

Radiant Hours will be a showcase of talent and individuality. The crew is composed predominantly of capable women keys along with some extremely talented men. We have come together to create a beautiful and honest film that really effects women working in a very masculine dominated industry. 

By donating, you will have made a huge impact in supporting female filmmakers and artists from around the city from actors, to animators, painters and film students. This project is important to us as we wish to send out a strong message about the still present gender inequality of the art world and the work place.


In giving generously to our ambitious project, you will support our strong crew that includes:

Justine McCloskey, Writer / Director 

Since a very young age, Justine has been well versed in the arts and has used her background in design, writing and photography to aid her in creating her own style of film art. She has directed/written a short comedy called “I Beg Your Pardon” (2010), directed a character profile on prolific high school drama teacher/director/photographer Rob Ciccotelli entitled “The Black Curtain” (2011), and has production designed a music video entitled “Don’t ya” for Toronto’s acclaimed jazz trio The Jessica Stuart Few featured on Rogers TV, along with several films including “Masquere” (2011 - Maximum Exposure), “About the Author” (2012 - Maximum Exposure), “Things Left Behind” (2012), and “Tuesday” (2012) which was an official selection of TIFF 2012. Justine has recently won the Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award for her work in production design (2012).

Jasmin Bender, Producer 

Jasmin Bender is excited to be the producer of Radiant Hours. Throughout her time in the Ryerson film studies program she has directed, written and production designed her artistic vision and passion for storytelling in the film medium (credits include “Heirarchy” (2010), and “Frontier” (2011)). She strongly resonates with the director’s intention regarding Radiant Hours and can’t wait to work with the team and make a beautiful film! She has worked on several shorts in he time at Ryerson and will continue to do so when she graduates this year. 

Ewa Wolniczek, Lead Actress (Darling)

Ewa Wolniczek, a graduate of George Brown Theatre School 2010, is thrilled to work on such a visually and intellectually stimulating piece with such a great group of Ryerson's graduating class. Her theatre credits include: Lady Macduff (Classical Theatre Project), Sarah McDonald in "The Loyalists" (Single Thread Theatre Company), Aisling in "The Frenzy of Queen Maeve", which was part of Summerworks2012 (Live Lobster Theatre), and most recently Rebecca in "Mister Baxter" (The Quickening Theatre Company).

Kevin McAlary, Lead Actor (D.O)

After receiving a BA in Biblical Studies from Briercrest College, Kevin McAlary made the sensible and expected decision to pursue acting. Duh. He feels very privileged to work with this crew, cast and script and he's literally on cloud nine about this production. In theatre, he has portrayed Scapino, Seymour Krelbourne, Charlie Brown, and he is currently an understudy for the role of Abba in "The Big Picture" (The Arts Engine). In film, watch out for him in "Donny" (Toronto Film School) and the next music video released by The Darcys.  

Cait Lusk, Cinematographer 

Cait Lusk is an emerging Director of Photography who has worked on several feature length films, shorts, webseries’ and television shows throughout her schooling at Ryerson. She fell in love with the industry on a fourth year set while she was in her second year, and it would seem as though she has yet to leave the studios since. Last year she directed the photography for five third-year and two fourth-year Ryerson films. She is looking to emerge into both the documentary and narrative shooting industry. 

Marlo Billet, Art Director

Marlo Billet is a fourth year Ryerson film student. Marlo has production designed twice prior, on The Goldfish (2009) and The Comeback Kid (2012), along with assisting in the art department on numerous other Ryerson films. This year, Marlo will be production designing three films and is extremely excited. Marlo has experience directing documentaries and aspires to be a screenwriter. Radiant Hours is a dream for an aspiring production designer, as it has such opportunity for decadence, beauty and sophistication in detail. Along with the chance to work with an amazing crew, she is so excited for the challenge of making a truly gorgeous film!

Aida Gabriel, Editor & Script Supervisor

As a member of the Canadian Forces Captain Gabriel has been serving our nation since the age of sixteen. Born in Moscow, to a Russian mother and an Eritrean father her family migrated to Toronto, Canada in 1991. Bringing over many transferable skills to the area of Image Arts, story telling and execution of film as a product and art form come naturally to this lady. Currently in fourth year at Ryerson University Film studies Gabe is part owner of HA-YETT Production Inc., a company that has produced two documentaries and one PA for her clients, prior to being enrolled into Ryerson.  At Ryerson, Gabe has produced, written, directed and edited over 6 short films, and participated in various other roles in many other student productions.  One such short film, “The Lament” was selected and showcased at the CANNES FILM festival in 2012. She has also been employed as a Military Advisor for an episode of the Murdoch Mysteries in 2010. Currently and always the goal for this writer-director is the feature film industry, working on compelling stories that entertain us, while making one think.

Christopher Tung, 1st Assistant Director 

Christopher Tung is a 4th year film student at Ryerson University who claims to be “just a little boy with big dreams. Trying to get a lot done in a short time”. His humble mantra, however, has often been eclipsed by the frequent successes of his ambition. While much of his recent work demonstrates a keen eye for cinematography, his passion lies within the writing and directing aspect of film. Christopher has involved himself in numerous Toronto-based short films, many of which have screened at the Maximum Exposure Film Festival and the prestigious Montreal World Film Festival. He was responsible for all of the video and photo content during Ryerson University’s Legacy 2012 Orientation and is currently the Creative Multimedia Associate for the school’s Student Life program.

Christina Siamalekas, Production Manager

Kevin Maheux, Costume Assistant & Set Dresser

Alexis Cuthbert, Propsmaster

Karly McCloskey, Animator

Alex Cananzi, Sound Recordist                                                         

Andrea Joynt, 1st AC

Heather Weigel, 2nd AC                   

Gwen Cumyn, Supporting Actress (Georgette)                     

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