Alan and school friends at TIFF

Alan (far left) with fellow Film Studies students at TIFF, 2015.

Alan Nymark was completing his MA in Film Studies at Carleton University when he passed away this summer after a brief illness. Alan came to Carleton after a very successful career in government, serving as Deputy Minister in several federal departments. In his retirement, Alan decided to undertake the serious study of cinema, and enrolled in the Film Studies BA at Carleton. He excelled in the program, and very quickly made many friends among his fellow students and the Film Studies faculty. He was accepted to the MA program, and had almost completed the degree before he fell ill. While pursuing his degrees in Film Studies, he was involved in many other activities, including serving on the Steering Committee of Sustainable Prosperity, a policy and research think tank focused on making markets work for the environment. He was a passionate environmentalist, and was working on an MA thesis on environmental documentary cinema. Alan will be missed by everyone here in the Film Studies program, and in the School for Studies in Art and Culture. An obituary, describing his many accomplishments, can be found here. Donations will be accepted in his name to Sustainable Prosperity.

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Adrian photo imageAdrian Sheppard, a student in the Carleton University Film Studies MA program, passed away in a tragic accident. Adrian was a young man full of promise, with a passion for the cinema, and a thirst for knowledge. He was a much-loved member the Film Studies community at Carleton, and he will be missed by all of us. In his time in our program, as both an undergraduate and a graduate student, he made many friends, and excelled as a student. He was always working hard, contributing to discussions in class, talking to friends and professors about film and art, and participating in many extra-curricular activities. Adrian’s energy, his enthusiasm, and his genuine intellectual curiosity, touched everyone he met here. A memorial award in Adrian’s name will be established by the Film Studies program. Anyone with inquiries about the award may contact the Assistant Director of Film Studies, Prof. Marc Furstenau, at marc.furstenau@carleton.ca

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