2017 Filmmaker Features


2017 Filmmakers

Jason Karman – Caravan Park

Jason Karman is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and director whose short films have screened at festivals in Brazil, Hong Kong, Australia, across Europe, United States and Canada. He received the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award at Vancouver Queer Film Festival in 2011, and in 2015 was recipient of the Jury Choice Award at Reel Pride Winnipeg. Jason is recipient of 2016 James Lee Foundation Scholarship.


Ryder White – TC1

Originally from the mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ryder Thomas White left the United States at 18 to study film production in Vancouver. White is a filmmaker and multimedia artist who works with the tactile materiality of his media to create fixed pieces, performances, and installations. He is also an arts educator, and co-founded the Canadian Frame(lines) project to bring analog film workshops to rural communities across the country. Currently a member of Iris Film Collective, White is an artist in residence with the City of Vancouver’s Fieldhouse program.


Daelan Wood – Hello Quinn

Daelan Wood is a filmmaker from Edmonton, Alberta. He splits his time between creating short narrative & documentary films and running The Northern Sessions, a live music video series. His short film Hello Quinn recently won the Audience Choice award at the Metro Shorts Festival in Edmonton.


Greg Doble – Broken Communication


Elias Djemil- Sarah

Sensitive traveler of the world of stories, explorer filmmaker in search of a universal language, a photographer with a discreet eye wanting to capture reality in its most authentic forms, Elias Djemil is an artist who wants to distinguish himself by his understanding of the world we live in and the one we aspire to.


James Malekzadeh – River and Oak

Born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area, James Malekzadeh’s focus as a documentarian is sharing the stories of underrepresented Torontonians. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Film Studies program, James plans to continue creating documentaries with social, cultural and historical themes.


Troy Moth – Cold is my Brother

Troy’s work has exhibited around the world in galleries from New York to Milan and is currently held in the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Victoria. He has worked on International advertising campaigns for billion dollar companies and followed a man to his death for an intimate documentary piece. He’s directed a film in -40c and almost lost a finger in Northern Ontario. He’s at home in the back country, or the remote, the wild and the unpredictable. Born into a tree-planting camp, Troy spent years 0-2 guarded by his parent’s large dogs as they collectively planted millions of trees. Troy currently resides on Vancouver Island and can be found wandering the bush with his dog.


Maisie Jacobson and Meghan McKnight – Gravity

Maisie Jacobson is a writer and director. She directed the short film Flush (2015) which was funded by BravoFACT and won an Industry Award at Toronto Youth Shorts. Her short documentary Billsville (2016) was distributed by CBC Short Docs and won best documentary at Dam Short Film Festival. This summer she will direct a short film, Naomi, produced by Karen Tsang and funded by the Toronto Arts Council. She is also the co-creator of a crime drama series in development with Temple Street Productions.


Meghan McKnight is a visual artist whose latest work departs from painting in a series of photo works and animations that fuse her intricate collages into hybrid works blurring the lines of media, scale, and setting. Hounding and mining for print material are notions central to her process. The forms hatched from her prolific collecting appear held together in space by a unique gravity, both mimicking natural processes and coalescing into sometimes grotesque, ambiguous combinations. Meghan has shown internationally and her work is included in the collections of Telus, The Granite Club, and the Donovan Collection.


Peter Faint – Darts

Peter Faint is a Canadian filmmaker born in Victoria, BC. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 2015 with a BA in English Literature – a period he cites as one of creative and social gestation (yes, you seriously just read that, and yes, this is Peter writing in the third-person). Afterwards, Peter returned to Victoria where he delivered pizza for a year – the dream of every university graduate – and completed his first official film “Darts.” Generally speaking, the guy loves movies and art in general – specifically the films of David Lynch. He currently resides in Vancouver and is in post-production on his second film “High Energy.” He hopes you enjoy the movie.


Joel Salaysay – Last Night

Joel Salaysay is a Winnipeg-born filmmaker based out of Vancouver, British Columbia. His films have played in festivals around the world, including VIFF, The Cannes Short Film Corner, Hollyshorts, The L.A. Comedy Festival, and many more. His grad film, “Lifers,” took home the award for Best Student Short at the TIFF Top Ten Festival, The Montreal World Film Festival, and the B.C. Leo Awards. He is also the creator of the web series, “Dr. Sunshine’s Office,” and works as a film editor at DHX Media.


Sydney Southam – Ice Cream

Sydney Southam is a multi-disciplinary artist working in video, film, performance, painting, drawing and photography. Her practice involves working extensively with the archive, and addresses themes like memory, death, loss and childhood. In an ongoing body of work, the artist uses the suicide of her father as a catalyst for exploring these themes. Sydney curates an event series called the Special Sunday Supper, now in its fourth year. The Sunday Suppers are an outdoor potluck community event that features a non-conventional artist talk by a local artist. This event is supported by the City of Vancouver and the Neighbourhood Small Grants. Sydney is also one of the founding members of the Iris Film Collective, a Vancouver-based group of independent artists creating, exhibiting and touring film-based works—single channel, expanded, sculptural, installation—with the goal of increasing the visibility and accessibility of experimental media art. Sydney holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, First Class Honours, from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.


Douse – Unrest

Douse is an art rock project from New Westminster, BC. Since their formation 4 years ago, Douse has evolved into a progressive and dark collective, yet still feels lush and somehow natural. After putting out a handful of songs and completing their cross-Canada tour in 2015 under the name Alea Rae, the band reinvented itself and went into the studio with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Yukon Blonde) the following year. Their debut record, The Light in You Has Left, was released October 1st, 2016, and was celebrated with a release show that saw them sharing the stage with Royal Canoe. Since then, the record has appeared on multiple “best of 2016” lists including Beatroute BC’s, and the band was highlighted in The Georgia Straight’s “Top 5 Bands To Watch in 2017” article.


Becca Johanson – Necromance

Becca is a filmmaker and title designer who lives in delightfully rainy Vancouver, Canada. Her work has played in festivals across Canada as well as internationally. Her final student film, “Love TM”, was nominated for a Leo Award and her documentary “Belle & Emma” placed first in the Women over 50 Film Festival 2016. She specializes in comedy and science fiction films, often touching on romance and fantasy. When not working Becca is usually knitting.


Lynn Matheson – When We Were Poor

Lynn Matheson was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. For most of her career, she has worked and studied in public relations and business administration. While she has been an amateur photographer for years, she yearned to make films and finally, over the past few years, has begun to embrace a love for filmmaking. She continues to build her filmmaking skills at local organizations (CFAT and AFCOOP) as crew, producer and director/writer. As a deaf person and someone who has faced mental health challenges, she is deeply inspired by the stories of how to overcome adversity


Stefan Luciani – Death Barrel

Stefan Luciani attended the Film and Media Production program at Humber Lakeshore before working as a free-lance editor and cameraman in both advertising and documentary film-making. He was assistant editor on Before the Last Curtain Falls (2014) and second-unit director on a documentary about James ‘Buster’ Douglas (still in production). Death Barrel is his first independent work.

Nathan Shaw – Birds of a Feather

Often mistaken for the confused ramblings of a mad man, Nathan Shaw has always had a passion for sharing his stories and humour with others. A graduate from SAIT’s Television broadcasting course, Nathan has now found a way to tell other people’s stories through documentaries. His previous short documentary “Cycology of Biking” won the people’s choice award at the 2016 Bike Shorts Film Festival.


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