Ruben Young

Story and photos by Max Foley. “Being an artist is the same as being an entrepreneur. The only difference is that you’re the product.” It’s a typical Calgary fall morning, and Ruben Young is sitting at a café table in his native Marda Loop.

Mokka Brown

Interview and photo by Claire Miglionico. After a stint out on the west coast, 20-year-old musician Moksh Amin, who goes by artist name Mokka Brown, has returned to his home base in Calgary. We sat down for a brew and chatted about his early thrash metal influences, his experience living and studying in Victoria, B.C. and why he’s decided to take on Calgary as the place to produce himself and create a hub to showcase the variety of musical styles in the city.

Calgary International Film Festival: Ice Blue

Interview by Jessica Melnychuk. A Q&A with Sandi Somers, director of Ice Blue. You wrote the story for Ice Blue, and Jason Long wrote the screenplay. How did the story begin to unfold? I initially asked Jason if he was interested in co-writing with me, and when he read my outline, he thought it would be a great challenge for him. He was totally into doing it, and he set forth to do the first draft. He did such a great job.

Calgary International Film Festival: Made in Vietnam

Interview by Claire Miglionico. Photos by David Whyte. A Q&A with Thi Vo, director of Made in Vietnam. Tell us about your role at Double Whammy Studios. I’ve been running Double Whammy Studios as owner and creative director for the last three years. I’ve worked in the agency world for a long time and ventured onto my own, running a boutique film and design studio here in Calgary.

AJA Louden

I grew up drawing a lot as a kid, and I lived outside of Calgary in a kind of rural area. I saw a bunch of Trik DP tags on light posts on a trip to Calgary while I was growing up. Years later my friends started breakdancing, and we wanted sweet tags of our breakdance names.