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 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.
Assistant Programming/Equipment Coordinator Kourtney Jackson is a Toronto-based filmmaker and current Sundance Ignite Fellow. Her work integrates documentary media and community arts programming to support creative environments that ideate accessible storytelling in theatre and performance arts. Her award-winning documentary, Wash Day, premiered at TIFF Next Wave and is currently on its festival tour. Through film and other lens-based media, Kourtney continues to explore the nuances in her ethnic, cultural, and spiritual identity.
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.
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.
Treasurer 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.
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.
Powys DewhurstFor over 10 years Powys has produced forward-facing film and TV industry events with a focus on filmmaker development initiatives. He has worked in collaboration with the gamut of Canadian and US media organizations and film festivals including Bell Media, Corus, CBC, Visual Effects Society and others to create training, funding, access and screenings for diverse emerging to mid-career film and TV creators and students at venues including Ontario Place Cinesphere, Hot Docs Cinema, Ryerson University, and Canadian Film Centre.
He works with others to create a media and STEM industry from the top down as diverse and accessible as a Toronto City bus ride and to encourage emerging Black and underrepresented creators to break through the boundaries of expectations.
He has been an industry judge and speaker at CMPA: Prime Time, Planet In Focus - Canada’s Environmental Film Festival, The Canadian Screen Awards, Female Eye Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto Black Film Festival and others.
Powys was selected by Canadian Government, Canadian Heritage and Cirque du Soleil as one to have his work represent Canada at World Expo 2010 internationally in Shanghai.
He has interviewed Ann Druyan (Cosmos, Contact), VFX giant Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner) and once, after midnight, debated life and the universe with Sir Sidney Poitier over dinner, beer, and an interview.
Powys grew up in Barbados and Dominica before immigrating to Canada with his family. He’s Black, Caribbean-Canadian and British.
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.
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.
Maham MalikMaham is a community organizer with experience designing social programming in Pakistan and Toronto. Her work has largely focused on addressing gender-based violence and challenges faced by immigrant and refugee communities. After completing her BSc in Anthropology and Sociology from the Lahore University of Management Sciences, she pursued a research fellowship at the University of Cambridge. She co-founded of The Dabke Collective in 2016 to create a space for participatory, collaborative community art.
Tanya Qadir Tanya moved to Canada from Pakistan in 2011 to pursue an undergraduate degree in International Development and Art History. Tanya is now a Masters student at the University of Toronto, completing a degree in Adult Education and Community Development, whilst also working for an education technology startup that aims to improve admissions processes in higher educational institutions. She co-founded the Dabke Collective in 2016, a platform geared towards participatory art/storytelling for marginalized communities. Given her involvement in both education and the arts, her current academic research aims to explore alternative learning methodologies and curricula in Pakistan.
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'.