Every semester we bring in a variety of guest speakers to the program. Here is a sample of some of the speakers who visit our program.
Lael McCall is an independent producer in Vancouver who spent seven years at Alliance where she oversaw acquisitions and produced/co-produced a number of international co-productions- Turning April, On My Own and Boys Club. She has also held the position of Creative Affairs Executive at United Artists Development (Castaway, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Windprints) and was a charter resident at the Canadian Film Centre.
Velcrow Ripper is a Genie award winning filmmaker, writer, and sound designer. He has directed over thirty films and videos, both fiction and issue oriented documentary. In addition to sound designing his own films, he sound designed such documentaries as A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound Hot Docs, Best Sound Leo Awards), CultureJam (directed by Jill Sharp; nominated for a Leo) and The Falls (directed by Kevin McMahon), as well as sound fx work on The Adjuster, (by Atom Egoyan) Highway '61 (by Bruce Macdonald) and sound consultant on Nettie Wild's Fix. Among his own films are In The Company of Fear (Vision T.V.), the Golden Gate Award-winning Open Season(co-directed with Heather Frise, CBC), the multi-award winning non-fiction feature Bones of the Forest (co-directed with Heather Frise; TVO; winner of over seven awards, including Best of the Festival and Best Over-all Sound at Hot Docs!), and I'm Happy, a feature fiction. He has completed 3 feature length documentaries including Fierce Light and ScaredSacred which have been released theatrically and received numerous awards.
Harry Killas is an award-winning director and writer of both dramas and documentaries. His recent work includes includes Picture Start and two CBC Rough Cuts series documentaries, Stand up Samurai and Superkids. His short drama Babettes Feet has been screened in over 25 International festivals. He is a graduate of NYU’s Film Program.
Michael McKinley works in the media as a journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, and screenwriter. A Vancouver native, he was educated at the University of British Columbia, and then at Oxford University. McKinley's first feature film as screenwriter was Impolite, winner of British Columbia Film’s New Views Award. He has also written for the TV series Due South and Nilus the Sandman, and wrote and co-produced the CBC TV documentary film Sacred Ballot, about the successor to Pope John Paul II. He also co-produced and co-wrote The Mystery of Jesus, a documentary examining the historical Jesus that aired on CNN Presents in February 2004. CNN subsequently commissioned a sequel documentary, The Two Marys: The Madonna and the Magdalene which aired in December 2004, and won a Gracie Award for Best Hour-long Documentary aired in the US. He wrote and coproduced After Jesus for CNN, and has written for the docu-drama series Survivors (Channel 4 UK and Discovery US) and Possible Disasters(Channel 5 UK and Discovery US).
The Digital Film Group is a local company with an international reputation for solutions to the increasingly complex and converging worlds of digital and film. They have developed a strong reputation for creating road maps for virtually any production that requires technical and creative budgetary solutions, whether originating in film or video. Their core technical focus is on advanced large-scale media presentation and distribution; such as film projection, digital projection, television broadcast, and the future markets of internet/broadband delivery. Credits include: Atanarjuat -The Fast Runner, The Corporation, The Take, See Grace Fly and many more.
Patti Poskitt, Second Son Productions Inc. has worked on a variety of series and individual productions as an executive producer, supervising producer and production manager. Recent credits include that of supervising producer of Nehiyawetan, an aboriginal language children's television series for APTN.
Lynn Booth is executive producer and owner of MakeBelieve Media a Vancouver based production company with an award-winning slate of documentary one-off and television series.
Robert Landy is a prolific television editor with numerous documentary and reality based series credits for international broadcasters including CBC, CBC North, The History Channel and Discovery.
Janice Talbott is a media consultant and former independent production executive at City TV Vancouver. She has worked with many of British Columbia's emerging independent filmmakers developing their first projects for broadcast.
Ryan Mah, photographer/filmmaker and documentary director From Lead to Gold; a portrait of Jim Rimmer.
Ravi Singh, Social Marketing & Communications- Knowledge Network
Aaron Alexander, Knowledge Network artsshuffle online platform
David Vaisbord, producer/director of The Little Mountain Project, a hyperlocal documentary and website based within community activism. His work chronicles the destruction of the Little Mountain Housing Project in Vancouver.