General ManagerSince 1985, Ross Turnbull has made short films, two feature-length dramas and most recently, a long documentary essay entitled Terminal Device. He has edited more than 70 works, comprising many different flavours, by other artists. He has been an arts administrator since the 80's. He likes beer and plays hockey weekly.
Operations ManagerGreg Woodbury has worked in the Media Arts community for over 26 years as an administrator in artist-run production centres: as a production and post-production freelancer and in his own art practice. He has produced several of his own single channel videos and installations as well as fostered the work of other independent film/video/media artists through teaching, advocacy,technical support, creative collaboration and programming. Recently he founded the Juniper Island film festival (JIFF) near Peterborough Ontario. Greg has been married for 14 years and has an 11 year old daughter. He is currently attempting to fulfil a life long dream of playing a guitar, with limited success. His daughter, with less practice is much more talented. He also lifts weights, again with limited success.
Program Co-ordinator (on leave)Pamela Baer is a theatre and media artist with a focus on community engaged work. Drawn from a young age to storytelling as a way of connecting people and building community, her work revolves around personal narratives, oral histories, and life stories. Pamela has facilitated community arts projects with diverse groups, and wide reaching themes, in England, Ghana, and Canada. Her current work focuses on LGBTQ families, stories, and representations, and explores the role of collective community creation in the production of participatory media. Pamela is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto and is the program coordinator at Charles Street Video.
Facilities CoordinatorNancy Paterson is a Toronto based electronic media artist working primarily in the field of interactive installations. She graduated with her AOCA from Ontario College of Art (OCAD University) in 1985 and received her Ph.D (Dec 2009) in Communications & Culture from York University. Her thesis, "Bandwidth is Political: Reachability in the Public Internet" was nominated for the York University Doctoral Dissertation Award. Following her the completion of her Ph.D, she went on to post-doctoral research with a 2 year SSHRC award at the iSchool, Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her postdoctoral research paper, "Walled Gardnes: The New Shape of the Public Internet," was presented at the iConference 2012- February 7-10, 2012 in Toronto and was published in the iConference Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.
Audio/Video Technician Konrad Skręta is a Toronto-based tonmeister, sound editor, video editor, and cameraman. Born and raised in Poland, he studied music recording and sound for film, obtaining his Master of Arts from the renowned Sound Engineering Faculty at the Academy of Music of Warsaw. He apprenticed at Warsaw's Wytwornia Filmow Dokumentalnych, where such auteurs as Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski crafted their films. In 1988, he was invited to Canada to participate as an Audio Engineering and Production Associate at the prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts. Since 1991, Skręta has been engaged as a freelance in-house editor at Toronto's artist-run studio, Charles Street Video, along with pursuing a variety of production and post-production projects, working with Deepa Mehta and Vera Frenkel, among others.
Assistant Program Coordinator (interim)Jennifer Su is a Toronto-based artist working primarily in photography and film. She is interested in exploring themes of identity, community, and resistance through storytelling. Her first short film, 36 Questions, won the DGC and WIFT-T award at the Reel Asian International Film Festival. She is currently studying socio-cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto.
Financial CoordinatorNadene Thériault-Copeland is the Executive Director of New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA), and Financial Coordinator for Charles Street Video. Nadene is also the past president of the board of directors of the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology. She promotes the dissemination of new and experimental sound art through her work with New Adventures in Sound Art, and recently edited four educational booklets published by NAISA: Radio Art Companion (2002), Sign Waves Companion (2002), Sound in Space (2003) and Sound Art Basics (2008). Nadene received her B.F.A. in Music from York University in 1991 where she studied composition with James Tenney.
President + ContactWorkshop Instructor Alex Williams has worked for 12 years on Hollywood features, television series, documentary and indie film productions in both sound and picture editing departments, such as Acts of Imagination, X-Men 3, Scary Movie 4, News for the Church and Mustard Pancakes. Alex holds a B.F.A. In Film/Video from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (Film/Video), studied at Concordia University, The Banff Centre, and under Emmy and Juno-award winning sound mixer, William Butler.
CinematographerAlex Kingsmill is a cinematographer and visual effects artist based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His credits include television and web commercials, music videos, episodic TV, short dramatic films, and feature length documentary in both roles. He holds a BFA in Integrated Media from OCAD, and also works as a Camera Trainee with the IATSE 667 International Cinematographers Guild. Alex is also actively involved with Charles Street Video, an artist run center for independent filmmakers in Toronto. Alex sits on the board of directors, and teaches workshops for CSV members on various cameras, and post-production softwares and techniques.
Filmmaker, TeacherBorn in Seoul, Korea, Gloria Ui Young Kim comes from a long line of media makers. With a degree in English Lit at U of T, she worked as a journalist at Maclean’s. She attended Ryerson Image Arts program and the 2008 Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her short film, ROCK GARDEN: A LOVE STORY, described by Atom Egoyan as “absolutely beautiful”, has won numerous prizes including the CBC Canadian Reflections Award. Her CBC film, THE AUCTION, premiered at the 2010 Sprockets TIFF, and won Best Short Film, the Audience Choice Award: 2012 WIFT Short Film Showcase and Children’s Jury Prize: Seattle Film Festival for Children, and is now part of the John VanDuzer Film Collection at TIFF BellLightbox. Her other works have won numerous Golds, at the Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club. Gloria's OAC-commissioned work, Why Do I Dance, has had over 800,000 views on Youtube since April, 2012. She was in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab and is a mentor for youth (Female Eye Film Festival , Reel Asian Film Festival, Hot Docs). She has recently directed the Ontario Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary film, Live, Love Art…which won Best Interview Film at PR Daily Video Awards. Her script, Debra and Mona won the 2013 Telefilm New Voices Award.
Gregory BreenGregory Breen is a Toronto filmmaker originally from Dublin, Ireland and looking forward to directing anything and everything he can (excluding traffic) here in Canada. Currently he is working on two shorts and a feature.
Thirza Cuthand Thirza Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love, and race, which have screened in festivals and galleries internationally. She completed her BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and her Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto.
Simone Jones Simone Jones is a multidisciplinary artist who works with film, video, sculpture and electronics. Many of her works question the nature of perception: she is interested in how we see and how we translate what we see through various techniques of representation. Jones graduated from the Ontario College of Art (OCA) with a concentration in Experimental Art and received her MFA in Sculpture Installation from York University in Toronto. Jones is an Associate Professor of Art at OCAD University, Toronto, where she teaches in the Integrated Media Program. Jones has exhibited her work at national and international venues. Recent exhibitions include "Warden and McNicoll" at the Doris McCarthy Gallery in Scarborough, the "Alex Colville Retrospective" at the National Gallery of Canada and "L’Avenir (Looking Forward)" at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal. Jones is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York.
Stephanie LawStephanie Law is a Toronto-based writer/filmmaker. Since graduating from York University with a B.F.A. in Film Production & Screenwriting, she has worked for film/television production companies, as well as non-profit organizations, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and Women in Film and Television – Toronto. She is passionate about advocating for diversity and inclusion in the screen-based media industries and media arts – in front of and behind the camera. As a past Artist in Residence at Charles Street Video, Stephanie understands the importance of an organization like CSV, in providing affordable access to production equipment and educational opportunities to Toronto's media arts community.
Chris Laxton Chris Laxton is an filmmaker from Toronto. Having worked on guerrilla style productions, as well as nationally broadcast commercials, Chris values a DIY ethic to filmmaking. A graduate of OCADs Integrated Media program in 2012, Chris has since directed a plethora of music videos, and several short films produced by a collective he co-founded with fellow CSV members and OCAD alumni called Dynasty Artists, some of which have garnered attention from various media outlets.
(Jo) Marianne ProulxJo Proulx is a film director and screenwriter of Metis ancestry (Wabanaki-French-Scottish) who grew up in Montreal, Quebec and is now based in Toronto. Jo studied film and photography at University of Montreal and Ryerson University. Jo started in the film industry as assistant to the executive producer at a Montreal film production company, and as entertainment journalist for Montreal radio stations and newspapers. Her credits as film director include short films and music videos. She is interested in exploring themes of identity, language, and community through storytelling, particularly for the LGBTQ community and First Nations. Jo has given herself the mandate to promote the participation of Indigenous filmmakers at Charles Street Video.
Chris RemerowskiChris Remerowski is a writer, director, producer, editor and motion graphics compositor. His short films have been shown at film festivals throughout North America. As well as producing television programs and commercials, Chris supervises the On-Air Creative Services Department at Zoomer Media.
Anastasia VaskovaAnastasia is the CEO of Contracther, a contracting company that helps build environmentally sustainable homes. She also creates DYI films and workshops, targeted at woman, that provides tips and trick for maintaining environmentally sustainable homes. Anastasia is also a Habitat for Humanity 'Women Build Ambassador'.