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Chair: Marcia Nickerson
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Jason Ryle is a programmer, writer and filmmaker based in Toronto. Jason also sits on the Board of Directors for Vtape, one of Canada’s largest independent video distributors, and he was previously a programmer for the Native Cinema Showcase in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As an award-winning writer, Jason has written for the Smithsonian Institution and numerous publications throughout North America. He is also a script reader for The Harold Greenberg Fund, which provides financial aid to Canadian filmmakers.
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Kerry Potts is the Director of Development at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Potts manages the festival’s fundraising initiatives, community partnerships, and is a part of the festival’s Programming Team. She has worked in the Aboriginal community of Toronto for over 10 years, establishing programming for Aboriginal and homeless youth, working with a Juno-Award winning artist, and organizing Aboriginal and community arts events. Potts has received accolades for her work in the Aboriginal Studies department at U of T, and has taught at Humber and Seneca Colleges. In 2006, Potts completed her Master's degree at U of T in Sociology and Equity Studies and wrote her thesis on music and anti-colonialism. In 2009 she completed her first short documentary titled Love on the Street. She currently serves on the Boards of the Images Festival as co-chair and Native Women in the Arts.
Sage Paul is Denesuline of the English River First Nation and Hungarian/British. She has been with imagineNATIVE since 2004. She manages the creation of the yearly campaign; the outreach, marketing and publicity strategies; online and digital initiatives; the annual tour to Northern Ontario; and produces all of the events at the festival. Sage is a designer and it was her schooling in fashion that encouraged her interests in communications and event production. She personally continues to design, producing custom-made work and is also practicing traditional beading styles, feeding her curiosity to fuse traditional and western design, and is always exploring graphic and web design. Sage was a part of the collective show, (Re) Representation, at the Art Gallery of Ontario (May 2009), which responded to her ancestral photos through self-portrait. She has also worked with filmmakers/artists, Danis Goulet (wardrobe), Shane Belcourt (wardrobe/production manager), and Kent Monkman (wardrobe).
Daniel Northway-Frank is the Operations and Programming Manager at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, where he oversees festival production, including submissions, programming management, industry panels and networking activities, and jury management. Daniel spends his other half of the year at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, most recently as Conference Coordinator in 2010. Daniel previously worked in the Canadian Initiatives department at the Toronto International Film Festival for two years, and as Senior Production Coordinator for commercials at Technicolor Creative Services for 5 years. Daniel completed his BFA in Film Studies at Ryerson University in 2002. Daniel loves many things, including Star Trek, the Olympics and his little dog, Gretel.
Amy Rouillard has been involved with many film festivals as a Theatre Manager and Volunteer Manager, for over a decade. Just a few of these festivals include; Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, Miami International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Images and imagineNATIVE. Amy tells each of these festivals that they are her favorite, but… shhhhh… really, imagineNATIVE is!
Michelle Latimer is a filmmaker, actor, and festival programmer. Most recently she produced the documentary Jackpot (2009 International Hot Docs Festival, Golden Sheaf Award: Best POV Doc), and is currently directing the animated short film ‘Choke’ (Bravo), developing a feature documentary with Canwest Global, and co-creating a dramatic series in development with TMN/HBO Canada. In 2009/10 she participated in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab and the Banff Centre: Women in the Director’s Chair Program. Michelle is the recipient of a Yorkton Festival: Golden Sheaf Award for Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker. She has also programmed for both the Hot Docs and ImagineNATIVE Film Festivals. As an actor Michelle currently stars on two cable television series: Paradise Falls, and Moose TV.
Filmmaker and programmer Danis Goulet is the former Executive Director and Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts festival in Toronto. She recently curated a special program for imagineNATIVE called The Embargo Collective that had its European premiere at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival. As a filmmaker, her short films spin and Divided by Zero have screened at numerous festivals in Canada and around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Cinematheque in Copenhagen, the Native American Film + Video Festival in New York, Calgary International Film Festival and the Message Sticks Film Festival at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Danis sits on the board for the Toronto Arts Council as Co-Chair of the Visual and Media Arts Committee, is a former Board Member for the Images Festival, and is a former programming committee member for the Worldwide Short Film Festival. Prior to joining imagineNATIVE, she worked in casting for feature films and television, and with the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in events programming. Danis is Métis, from northern Saskatchewan.
Stephanie McArthur is the Guest Services Coordinator at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival where she is delighted to welcome filmmakers and guests from around the world. In the off-season Stephanie works as the Forum and Market Coordinator at Hot Docs, where in 2010 she gave a short talk on distribution entitled A hard(core) lesson: What the Documentary Industry can learn from the Porn Industry.Stephanie has been working in theatre and film for over a decade as an arts administrator. Notable festivals include: Sundance Film Festival (Utah), Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Fringe Festival, Miami International Film Festival, and the Provincetown Film Festival (Massachusetts). Other career highlights include working in Singapore as Associate Producer of the Asia Factual Forum in 2007 and acting as Head of Programming for the inaugural DocFest Stratford a five-day documentary festival in 2008.Stephanie has been a member of the Toronto Fringe Best of the Fest Jury since 2007.
Jessica Lea Fleming
Jessica Lea Fleming is of French, Scottish and Wendat descent. She grew up on the shores of Georgian Bay and has been working in film, television, theatre and communications for several years both locally and globally. Jessica aims to create and develop artistic opportunities that improve our communities and is the founder of “Toronto Artists Connecting”, an annual not-for-profit showcase and networking event. A previous imagineNATIVE volunteer, she is honoured to be a part of such an amazing team as the festival’s Outreach Coordinator. Jessica loves food, plants and her pet rabbit, Bill Cosby.
Violet Chum is a Moose Cree First Nation member from Moose Factory Island, Ontario. She is currently the Administrative Assistant of imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival in Toronto. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Learning from Lakehead University in 2001, employed as a Youth Services Worker in her hometown for several years before re-locating to Toronto, and has volunteered and worked part-time at imagineNATIVE prior to becoming a full-time employee. She is also a visual artist and has created a number of works in figurative and portraiture painting and drawing, of which a few of her works will be exhibited in June 2010.
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