Tyson AndersonTYSON ANSERSON

Co-Director/Story Editor, Call Me Olly

Tyson Anderson is a proud two-spirited photographer and director hailing from the Sayisi Dene First Nation. Tyson has photographed events for APTN, the Indigenous Music Awards and Aboriginal Music Week. Tyson has also photographed several music artists including Iskwe, LightningCloud, Drezus and Joey Stylez. In 2014, Tyson enrolled in the Nu Media program to pursue his passion for filmmaking; after a successful internship, he became a creative director for Nu Media. In his first year with Nu Media, Tyson made his directorial debut with the music video “Walk Alone” by LightningCloud. The filming locations included Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Walk Alone was nominated for Music Video of the Year at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards.


Sherien BarsoumSHERIEN BARSOUM

Producer, Babe, I Hate To Go

Sherien Barsoum is a Toronto-based filmmaker motivated to tell social issue stories. Sherien recently produced the much-anticipated feature House of Z (Tribeca 2017), following celebrity fashion designer Zac Posen. She was the story consultant on the Oscar shortlisted short Frame 394 (HotDocs 2016) - a provocative look at the police shooting death of Walter Scott. Her first feature, Colour Me (2011), was a bold exploration of black identity narratives. When she’s not making films, Sherien runs Reelworld, a social impact film festival in Toronto.


VIVIAN BELIK

Director & Producer, Underdog

Vivian Belik is a recent graduate of Ryerson University's Masters in Documentary Media program. She got her start as a journalist, first for newspapers and magazines and then as a freelancer for CBC North. Her short thesis documentary, Tracing Lillian, was given an award of distinction and premiered at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.  She is currently a participant in the DOC Institute's Breakthrough Program for emerging documentarians and is developing a feature documentary about guaranteed income in Canada. She splits her time between Whitehorse and Toronto.


Dan Bekerman

DANIEL BEKERMAN

Producer, Impossible to Contain

Daniel Bekerman is a producer based in Canada with broad experience in creative producing, financing and service production. Recent production The Witch, a US/Canada co-production, won the Best Director Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and made major sales to Universal and A24; and Bang Bang Baby, a musical directed by Cannes Residency alumnus Jeffrey St. Jules, starring Jane Levy, Justin Chatwin and Peter Stormare, won the Best First Feature Film Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Screen Awards. Pay the Ghost, directed by Uli Edel and starring Nicolas Cage, was recently released theatrically across the world.


ALEJANDRO ÁLVAREZ CADILLA

Director, Fisk: Untitled Portrait

Montrealer Alejandro Álvarez Cadilla studied scriptwriting with Oscar-nominee Pedro Loeb and is a graduate of The Oxford School of Drama. A self-taught director and cinematographer, his first short film Le Trac was personally selected by Edward James Olmos for the Los Angeles International Latino Film Festival. His second short film Deep Sleep won Best International Short Film at the London Independent Film Festival and had 33 official festival selections all over the world. His first feature documentary Disportrait, a co-production with ZDF/Arte and the Tribeca Film Institute, won the Golden Prague Grand Prix TV Award and was nominated for a Robert Award in Denmark. 


JAMAINE CAMPBELL

Director, Follow The Rock

Jamaine Campbell first pursued his love of art and stories on stage as a theater actor and a musician. He earned a performing arts diploma from the Canadian College of Performing Art and a B.F.A. in acting from the University of Victoria. When it came to creating his own work, Jamaine first drew on a love of his own family histories, told by his grandfather. He took this same enthusiasm for folklore to work when he proposed and landed a job making short ethnographic video recordings of elders in the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw community on the Northern tip of Vancouver Island (his wife’s home nation). Being a minority, both African American and First Nations himself, the stories of struggle, resilience, culture and beauty really resonated with him. From there, he began to gain recognition as a sensitive and moral filmmaker. He now follows great stories to different First Nations communities all over the Province.


Cazhhmere headshot.CAZHHMERE

Director, Deeply Rooted

Described by many as Canada’s busiest working female music video director, Cazhhmere has directed over 130 music videos in 12 years. She is an accomplished director whose work has been described as forward-thinking and visually seductive. In 2010, she was the first female director in over 7 years to be nominated for MuchMusic’s coveted Director of the Year award for directing Classified’s “Oh Canada”. Cazhhmere has worked with artists Howie D (The Backstreet Boys), Royce Da 5’9 (Shady Records), JRDN (Universal), Juicy J (Academy Award winner, Taylor Gang) Classified (Halflife/Sony), Justin Nozuka (Coalition), Kardinal Offishall, Melanie Fiona (Universal Republic), Karl Wolf and many others.


KAREN CHAPMAN

Writer/Director, Walk Good

In her breakout film, Beauty Lies, Chapman explores her feelings about natural hair as a black woman in a media-driven world, revealing layers of insecurities. The film premiered at the Vancouver Student Film Festival, winning the Knowledge Network’s BC Perspective Award. In 2011, Karen completed a Self-Directed Residency in filmmaking at the Banff Centre and graduated from Emily Carr University with a Bachelor of Media Arts.

In September 2013, Karen won Best Pitch at the CaribbeanTales Pitch Incubator held at the Toronto International Film Festival for her film Cocoon, where she explored themes of rage, family secrets and life after violent trauma. In 2015 Karen won the HotDocs documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Scholarship, where she is developing a point of view documentary film based on her explorations. Her latest film, a dance dreamscape entitled Rise screened during the 2015 Toronto Urban Film Festival. And her short Patriarchy, a vérité–animation hybrid and is being broadcasted as part of the CBC’s Canadian Reflection Program.


LUCIUS DECHAUSAY

Writer/Director/Producer, Kettle

Born and raised in Toronto, Lucius Dechausay is an artist whose work is deeply personal and radically unique. He studied Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario, which he incorporated into several short animations about race and oppression, before honing his craft as a filmmaker in Sheridan College's Advanced TV and Film program.

Working primarily in post production, he served as a video producer on the long-running talkshow The Hour. During that time he also edited a number of short films with a focus on culturally diverse stories which have screened at many festivals, including TIFF, Cannes Short Corner, Reel Asian and The Inside Out Film Festival. 

His directorial debut Solace In The Dark, a film about the power of art to heal during the 9/11 attacks premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival. The following year, his short animated film The Mark, screened at festivals worldwide and is currently being broadcast by Canadian Reflections. Kettle premiered at Hot Docs and was named one of the Top 10 Films to watch at the festival by NOW Magazine. He also co-directed Syrian Eagles, the opening night film for the Syria Film Festival.


BRAD DWORKIN

Director, WhyFi?

Brad Dworkin is a producer and director born in the suburbs of the GTA and working primarily in Toronto. He has worked as a video editor, motion graphics artist and director for the advertising and commercial industry and produced a few short films, documentaries and web-series. His films have screened at the Reel Asian Film Festival, Hot Docs and once, on the side of a building during Nuit Blanche. He hates the term “video generalist” but realizes that might be the best word for what he does.


JOSH EISEN

Producer, Billsville

Joshua Eisen is a Toronto-based anthropologist with a special interest in cultural marginalization and ethnographic film. He received his MA in cultural anthropology from McGill University, where he produced, shot, and directed an ethnographic short on bluegrass musicians in Montreal. His research has taken him to various exotic locales; he's spent months researching meditation at a Buddhist monastery in China and following chimpanzees through the forests of southwestern Uganda. He is excited to be working on Billsville, a project which combines his love of careful ethnographic portraits of marginal communities with his interest in outsider art.


David FabregaDAVID FABREGA

Director/Producer/Editor, Little Big Leaf

A graduate of the Journalism and Communication School of Marseille in France, David Fabrega found Conteur d’images productions in 2011 to make documentary films. He also gives film presentations in educational institutions, produces photographic editorials and holds an industrial patent for a camera lens controller, the Fingazoom.

His first feature film – Biodiversity: an odyssey – has been released on television at TV5 Monde and Science & Vie TV. Recommended by the United Nations, the film shows how people in 10 different countries have developed innovative solutions to preserve biodiversity on Earth.

In 2016, his second feature film about the return of the Cuban diaspora – Return to Cuba – was part of the official selection at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival (USA) and the Latin America Film Festival of Montreal (Canada). His photography about Cuban transexuals and the transformation of Cuban houses into stores has been featured in popular Canadian newspapers and magazines such as Le Devoir, L’actualité, Photo Solution or Urbania.


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MAISIE JACOBSON

Director, Billsville

Maisie Jacobson is an emerging writer, director and producer living in Toronto. She studied art history and Canadian studies at McGill University, and has focused her research on outsider and self-taught art. Maisie’s academic background and experiences as a curator inform the strong visual sense she brings to her practice. Deeply passionate about film, Maisie has enjoyed learning about all aspects of pre and post production while working at Sassafras Films as an associate producer for the past three years. With a keen observational eye and adept understanding of human nature, Maisie creates work that is hyperrealist and intimate. She has a special interest in documentary film, in particular character studies on unusual or marginal subjects. Her writing was shortlisted for PRISM International’s Non-Fiction Contest in 2013, and she co-curates the performance and installation art project Unhealthy, Badly at Videofag Gallery. Maisie currently has a one-hour crime drama series in development at Temple Street Productions.


Heather HatchHEATHER HATCH

Director, Jaat Sdiihltl’lxa: Woman Who Returns

Heather is Haida — she was born in Vancouver, raised in Edmonton and has lived in Skidegate. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta. While holding a government job, Heather also pursues filmmaking, having taken courses at her local film co-op. Her first documentary, Jaat Sdiihltl’lxa: Woman Who Returns, explores how she was adopted into her Haida clan. It premiered at the Edmonton International Film Festival and has screened at numerous festivals. Heather was the recipient of the first Gill Cardinal Legacy Fund, through which she was mentored by the NFB. Currently, Heather is in pre-production for Della and Goliath, her first feature film, after being awarded the Telefilm Microgrant - Aboriginal Stream.


Zoe HopkinsZOE HOPKINS

Director, Impossible to Contain

Zoe Hopkins was born in Bella Bella, a small and remote fishing village on the coast of BC, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.  She is Heiltsuk and Mohawk and is a fluent Mohawk language speaker. She is a mother and passionate about family. The themes of home, family and language run through her body of work.

 Hopkins’ films have screened Internationally at festivals including Sundance, Berlinale, and TIFF Kids.  Her films, including the short Mohawk Midnight Runners have won awards at the NSI Online Film Festival, imagineNATIVE, SWAIA Class X, Dawson City International Short Film Festival, Yellowknife International Film Festival and the Niagara Integrated Film Festival.

Hopkins is a respected member of the International Indigenous filmmaking community, and the Writer’s Guild of Canada. An alumna of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program and Ryerson’s Film Program, Hopkins is currently in post-production on her first dramatic feature, produced by Scythia Films, entitled Kayaking for Beginners.


Lesley JohnsonLESLEY JOHNSON

Director/Producer, Princess Jack

Lesley Johnson is a Toronto and Yellowknife-based filmmaker and producer. She has a background in biology, studied film in York University’s MFA program and was a recent participant of RIDM’s Talent Lab. Her work focuses on identity and personal transformation with relation to place, arts and environment. Released on CBC’s Short Doc platform, her documentary Princess Jack was nominated for a Golden Sheaf award at Yorkton. As a producer, she worked on the APTN docu-series Dene A Journey, and the documentary and interactive Shadow of a Giant, distributed through the NFB. Her latest producer collaboration was on video auteur Daniel Cockburn’s The Argument (with annotations), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.


CHASE JOYNT

Director, Between You and Me & Genderize

Recently awarded the EP Canada/Canada Film Capital Award for Emerging Canadian Artist and jury awards for Best Documentary and Best Short, Chase Joynt's moving-image work continues to be exhibited internationally. In 2013, Chase starred as Mars Brito, the lead character in John Greyson’s Murder in Passing, which is widely regarded as the most ambitious transmedia public narrative project available on public screens worldwide. As a recipient of a Mellon Fellowship in Arts Practice and Scholarship at the University of Chicago, Chase’s recent speaking engagements include Harvard University, Princeton University, NYU, The New York Academy of Medicine, University of Manchester, UC Berkeley, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His first book You Only Live Twice, co-authored with Mike Hoolboom, was published by Coach House Books in May 2016. His second project for CBC Docs, Genderize, is forthcoming.


Vanessa JungVANESSA JUNG

Director, Producer, Editor, Numbers Guy

Vanessa graduated from Sheridan College with a focus on editing and documentary filmmaking.  Since then, she’s worked as an editor and assistant editor. Her editing work includes a web series about artist run collectives in Toronto and short videos for the National Ballet of Canada. Her assistant editing work includes two documentaries produced by the National Film Board and season one of a TV series produced by Vice.

Numbers Guy is her first documentary as director and producer. Numbers Guy premiered at the Indie Gathering Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio (2015). It also screened at The Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2016) and The New York Jewish Film Festival (2017).


DOMINIQUE KELLER

Director, Grandma Learns to Drive

Dominique Keller is a documentary director based in Calgary Alberta, Dominique directs both locally and internationally.  With much travel and sport directing experience, Dominique is comfortable working in tough environments.  Dominique’s projects include PBS The Lonely Planet Travel Show, City TV My Rona Home, The Food Network Fixing Dinner and APTN underEXPOSED.  Dominique’s films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide and premiered on Bravo, CBC and APTN.


Jules KoostachinJULES ARITA KOOSTACHIN

Director, NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart

Born in Moose Factory, Ontario, Jules was raised by her Cree speaking grandparents in Moosonee, and with her mother, a survivor of the Canadian Residential school system. Jules is a band member of Attawapiskat First Nation, Mushkekowok territory, and presently resides in Vancouver where she is in her second year of her PhD with the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia. Jules is also the 2017 Aboriginal Storyteller in Residence with the Vancouver Public Library. 

In 2010, she completed graduate school at Ryerson University in Documentary Media where she was awarded the Award of Distinction for her thesis work, as well as the Graduate Ryerson Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. While pursuing her Masters, Jules finished her first feature length documentary film, Remembering Inninimowin about her journey of remembering Cree. After graduation, Jules was one of six women selected for the Women in the Directors Chair program at the Banff Center in Alberta, where she directed a scene from her feature script Broken Angel, currently in development. Jules’ television series AskiBOYZ (2016) co-produced with Big Soul Production about two urban Cree youth reconnecting with the land is currently being aired on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and can also be accesses online at askiboyz.com.


Frederick KroetschFREDERICK KROETSCH

Producer/Director of Photography, JAAT SDIIHLTL’LXA: Woman Who Returns

Frederick has been a reporter, camera operator, host, director and producer for the past 18 years. He has produced/directed numerous web series and short documentaries with an emphasis on disability, queer culture, and professional wrestling. He has worked with TELUS, CBC, AMI-TV, NFB, and APTN.

Frederick also has a passion for rescue kittens. His project KittenTV is a hit on TELUS TV. Though focused primarily on producing, Frederick is also an accomplished director of photography. Frederick’s films have screened at over 50 festivals internationally.


AM√ČLIE LAMBERT BOUCHARDAMÉLIE LAMBERT BOUCHARD

Producer, Production Manager, Algo, Polly & Turcot

Amélie Lambert Bouchard has been working in the film industry since 2011. Determined to work in arts and culture, she completed her BA in Cultural Animation and Research at UQAM while simultaneously working as a production coordinator at Productions du Rapide-Blanc. That is where she fell in love with the world of point-of-view documentary film. She’s worked with Rapide-Blanc both as a production coordinator and a production manager on films including Northern Heartbeat (2012), The World of Adrien (2013), ANTICOSTI: The hunt for extreme oil (2014), Finding Macpherson (2014), and The Sex Trade (2015). She collaborates occasionally with other production companies, including Argus Films, Laterna Films and the National Film Board of Canada.

In 2012, she assumed the role of documentary producer along with Sylvie Van Brabant for the feature-length documentary Neighborhood Utopia (2016), directed by Ève Lamont. She was line-producer on Perfect (2016) by Jérémie Battaglia and delivered three versions of this film. She is currently producing with Sylvie Van Brabant for CBC shorts, Algo, Polly & Turcot by Alexandre Sheldon and she is the line-producer for his feature documentary Hacktivism MTL. She is presently developing KONGSI, the first feature-length doc by filmmaker Victoria Chan with the help of SODEC’s young talent division, as well as a short by Jérémie Battaglia, The Older Brother. Together with Van Brabant, they are offering young and seasoned directors a dynamic producer team involved creatively and capable of delivering films on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of their directors and their broadcasters.


BRITTANY LEBORGNE

Co-Director, Thunder Blanket

Brittany LeBorgne is from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec. She attended John Abbott College’s Theatre Workshop program, and also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University. In addition to Thunder Blanket, Brittany has directed episodes of APTN’s documentary series’ Dream Big (2015) and Working It Out Together III, set to premiere this spring. Brittany is also an actor, best known for her role as Zoe in the award-winning APTN television series, Mohawk Girls, for which she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination.


ALISON MACMILLAN

Co-Producer, Billsville

Alison MacMillan is an emerging filmmaker and recent graduate of Film and TV production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has produced, directed, and edited a number of short films, including documentaries, music videos, dramas, and experimental films. She has focused particularly on documentary filmmaking, with a broad range of subjects, including films on graffiti artists in Toronto, her family history of synesthesia, and an emerging rap duo working in New York. She hopes to continue investigating interesting characters and stories through documentary. Alison’s most recent editing project, Fowl, was produced by the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and premiered at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema in January 2015. She is currently working in post-production on the Nickelodeon TV show Make It Pop at DHX Media in Toronto.


ERIKA MACPHERSON

Writer/Director, This River

Erika MacPherson’s video art and documentary films have screened at festivals and galleries internationally. She recently completed This River, a film she edited, co-wrote and co-directed for the National Film Board of Canada, and is currently in post-production on a film about her settler heritage. Erika makes her home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty One territory.


MIchelle MamaMICHELLE MAMA

Producer, 100 and Counting

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Michelle Mama is fiercely creative television professional who uses her finely honed verité instincts to tell compelling stories across the factual spectrum.  Much sought-after as a director for her tenacity and exceptional ability to disarm subjects, she is known for extracting fresh and surprising results.  As a showrunner/ producer she collaborates to inspire and extract the best and most exciting work from her team.  With a well-worn passport and the confidence of 18 years of experience, she is as comfortable in a studio control room as she is on location in a war-torn country.


Paola MarinaPAOLA MARINO

Director/Producer, Twilight Dancers

After graduating in Film Studies in Bologna (Italy) in 1995, Paola moved to Toronto and she started her career as a filmmaker. In 2007, she produced and directed video artworks inspired by operatic arias. Her award-winning video artworks Cherubino, Carmen, Irene and Dalila were officially selected in several international festivals. In 2012, she was nominated for the 2013 K.M. Hunter Artist Awards in the film and video category. In 2013, she collaborated with Anishinaabe artist Eddy Robinson directing and co-producing the short Kinoomaage-Asin/Teaching Rock, which premiered at the Toronto imagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival.


NAOMI MARK

Director & Producer, Underdog

Naomi Mark is a Yukon born and raised filmmaker who has worked in the industry for the past six years in both scripted and non-scripted film and television. With a BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University and a Certificate in Directing from Langara College Film Arts, Naomi has spent the majority of her twenties crafting stories for film and video. Naomi's graduate film from Langara College was selected for the 2013 TIFF Student Showcase. Having recently returned to the Yukon, Naomi is currently working on two independently produced feature documentaries, Show Me What You Care About and Beyond the Bees.


CHELSEA MCMULLAN

Director, World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

Chelsea McMullan is a filmmaker whose works have premiered at Sundance, The Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Photography Festival. Her award-winning shorts have been featured by Nowness, Dazed Digital, Vice, and Vogue Italia. Whenever possible Chelsea inhabits the space between documentary and fiction filmmaking. She is a member of the artists’ co-operative What Matters Most and a secret but fervent topiary enthusiast.


Cat MillsCAT MILLS

Director/Producer/Editor, Big Men, Small Dogs

Cat Mills is a documentary filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, holding a BFA in Film Production, an alumni of The Golden Key International Honour Society, a fellow of the CFTPA Producers Internships program and a fellow of the documentary Channel Doc Accelerator Program. She has a web series where she explores weird festivals and competitions. She has toe wrestled, crab raced and worm charmed her way across the globe.

Cat's 2016 film about the Toronto Repair Cafe, FIXED!, won first place in the 2016 Hot Docs Short Film Pitch competition and has been winning awards on the festival circuit. In 2017 she was nominated for an AWFJ EDA Award. Cat is currently on production on a short film about two Air Guitarists who are learning Boylesque. She is drawn to quirky characters and uses humour to challenge our perceptions of the world.


Andrew MoirANDREW MOIR

Director, Babe, I Hate To Go

Andrew Moir’s documentaries are intimate stories with a highly personal point of view. Uprooted, a short film about an Ontario tobacco farmer’s estrangement from his land after giving up his crop, screened at Hot Docs in 2011. His follow-up, Just As I Remember, told the stories of two young fathers living with ALS. The film premiered at Hot Docs in 2013 before screening around the world.


Jordan MolaroJORDAN MOLARO

Producer, Call Me Olly

Jordan Molaro is a proud Anishnaabe writer, editor and director driven by a passion for the art of filmmaking. His work has been praised for its distinct style, cultural significance and ability to resonate his characters with audiences.

After the success of Jordan’s short film The Sacred Seven, which screened at film festivals around the world, Jordan’ was hired as the national audio and video editor for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2012. Around the same time, Jordan began the process of co-founding and launching the Nu Media education program: in its first year, the program immersed eight Indigenous students residing on reserve into the world of film. Jordan just finished working on Taken, a national series that profiles 15 cases of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In 2017, Jordan, was renewed again for the Nu Media program and, in collaboration with 20 Indigenous youth, completed 9 films that are currently in the international film festival circuit.


SHASHA NAKHAI 

Producer, Frame 394

Shasha Nakhai is a filmmaker based out of Toronto. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide including the DC Shorts, LA Shorts, Atlanta, and Aljazeera Film Festivals. Her work has been commissioned and supported by Bravo, Al Jazeera, the Toronto, Ontario & Canada Arts Councils, and the Reel Asian International Film Festival. They have aired on TV in the United States, Canada and Europe, been released on iTunes, gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick. Working under Storyline Entertainment producers Ed Barreveld and Lisa Valencia-Svensson, Shasha has also had the chance to work on award-winning documentaries such as The World Before Her and Herman’s House. She works as a production, post-production and audience engagement manager when not making her own films. She was selected as the inaugural recipient of WIFT's Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship program, and was 1 of 8 high-potential emerging producers selected for the DOC Institute’s Breakthrough Program in 2015. Having graduated from Ryerson University's Broadcast Journalism program, she has completed stints with Summerhill Entertainment, CBC Radio, CKLN fm and Africa Independent Television. Shasha was born in the Philippines, grew up in Nigeria and came to Canada as an international student in 2003.


DANNY NASH

Director, Wally's World

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Danny grew up in the theatre surrounded by talented and creative people. His grandfather gave him and his three brothers a camera at a young age and it all started there. He went on to study journalism at Mohawk College in Hamilton, where he took a liking to documentary filmmaking. Danny has appeared on all sides of the camera but has a passion for directing and storytelling.


DOUGLAS NAYLER

Director, World Famous Gopher Hole Museum

Douglas Nayler is a Toronto based writer, filmmaker, and interactive media producer whose work has been featured at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, and True/False Film Fest. He has worked with Mercury Films, David Cronenberg, Colors Magazine, Nowness, the New York Times, and What Matters Most.


LESLIE NORVILLE

Producer, Walk Good

Leslie Norville most recently produced the feature documentary, A Ballerina’s Tale, a documentary about Misty Copeland — the first African American female principal dancer at New York’s American Ballet Theatre.  It was released theatrically in the US in October 2015 by Sundance Selects.

Leslie’s additional collaborations with Nelson George (Life Support, The Announcement) include Finding the Funk, an official selection at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival about the history of funk music, narrated by Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson of the Roots; and Disdain The Mundane, an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary short featuring legendary NY Knick, Walt 'Clyde' Frazier.

Leslie is also the recipient of both the Tribeca Documentary Fund and Funding Exchange grants.


RADAR NINE FILMS

Night Strike

Ian Barbour and Darren Heroux produce documentaries out of Vancouver. For the past 10 years, Darren and Ian have worked almost exclusively by themselves, trading off the roles of producer, director, camera operator, sound recordist, editor and almost all other facets of documentary production and post-production. They are able to create real relationships with their subjects and this proximily is reflected in the intimacy and thoughfulness of their work. 


DANIEL ROHER

Producer & Director, Sourtoe: The Story of the Sorry Cannibal 

Daniel Roher is 23 years old and when he’s not off shooting his films lives in Toronto. Through his company, Loud Roar Productions, he strives to create socially significant content that entertains audiences around the world. His latest documentary, Sourtoe: The Story of the Sorry Cannibal, was commissioned by the CBC. The film follows the acclaimed premiere of his previous documentary, Survivors Rowe (Hot Docs 2015) that screened on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and had its broadcast premiere on TVO. He is currently working on his first feature film which was shot in South Western Uganda.


MORGAN RHYS TAMS

Director, Bella & Don

Morgan Rhys Tams is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator, with an interest in the intersections between art and community. As a filmmaker he has travelled extensively, from Africa to Iceland and all across North America shooting, editing and directing short film, video and interactive works. As a media educator he has taught in partnership with The National Film Board of Canada, The Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee, Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, The City of Victoria and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture. He has been recognized by the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Film Board of Canada, and the British Columbia Arts Council for his creative work.


Theola RossTHEOLA ROSS

Writer/Director/Producer, Twilight Dancers

Theola Ross is originally from Pimichikamak Cree Nation. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work degree at Ryerson University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 2000. In addition to her love for the arts, she has many years of frontline experience in the social services sector and ia strong advocate for her community. She has developed a broad perspective of social and cultural context that lends a hand in the current political discourse of First Nations people. These perspectives, along with her lived experience, have made her the person she is today. Theola’s work focuses on real-life topics, issues or events and is witness to individuals’ daily struggles and triumphs. Being able to speak her own language is important to her and whenever she gets the chance to speak to a Cree speaker, it's the primary language she prefers to use. 


ALEXANDRE SHELDON

Director, Algo, Polly & Turcot

A researcher, journalist and filmmaker, Alexandre is passionate about politics, history and social change. An international studies graduate, he enjoys getting lost in the maze of research to re-emerge with unusual treasures. He is constantly looking for the subtle threads from which we can weave meaning for this evermore complex world. He has directed multiple short documentary essays on sustainable urban development. He has also co-authored a book on tax evasion, published by Écosociété. As a videographer, he has directed more than twenty video projects for different groups and organizations. More recently, he began the production and development of two documentary projects at Rapide-Blanc: Algo, Polly & Turcot follows the story of two peregrine falcons living underneath the Turcot interchange in the St-Henri neighbourhood. His second project, Hacktivism MTL, offers an incursion into the Montreal hacker-activist community. His projects marry reflection with form, and intellectual rigor with an contemplative film-style.


MADISON THOMAS

Writer/Director, Declutter

Madison Thomas is a filmmaker from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Growing up, she emerged as a natural storyteller and artist at a young age. Her work reflects her mixed cultural roots, Ojibwe, Saulteax, Russian and Ukrainian. Thomas also draws inspiration from experiences growing up in the inner city and has committed herself to diverse representation in her films.
 
In 2014, "Out of Reach," one of Thomas’s first short films, was selected as a finalist on CBC’s Short Film Faceoff. Thomas was one of the youngest participants to appear on the show and the jury applauded the film’s artistic bravery. Thomas is the co-owner of Prairie Kid Productions. The collective has produced a dozen shorts that have enjoyed festival success worldwide. Thomas also works as a writer, director and editor for several web series including APTN’s “Digital Drum”, Rezolution Picture’s “Working It Out Together” and Manito Ahbee/Moving Future Production Inc’s “Orange Daisy Project.” Thomas also works as an editor and director for the CBC & APTN series “Taken,” produced by Eagle Vision Productions, which shares the true stories of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous woman. In 2016 Thomas was accepted into ImagineNative film festival’s inaugural Director’s Master Class. At the festival that year Thomas also received The Ellen Monague Award for Best Youth Talent Special Mention for her short film “Exposed Nerves.”

Geeta SondhiGEETA SONDHI

Director, Producer, 100 and Counting

A veteran of non-fiction programming, Geeta cut her teeth at the NFB’s Studio D working with luminaries of the documentary world. She is currently directing a one-hour doc for TVO and CBC’s Doc Channel about Canadian identity through the eyes of racialized comics. With Jason Ryle, she is also producing Metis Animation artist Terril Calder’s film about Charlie Wenjack (McConnell Foundation, Canada Council). Geeta produced the indie docs “Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel” (TVO-Bravo!); “Some Kind of Arrangement” (NFB-CBC); and “Becoming 13” (NFB-CBC). She created and produced the internationally successful series “Neat” (HGTV-Discovery US) and has directed seasons of lifestyle programming. Always interested in creating space for new voices, Geeta has programmed films for TIFF, managed funding programs for the OMDC and pioneered web programming. Awards include Gemini nominations, a Golden Sheaf, a Gold Cindy, a Gold Remi and a Chris Award. Devoted to tackling issues of race and gender, Geeta currently sits on the board of Women In View.  Originally from Kenya, Geeta was educated in Vancouver and Montreal. She resides in Toronto.


Philip SportelPHILIP SPORTEL

Director of Photography, Motion Graphics, Colourist, Numbers Guy

Philip attended OCADU and has been directing music videos for the past ten years. His work has been nominated for a Juno and two MMVAs. In 2016, he won the Prism Prize for best Canadian music video. He’s also directed for television and commercials. He contributed motion graphics to a feature length documentary that screened at the Sundance Film Festival.


Sylvie Van BrabantSYLVIE VAN BRABANT

Producer, Algo, Polly & Turcot

Sylvie Van Brabant is at the head of Productions du Rapide-Blanc since 1984. This independent production company has become a platform for social, political and artistic works that are pertinent, eloquent and poetic, daring to tackle controversial issues as well as give the public films with deep cultural and social values. Films that have garnered awards in Quebec, Canada and abroad but that have also confirmed Van Brabant’s greatest commitment, creating new perceptions on vital issues and ultimately bringing about change in today’s society.

She has coproduced as well as directed several features and one-hour documentaries with the National Film Board of Canada such as The Sex Trade, Earth Keepers : A Survival Guide for a Planet in Peril, Everest from Within, Finding Macpherson and Baby Business.

In 2014, she released the feature Anticosti: The hunt for extreme oil, directed by the world-renowned stage director Dominic Champagne (LOVE: The Beatles) and the short, The World of Adrien (selected at Hot Docs and AFI). She released two new features in 2015, Finding Macpherson (Best Quebec feature documentary 2015), directed by master documentarian Serge Giguère (Hot Docs Focus On, 2006 and winner of the Governor General Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2008) and The Sex Trade, directed by the feminist filmmaker, Eve Lamont. In 2016, she will release two new feature documentaries, Perfect, directed by Jérémie Battaglia and Le champs des possibles by Ève Lamont.

Van Brabant is also very committed to documentary as an essential art form. She has been on the board of several important organizations over the past twenty years: Quebec Director’s Association (ARRQ), Hot Docs Board of Directors, Documentary Network. She has also been a jury member for the Canada Arts Council on numerous occasions.


Shiren Van CootenSHIREN VAN COOTEN

Producer, NiiSoTeWak: Two Bodies, One Heart

Shiren Van Cooten is a Producer and Business Affairs professional with a personal taste flavoured by social justice and artistic integrity.

 

Her career in Business Affairs has taken her from documentary series with outfits like Discovery Canada, to movies-of-the-week; while her producing has also spanned this range. In 2009, her involvement as Associate Producer for the short narrative film, Fermata, brought the film the award for Best Art at the 2010 Moving Image Film Festival. The same year, her involvement as Co-Producer on the short documentary film, Keepers of the Water, brought the film an educational in school curricula. Both films won other awards as well, including “Best Cinematography” for Fermata and the 2011 Mark Haslam Award at the Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival. The Mark Haslam Award recognizes films that “give voice to individuals, communities,' struggles or stories that are underrepresented in media”. Shiren received her film training at the Toronto Film School, New York Film Academy and the Canadian Media Producer’s Association. She is also a graduate of the Centennial College affiliated Independent Television Producers’ Program. 


KATHERENA VERMETTE

Writer/Director, This River

Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children’s literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs, won the 2013 Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry and was the 2015 selection for On the Same Page, Manitoba’s province-wide book club. Her work has appeared in several literary magazines and anthologies. In addition to co-directing this National Film Board doc, she is also releasing a novel this year, The Break. Vermette lives, works and plays in Winnipeg.


Perry WalkerPERRY WALKER

Producer, DIrector, Editor, Lucky Moose

A graduate of York University's Cinema & Media Studies program, Perry Walker has worked in film and television production in Toronto in a variety of roles since 2011. Starting out primarily as an assistant editor and camera assist, he gradually worked his was toward freelancing and shooting his own material. In the past few years, that path has led Perry to produce and create commissioned video content, as well as independent films. Lucky Moose is his Directorial debut.


ROXANN WHITEBEAN

Director, Thunder Blanket
Writer, Director, Producer, Karihwanoron: Precious Things

Roxann Whitebean is a media artist from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake. Her experience spans both fiction and documentary, with her first gaining experience as an executive producer’s assistant on the first season of APTN’s television series, Mohawk Girls, and as the extras casting director and 3rd AD on the 2nd & 3rd Season. Roxann wrote directed and produced her first short film, Legend of the Storm, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. For Thunder Blanket, she turned the lens around to chronicle her harrowing battle against breast cancer with the intentions of inspiring others who may be afflicted. She is currently in pre production for her next fiction film, The Paradigm.


RICH WILLIAMSON

Director, Frame 394

Rich Williamson graduated from Ryerson University in 2008 focusing on cinematography and editing. He has since worked as a freelancer, shooting and cutting films, corporate videos, trailers and TV programs for well-known brands and companies, as well as fellow independent filmmakers. As a director, his work blends the best of fiction and documentary technique together with a focus on social-issue subjects. His award-winning short films including The Sugar Bowl (2011), Joe (2012) and Unsinkable (2012) have screened at festivals worldwide including the DC Shorts, LA Shorts, Atlanta, and Aljazeera Film Festivals. The Sugar Bowl won Best Film & Best Documentary at the 2013 Aesthetica Film Festival, the WIFT Award at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and was nominated for Aljazeera’s Gold Award in 2013. The Sugar Bowl and Joe were recently broadcast across the United States and Europe on ShortsTV and were released on iTunes. Rich participated in the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s 2013 Talent Lab and recently completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program.

 

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