Director Biography – Hollie Olenik (YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY)

Born & raised in Oshawa, Ontario (with a penchant for the dramatic), Hollie Olenik is a Toronto-based writer and director. She is in her fifth year of film production at Ryerson’s School of Image Arts. She has written & directed multiple short films including narratives Ophelia, Your Mileage May Vary, and an experimental piece, Liminal. Her work has been broadcasted on the CBC and has screened at festivals such as the Youth Lens Film Festival and Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival. She recently received Image Arts’ Norman Jewison Filmmaker Award for her work on Your Mileage May Vary. Hollie is focused on challenging and deconstructing the film industry to create a broader space for radical stories and she draws much of her inspiration for stories about LGBTQ+ women from her own experiences growing up queer. Outside of film she is also interested in writing for theatre and theatre production.

Hollie’s most recent film was Dirt Town, her thesis film centered on growing up in Oshawa which premiered at the Ryerson University Film Festival last year. To see more of her work follow her personal Instagram @probablyhollie & her thesis Instagram @dirttownfilm

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