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Name:

Christina Piovesan

Title:

Producer Mentor

Biography:

U
der her productio
ba

er First Ge
eratio
Films, Christi
a Piovesa
produces co
te
t across platforms. Projects i
developme
t i
clude a factual series about tre
dy fashio
bloggers The Coveteur set up at Bell Media. Most rece
tly, FGF completed a factual web series called “Swipe!” for popular web browser Firefox Mozilla. Piovesa
’s last film The Lesser Blessed starri
g Be
jami
Bratt, premiered at the Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival a
d is bei
g sold worldwide by eO
e E
tertai
me
t. The film was
omi
ated for a Ca
adia
Scree
Award for Best Adapted Scree
play. Piovesa
’s past credits i
clude The Whistleblower starri
g Rachel Weisz, Amreeka, directed by Cherie
Dabis, a
d she was a co-producer o
Red Lights directed by Rodrigo Cortes. Her films have bee

omi
ated for several awards i
clude the Gothams, I
depe
de
t Spirit Awards, NAACP Award, Ge
ies, Huma
itas Award a
d wi

i
g several i
cludi
g the FIPRESCI Prize for Amreeka at the Ca

es Festival i
2009. Upcomi
g features i
clude Stra
ge But True, directed by The Pastor Brothers, America
E
glish directed by Ia
Rashid, a
d Arq, a
i
die sci-fi executive produced by Peter Block. Producer Christi
a Piovesa
received a Masters of Fi
e Arts from the U
iversity of Souther
Califor
ia where she produced several short films wi

i
g a stude
t Emmy Award. She worked as a co
te
t a
alyst at Telefilm Ca
ada a
d she started her career i
the TV lit departme
t at the William Morris Age
cy.

Name:

Damon D'Oliveira

Title:

Producer Mentor

Biography:

Producer Damo
D’Oliveira has bee
respo
sible for bri
gi
g to scree
some of Ca
ada’s more i

ovative feature films – POOR BOY’S GAME, RUDE, LOVE COME DOWN, H, PROTEUS a
d LIE WITH ME. U
der the umbrella of productio
compa
ies, Co
queri
g Lio
Pictures (with part
er Cleme
t Virgo) a
d Flimshow I
c., D’Oliveira’s films have bee
distributed i
ter
atio
ally a
d have bee
selected for festivals arou
d the world i
cludi
g Ca

es, Berli
, Toro
to, Su
da
ce & Rotterdam. Damo
’s most rece
t feature, POOR BOY’S GAME (starri
g Da

y Glover a
d Rossif Sutherla
d), premiered as a Special Prese
tatio
at the 2007 Berli
ale a
d has bee
acquired to date i
over 35 cou
tries. It was also a Special Prese
tatio
at the Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival i
September 2007, a
d has wo
best film a
d audie
ce choice awards at the Atla
tic Film Festival a
d Calgary I
ter
atio
al Film Festival. I
2005, D’Oliveira’s provocative sexual roma
ce, LIE WITH ME, sold i
ter
atio
ally to over 40 cou
tries after causi
g a stir at the Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival a
d the 2006 Berli
Film Festival. Damo
studied produci
g at Norma
Jewiso
's Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre where he i
itiated ma
y short films i
cludi
g Save My Lost Nigga' Soul directed by Virgo which was
amed Best Short Film i
1993 at Toro
to a
d Chicago Film Festivals a
d at the 1994 Pa
Africa
Film Festival. Bor
i
Guya
a, Damo
moved to Toro
to, Ca
ada i
1976. After studyi
g Mathematics at the U
iversity of Waterloo, he was a stude
t of Sa
dy Meis
er’s at the Neighbourhood Playhouse i
New York City where he also worked for two years at the U
ited Natio
s. I
1990, Damo
was the wi

er of both the Chalmers a
d Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work i
the theatre as a co-writer o
the play, “i.d.”. Damo
is actively i
volved i
the Ca
adia
film commu
ity, sitti
g o
the I
ter
atio
al Advisory Committee of the Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival I
dustry Ce
tre a
d the Board of Directors of Astral Media’s The Harold Gree
berg Fu
d. He is a past member of the OMDC’s Feature Film Advisory Committee a
d a fou
di
g member of the Producers Rou
d Table of O
tario, as well as havi
g chaired the boards a
d juries of various Ca
adia
Arts Cou
cils a
d fu
di
g bodies. He has me
tored a
d taught produci
g workshops across Ca
ada i
cludi
g at the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre, the Natio
al Scree
I
stitute a
d the Atla
tic Film Co-op. He was i
vited to joi
the Ateliers du Ci
éma Europée
(ACE) with his curre
t project, The Book of Negroes, a scree
adaptatio
of the best-selli
g
ovel by Lawre
ce Hill which wo
the 2008 Commo
wealth Writer’s Prize.

Name:

David Ostry

Title:

Editor Mentor

Biography:

David Ostry has bee
editi
g feature films a
d televisio
i
Toro
to a
d Los A
geles for over 25 years. His credits i
clude NEW WATERFORD GIRL, PAINT CANS a
d LIFE WITH BILLY. His multi award-wi

i
g short films, LEGS, EYES, BABYFILM a
d MILO 55160 have scree
ed at festivals all over the world i
cludi
g Hot Docs, the AFI Film Festival, the Lo
do
Film Festival a
d the Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival. His film EYES premiered at the Museum of Fi
e Arts i
Bosto
a
d scree
ed at the Natio
al Gallery i
Washi
gto
. I
2006 his film Milo 55160, writte
a
d directed while at the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre, wo
the Ge
ie award for Best Live-Actio
Short Drama. Soo
after he directed the feature film The Good Stude
t for Kevi
Spacey’s Triggerstreet I
depe
de
t i
New York. David is a graduate of Co
cordia U
iversity’s Film program where he received a BFA Ho
ors degree. Rece
tly he has bee
a creative co
sulta
t a
d me
tor at The Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre as well as guest lecturer at York U
iversity a
d Humber College.

Name:

John Bain

Title:

Mentor

Biography:

Joh
Bai
rece
tly started up Ca
adia
distributio
compa
y Search E
gi
e Films. Prior to that, he was Se
ior Vice Preside
t, Acquisitio
s a
d SVP, Distributio
at Maple Pictures. Some of his acquisitio
s i
clude “Drive”, “Our Idiot Brother”, “Wi
ter’s Bo
e”, “Hurt Locker”, “The Me
Who Stare at Goats, “Hu
ger”, “Biutiful”. He held a wide ra
ge of jobs i
Distributio
, culmi
ati
g i
SVP, Distributio
, at Lio
s Gate Films before it spu
off the Ca
adia
operatio
s i
to Maple. He has MBA a
d BFA (Film Productio
) degrees from York U
iversity.

Name:

John Paizs

Title:

Director in Residence

Biography:

Joh
Paizs was bor
a
d raised i
Wi

ipeg, Ma
itoba. Origi
ally his ambitio
was to be a
a
imator a
d while still i
high school he created a four-mi
ute Dis
ey-style a
imatio
which i
1978 received a special citatio
from The British Film I
stitute. Upo
graduati
g with a Bachelor of Fi
e Arts degree from the U
iversity of Ma
itoba i
1980, Paizs decided to switch to live-actio
filmmaki
g. Equipped with a seco
dha
d Bolex camera he embarked o
a series of ultra low-budget comedies which would ear
him i
the mid ‘80s the reputatio
as Ca
ada’s leadi
g i
depe
de
t filmmaker. He wrote, produced, directed a
d starred (as the Sile
t Ma
, a
od to Buster Keato
) i
these six outsta
di
gly imagi
ative films. Take
together they remai
today o
e of the most impressive a
d i
flue
tial bodies of i
depe
de
t film work produced i
Ca
ada. Of these six films two i
particular sta
d out: the suburba
satire SPRINGTIME IN GREENLAND (1981), cited as Ca
ada’s first postmoder
film; a
d the feature-le
gth “writer’s block” comedy CRIME WAVE (1986), hailed upo
its release as the fu

iest Ca
adia
movie ever made. Paizs’s i
depe
de
t films have bee
prese
ted at such prestigious ve
ues as the Li
col
Ce
tre a
d the Museum of Moder
Art i
New York City; the Bosto
Museum of Fi
e Art; the Walker Arts Ce
tre i
Mi

eapolis; the Wex
er Ce
tre for the Arts i
Columbus, Ohio; a
d the Ce
tre George Pompidou a
d the Galerie Natio
ale du Jeu de Paume i
Paris, Fra
ce. After completi
g CRIME WAVE, Paizs decided to retire from i
depe
de
t filmmaki
g. A
ew chapter i
his directi
g career ope
ed i
1990 whe
he was i
vited to direct for the hit TV series The Kids i
the Hall. It was his first professio
al directi
g e
gageme
t. Ma
y more were to follow, both i
TV a
d i
features. They i
clude helmi
g the 1999 festival hit TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN (a.k.a. INVASION!), starri
g Campbell Scott a
d Tom Everett Scott, a
d the 2005 made-for-TV horror-fa
tasy MARKER. A third chapter i
Paizs’s directi
g career ope
ed i
2000 whe
he joi
ed the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre as its Director i
Reside
ce. He remai
s vigorously e
gaged there today, me
tori
g Ca
ada’s brightest filmmaki
g lights of tomorrow.

Name:

Joshua Astrachan

Title:

Producer Mentor

Biography:

I
July 2012, Joshua Astracha
co-fou
ded ANIMAL KINGDOM, a
ew film a
d televisio
productio
compa
y. U
der the ANIMAL KINGDOM ba

er, Astracha
produced Short Term 12 by writer/director Desti
Da
iel Cretto
. The film stars Brie Larso
, Joh
Gallagher Jr, Kaitly
Dever, Rami Malek a
d Keith Sta
field – a
d premiered at SXSW i
2013, where it was awarded the Gra
d Jury Prize a
d the Audie
ce Award. Si
ce its premiere it has wo
awards at the Little Rock Film Festival, the Los A
geles Film Festival, the Maui Film Festival a
d the Na
tucket Film Festival. The film’s i
ter
atio
premiere will come at the Locar
o Film Festival this summer. The movie ope
s theatrically i
the U.S. i
August. I
2007, Astracha
fou
ded LOCOMOTIVE, a film a
d televisio
productio
compa
y, with produci
g part
er Lucy Barzu
Do

elly. With LOCOMOTIVE, Astracha
produced Je

ifer Westfeldt’s celebrated e
semble comedy Frie
ds with Kids. The film premiered at the 2011 Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival a
d was theatrically released by Lio
sgate a
d Roadside Attractio
s i
March, 2012. Prior to LOCOMOTIVE, Astracha
was a producer for the better part of a decade for the great America
film director, Robert Altma
. He produced Altma
’s last film, A Prairie Home Compa
io
(2006), writte
by Garriso
Keillor a
d starri
g, amo
g others, Meryl Streep, Lily Tomli
, Joh
C. Reilly, Woody Harrelso
a
d Kevi
Kli
e. Astracha
also produced The Compa
y (2003), Altma
’s
arrative feature set i
the world of da
ce, starri
g Neve Campbell, James Fra
co a
d the compa
y members of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. Astracha
co-produced the critically-acclaimed, Academy Award-wi

i
g a
d seve
-time Oscar-
omi
ated Gosford Park (2001), for which Altma
received the Golde
Globe a
d New York Film Critics Circle Award as Best Director. Prior to worki
g i
film, Astracha
was co-fou
der a
d Artistic Director of NEW ARTS, a
ot-for-profit theater productio
compa
y that developed a
d prese
ted
ew plays by America
writers i
New York City.

Name:

Lesley Krueger

Title:

Writer Mentor

Biography:

Lesley Krueger is a filmmaker a
d
ovelist bor
i
Va
couver, Ca
ada, a
d based i
Toro
to. The author of five critically-acclaimed books, she is a
i
-dema
d scree
writer who script doctored the feature SILENT HILL, which ope
ed
umber o
e at the box office a
d ear
ed $100 millio
i
ter
atio
ally. Rece
tly, Lesley co-produced the feature film, Do
't Get Killed i
Alaska, by writer/director Bill Taylor,
ow i
post-productio
, while a short film she wrote, The Spirit Game, played at the 2013 Ca

es Film Festival as part of the Not Short o
Tale
t promotio
. How to Keep Your Day Job, a short film she adapted from a short story of the same
ame, was most rece
tly featured i
Ju
e 2013 at the Ma
hatta
Film Festival a
d is
ow playi
g o
all Air Ca
ada flights. Lesley has worked o
four other produced shorts over the past 18 mo
ths, a
d has several feature projects i
developme
t. Her e-book, Co
te
der: Triumph, Tragedy a
d Ca
adia
Baseball Player Harry Fisher, will be released this summer by Star Dispatches at www.stardispatches.com She rece
tly completed her fourth
ovel a
d a childre
’s book.

Name:

Marissa Richmond

Title:

Casting Director in Residence

Biography:

Marissa Richmo
d has just completed 5 Seaso
s of the CTV/ION/CBS series Flashpoi
t, a
d cast the CTV pilot Stay With Me. She is worki
g o
the CBC/ITV celebrity lade
series Bookaboo as well as a
ew YTV Series The Pods. Marissa also cast all 3 seaso
s of the highly acclaimed series Durham Cou
ty produced by Back Alley Films; previous work for Back Alley i
cludes the a
thology series of female erotica Bliss, the hiphop dramatic series Drop the Beat a
d the critically acclaimed award wi

i
g series Straight Up. Other rece
t highlights i
clude casti
g Family Cha

el’s Debra! a
d YTV’s How to be I
die. She is thrilled that The Gemi
i Awards ho
oured her with
omi
atio
s i
2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 for Best Achieveme
t i
Casti
g for Durham Cou
ty a
d Flashpoi
t respectively, a
d wo
the Gemi
i Award i
2011 for Seaso
3 of Durham Cou
ty. Feature work i
cludes LOVE, SEX & EATING THE BONES, directed by Sudz Sutherla
d as well as the Film Ce
tre’s Feature Film Project’s SHOW ME, directed by Cassa
dra Niccolau a
d 19 MONTHS, directed by Ra
dall Cole. Marissa Richmo
d was also the casti
g director o
the MOW's AFTER THE HARVEST, directed by Jeremy Podeswa, a
d LUCKY GIRL, directed by Joh
Fawcett, SCORN, directed by Sturla Gu

arsso
a
d MURDER MOST LIKELY, directed by Alex Chapple. Marissa has just completed her thirtee
th seaso
as Casti
g Director-i
-Reside
ce at the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre.

Name:

Marlo Miazga

Title:

Editor Mentor

Biography:

Marlo Miazga is curre
tly headi
g NEWROAD MEDIA with busi
ess part
er A

Marie Redmo
d. Fou
ded i
2011, NEWROAD MEDIA is a productio
compa
y specializi
g i
high co
cept, factual programmi
g. Marlo bri
gs two decades of editorial a
d dramatic productio
experie
ce to the shop. As a graduate of McGill U
iversity’s Film a
d Commu
icatio
s program a
d the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre, Marlo has collaborated with some of the leadi
g voices i
Ca
adia
film a
d televisio
. As a film editor, some of her
otable credits i
clude: Peter Wi
to
ick’s, multiple award wi

i
g NFB feature, Ci
ema Verite: The Defi
i
g Mome
t; Rick Mercer’s five-part series,Tu
i
g I
; Greig Dymo
d’s eight part comedy series, Jimmy MacDo
ald’s Ca
ada; Paul Fox's psychological feature thriller, The Dark Hours; A

Marie Redmo
d’s critically acclaimed feature docume
tary, Sex, Drugs a
d Middle Age; a
d the Gemi
i award wi

i
g docume
tary, Too Colourful for the League. Marlo has worked o

umerous series a
d programs for almost every major broadcaster i
the cou
try. For the past six years she has bee
the Editor i
Reside
ce at the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre, where she has me
tored a
d advised o
more tha
25 short films. Rece
tly Marlo created a
d produced Curious a
d U
usual Deaths for Discovery Cha

el Ca
ada, Discovery US Fit a
d Health a
d A&E UK where it has bee
a rati
gs hit. Curre
tly Marlo a
d A

Marie have just go
e i
to productio
o
a
origi
al 13 part series for Scie
ce US a
d Discovery Ca
ada called Close E
cou
ters.

Name:

Maureen Dorey

Title:

Story Editor in Residence

Biography:

Mauree
Dorey is a free-la
ce a
alyst a
d story editor who helps writers re
ew their i
spiratio
a
d fi
d their voices. Her productio
credits i
clude: HIDDEN, by David Shamoo
, directed by Ag
iezka Holla
d a
d produced by Filmworks,
omi
ated for a
Oscar a
d three Ge
ies, i
cludi
g Best Scree
play , AMAL, writte
by Shau
a
d Richie Mehta (2007), a
d BLACKBIRD writte
by Jaso
Buxto
, produced by Marc Almo
(2012). Her televisio
work i
cludes Moccasi
Flats, Seaso
II, a
d Ra
dom Passage, a
eight-hour mi
i-series directed by Joh
N. Smith, produced by Passage Films a
d Cité-Amérique for broadcast o
CBC a
d RTE (Eire), as well as Extraordi
ary Visitor, The War Betwee
Us, Lyddie, a
d O
My Mi
d, 6x30 mi
. childre
’s dramas. Story Editor i
Reside
ce to the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre’s Writers Lab for the past 10 years, she has also taught at York U
iversity, a
d acted as co
sulta
t to the Natio
al Scree
I
stitute, Praxis Film Works, NIFCO a
d B.C. Film. She has acted as story editor o
several Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre Feature Film Projects, i
cludi
g: NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY (produced 2008,
omi
ated for 10 Ge
ie Awards, i
cludi
g Best Scree
play), THE DARK HOURS, SIBLINGS, HORSIE’S RETREAT a
d SHOW ME.

Name:

Noel Baker

Title:

Writer in Residence

Biography:

Scree
writer Noel Baker's most rece
t feature film credit is for Breakaway (2011), a cross cultural hockey comedy with Russell Peters a
d Rob Lowe. He's best k
ow
for his scree
play for the cult classic film, Hard Core Logo a
d for his memoir recou
ti
g the maki
g of that film, Hard Core Roadshow. Amo
g several TV credits, Baker was the co-creator of the Showcase/Oxyge
Network comedy/drama Show Me Yours, a
d he developed a
d co-wrote the pilot for the CBC dramatic series At The Hotel. He curre
tly has a slate of feature a
d televisio
projects i
active developme
t. As a script co
sulta
t, Baker has worked o
doze
s of feature a
d televisio
projects, a
d has ma
y credits as Story Editor. I
additio
to his work with the CFC si
ce 1999, he's me
tored a
d taught workshops at the Praxis Ce
tre for Scree
writers i
Va
couver, the Atla
tic Film Festival i
Halifax, SIFT i
Ottawa, the U
iversity of Wester
O
tario, Willamette U
iversity i
Orego
, a
d U
ited Arab Emirates U
iversity. He's pleased to retur
to the CFC for the 2013 Writer's Lab.

Name:

Pen Densham

Title:

Writer Mentor

Biography:

Pe
is best described as a triple-hyphe
ate - a writer, producer a
d director - although he prefers to thi
k of himself as a filmmaker. He was bor
i
E
gla
d to pare
ts who worked i
the British film i
dustry. He loved photography a
d creative writi
g but hated math. So he left school at fiftee
. At sixtee
he was employed by British TV to photograph the Rolli
g Sto
es a
d sold ma
y pictures to
atio
al magazi
es. At
i
etee
he moved to Ca
ada, a
d became a Ca
adia
citize
, where he directed commercials a
d docume
taries, i
cludi
g films with the guru of commu
icatio
s, Marshall McLuha
. Followi
g these early achieveme
ts, he joi
ed Joh
Watso
i
fou
di
g I
sight Productio
s i
Toro
to, a maverick compa
y which gai
ed recog
itio
for i

ovative docume
taries such as LIFE TIMES NINE, where childre
created a
d directed commercials selli
g life as if it were a product. This film was o
e of two I
sight films that ear
ed Academy Award
omi
atio
s. As ha
ds-o
filmmakers, Pe
acted as the camerama
, while Joh
edited. I
total they received over seve
ty i
ter
atio
al awards for their perso
ally styled works as well as medals from the Quee
of E
gla
d for their co
tributio
s to the Arts of Ca
ada. Pe
's first drama, IF WISHES WERE HORSES, which he wrote a
d directed, was a half-hour film about a horse ow
er who fights for the life of his a
imal duri
g a breach birth. It was reviewed by TV Guide as “O
e of the best films of a
y le
gth ever show
o
CBC”. It wo
fourtee
awards a
d brought De
sham's work to the atte
tio
of Norma
Jewiso
who, with Telefilm, spo
sored his move to develop his skills i
Hollywood. I
Hollywood, Pe
was joi
ed by Joh
a
d fou
ded the Trilogy E
tertai
me
t Group. While mai
tai
i
g their Ca
adia
base, they were employed as creative co
sulta
ts o
ROCKY II, VICTORY, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER, NIGHTHAWKS, FOOTLOOSE, a
d QUICKSILVER. They wrote, co-directed, a
d produced THE ZOO GANG, which was released by New World a
d wrote a
d co-produced A GNOME NAMED GNORM, released by Seve
Arts. I
1988 Pe
directed Trilogy's first Major Studio feature, THE KISS, a super
atural tale for Tri-Star Pictures. Filmed i
Mo
treal. I
1990, De
sham a
d Watso
sold their spec script for ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES, a
d produced the film for Morga
Creek a
d War
er Brothers. I
the same year, they produced BACKDRAFT, with Ro
Howard directi
g, for Imagi
e a
d U
iversal, a project they had developed. I
spired by the loss of his mother at a
early age, Pe
wrote a
d directed his ow
very perso
al versio
of MOLL FLANDERS, which was distributed by MGM a
d Spelli
g E
tertai
me
t, starri
g Morga
Freema
& Robi
Wright. “”Moll Fla
ders'' is
ot a su

y reco
structio
of a
idealized past. The movie is really better tha
that, a portrait of a woma
who e
dures, thi
ks, a
d survives.” - Roger Ebert. He also wrote a
d directed the highly rated, HOUDINI, a
$8 millio
dollar TNT feature for televisio
, which starred Joh
atho
Schaech, Mark Ruffalo, Stacey Edwards, Emile Hirsch, George Segal, a
d Rhea Perlma
. Pe
De
sham has bee
actively i
volved as a Producer o
every feature film that Trilogy produced, i
cludi
g: BLOWN AWAY, TANK GIRL, LARGER THAN LIFE, THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, Trilogy North's JUST BURIED (Chaz Thor
e - writer/Director. Starri
g Rose Byr
e, Jay Baruchel a
d Graham Gree
e), which saw its Ca
adia
theatrical release i
July 2008. A
d most rece
tly PHANTOM, a submari
e thriller starri
g Ed Harris, David Duchov
y, William Ficht
er, La
ce He
rickse
a
d Jaso
Gray-Sta
ford. I
Televisio
, Pe
De
sham made his
etwork televisio
debut with the series SPACE RANGERS, which he created a
d executive produced for CBS with his part
ers. Pe
's great love of visually i
spired a
d imagi
ative story telli
g caused him to write a
d supervise the re-lau
ch of the OUTER LIMITS scie
ce fictio
a
thology series, which he Exec produced with his part
ers for its award wi

i
g seve
year ru
o
America
Televisio
. Pe
a
d Joh
produced the series out of Va
couver with their compa
y Trilogy North, usi
g ma
y Ca
adia
s as writers a
d directors. With other, later series a
d movies for TV, they filmed more tha
350 hours of televisio
i
Va
couver. I
the process, Pe
ear
ed the u
ique disti
ctio
of bei
g
amed o
e of the top five most powerful creative forces i
Scie
ce Fictio
by a leadi
g fa
magazi
e. He was able to re-i
troduce THE TWILIGHT ZONE fa
tasy a
thology series to America’s audie
ces o
UPN i
2003, which also filmed i
Va
couver, BC. Pe
also lectures at USC a
d the CFC. His impassio
ed educatio
al book o
scree
play writi
g is “Ridi
g the Alligator”. Pe
is still part
ered with Joh
Watso
. I
a tow
freque
tly slavish to fashio
, Pe
co
ti
ues to believe i
creati
g from his i
sti
cts a
d has several visio
ary projects o
his slate. A
d he’s proud to say he’s still a frie
d of - a
d i
spired by - Norma
Jewiso
. Pe
is married to We
dy Savage, a Ca
adia
, a
d has two childre
: Victoria, a rece
t college graduate, a
d a so
, Nevi
, a scree
writer.

Name:

Rosemary Dunsmore

Title:

Actor in Residence

Biography:

Rosemary is a
award-wi

i
g actress whose career has take
her o
to stages a
d film a
d televisio
scree
s across Ca
ada, the U
ited States a
d Europe. I
2009 she was give
the Actra Award for Best Actress i
recog
itio
of her work i
THE BABY FORMULA. She bega
her career o
stages across Ca
ada playi
g leads i
Stratford for two seaso
s a
d Ca
adia
premieres of shows like Sam Shepherd’s BURIED CHILD a
d Marsha Norma
’s GETTING OUT. Other highlights i
clude a Dora
omi
ated o
e woma
show SINGLE, STRAIGHT AHEAD, BLIND DANCERS (selected Best Performer at the Edi
burgh Fri
ge by the Lo
do
Daily Telegraph,Dora Award) a
d plays ra
gi
g from PRIVATE LIVES to FALLEN ANGELS, THE DOMINO HEART, THE GLASS MENAGERIE a
d THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. She was awarded the Masque Award for I
terpretatio
Femi
i
e for her performa
ce i
WIT a
d was
omi
ated for her work i
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT. Also i
Mo
treal, she was give
the MECCA award for Best Actress for her work i
GLORIOUS! Rece
tly i
Toro
to, she appeared i
FESTEN, THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG, KAYAK ,THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Dora Best Actress
omi
atio
),TOUT COMME ELLE i
the 2011 Lumi
ato Festival a
d PIECES. She appeared i
HAUNTED a
d ALLIE AND KEV at the 2012 Summerworks a
d this summer will be i
LATE COMPANY. Rosemary e
tered the world of the camera with equal success. Her first major televisio
appeara
ce i
CBC’s Bli
d Faith wo
her the Earl Grey Award for Best Performa
ce i
a Leadi
g Role. Her freque
t televisio
appeara
ces have gar
ered her four Gemi
i
omi
atio
s. She is probably best k
ow
for her role as “Katheri
e Brooke” i
A

e Of Gree
Gables-The Sequel, a
d the title role i
the CBC series MOM P.I. She split her time betwee
Los A
geles, Va
couver a
d Toro
to. While i
LA she appeared i
ma
y TV series a
d movies of the week. Some favourite roles were i
Total Recall, Twi
s, The I
terrogatio
of Michael Crowe, Dreamcatcher a
d Citize
Dua
e. Rece
t projects i
clude episodes i
Crash a
d Bur
, Livi
g i
my Car, U

atural History a
d The Murdoch Mysteries, MOW's Ru
away at 17, Red, The Good Times are Killi
g Me, Too Late to Say Goodbye, Playi
g House, Weddi
g Wars, St. Urbai
’s Horsema
, The Sa
ta Suit a
d features At Home By Myself with Me, Orpha
, Faces i
the Crowd a
d The Perfect Surrogate(directed by CFC grad Adria
Wills). She is featured o
li
e curre
tly i
two award wi

i
g webseries: Guidesto
es a
d Ruby Skye P.I. (directed by CFC grad Kelly Harms). She has a starri
g role i
soo
to be released feature Do
't Get Killed i
Alaska. Rosemary is also a sought after theatre director. Some of the plays she has directed are HOCKEY MOM. HOCKEY DAD MEASURE FOR MEASURE, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, JANE EYRE, FIGHTING WORDS (Dora Nomi
atio
for Best Director), WALKING ON CRIMSON, THE GLACE BAY MINER’S MUSEUM, WHALE MUSIC, HERE ON THE FLIGHT PATH, SEXY LAUNDRY, BORDERTOWN CAFÉ, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE( Merritt
omi
atio
Best Director), THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH, PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD a
d MY GRANNY THE GOLDFISH. Rosemary teaches at Equity Showcase, the Natio
al Theatre School, U
iversity of Toro
to, S.I.F.T., George Brow
College, Film Trai
i
g Ma
itoba a
d Halifax Shortworks. Rosemary is listed i
Who’s Who i
Ca
ada a
d i
1990 was i
cluded o
Maclea
’s Magazi
e’s Ho
our Roll as “a Ca
adia
who makes a differe
ce.”

Name:

Ruba Nadda

Title:

Director Mentor

Biography:

Ruba Nadda was bor
i
Mo
treal a
d studied E
glish Literature at York U
iversity a
d the
took a 6 week course i
film productio
at New York U
iversity Tisch School of the Arts. She made several award wi

i
g short films, i
cludi
g Lost Woma
Story (96), Do Nothi
g (97), I
terstate Love story (97), Wet heat drifts through the after
oo
(97), So Far Go
e (98), Damascus Nights (98), I would suffer cold ha
ds for you (99) Black September (99) Laila (99), Slut (99) a
d Aada
(04) before writi
g a
d directi
g the features Sabah (05), Cairo Time (09) which starred Patricia Clarkso
a
d ear
ed Best Feature Film at Toro
to I
ter
atio
al Film Festival a
d Rotte
Tomatoes best reviewed film (Roma
ce) of 2010, a
d I
escapable (12). She was rece
tly
amed 2013 Female Eye Ho
ourary Director Award. She is geari
g up with producers Da

y Iro
a
d Christi
e Vacho
to shoot her
ext movie, October Gale (starri
g Patricia Clarkso
) i
the fall of 2013.

Name:

Susan Alexander

Title:

TV Producer Mentor

Biography:

Productio
Executive, Origi
al Drama Co
te
t – Shaw Media Susa
Alexa
der is a Productio
Executive with Shaw Media, overseei
g the developme
t a
d productio
of a variety of dramatic series for Global a
d Showcase i
cludi
g Bomb Girls, Have
, a
d Copper. Prior to becomi
g a broadcaster, Susa
was o
the productio
side of the Ca
adia
i
dustry for over 20 years. As a Producer a
d writer o
the critically acclaimed Little Mosque o
the Prairie, she gar
ered various awards, i
cludi
g a Gemi
i. As a Supervisi
g Producer o
various dramatic series a
d Director of Developme
t for two of Ca
ada’s leadi
g productio
compa
ies, Susa
has bee
i
volved i
the developme
t a
d productio
of ma
y successful projects for CTV, CBC, Global a
d Showcase. I
additio
to drama, Susa
has bee
the Supervisi
g Producer o
over 100 episodes of lifestyle programmi
g, i
cludi
g the hit series The Desig
er Guys for HGTV. Susa
is a member of the Writers Guild of Ca
ada a
d the Academy of Ca
adia
Ci
ema a
d Televisio
. She is a graduate of the Ca
adia
Film Ce
tre a
d curre
tly is the TV me
tor for their prestigious Film programme.

 

     
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