Jonas Quastel is one of Vancouver's premiere writer/directors. A multifaceted creative professional with over 20 years experience in the world of dramatic feature film, Quastel lives in Vancouver, BC and works wherever movies take him.
He began his career in the lighting and camera departments with the intention of becoming a director of photography. While gaining on-set experience he began writing screenplays and soon had a quick succession of scripts produce- Crackerjack, starring Nastassia Kinski and Christopher Plummer; Listen, a thriller starring Brooke Langdon; and Sub Zero with Costas Mandylor and Nia Peebles. Jonas’s directorial debut was the feature The Untold (2002), which he also wrote, starring Lance Henriksen and Andrea Roth. Next was Ripper II, shot in Prague starring Erin Karpluk, Premonition, a suspense thriller with Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg and Scourge with Robyn Ledoux and Russ Ferrier which was nominated for a Best Direction Leo award. Jonas also co-produced the CTV movie of the week What Color Is Love? and directed and wrote Forced to Fight with Peter Weller and Gary Daniels. Most recently he wrote The Stepchild with Lauren Holly and Paul Johansson and is currently writing and has a number of feature projects in development including features The Stretch and Dark Light.
Gary Fisher studied at UBC, SFU’s Praxis Film Development Workshop, the Canadian Film Centre (TV Drama Program), and the National Story Editors Training Program. For many years he was a script analyst for Telefilm Canada and private companies.
Gary has written for film and television for 20 years, including the live-action series The Odyssey (CBC) and the animated series Nilus the Sandman (Family Channel). Gary was Executive Story Editor for Incredible Story Studio (YTV, Disney Europe) where he wrote or edited 41 episodes of this popular series (Gemini - Best Children’s or Youth Program).
Gary has also written for the Gaming Industry, beginning with “Jackie Chan’s Stuntmaster “ and later with his working group Helicon, “Scarface: The World Is Yours.”
He has written the feature-length screenplays “Go Down Lightly”, “Red Rain”, “Little Bones”, “The White Ape” and, adapted from the novel by George Ryga, “Hungry Hills,” which he also produced. Hungry Hills premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 and screened at the Skip City International Digital Cinema Festival in Japan (July 2010).
Gary continues to write, edit, and develop feature film and television projects. He teaches the Feature Film Lab, Adaptation for the Screen, and Series Television, all in the Writing Stream.
Alyson Drysdale was born in the East Kootenays of British Columbia. She was educated in Calgary, Alberta and Denver, Colorado before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1977 where she completed a dual Masters Degree in Film and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
Alyson trained as a producer in the Drama Lab at the National Screen Institute in Edmonton, Alberta and the National Film Board in Montreal, Quebec prior to forming her own company, Tamarac Filmworks Ltd. in 1986.
Alyson’s industry experiences include a three-year contract at Telefilm Canada and two years as series script editor on The Beachcombers. Among other credits, she produced and directed the documentary Girls of Summer for Global Television and created the pilot show High Country which went on to be a successful series for CBC as Destiny Ridge. Alyson wrote the screenplay for the film Cicely’s Divorce which won second place at the Legacy Filmworks and WIFVV 2nd Annual Film Festival in 2007. Most recently, Alyson was Screenwriter, Executive Producer and Producer for the film, Rain Down, which received just under $1/4 million in funding from Telefilm Canada.
In 2000, Alyson began her career as a film educator at UBC where she taught film directing, screenplay writing, and the senior class production course. She moved to Langara College in 2003 to head up its new Film Arts program and create curriculum.
A hands-on instructor with a passion for story-telling and a commitment to passing on practical skills and know-how, she has inspired countless students to pursue their dreams in the industry, with many going on to win prestigious awards for their work produced under her tutelage.
Byron Lamarque is an award-winning director who started his film career when he joined a film club in CapeTown, South Africa. His MFA graduate film After (2002) was the first of three short films programmed at the Toronto International Film Festival. His second, Once Upon A Time On The Beach (2003), garnered six LEO AWARD nominations, winning "Best Direction in a Short Drama”. He has had multiple screenings of his films at the Vancouver, Whistler, India, Portland, Santa Barbara, Cork, and Edinburgh International Film Festivals.
In 2008 he directed the feature film Dancing with Shadows, made in partnership with Telefilm Canada. He has also directed for television and makes commercials and music videos through his own production company as well as independent feature films.
Most recently he has been working as a video game commercial director, editor and cinematographer for titles such as Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dungeon & Dragons and Star Wars Uprising.
Byron's professional training includes attending the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in 2003 and completing his Masters in Film Production at the University of British Columbia in 2001. He has taught filmmaking at Langara College and the University of British Columbia, producing over 70 short films with aspiring directors, writers and actors
Katrin Bowen is a passionate teacher, and award-winning filmmaker and feels incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to teach what she loves. She has taught careers for the acting, directing, and writing streams at Langara College, directing at In Focus Film School, writing for film at Vancouver Film School, teaching world cinema at Alexander College, and teaching Careers, Introduction to Production and the Art of the Short Film at Langara College.
Katrin has been teaching at the college level for the past ten years and has thoroughly enjoyed combining her love of making films, with her love of teaching. Part of her work includes collaborating with the film departments to come up with a practical and effective curriculum. She grades students fairly, gives positive constructive feedback on their work, and strives to bring out their best.
Katrin directed her first feature film “Amazon Falls”, which went on to great critical success with a world premiere at TIFF, Best Feature Film Award at The Female Eye Festival, and Katrin won the vision award for best direction at the 2011 WIFTV Spotlight Awards. Katrin’s second feature film: "Random Acts of Romance” was nominated for four Leo Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Screenplay, and played at film festivals as diverse as Miami and Cameroon, Africa. She is in development on three feature films and directs the cooking show: “Get Cooking with the Stars”.
Katrin’s directing career began at Berkeley, where she made an award-winning documentary on rap music: She won the Vision Award for Best Director, and the Best International Film Award at the Chroma festival for her second short film "Almost Forgot My Bones". and he 90 second “mind bomb” she directed for Adbusters went viral with over 800,000 views in one week. Most recently, she directed the innovative short film and video game “Jane Doe” for story hive.
Katrin is an Alumnae of the University of California at Berkeley, The Cannes Producing Intensive, Women in the Director’s Chair, The Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab and The Berlinale Talent Campus.
Sara McIntyre is a graduate of Women in the Director’s Chair (2012), the Praxis Story Editor Internship (2013), and an instructor in Film Arts, Professional Photography, and Web and Mobile App Design and Development at Langara College.
Sara’s career has included developing Canadian writing talent through co-producing the Alibi Unplugged Script Reading Series; casting short and feature films and TV series; serving as President of Women in Film & Television Vancouver; coaching creative professionals; new media journalism; story editing for screen and stage; and producing short and independent media projects.
Her directing career was launched with the award-winning, comedic short film, “My Father’s an Actor” (2004) produced through the Director’s Guild of Canada program, Crazy8s. Through Kiss Dust Pictures, Sara directed and produced the internationally award-winning feature film, “Two Indians Talking” (2010), which earned Best Actor Award and a Best Picture nomination at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival; and the People’s Choice award, Most Popular Canadian Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival. She is currently developing the feature film, “The Last Six” with support from Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenburg Fund.
Jason has been a professional in the Film & Television industry for almost 20 years, specializing in Voice Over acting for film, television, animation, and commercial work. After graduating with excellence from the Acting program at the Vancouver Film School, Jason quickly found himself immersed back in the school as a TA and then as an instructor. For many years he taught and helped create a number of classes, such as Moving Master, Shoot & Edit, and Voice Over for Animation & Commercial.
Throughout the duration of his teaching years, Jason continued to audition and work as a professional actor… Being on set or in a studio proves to be the best teacher! Jason coaches all levels of actors in character development and prep, scene study, and audition preparation for all mediums facets of voice over. Jason’s CV ranges from 150+ radio ads to obscure Japanese animé, hit feature films like Asterix & Obelix, blockbuster animated series like My Little Pony and Nexo Knights, dozens of video games like League of Legends and NHL ’18, and top rated TV shows like Arrow, Riverdale, and iZombie.
Jason loves everything about his work: the acting, the teaching, the coaching, the exploring… it’s always his pleasure to speak on it, answer questions, and give those interested a better understanding of the industry and its many facets.
Jennifer Copping is a highly sought after Teacher, Director, Coach, and Mentor. Many of her clients are acclaimed young actors with burgeoning careers . Her career spans 30+ years as an actor in the film and television industry and onstage across Canada and the U.S. Highlights include touring to Alaska with "Les Miserables", playing Sally Simpson in the Canadian premier of "The Who's Tommy", touring and living in Chicago with "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring Donny Osmond and most recently playing Mary Delgado in the Canadian premier of "Jersey Boys”. Locally, she has recently worked onstage for The Arts Club playing Jesus in “Godspell" and Alex in "The Day Before Christmas" as well as "Indian Arm" for Rumble and “Detroit" for Mitch and Murray. Up next is “The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime” for The Arts Club. On television she can be seen in shows such as “Travellers”, “Bates Motel”, "Fargo”,”Van Helsing”," Continuum”, "Motive" " When Calls The Heart" and "The Killing". Favorite films have included “Mother Of All Lies”, "Ill Fated", "See Grace Fly", "Protection", "Once Upon A Mattress", 'Slither" and "Becoming Redwood " for which she won the 2013 Leo Award for Best Actress, and the recently shot "Rabbit”. Her proudest accomplishments are her 20-year marriage to her husband, filmmaker Jesse James Miller and their two sons Cian and Keen.