What initially started as a course practicum has recently taken a team of RTA grads beyond the classroom and onto the big screen at the Orlando Film Festival.
“This particular story was an important one to tell because it’s a personal story about multiple sclerosis,” says Mary Gyulay, director, co-writer, and inspiration behind the film VIABLE. “It meant a lot to me to have this story, and awareness about MS be brought to a whole new audience.”
A group of Ryerson University students in the media program, including Stratford’s Jake Nothdurft, took on an ambitious project for their final year. It was also personal. Their friend Mary Gyulay was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 22 years old.
Mary Gyulay is 24. She is creative, passionate, and a dedicated student. She loves films, and hopes to become a director or an editor someday. Mary was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the summer of 2014. Mary is more than her disease. She is VIABLE.
Richmond Hill Post of PostCity Magazine
by Jennifer Cheng
Thornhill resident Melissa Cultraro recalls feeling shocked when she learned about a close friend’s medical condition in university.
“She looked perfectly healthy,” said the 21-year-old, who is in her final year at Ryerson, where she met Mary Gyulay in the radio and television arts program (now known as media production).
Mary Gyulay has been one of my life long friends. My Aunt Paula and her mother being the best of friends since they were teenagers. If you meet Mary’s mother, she’ll tell you how Mary’s brother, Leslie and I were in the ‘womb’ at the exact same time, and born just weeks apart from each other. And although I still find it hard to spell her name properly, she still decided to take a chance and let me share her story on yes supply.
When Mary Gyulay complained that her eye was bothering her, Melissa Cultraro didn’t take her too seriously.
After all, Gyulay had a very casual way of complaining that made her problem seem trivial.
Now, Thornhill resident Melissa Cultraro knows better.
Two Saturdays ago, Toronto was the first stop on an amazing journey.
Fly For MS, a foundation that supports MS awareness and research touched down at Billy Bishop Airport Saturday afternoon kicking off their 2015-2016 mission.
It’s one thing to rally around a friend who has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, it’s another to start a movement.
When Jake Nothdurft headed off to Ryerson University four years ago, he no doubt imagined he would make lasting friendships in the media program. What he couldn’t have fathomed is that one of his good friends would be diagnosed with MS at 22 and that diagnosis would turn into an ambitious and collaborative fourth-year project.
Almost everyone is familiar with the feeling of disconnect and isolation from those around you. It is common to feel nervous when faced with a new environment, and new people.
But fourth year RTA student, Mary Gyulay, is experiencing a different struggle with nerves.