Deborah Day | Director, Producer, Co-founder, Canadian Accents
Gisèle Gordon | Filmmaker, Hot Docs Programmer, imagineNATIVE Advisor
Danis Goulet | Filmmaker, Curator, Programmer
Cherl L'Hirondelle | Artist, Singer/Songwriter, Curator
Steve Loft | Artist, Curator, Programmer, imagineNATIVE Board Member
Jennifer Podemski | Actor, Producer and President, Red Clud Studios Inc.
Jordan Bennett | Artist
Jessica Bradley | Curator, Jessica Bradley Art + Projects
Norman Cohn | Producer and Co-Founder, IsumaTV
Valerie Creighton | President and CEO, Canada Media Fund
Stephen Finney | Production Executive, Drama Content, Canwest Broadcasting
Gerry Flahive | Senior Producer, National Film Board of Canada
Rachel Fulford | VP Creative Affairs, E1 Entertainment
Lisa Jackson | Filmmaker
Jane Jankovic | Commissioning Editor, TVO
Andrew Johnson | Senior Producer, Independent Documentary Unit, CBC News Network
Zacharias Kunuk | Filmmaker and Co-Founder, IsumaTV
Samantha Linton | Acting Director, Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting
James Luna | Artist
Minda Martin | Filmmaker
Gerald McMaster | Curator of Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario
Peter Mettler | Artist and Filmmaker
Robin Neinstein | Executive in Charge of Production, Drama, CBC Television
Archer Pechawis | Artist
Lisa Reihana | Artist
Danielle Audette| Manager of Programming, Central Region, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Lisa Steele | Founder and Creative Director
Richard Story | Filmmaker and President, Footpath Productions Inc.
Taika Waititi | Director, Writer, Actor
Daina Warren | Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Resident, National Gallery of Canada
Over the last 18 months Deborah Day has been working with clients on evolving their product or business strategies by leveraging digital and social media to their advantage. With over 20 years as a film and television producer/director, communication, strategy and creative thinking are Deb’s finely tuned skills. While always passionate about storytelling and connecting with audiences, Deb has moved away from exclusively evolving her projects to working with producers, creators, entrepreneurs and businesses to evolve theirs. Two of her current clients include the new hit series on ABC and Global – Rookie Blue – the most watched Canadian series in two decades, and InSecurity – a comedy series from the producers of Corner Gas, launching January 2011 on CBC.
Gisèle Gordon is a media artist and programmer. In 1996, she formed the production company Urban Nation with filmmaker and visual artist Kent Monkman. Their award-wining films have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Berlin and TIFF. She directed and produced the feature-length documentary, The Tunguska Project (Hot Docs, Bravo!, IFC, winner Best Feature Length Film at the Planet in Focus Film Festival). Recent works include Iskootāo (collaboration with Kent Monkman), a sound and light installation at Nuit Blanche in Toronto, 2010. She served on the board and programmed for imagineNATIVE for 8 years and has been a programmer at Hot Docs since 2006.
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.
Cheryl L'Hirondelle is a mixed blood (Metis/Cree/German) award winning multi/interdisciplinary artist, singer/songwriter and curator. Her work investigates the junction of a Cree worldview in contemporary time and space. www.cheryllhirondelle.com
Steven Loft is a Mohawk of the Six Nations. He is a curator, writer, media artist and former Executive Director of imagineNATIVE. In 2010, he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University in Toronto, where he will be continuing his research in Indigenous art and aesthetics. Formerly, he was Curator-In-Residence, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada. Previous to that he was the Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg) Canada’s largest Aboriginal artist run public gallery, Aboriginal Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association. He has written extensively on Indigenous art and aesthetics for various magazines, catalogues and arts publications. Loft co-edited Transference, Technology, Tradition: Aboriginal Media and New Media Art, published by the Banff Centre Press in 2005.
Jennifer Podemski is an award-winning, Gemini-nominated actor born and raised in Toronto, Canada. In 1999 when she co-founded the Toronto based film and television production company Big Soul Productions with Laura Milliken. Together they created and produced many award-winning television and film projects including the Gemini-nominated series Moccasin Flats. In 2004, Jennifer branched out and launched Redcloud Studios, an independent production company that she runs from home, and has since produced the hit sci-fi drama Rabbit Fall, three seasons of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and numerous training programs across Canada and the US.
Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist from Newfoundland whose work combines popular and broad sport culture with that of traditional craft, ceremonial practices and language to push boundaries that explores the notion of the artifact in contemporary society. http://beatnation.org/jordan-bennett.html
Jessica Bradley began her career at the Canada Council for the Arts where she was responsible for the dissemination and display of the Art Bank’s collection of contemporary Canadian art. From 1979 to 1987 she was Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada. She was an independent curator, critic and consultant in Montreal from 1988 until 1995 when she was appointed Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has written numerous catalogue essays and organized exhibitions in Canada and abroad, including most recently, Rodney Graham: A Little Thought, produced by the AGO in collaboration with the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Vancouver Art Gallery (2004). She is co-editor of the anthology Site Lines: Reading Contemporary Canadian Art (1995, Artextes, Montreal) and published the essay Rebecca Belmore: Art and the Object of Performance in Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian Women, eds. Tanya Mars & Johanna Householder (Toronto, YYZ Publications, 2004).
Jessica Bradley has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in contemporary art history and critical theory at The University of Ottawa, Concordia University, Montreal, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. She is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University, Toronto and was commissioner for Canada’s representation at the Venice biennial in 1982, 1984 and 1999. From 2003 to 2005 she was an independent consultant and curator. In May 2005 she opened her own gallery and consulting business in Toronto, Jessica Bradley Art +Projects.
Norman Cohn is president and co-founder with Zacharias Kunuk of IsumaTV, an independent interactive internet distribution network of Inuit and Aboriginal multimedia launched in January 2008 by Igloolik Isuma Productions, imagineNATIVE, Nunavut Independent TV Network, VTape and other partners. Norman is producer and director of photography of Isuma Productions’ The Fast Runner Trilogy, Nunavut (Our Land) and other Isuma films since 1985. In 1982-83 his solo exhibition Norman Cohn, Portraits opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario, National Gallery of Canada and other museums. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990 and was co-recipient with Kunuk in 1994 of the Bell Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Video Art.
Valerie Creighton, President and CEO of the Canada Media Fund, has over thirty years of experience in leading cultural organizations. Ms. Creighton's focus is to position the CMF as a responsive and effective organization with funders, clients, and other stakeholders, to enhance relationships with national and international interests, and to support and promote Canadian media content. Previously, she was the CEO and Film Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Film and Video Development Corporation. Ms. Creighton holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Regina and a Management Development Diploma for Arts Administrators from the Banff School of Management.
In his almost 30 years with the NFB, Senior Producer Gerry Flahive has worked on more than 50 films -- (five of which were selected for HOT DOCS in 2009) -- including some of the NFB’s most successful documentaries, such as Genie Award winners Just Watch Me by Catherine Annau, Jennifer Baichwal’s Manufactured Landscapes and Peter Lynch’s Project Grizzly. Recent projects include Katerina Cizek?s groundbreaking Filmmaker-in-Residence project at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital; Kevin McMahon?s epic Great Lakes documentary, Waterlife; Steven Silver’s animated history of the Great Depression, The Dark Years; Paul Cowan?s Paris 1919, inspired by Margaret MacMillan’s best-seller. Projects in production include the multi-media project Highrise.nfb.ca, the animated documentary I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors and and the feature doc A Short History of Progress. A frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail, Flahive has also been published in Time, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. He is currently working with Katerina Cizek on the highly anticipated interactive documentary, Highrise (www.nfb.ca/highrise).
Since 2008 Rachel Fulford has been Vice President, Creative Affairs for eOne Television where she has worked on numerous scripted half-hour and one hour series in development with CBC, CTV, Canwest, Showcase, TMN and Movie Central. During her time with eOne, she has been instrumental in the development and production of the television series adaptation of Men With Brooms for CBC, Call Me Fitz starring Jason Priestley for TMN/Movie Central, Keep Your Head Up Kid: The Don Cherry Story, the hit mini-series for CBC, Shattered starring Callum Keith Rennie for Showcase; and the as-yet-untitled Belleville Brothers comedy series for Canwest. Prior to working at eOne, she was Showcase’s Director of Original Production. She was with the channel for almost a decade working on all aspects of development and production with the creators of Trailer Park Boys, Paradise Falls, Kenny vs. Spenny, Rent-A-Goalie and many other innovative Canadian shows and related multiplatform content. She is also served for a wonderful four years on the board of imagineNATIVE.
Lisa Jackson's first short Suckerfish screened at over 60 festivals and aired on CBC and APTN. Since then, she's directed Reservation Soldiers for CTV's "W5 Presents," Pushing the Line: Art Without Reservations, a one-hour doc for Bravo!, as well as several shorts, including the animated documentary The Visit, and four films for Knowledge Network's "Our First Voices" series. Her award-winning first fiction Savage premiered as part of imagineNATIVE's Embargo Collective in 2009, and has screened at the Berlinale, SXSW, and the BFI London Film Fest. She's developing two feature docs and a fiction feature and is currently enrolled in the CFC's Directors' Lab.
Jane Jankovic is Commissioning Editor of Canadian POV documentaries for TVO, commissioning up to 10 hours of POV programming a year. She is also Supervising Producer for the series Allan Gregg in Conversation and for Saturday Night at the Movies. Jane Jankovic joined TVO in 1994 as Series Producer for Studio 2, a live daily current affairs program in primetime. Studio 2 received Gemini nominations and wins for its documentary work, and won Best Talk Series in 2003. Before TVO, Jane Jankovic worked as a journalist and producer with CTV and Barna-Alper Productions.
Andrew Johnson is part of the team which programmes independently-made documentaries for "The Passionate Eye" on CBC News Network. We're currently acquiring high-quality international and Canadian documentaries that will complement the programming on a news & current affairs network. Previously, Johnson was the Commissioning Editor of the Gemini Award-winning documentary series "The Lens".
Zacharias Kunuk is one of Canada’s most acclaimed directors. He won the Camera d’Or at Cannes 2001 for Isuma’s first feature, Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner. He is president of Igloolik Isuma Productions, Canada’s first Inuit-owned indepenent production company, which he co-founded in 1990. Kunuk is the winner of the National Arts Award, National Aboriginal Achievement Award and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Canada.
Award winning producer and director Samantha Linton currently works as Acting Director of Factual Content at Canwest, working on programming for History Television, Mystery and Global main channel. Before that she was Senior Vice President of Factual Programming at Cineflix Productions where she oversaw the company's complete slate of factual programmes including Mayday, Cold Blood, Austin Stevens, Eaten Alive, Cooler Facts, Final 24, Urban Legends and Trapped.
Previously Samantha worked as Head of Development for RTR Media where she helped create the financial makeover series Maxed Out for W and Style Network USA, as well as From the Ground Up, a reality show for home design diva Debbie Travis.
Samantha also worked as Head of Original Production for Discovery Channel Canada, where she oversaw and executive produced hundreds of hours of programming.
In 2001, Samantha was responsible for launching two new digital channels: Discovery Civilization and Animal Planet. As Head of Programming for both channels she also created and directed the Animal Pet Awards franchise. Sam has also won many awards for producing, directing and writing documentaries including the world wide hit "The Sex Files"
James Luna (Pooyukawichum/ Luiseno) believes that installation and performance art, in which he employs a variety of media such as objects, audio and video, offers an opportunity like no other for Indigenous people to express themselves without compromise in the Indigenous traditional forms of ceremony, dance, and oral traditions. His exhibition and performance experience spans thirty years. www.jamesluna.com
Minda Martin is a filmmaker of Cherokee & Choctaw descent whose work has shown widely at major international film festivals, tours, museums, and other competitive venues. Her documentaries and narrative films explore the underpinnings and disparities of social class in America. Reviews of her films have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The LA Weekly, The Village Voice and numerous other periodicals. Martin received her BA in classics and creative writing from University of Arizona, and an MFA in film/video from California Institute of the Arts. She is now an associate professor in the Communication Department at Cal State University, San Marcos.
Since 2005, Gerald McMaster has been the Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Previously he was Curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He is widely published and has received Canada's highest awards, including: the 2001 ICOM-Canada Prize; the 2005 National Aboriginal Achievement Award; and, the Order of Canada in 2007. Gerald has been Canadian Commissioner to two of the most prestigious international art exhibitions: the 1995 Venice Biennale and 2010 Biennale of Sydney. In October 2010 he is curator to Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche, an all-night art extravaganza which will attract more than a million people.
Peter Mettler is one of Canada’s best known, experimental and feature filmmakers. Known for a diversity of work in image and sound mediums – foremost for his films such as “Picture of Light” and “Gambling, Gods, and LSD” and is most recent film “Petropolis” but also as a photographer and groundbreaking live audio-visual mixing performer. His work bridges the gap between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary.
Robin Neinstein is Executive in Charge of Production, Drama for CBC Television, where he is responsible for overseeing the creative development and production of select CBC series, movies and mini-series. Recent productions include THE TUDORS and BEING ERICA, as well as the upcoming CAMELOT. Neinstein is also an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy Award-nominated producer.
Archer Pechawis (Cree) has been a practicing artist (performance, new media, film and writing), curator and educator since 1984 with particular interest in the intersection of Plains Cree culture and digital technology, often merging "traditional" objects such as hand drums with “forward engineered” devices. He also works extensively with Indigenous youth as part of his art practice. www.apxo.net
Lisa Reihana (Maori) graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University in 1987. Her practice includes sculpture, moving image, performance, costume and body adornment, photography, sound and text-based works. She is a leader in the area of installation and time-based works with an extensive exhibition history. Her works are drawn from eclectic sources and communicate complex ideas about Indigenous identity. www.lisareihana.com
A Métis-Francophone, Danielle Audette develops and commissions original programming for APTN from independent producers in the Central Region (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and NWT). She offers over 12 years of experience working in the film and television industry. Danielle has participated in panels for the Featuring Aboriginal Stories Program.
Lisa Steele is a multidisciplinary artist primarily known for her work in performance, photography, video and photo/text work. Since 1983, she has worked exclusively in collaboration with Kim Tomczak. They have received numerous grants and awards including the Bell Canada prize for excellence in Video Art, a Toronto Arts Award and in 2005, a Governor General’s Award for lifetime achievement in Visual & Media Arts. They are co-founders of Vtape, a media art resource centre in Toronto.
Richard Story is a writer, producer, director and educator of Coast Salish and Kanaka-Hawaiian descent, based in Toronto. Richard has served as Artistic Director for the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and programmer for Planet in Focus Film Festival. He has written & directed over seventy shorts, two feature-length movies, Some Letters to a Young Poet and Echo Lake, and the one-hour TV pilot The Time Traveller. His work has been screened at film festivals throughout the world and sold to Canadian broadcasters APTN, TMN – The Movie Network, Superchannel, Vision TV, and Bravo. Richard has taught moviemaking courses at the Ontario College of Art and Design and George Brown College, designed an online course for University of Waterloo, and given talks on filmmaking across Canada, in the US, New Zealand, Germany and Denmark.
Taika’s first short film, Two Cars, One Night, was nominated for an Academy Award® in 2005. His next short, Tama Tu,about a group of Maori soldiers in Italy during World War II, won a string of international awards, making it eligible for Oscar nomination. His first feature, Eagle vs. Shark, was released internationally in 2007 after selling to Miramax on the basis of a trailer.
Boy is Taika Waititi’s second feature film. It is the highest- grossing film in New Zealand history. It premiered at Sundance earlier this year and won the Grand Prix for Best Feature Film in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlin International Film Festival.
As a performer, writer and comedian, Taika has been involved in some of New Zealand’s most innovative and successful productions. Taika has won New Zealand’s top comedy award, the “Billy T,” and also the “Spirit of the Fringe Award” in Edinburgh, with fellow comedian Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords). Taika will next be seen in 2011’s highly-anticipated summer blockbuster Green Lantern, starring Ryan Reynolds.
Daina Warren is of the Montana Cree Nation from Alberta. She received her Bachelor’s degree in 2003, graduating from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In 2000, she was awarded the Canada Council for the Arts’ Assistance to Aboriginal Curators for Residencies in the Visual Arts program to work at grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC, which then led to a permanent position with the artist-run centre as an associate curator and administrator until 2009. Warren has co-curated such projects as the New Forms Media Arts Festivals in 2004 and 2005 and the Earth Village for the World Urban Forum in 2006. She is also the curator of the online exhibitions “If these walls could talk” and “Contains Animal Byproducts” created for the CODE Screen 2010 Vancouver Olympics project. Warren has most recently been awarded the Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Residency, where she will be working at the National Gallery until the summer of 2011.