#IN20 INDUSTRY GUESTS

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Darcy Waite

Tuesday, October 22nd

Moderator

Netflix + You: Partnerships Overview (10:30-11:30)

Darcy Waite recently produced his first feature film through Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program – Ruthless Souls. Darcy produced the award-winning CBC Short Docs film Zaasaakwe which played at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival. He produced the short Hit Like A Girl for MTS Stories From Home, and Lost Moccasin for APTN, which also played at ImagineNATIVE. Darcy was also Associate Producer on the CBC Short Docs film Fourth Period Burnout. Darcy won the 2017 ImagineNATIVE Web Series Pitch Competition as the Producer of Madison Thomas’ web series Color of Scar Tissue, starring Star Slade, Mary Galloway, and Kaniehtiio Horn. The series premiered at ImagineNATIVE 2018 before airing on APTN Digital. Recently, Darcy won the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival’s Rising Producer Award.

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Madison Thomas

Tuesday, October 22nd

Moderator

Netflix + You: Partnerships Overview (10:30-11:30)

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 work. In 2014 one of Thomas’s first short films “Out of Reach” launched her onto the national stage when it was selected as a finalist on CBC’s Short Film Faceoff. Thomas has also worked for the past four seasons as the senior 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.

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Daniel Northway-Frank

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

Netflix + You: Partnerships Overview (10:30-11:30)

Daniel Northway-Frank as Institute Director guides the strategic direction, financial and programming partnerships and oversees all staffing and implementation of initiatives under the department. He is also a short film producer, a gay dad and dance fiend by night.

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Odile Joanette

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

Netflix + You: Partnerships Overview (10:30-11:30)

For close to 20 years, Odile Joannette has been striving to uphold and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples and to improve their living conditions. From 2017 to 2019, she served on the Ordre de Montréal’s board and is one of 15 members of the Table on Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination. A graduate of UQAM specialized in communications and public relations, she became involved with the Quebec Native Women's Movement in 2002. Five years later, she collaborated on developing and opening Montreal’s first Indigenous daycare center and helped create the Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK. She is a founding member and administrator of DestiNATIONS: International Crossroads of the Arts and Cultures of Aboriginal Peoples and remains committed to making Montreal a major destination for Indigenous culture and tourism.

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Kerry Swanson

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

Netflix + You: Partnerships Overview (10:30-11:30)


Kerry Swanson is a seasoned arts professional with over fourteen years of experience leading change for Indigenous artists. She has worked in leadership roles at the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, where she created and launched new programs including the Indigenous Culture Fund and the TAC Leaders Lab. Kerry is the former Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, where she worked for six years of extraordinary growth and innovation and where she is now Chair of the Board of Directors.

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Lindsay Nixon

Tuesday, October 22nd

Moderator

Ethics in Digital Creation (10:30-11:30)


Lindsay Nixon is a Cree-Métis-Saulteaux curator, editor, writer, SSHRC doctoral scholarship recipient and McGill Art History Ph.D. student. For their first book nîtisânak, Nixon won the prestigious 2019 Dayne Ogilive Prize and has been nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, an Indigenous Voices Literary Award and several National Magazine Awards.

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Justin Ducharmeasinnajaq

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

Ethics in Digital Creation (10:30-11:30)

Justin Ducharme is a filmmaker, writer, dancer and curator from the small Métis community of St. Ambroise on Treaty 1 Territory. He is a graduate from Vancouver Film School, and the writer/director of three short narrative films. He has been jigging since the age of 7, performing with The St. Ambroise Youth Steppers and the Louis Riel Métis Dancers. Justin is the co-editor of Hustling Verse: an Anthology of Sex Workers Poetry published fall 2019 by Arensal Pulp Press. His poetry has been featured in Sex Worker Wisdom and PRISM International magazine. He currently lives and works on Unceded Coast Salish Territory.

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Gabrielle Hughes

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

Ethics in Digital Creation (10:30-11:30)

Gabe is a member of the Wampanoag Nation. She grew up in Newfoundland, and is a drum carrier for the Qalipu Mi'kmaq Nation. She is currently completing her doctoral thesis on Indigenous video games and the protection of traditional knowledges at the University of Oxford

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Meagan Byrne

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

Ethics in Digital Creation (10:30-11:30)

Moderator

The Dangers and Future of Digital Archiving (12:00-1:00)


Meagan Byrne is an Âpihtawikosisân (Métis) digital media artist and game designer born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario. Meagan uses her work to explore questions of cultural belonging, the indigenization of media and the future of indigenous language and culture. She is the current Acting Director of Indigenous Routes, a collection of indigenous new-media artists; and is on the board of Dames Making Games, a non-profit dedicated to helping marginalized game designers and developers. Meagan has received a B.A. of English Literature (2009) from McMaster University and a B.F.A. of Game Design (2017) from The Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. Meagan is currently working as the Digital and Interactive Coordinator at imagineNATIVE.

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Marcia Nickerson

Tuesday, October 22nd

Moderator

On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: Funders in Action (11:30-12:45)

Thursday, October 24rd

Protocols: Legends & Ceremonies (9:45-10:45am)

Marcia Nickerson is a leader in the field of Indigenous governance, providing high-level advisory services to Indigenous, federal and provincial governments, Indigenous organizations and other public sector clients. Marcia has led dozens of multi-stakeholder engagement processes as well as large syndicated research projects. Marcia has authored several papers on diverse topics such as the impacts of technology on Indigenous communities, the socio-economic impacts of Indigenous cultural industries, and governance issues such as the nation-to-nation relationship. Marcia was on the board of imagineNATIVE for 14 years, serving as Board Chair for 8 years. In 2017 Marcia worked with several industry partners and the Indigenous content creators to help create an Indigenous Screen Office. Most recently, Marcia undertook a national consultation process resulting in On Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities, Cultures, Concepts and Stories.

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Christa Dickenson

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: Funders in Action (11:30-12:45)

Christa Dickenson is the Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. She has over two decades of experience spanning broadcast television, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media, having worked at CTV, CPAC, Rogers and Interactive Ontario. Ms. Dickenson possesses an un-paralleled talent for innovation coupled with a strong business acumen. With brand advocacy expertise honed over many years, she is a highly effective screen-based industries advocate and spokesperson. In addition to a professional background spanning both the creative and business sides of the broadcast, technology, telecommunications and interactive digital media industries, Ms. Dickenson has a BAH and Masters of Fine Arts in Film Studies.


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Prem Gill

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: Funders in Action (11:30-12:45)

Prem Gill is Chief Executive Officer of Creative BC. The agency is designated by the Province of British Columbia to focus on uniting, sustaining and growing British Columbia’s dynamic and diverse creative sector including motion picture, music and sound recording, interactive and digital media, and magazine and book publishing.

Prem has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women, Vancouver Magazine’s “Power 50” and received the Community Catalyst award from the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. She brings more than 20 years of experience from the digital media and entertainment industries to her current role as CEO, where she is responsible for delivering a wide range of programs and services that will expand BC’s creative economy to reach its economic and creative potential both at home and globally.

Prem is currently on the Board of Directors of The Bell Fund, a not-for-profit organization. The Bell Fund’s mission is to support Canadian Media content makers in creating for and connecting with, audiences here and everywhere.


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Sadia Zaman

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: Funders in Action (11:30-12:45)

Sadia brings a wealth of media, arts, and not-for-profit experience to her role as CEO, Inspirit Foundation. She has held leadership roles at the ROM, CBC, and Women in Film and Television-Toronto. Sadia began her career as a journalist, creating hundreds of hours of original, critically acclaimed content for Vision TV, CBC and TVO. She has won dozens of awards for journalism, and has been honoured for her leadership.


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Michelle van Beusekom

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

On-Screen Protocols and Pathways: Funders in Action (11:30-12:45)

Michelle van Beusekom is the Executive Director, Programming and Production, of English Program, Creation and Innovation division, at the National Film Board of Canada. She leads the editorial and creative direction, operations and finances for six production studios. The NFB’s English Program has about 100 projects in production at any given time and releases approximately 35 works annually in its core genres: documentary, animation and interactive projects for new platforms.


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Richard Story

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

The Dangers and Future of Digital Archiving (12:00-1:00)

Richard Story is a filmmaker & media artist of Coast Salish and Kanaka-Hawaiian descent, based in North Bay, Canada. Richard has written, produced & directed two feature films, a one-hour drama for television, and over seventy short films. His films have screened at film festivals throughout the world and have been sold to numerous Canadian broadcasters. Richard has taught filmmaking workshops at reservations across Canada. He is professor of applied filmmaking at Canadore College. Richard has taught filmmaking courses at Ontario College of Art & Design and George Brown College.

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Monique Manatch

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

The Dangers and Future of Digital Archiving (12:00-1:00)

Monique Manatch is a member of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. Monique is currently taking a Doctorate Program in Anthropology specializing in Curatorial Studies at Carleton University. Her degree focuses on the impact, use and creation of digital arts in the Indigenous community. In 2004, Monique became founder and Executive Director of Indigenous Culture and Media Innovations (www.icmi.ca). ICMI is dedicated to working with Indigenous women and youth. Monique’s work has centered on the skills development of Indigenous artists through the production media and arts. She has facilitated Indigenous artists and community members both on and off reserve throughout Ontario and Quebec.

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Andrew Borman

Tuesday, October 22nd

Panelist

The Dangers and Future of Digital Archiving (12:00-1:00)

Andrew is the Digital Games Curator at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. He is helping build the collection of electronic games at the museum, with a focus on born-digital titles. He also helps in the preservation of the physical games in the collection.

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Shane Belcourt

Wednesday, October 23rd

Moderator

Indigenous Series in Canada: Past + Present + Future Voices (10:15-11:15am)

How to Adapt (2:30-3:30)

Shane Belcourt is an award-winning and CSA-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. Notable works include the feature film Tkaronto (2007); the dance documentary Kaha:wi (2015); the Historica Canada Minute Chanie Wenjack (2016); the CBC documentary Indictment (2017); and the feature film Red Rover (2018).

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Danielle Audette

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Indigenous Series in Canada: Past + Present + Future Voices (9:30-10:30)

Danielle Audette is Métis-Francophone from Manitoba, who has over 20 years of experience in the film and television industry. In 2002, she worked as a freelancer as a line producer, production manager and post-production supervisor on various documentaries and movies of the week for CBC, CTV, Vision TV, Lifetime and Movie Central. Her fervour and devotion enabled her team to garner nominations and awards; most notably a Gemini nomination, in 2007, for Best Biography Documentary for As Seen on TV! The K-Tel Story. Since joining APTN in 2009, she has supported the APTN Programming Mission to develop and commission distinctive Indigenous stories that reflect and celebrate our pride and culture.

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Tracy German

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Indigenous Series in Canada: Past + Present + Future Voices (9:30-10:30)

Tracy German is a Haudenosaunee / Dakota filmmaker and the lead creative force behind the award-winning documentary TV series Wild Archaeology. She has spent the last eight years researching, building trust and relationships with First Nations, Metis and Inuit, communities across this country to be able to create the first television series in the world that tells the deep history of the Indigenous inhabitation of North American continent from an indigenous perspective. It is also the first series in the world to be versioned to the Dakota language.

Marie Clements

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Indigenous Series in Canada: Past + Present + Future Voices (9:30-10:30)

As a writer/director/producer Marie has ignited her brand of artistry within a variety of mediums including film, TV radio, new media and live performance. Her company MCM is an independent media production company owned and operated by Clements specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that explore an Indigenous and intercultural reality.

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Jenn Podemski

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Indigenous Series in Canada: Past + Present + Future Voices (9:30-10:30)

Saturday, October 26th

Panelist

The Importance of Marketing (9:30-11:30)

Jennifer is owner and president of Redcloud Studios Inc., an independent film and television production company committed to investing in Indigenous voices, stories and perspectives. Jennifer is also an award winning actor, writer and director with a long career in the industry.


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Nicole Ineese Nash

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Future Generations: Indigenous Renaissance Through Children's Content (12:00-1:00)

Nicole Ineese-Nash is an Anishinaabe writer, musician, and actress. Her work combines scholarship, narrative, prose, and creative work to explore new narratives of Indigenous identity and experience.

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Roselynn Akulukjuk

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Future Generations: Indigenous Renaissance Through Children's Content (12:00-1:00)

Roselynn Akulukjuk was raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut. In 2012, Roselynn moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film and attended the Toronto Film School, where she fell in love with being behind the camera. Roselynn's short film The Owl and the Lemming was adapted to a children's book of the same name in 2016. The book has been nominated for 2018 Blue Spruce Award and the 2017 Shining Willow Award and was included on the Cooperative Children's Book Centre's Best-of-2017 list.

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Loretta Todd

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

Future Generations: Indigenous Renaissance Through Children's Content (12:00-1:00)

Loretta Todd is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning filmmaker known for powerful, visual storytelling. Her films have screened at the Sundance Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival, Yamagata Film Festival, ImagineNative, and the Museum of Modern Art. She’s received many prestigious honours and awards, including a Rockefeller Fellowship to New York University, attendance at the Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab, Special Jury Citation (TIFF) and Mayor's Award for Media Arts (City of Vancouver). In demand as a writer and lecturer, Ms. Todd has spoken at the United Nations, MOMA, and at Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity (2005 Venice Biennale).

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Ryan McMahon

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

How to Adapt (2:30-3:30)

Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, and media maker from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 Territory. Ryan talks, yells, and writes for a living. McMahon is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group, an Indigenous media company committed to telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences.

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Migizi Pensoneau

Wednesday, October 23rd

Panelist

How to Adapt (2:30-3:30)

Migizi Pensoneau (Ponca/Ojibwe) was born and raised in Minnesota. He attended the Native American Preparatory School in Rowe, NM and Wesleyan University. Migizi has worked for several Hollywood studios and independent companies as a contract writer and a producer for film and television. He is the recipient of awards, fellowships and grants from ABC/Disney, The Institute of American Indian Arts and the Sundance Institute, among others. He lives in Missoula, Montana, and soon hopes to acquire the requisite puppy and Subaru (beard deficiency notwithstanding).

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Adam Piron

Thursday, October 24rd

Moderator

0%: Changing the Industry Now (11:15-12:30)

Adam Piron (Kiowa/Mohawk) is the Assistant Curator for Film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and a member of the Sundance Film Festival’s Short Film Programming Team. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees and Programming Committee of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, an organization devoted to building community around the moving image and the longest continuously running annual film event in North America devoted to creative non-fiction.

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Meg Mackay

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

0%: Changing the Industry Now (11:15-12:30)

Meg MacKay is the Coordinator for the Indigenous Screen Office.

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Grace Moss

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

0%: Changing the Industry Now (11:15-12:30)

Grace Moss is the Director of Talent Development & Inclusion for NBC Entertainment. In this role, she oversees multiple programs that focus on discovering, cultivating and showcasing talented writers and directors of diverse backgrounds, with the objective of getting them staffed on NBC's scripted programs. Grace has been actively involved with numerous organizations, including Asian Pacific Americans@NBCUniversal, where she serves as a Hub Leader, and Filipinos in Hollywood, where she acts as the Co-Chair. She was a selected participant for Comcast’s Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics and Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Rising Leaders Program in 2012, the National Association of Multiethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) Leadership Seminar in 2011 and, most recently, the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute Corporate Athlete Training Program in 2016.

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Amber Sekowan-Daniels

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

0%: Changing the Industry Now (11:15-12:30)

Amber-Sekowan Daniels is an Anishininew comedian, writer and creator, originally from Winnipeg and is a band member of Garden Hill First Nation. She is the General Manager of Women in View where she co-authored the 2019 Women in View On Screen Report which documents the representation of women-identifying key creatives in Canadian Film and Television.

Mel Hadley

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

0%: Changing the Industry Now (11:15-12:30)

Melanie Nepinak Hadley is Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Drama. In her role at CBC She oversees programs such as Heartland, Pure, The Secret Path and Frankie Drake Mysteries. Prior to her role at CBC, she was the Manager of Programming for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). She has over 15 years of experience working in independent production and for national broadcasters.

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Linsday McIntyre

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

0%: Changing the Industry Now (11:15-12:30)

Lindsay McIntyre is a Canadian film artist of Inuk/settler Scottish descent working primarily with analog film. Her process-based works circles themes of portraiture, place, form and personal histories with strong links to Canada’s North. She has created 30 short films and does film projection performance. Working primarily with 16mm film and experimental, handmade and documentary techniques, she also makes her own 16mm film hand-coated with silver gelatine emulsion. Interested simultaneously in the apparatus of cinema, portraiture, representation and personal histories, she bridges gaps in collective experience and remains dedicated to integrating theory and practice, form and content. She holds an MFA in Film Production from Concordia in Montreal and a BFA with Distinction from the University of Alberta.

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Zack Kanuk

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

Protocols: Legends & Ceremonies (9:45-10:45am)

Born in 1957 in a sod house in Kapuivik, Baffin Island, Zacharias Kunuk was a carver in 1981 when he sold three sculptures in Montreal to buy a home-video camera and 27” TV to bring back to Igloolik, Nunavut, a community which had voted twice to refuse access to outside television due to lack of Inuktitut programming. Kunuk co-founded Igloolik Isuma Productions Inc. in 1990 with Paul Apak Angilirq, Pauloosie Qulitalik and Norman Cohn. Kunuk has directed over 30 documentaries and feature films including The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change, Maliglutit (Searchers), and the 7-part documentary series Hunting With My Ancestors. He was also executive producer on SGaaway K'uuna (Edge of The Knife), the world’s first Haida-language feature film directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown. In 2019, Kunuk, Cohn, and the Isuma collective were chosen to represent Canada at the 58th Biennale di Venezia with One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk as its main video installation along with a new live documentary series called “Silakut: Live from the Floe Edge,” which can be viewed and streamed at www.isuma.tv/live. Zacharias Kunuk was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2015 and an Officer of the Order of Nunavut in 2019.

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Sharlene George

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

Protocols: Legends & Ceremonies (9:45-10:45am)

Sharlene was born and raised by her Cook Island parents and grandparents in Ponsonby in the late 1960’s. After beginning her career as production assistant / manager in a typography house for four years, she moved to London in 1989. Over her 9 years in the UK, she worked in production across all forms – from advertising agencies, FMCG companies, The Walt Disney Co., Buena Vista Home Entertainment and freelance as stills and film producer for commercial film production companies.
She returned to New Zealand in 1998 after a colleague convinced her to take up a job as a producer in NZ film company, Film Construction where she produced (now business partner) Melanie Bridge.
Together they moved as a director/producer team to Silverscreen Productions in 1999 where they met their future third business partner, Paul Prince.
In 2001, Paul, Melanie and Sharlene started Sweetshop in New Zealand. Today the company represents a roster of 29 directors globally, with fully serviced production companies in eight cities around the world: Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Los Angeles, New York, Bangkok, Shanghai and London.
Sharlene is also Managing Director of new entertainment company, Sweetshop & Green where she develops long form content together with her business partner, Gal Greenspan.

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Paora Joseph

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

Protocols: Legends & Ceremonies (9:45-10:45am)

In 2010, after working as a Maori Clinical Psychologist for 13 years, I realised that a poverty existed in New Zealand in terms of young people, in particular, not having access to significant stories which offered purpose, connection and identity within our rich cultural and historical tradition. After working with primarily Maori youth who had never heard of the words, purpose or kaupapa let alone had the opportunity to explore what this meant in terms of their own lives, I decided to diversify my work and embark on a career of storytelling and filmmaking. To date I have conceived, and made four films, all which have had a cinema release, as well as featuring on TV. I intend to continue to bring to screen, indigenous stories that have an important voice and place in modern society.


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Leena Minifie

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

Distribution Success Stories (1:00-2:00)

Leena Minifie is a Gitxaala (Tsimshian) and British digital strategist, impact and media producer based in the unceded Coast Salish Territories of Vancouver. Leena has deep experience in film and television, but focuses on online campaigns and strategy for social good. She ran campaigns for the Canadian/US release, educational components and #next150 campaign for Indian Horse, and is currently working onThe Grizzlies and to the creation of the Cool.World web app. A journalist, she's worked for CBC, CTV, APTN and co-founded Ricochet.Media. She feels communication is all about creativity and passion with a healthy dose of radical truth, transparency, authenticity, reciprocity and a pinch of out-of-the-box thinking.

Hepi Mita

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

Distribution Success Stories (1:00-2:00)

I was born in Auckland, New Zealand on the 5th of January 1986, the son of award winning film makers Geoff Muphy and Merata Mita. I have spent the majority of my life living in the United States and received my education there. Since 2011 I have worked as the Ma?ori Collections Developer at The New Zealand Film Archive. Prior to that I worked at a Pulitzer Prize­winning newspaper and EPpy award winning news website in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

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Marylou Mintram

Thursday, October 24rd

Panelist

Distribution Success Stories (1:00-2:00)

Marylou is Cree and from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, graduated from the Toronto Film School in 2003 and has extensive broadcast experience with CityTV, CTV, Toronto 1, Discovery Channel, and APTN. Selected to take part in the Canadian Media Producers Associations National Mentorship Program, where she gained insight from a seasoned producer. With over twelve years of broad-based experience including being a communications manager, non-profit board governance, fundraising committees, supporting non-profits with public relations and marketing, facilitation and project coordinator. She brings a unique depth and diversity of talent from media relations, direct marketing campaigns for independent service providers, national networks, and assisted start-up joint ventures inclusive of national, provincial and municipal scopes of work. This experience and knowledge will be an asset for planning distribution and marketing campaigns for 7th SCREEN.

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Kim Wright

Thursday, October 24rd

Presenter

Sesame Street & iN: New Pitch Launch (2:15-3:30)

Kimberly Wright joined the Workshop eight years ago as the Film Producer, commissioning live action, animated, and mixed media short films for Sesame Street. She works closely with the filmmakers and production companies to guide them through the creative process in order to shape the films to best meet the show’s specific letter and thematic needs, while also staying within the films’ budget. She oversees all aspects of creative development of the films and animations, from conception and deal-making, to production and delivery. As a means of finding new filmmakers and animators to partner with, Kimberly attends various children’s film festivals and media conferences throughout the US and abroad. She has received two Daytime Emmy Awards for her role as Film Producer on Sesame Street.

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Susan Scheiner

Thursday, October 24rd

Presenter

Sesame Street & iN: New Pitch Launch (2:15-3:30)

Susan Scheiner is a Director of Content for Sesame Workshop, advising not only Sesame Street but also related projects and publishing. Her experience extends to other children’s shows as well, including Pinky Dinky Doo and The Electric Company. Through the years, she has developed curriculum that has guided content in academic areas such as literacy, math, and STEM; as well as socio-emotional topics including divorce, race relations, bullying and kindness. Susan is a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, and from Teachers College, Columbia University with an MA in Human Development.

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Adriana Chartrand

Thursday, October 24rd

Presenter

Sesame Street & iN: New Pitch Launch (2:15-3:30)

Saturday, October 26th

Moderator

Indigenous Docs: Truth & Ethics (1:30-2:30pm)

Adriana Chartrand is the Institute Manager at imagineNATIVE. She is Métis from the Red River region, Treaty 1 territory, as well as Irish/Scottish/Welsh/French. She has two degrees in Film Studies, including an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and an Arts Administration & Cultural Management diploma. She was born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.

Dallas Pelly

Friday, October 25th

Panelist

Youth Stories - Skills & Capacity Building in Communities (9:00-10:30)

Dallas is an Indigenous educator, community builder, and social innovator. Dallas recently completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan. Since leaving school, Dallas has joined to team at TakingItGlobal as Indigenous Education Coordinator with the Connected North program. He is passionate about helping to bring the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Canada. Dallas currently resides on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan with his lovely wife and 2 sons.


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Darlene Naponse

Friday, October 25th

Panelist

Youth Stories - Skills & Capacity Building in Communities (9:00-10:30)

Darlene is an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario. She is a writer, film director, and video artist. Her film work has been viewed nationally and internationally.

She owns Pine Needle Productions an award-winning boutique Film/Video/Audio Recording Production Studio, located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.

Darlene was a 2017 Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize Finalist for “She Is Water” published in The Malahat Review.

Her latest feature film “Falls Around Her” world premiered at TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival 2018 and screened the Opening Night at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival 2018 (Air Canada Audience Choice Award 2018 Winner).

Darlene’s work is placed within community and the Natural World.


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Jiah Dzentu, Youth Alumni

Friday, October 25th

Panelist

Youth Stories - Skills & Capacity Building in Communities (9:00-10:30)

Jiah is a young queer 2S Dene from Denendeh (NWT, Canada). They are a strong advocate for cultural and language revitalization in their community. Recently, they have been exploring the intersection of gender, queerness and Dene culture in historical and contemporary contexts.

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Ethan Whitecrow, Youth Alumni

Friday, October 25th

Panelist

Youth Stories - Skills & Capacity Building in Communities (9:00-10:30)

Ethan Whitecrow is an artist and songwriter who recently gained the knowledge of editor and director, during a week long course that Seine River had offered with imagineNATIVE. During that week He storyboarded, filmed and edited his first video, and he has plans on releasing more music and music videos in the future. Ethan is Ojibway from Seine River First Nation in Northwestern Ontario.

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Jesse Wente

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Jeff Barnaby

Friday, October 25th

Panelist

In Conversation With... Jeff Barnaby (4:15pm-5:15pm)

Jeff Barnaby was born on a Mig’maq reserve in Listuguj, Quebec. His filmmaking paints a stark and scathing portrait of post-colonial aboriginal life and culture. After writing and directing 3 award winning short films, he made his debut feature film, the cult hit Rhymes for Young Ghouls. He just completed his second feature film, Blood Quantum.

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Adam Garnet Jones

Saturday, October 26th

Moderator

The Importance of Marketing (9:30-11:30)

Adam Garnet Jones is a Two Spirit IndigiQueer Nehiyow filmmaker, novelist, and beadworker. He currently works with Telefilm to help Indigenous filmmakers improve their projects and gain access to funds for development, production, marketing, and promotion of their films.

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Alanis Obomsawin

Saturday, October 26th

Panelist

Indigenous Docs: Truth & Ethics (1:30-2:30pm)

Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki) is one of the most prolific Indigenous Filmmakers. Hired by NFB in 1967 as a consultant, she went on to make some of Canada’s landmark documentaries like Incident at Restigouche (1984) and Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993). A dynamic and highly acclaimed director, Obomsawin is a force that has helped to make Indigenous cinema what it is today.

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Tasha Hubbard

Saturday, October 26th

Panelist

Indigenous Docs: Truth & Ethics (1:30-2:30pm)

Dr. Tasha Hubbard is a filmmaker and an associate professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta. She is from Peepeekisis First Nation and is the mother of a twelve-year-old son. Her previous award-winning films are Two Worlds Colliding and Birth of a Family. Her latest film, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, opened Hot Docs and won the top Canadian film prize. It also won the Colin Low Award at DOXA International Film Festival.

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Lisa Jackson

Saturday, October 26th

Panelist

Indigenous Docs: Truth & Ethics (1:30-2:30pm)

Lisa Jackson is a filmmaker and artist whose work has shown at top film festivals, exhibited in galleries, garnered awards including a Genie and Canadian Screen Award, and aired widely on television. Her films range from documentary to fiction, animation to 3D IMAX, and she’s made two virtual reality works, including Biidaaban: First Light which is traveling the world and is a sister project to her installation Transmissions, which premiered in Vancouver September 2019. She is Anishinaabe, lives in Toronto and is working on fiction and documentary film and TV projects. See more at lisajackson.ca

Sergio Rapu

Saturday, October 26th

Panelist

Indigenous Docs: Truth & Ethics (1:30-2:30pm)

Native Rapanui Producer/Director Sergio Mata’u Rapu has spent the last 15 years producing documentaries specials and series that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and PBS. As one of the only native Rapanui working in production in an English speaking country, he seeks to foster indigenous producers throughout the West. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the complexity of life through thought-provoking media in order to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.