General ManagerRoss Turnbull has made many short films and video works, two feature-length dramas and a long documentary essay entitled Terminal Device. He has edited more than 70 works, comprising many different flavours, by other artists. He has worked as an arts administrator and advocate and was formerly the Film Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts.
Operations ManagerGreg Woodbury has worked in the Media Arts community for over 35 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.
Program Coordinator Samay Arcentales Cajas is a (Kichwa) filmmaker, digital media and community artist born in Toronto. In her creative practice she explores her tangled ancestry/history, connection to land, and the meaning of urban indigeneity. Her first solo show took place at the Whippersnapper Gallery in 2017 and her works have been shown at the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival, aluCINE Film Festival, and Mayworks Festival of Working People, among others. Samay facilitates film and projection mapping programs/workshops and currently works as video designer and editor for filmmakers and artists across the country.
Workshop/Equipment CoordinatorBita Joudaki is a filmmaker and performer currently based in Toronto. She graduated from Emily Carr University in 2014 with a BFA in Film, Video + Integrated Media and is currently working on her MFA in Film Production at York University.
Yazid Mohamednur Yazid Mohamednur, is a Toronto based photographer/videographer. Originally a graphic designer and VFX artist, Yazid merged his design and photography skills to explore his two passions. Currently Yazid is working in the media production industry to build his portfolio towards being a DOP.
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.
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 + ContactChris 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.
TreasurerThirza 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.
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.
Diane BrooksMore than 25 years experience in program development and team management for the not-for-profit sector. I have focused on empowering marginalized youth and adults as they navigate employment, training and education. As a multi-disciplinary artist my current side projects include amalgamating fine art, illustration, photography, music and writing. Collaboratively Creating Critical Content that explores social and ethnic themes. Also, my training and work in film, theatre, broadcast journalism and videography have come full circle to create a foundation for works in progress.
Roya DelSolRoya DelSol is a Black lens-based artist currently living in T’karonto/Toronto. Creating motion work ranging from experimental video art to music videos, she aims for her work in all spheres to center and uplift the experiences of Black, queer, and marginalized peoples. Past photographic work captures Black femme intimacies, strength & joy in hopes of visualizing new, liberated worlds. In other mediums, this envisioning takes shape by utilizing the subversive qualities of magical realism in imagining Black futures. She has worked on projects for NXNE, Spotify, and Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project; with work published in outlets such as FLARE, Lez Spread the Word, West End Phoenix, NOW! Toronto and The Globe & Mail. She is currently in pre-production for her first VR project, which is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Maziar Ghaderi is a Toronto-based media artist and theatre innovator that articulates social commentary through metaphors, epiphanies and critiques centring unheard voices through his artistic practice, Playformance.
With a breadth of experience creating live shows for SummerWorks (x2), International Symposium of Electronic Art (x2), Luminato (x2), Nuit Blanche (x3) and Harbour Front Centre, his artistic practice has utilized emerging technology to amplify community-centric cultural rituals such as Sufi whirling, Capoeira and Inuit throat-singing.
Ghaderi's works have gained recognition from MIT Media Lab, Globe & Mail (x2), VICE (x2), Washington Times, and Newsweek. He also co-founded the BIPOC-centred media arts collective, BLCKNBRWN, has raised more than $133,000 for his art and film projects in 2021 alone and was the media producer and videographer for Marina Abramovic at the 2013 Luminato Festival's MAI Prototype.
Kinana Issa Originally from Syria, Kinana is an art and cultural projects coordinator, facilitator, producer and artist. As a writer and audiovisual artist, her work revolves around questions of identity, feminism, transformation and social justice. She has produced over ten experimental audio-visual works and authored the script for Gardens Speak, an interactive sound installation containing the oral histories of ten people buried in Syrian gardens. She has lead and facilitated audio-visual production and creative writing workshops, created short experimental films, participated in photography exhibits and was a member of the committee of the Syrian Film Festival in Toronto. She regularly spoke of art, feminism and social justice. Issa is an honorary fellow of the International Writing Program at Iowa University.
Alex KingsmillAlex 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.
Kasia KnapKasia Knap develops capacity building community programs in the settlement, arts, and non-profit sector. Through strategic partnerships and participatory design, for the past several years she has been creating collaborative programs with refugee youth that reflect their priorities and support the capabilities they value. Interested in how community development, art, and social justice can intersect, she looks for ways to elevate youth voice, reduce barriers to accessibility, and leverage leadership opportunities for youth self-expression. Kasia works at the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, where she leads the youth program.
Alice Wang Alice Wang is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. Keeping their parents happy with a degree in psychology from the University of Toronto, they have now transitioned to filmmaking and enjoys writing stories she has always wanted to tell. An ArtReach grantee and ¼ of Videatur Collective, they’re passionate about supporting youth from underrepresented communities in creative fields such as filmmaking. An RBC Emerging Director’s Award recipient and winner of the Regent Park Film Festival pitch competition with her web series, she gravitates towards stories about loss, acceptance, and belonging. Her previous short film, The Goddard Kit, has been selected in the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, JAYU Festival and Regent Park Film Festival.