Jan 302013

Russian singer and actress Zhanna Friske
actress

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSv9JYBhT3Q

She is forty and single.

The Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival, now entering its 60th year, is the longest
running festival of its kind in Canada. Over the years, the festival has garnered an
esteemed reputation as one of the country’s top film and video festivals; a reputation that
attracts outstanding entries and personalities from across Canada.

Established in 1947 as the Yorkton Film Council, the first festival was held in 1950,
making it Canada’s first Short Film & Video Festival. The very first Golden Sheaf Award
was introduced in 1958 and was presented to the most outstanding film entry in the festival. The Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival has undergone many changes since
the first festival and is about to celebrate its 60th year of great shorts. It currently presents
Golden Sheaf Awards in 17 genre categories, 10 craft awards categories, Cash and
Specialty awards. The Festival is held every spring and includes:
• The Golden Sheaf Awards
• Screenings
• Mini-Cinema
• Workshops
• Social Activities

About the Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan

Once considered a rare disorder, Alzheimer’s disease has a great impact on our society,
our health care system and most significantly, on those individuals who have Alzheimer’s
disease and their families. It is estimated that one in four people have a family member
with Alzheimer’s disease, and one in two people know someone with the disease. There
are 18,000 persons in Saskatchewan who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.

The need for education, support and awareness activities provided by the Alzheimer
Society of Saskatchewan continues to climb as the baby-boom generation enters the age
of highest risk. The number of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia is
expected to triple in the next 30 years. The Alzheimer Society requires generous support
from our communities to meet the ever-increasing demand for services. It is estimated
that Canadians spend $ 5.5 billion a year on Alzheimer’s disease related costs.

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and no treatment that will stop its
progression. It is a progressive, degenerative disease. Several changes occur in the brains
of people with Alzheimer’s disease. It eventually affects all aspects of a person’s life:
how he or she thinks, feels and acts. Most people who develop Alzheimer’s disease are
more than 65 years-of-age. The older one becomes, the higher the risk. People with a
parent, brother or sister with Alzheimer’s disease also have a greater chance of
developing the disease.

The Alzheimer Society is funded through the generosity of individuals, business
organizations and charitable groups. The Society depends on special events and
community partners to ensure they can provide help to people who have Alzheimer’s
disease, their families and their caregivers. Funding provides hope for tomorrow by
allowing research for a cause, a cure and better treatments for the disease.

Me with Actress Caroline Munro
actress

Caroline Munro, November 2004

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Nov 242012

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft
move

Residency:

Salvation Army
Longton, Stoke
Maker: Ruth Spaak
Graduate Placement: Denise Moloney

Ruth Spaak, glass and mixed media artist, worked with
the members of LASS (Ladies Self Support) women’s
group, based at the Salvation Army. The group responded
enthusiastically to Ruth’s unusual collection of materials to
make mixed-media wall hangings and rag rugs. The
residency was supported by the British Ceramics Biennial
(BCB) and Ruth had access to ceramic materials and
resources from BCB and the former Spode factory site,
which informed the piece she has created for this
exhibition. Denise Moloney worked with Ruth, learning
new skills in delivering workshops in community settings.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

FESTIVAL BIOGRAPHIES

Public Service Announcement:

Brian Stockton – Filmmaker:

Brian Stockton was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1964. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his career in the media as a broadcaster with illustrious prairie radio station CKCK. In 1984 he was hired by Canadian broadcasting legend Ron MacLean, who was then the program director at CKRD Radio in Red Deer.

After working under MacLean in Red Deer, Brian returned to Regina and obtained a BFA in film production from the University of Regina. At the U of R he studied under cinema pioneer Jean (Hans) Oser, a key figure in the early sound cinema of Europe.

Stockton’s career as a filmmaker began at the Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina where he created numerous inventive short films like the animated The Blob Thing, which spawned numerous short sequels that have played to television and festival audiences around the world. He is also the co-creator of the cult hit Wheat Soup, which is generally regarded as the first Saskatchewan-based feature film. Wheat Soup is in the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

Another notable short created at the Filmpool is The Final Gift, a collaboration with the filmmaker’s grandmother which was named one of the ten best shorts of the Ann Arbor Film Festival by Los Angeles Film Forum.

Brian also has an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto, and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre. While attending the CFC Brian wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film, The Weight of the World, which screened at numerous international festivals and on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

Television has also played a part in Stockton’s career, most notably as a writer/director for the critically acclaimed comedy series Internet Slutts, which aired on The Comedy Network.

Brian has taught extensively on the subject of filmmaking at workshops across Canada, and at his alma mater in Regina. He was recently invited to screen a program of his short films at the Idaho International Film Festival, where he created the Instant Animation Workshop. In this innovative program participants wrote, prepared and shot a stop-motion animated film in one afternoon.

Stockton is currently working on a series of autobiographical short films which have premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. This includes Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Part 2 (That’s My Wonderful Town), which won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Temecula Valley Film Festival in California, and was declared by Take One Magazine to be “a wry, observant, miniature masterpiece.”

After nine years living and working in Toronto, Stockton recently relocated back to his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Pitch & Munch Participants:

Robert Hardy – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Robert Hardy is the Development Manager, Western Independent Production for CTV Television. In this role he develops documentaries, dramatic series and television movies with producers across Western Canada, and commissions the “CTV Manitoba Moments” documentary strand.

Based in Winnipeg, Robert has been a production executive on over 30 documentaries for CTV that have aired or are in production.

Over the past 15 years Robert has moved between film, television and radio; advertising & public relations; and live event management.

Robert served as the Director of Corporate Development and Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Screen Institute of Canada for 5 years, then spent some time in independent production, where he produced the CBC Television specials “Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and “More Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and developed several other reality and comedy series concepts. He then returned to publicity as a Senior Communications Officer with CBC Radio-Canada, before joining CTV in 2004.

Robert began his career as a government relations consultant, speech writer and live event producer in Toronto. He is an award-winning advertising copywriter, publicist and agency producer and former association executive.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, was a recipient of the CTV Fellowship, and is a graduate of the NSI Totally Television program.


Joe MacDonald – Documentary Producer, Prairie Centre – NFB:

Joe MacDonald is an award-winning producer with more than 50 documentary and dramatic productions to his credit, including Cosmic Current, winner of the Canada Award at the 2004 Geminis; For Angela, winner of the 1995 Canada Award; and Fat Chance, recipient of a 1994 Peabody Award. Based in the NFB’s Prairie Centre, his recent films include The Gift of Diabetes, Me and The Mosque, Letters from Karelia and Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.


Joanne McDonald – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Joanne McDonald is a program manager with SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), the province’s public educational broadcaster. She joined SCN in 2001 and in her role, works closely with independent producers, distributors, Canadian funding and regulatory agencies, as well as other broadcasters and partners.

Born and raised in Regina, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Regina (1992). In addition to her work with SCN, Joanne is a visual artist, working primarily in clay and mixed media.


Monique Rajotte – Programmer, Independent Productions and Acquisitions – APTN:

Ms. Rajotte has a wealth of experience in film, television, theatre and festivals, including working with the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Film Group and on various independent film and video projects.

Ms. Rajotte has diverse experiences and knowledge of training programs, international markets, festivals and other opportunities for writers, directors and producers working in the film and television industry.


Kevin Teichroeb – Executive Producer – ZED/CBC Television:

Most recently the Executive Producer for CBC’s Zed, Kevin’s television credits range from the arts to sport to educational programming. His featured work includes CBC Sports’ The Olympians, the International Emmy award-winning Street Cents, Bill Richardson’s Booked on Saturday Night and a Yorkton-nominated educational program for the Open Learning Agency. This season on Zed, Kevin led a team that produced three different shows, focusing on short-form documentaries, short film and Canada’s wildly successful musical scene. He is based in Vancouver.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft – Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster
move

Residency:

Boars Head Pub
Kidderminster

Maker: Jim Bond
Graduate Placement: Michelle Taylor

The Kidderminster residency was at the Boars Head
Pub, which actively supports the local arts scene. Jim
Bond is a kinetic sculptor and used the residency to work
with two different groups; KAF Creatives, a group of
visual artists and the Phoenix women’s group. Jim
developed a range of activities to build their skills using
life drawing, clay modelling and plaster moulds. Michelle
Taylor also brought lots of useful knowledge of ceramics
and mould-making to the community sessions.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

Copied from SQLJ » Short Film Articles

Nov 202012

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft
move

Residency:

Salvation Army
Longton, Stoke
Maker: Ruth Spaak
Graduate Placement: Denise Moloney

Ruth Spaak, glass and mixed media artist, worked with
the members of LASS (Ladies Self Support) women’s
group, based at the Salvation Army. The group responded
enthusiastically to Ruth’s unusual collection of materials to
make mixed-media wall hangings and rag rugs. The
residency was supported by the British Ceramics Biennial
(BCB) and Ruth had access to ceramic materials and
resources from BCB and the former Spode factory site,
which informed the piece she has created for this
exhibition. Denise Moloney worked with Ruth, learning
new skills in delivering workshops in community settings.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

FESTIVAL BIOGRAPHIES

Public Service Announcement:

Brian Stockton – Filmmaker:

Brian Stockton was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1964. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his career in the media as a broadcaster with illustrious prairie radio station CKCK. In 1984 he was hired by Canadian broadcasting legend Ron MacLean, who was then the program director at CKRD Radio in Red Deer.

After working under MacLean in Red Deer, Brian returned to Regina and obtained a BFA in film production from the University of Regina. At the U of R he studied under cinema pioneer Jean (Hans) Oser, a key figure in the early sound cinema of Europe.

Stockton’s career as a filmmaker began at the Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina where he created numerous inventive short films like the animated The Blob Thing, which spawned numerous short sequels that have played to television and festival audiences around the world. He is also the co-creator of the cult hit Wheat Soup, which is generally regarded as the first Saskatchewan-based feature film. Wheat Soup is in the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

Another notable short created at the Filmpool is The Final Gift, a collaboration with the filmmaker’s grandmother which was named one of the ten best shorts of the Ann Arbor Film Festival by Los Angeles Film Forum.

Brian also has an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto, and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre. While attending the CFC Brian wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film, The Weight of the World, which screened at numerous international festivals and on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

Television has also played a part in Stockton’s career, most notably as a writer/director for the critically acclaimed comedy series Internet Slutts, which aired on The Comedy Network.

Brian has taught extensively on the subject of filmmaking at workshops across Canada, and at his alma mater in Regina. He was recently invited to screen a program of his short films at the Idaho International Film Festival, where he created the Instant Animation Workshop. In this innovative program participants wrote, prepared and shot a stop-motion animated film in one afternoon.

Stockton is currently working on a series of autobiographical short films which have premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. This includes Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Part 2 (That’s My Wonderful Town), which won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Temecula Valley Film Festival in California, and was declared by Take One Magazine to be “a wry, observant, miniature masterpiece.”

After nine years living and working in Toronto, Stockton recently relocated back to his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Pitch & Munch Participants:

Robert Hardy – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Robert Hardy is the Development Manager, Western Independent Production for CTV Television. In this role he develops documentaries, dramatic series and television movies with producers across Western Canada, and commissions the “CTV Manitoba Moments” documentary strand.

Based in Winnipeg, Robert has been a production executive on over 30 documentaries for CTV that have aired or are in production.

Over the past 15 years Robert has moved between film, television and radio; advertising & public relations; and live event management.

Robert served as the Director of Corporate Development and Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Screen Institute of Canada for 5 years, then spent some time in independent production, where he produced the CBC Television specials “Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and “More Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and developed several other reality and comedy series concepts. He then returned to publicity as a Senior Communications Officer with CBC Radio-Canada, before joining CTV in 2004.

Robert began his career as a government relations consultant, speech writer and live event producer in Toronto. He is an award-winning advertising copywriter, publicist and agency producer and former association executive.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, was a recipient of the CTV Fellowship, and is a graduate of the NSI Totally Television program.


Joe MacDonald – Documentary Producer, Prairie Centre – NFB:

Joe MacDonald is an award-winning producer with more than 50 documentary and dramatic productions to his credit, including Cosmic Current, winner of the Canada Award at the 2004 Geminis; For Angela, winner of the 1995 Canada Award; and Fat Chance, recipient of a 1994 Peabody Award. Based in the NFB’s Prairie Centre, his recent films include The Gift of Diabetes, Me and The Mosque, Letters from Karelia and Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.


Joanne McDonald – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Joanne McDonald is a program manager with SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), the province’s public educational broadcaster. She joined SCN in 2001 and in her role, works closely with independent producers, distributors, Canadian funding and regulatory agencies, as well as other broadcasters and partners.

Born and raised in Regina, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Regina (1992). In addition to her work with SCN, Joanne is a visual artist, working primarily in clay and mixed media.


Monique Rajotte – Programmer, Independent Productions and Acquisitions – APTN:

Ms. Rajotte has a wealth of experience in film, television, theatre and festivals, including working with the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Film Group and on various independent film and video projects.

Ms. Rajotte has diverse experiences and knowledge of training programs, international markets, festivals and other opportunities for writers, directors and producers working in the film and television industry.


Kevin Teichroeb – Executive Producer – ZED/CBC Television:

Most recently the Executive Producer for CBC’s Zed, Kevin’s television credits range from the arts to sport to educational programming. His featured work includes CBC Sports’ The Olympians, the International Emmy award-winning Street Cents, Bill Richardson’s Booked on Saturday Night and a Yorkton-nominated educational program for the Open Learning Agency. This season on Zed, Kevin led a team that produced three different shows, focusing on short-form documentaries, short film and Canada’s wildly successful musical scene. He is based in Vancouver.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft – Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster
move

Residency:

Boars Head Pub
Kidderminster

Maker: Jim Bond
Graduate Placement: Michelle Taylor

The Kidderminster residency was at the Boars Head
Pub, which actively supports the local arts scene. Jim
Bond is a kinetic sculptor and used the residency to work
with two different groups; KAF Creatives, a group of
visual artists and the Phoenix women’s group. Jim
developed a range of activities to build their skills using
life drawing, clay modelling and plaster moulds. Michelle
Taylor also brought lots of useful knowledge of ceramics
and mould-making to the community sessions.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

Copied from SQLJ » Short Film Articles

Nov 182012

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft
move

Residency:

Salvation Army
Longton, Stoke
Maker: Ruth Spaak
Graduate Placement: Denise Moloney

Ruth Spaak, glass and mixed media artist, worked with
the members of LASS (Ladies Self Support) women’s
group, based at the Salvation Army. The group responded
enthusiastically to Ruth’s unusual collection of materials to
make mixed-media wall hangings and rag rugs. The
residency was supported by the British Ceramics Biennial
(BCB) and Ruth had access to ceramic materials and
resources from BCB and the former Spode factory site,
which informed the piece she has created for this
exhibition. Denise Moloney worked with Ruth, learning
new skills in delivering workshops in community settings.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

FESTIVAL BIOGRAPHIES

Public Service Announcement:

Brian Stockton – Filmmaker:

Brian Stockton was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1964. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his career in the media as a broadcaster with illustrious prairie radio station CKCK. In 1984 he was hired by Canadian broadcasting legend Ron MacLean, who was then the program director at CKRD Radio in Red Deer.

After working under MacLean in Red Deer, Brian returned to Regina and obtained a BFA in film production from the University of Regina. At the U of R he studied under cinema pioneer Jean (Hans) Oser, a key figure in the early sound cinema of Europe.

Stockton’s career as a filmmaker began at the Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina where he created numerous inventive short films like the animated The Blob Thing, which spawned numerous short sequels that have played to television and festival audiences around the world. He is also the co-creator of the cult hit Wheat Soup, which is generally regarded as the first Saskatchewan-based feature film. Wheat Soup is in the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

Another notable short created at the Filmpool is The Final Gift, a collaboration with the filmmaker’s grandmother which was named one of the ten best shorts of the Ann Arbor Film Festival by Los Angeles Film Forum.

Brian also has an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto, and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre. While attending the CFC Brian wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film, The Weight of the World, which screened at numerous international festivals and on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

Television has also played a part in Stockton’s career, most notably as a writer/director for the critically acclaimed comedy series Internet Slutts, which aired on The Comedy Network.

Brian has taught extensively on the subject of filmmaking at workshops across Canada, and at his alma mater in Regina. He was recently invited to screen a program of his short films at the Idaho International Film Festival, where he created the Instant Animation Workshop. In this innovative program participants wrote, prepared and shot a stop-motion animated film in one afternoon.

Stockton is currently working on a series of autobiographical short films which have premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. This includes Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Part 2 (That’s My Wonderful Town), which won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Temecula Valley Film Festival in California, and was declared by Take One Magazine to be “a wry, observant, miniature masterpiece.”

After nine years living and working in Toronto, Stockton recently relocated back to his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Pitch & Munch Participants:

Robert Hardy – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Robert Hardy is the Development Manager, Western Independent Production for CTV Television. In this role he develops documentaries, dramatic series and television movies with producers across Western Canada, and commissions the “CTV Manitoba Moments” documentary strand.

Based in Winnipeg, Robert has been a production executive on over 30 documentaries for CTV that have aired or are in production.

Over the past 15 years Robert has moved between film, television and radio; advertising & public relations; and live event management.

Robert served as the Director of Corporate Development and Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Screen Institute of Canada for 5 years, then spent some time in independent production, where he produced the CBC Television specials “Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and “More Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and developed several other reality and comedy series concepts. He then returned to publicity as a Senior Communications Officer with CBC Radio-Canada, before joining CTV in 2004.

Robert began his career as a government relations consultant, speech writer and live event producer in Toronto. He is an award-winning advertising copywriter, publicist and agency producer and former association executive.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, was a recipient of the CTV Fellowship, and is a graduate of the NSI Totally Television program.


Joe MacDonald – Documentary Producer, Prairie Centre – NFB:

Joe MacDonald is an award-winning producer with more than 50 documentary and dramatic productions to his credit, including Cosmic Current, winner of the Canada Award at the 2004 Geminis; For Angela, winner of the 1995 Canada Award; and Fat Chance, recipient of a 1994 Peabody Award. Based in the NFB’s Prairie Centre, his recent films include The Gift of Diabetes, Me and The Mosque, Letters from Karelia and Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.


Joanne McDonald – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Joanne McDonald is a program manager with SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), the province’s public educational broadcaster. She joined SCN in 2001 and in her role, works closely with independent producers, distributors, Canadian funding and regulatory agencies, as well as other broadcasters and partners.

Born and raised in Regina, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Regina (1992). In addition to her work with SCN, Joanne is a visual artist, working primarily in clay and mixed media.


Monique Rajotte – Programmer, Independent Productions and Acquisitions – APTN:

Ms. Rajotte has a wealth of experience in film, television, theatre and festivals, including working with the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Film Group and on various independent film and video projects.

Ms. Rajotte has diverse experiences and knowledge of training programs, international markets, festivals and other opportunities for writers, directors and producers working in the film and television industry.


Kevin Teichroeb – Executive Producer – ZED/CBC Television:

Most recently the Executive Producer for CBC’s Zed, Kevin’s television credits range from the arts to sport to educational programming. His featured work includes CBC Sports’ The Olympians, the International Emmy award-winning Street Cents, Bill Richardson’s Booked on Saturday Night and a Yorkton-nominated educational program for the Open Learning Agency. This season on Zed, Kevin led a team that produced three different shows, focusing on short-form documentaries, short film and Canada’s wildly successful musical scene. He is based in Vancouver.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft – Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster
move

Residency:

Boars Head Pub
Kidderminster

Maker: Jim Bond
Graduate Placement: Michelle Taylor

The Kidderminster residency was at the Boars Head
Pub, which actively supports the local arts scene. Jim
Bond is a kinetic sculptor and used the residency to work
with two different groups; KAF Creatives, a group of
visual artists and the Phoenix women’s group. Jim
developed a range of activities to build their skills using
life drawing, clay modelling and plaster moulds. Michelle
Taylor also brought lots of useful knowledge of ceramics
and mould-making to the community sessions.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

Copied from SQLJ » Short Film Articles

Nov 132012

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft
move

Residency:

Salvation Army
Longton, Stoke
Maker: Ruth Spaak
Graduate Placement: Denise Moloney

Ruth Spaak, glass and mixed media artist, worked with
the members of LASS (Ladies Self Support) women’s
group, based at the Salvation Army. The group responded
enthusiastically to Ruth’s unusual collection of materials to
make mixed-media wall hangings and rag rugs. The
residency was supported by the British Ceramics Biennial
(BCB) and Ruth had access to ceramic materials and
resources from BCB and the former Spode factory site,
which informed the piece she has created for this
exhibition. Denise Moloney worked with Ruth, learning
new skills in delivering workshops in community settings.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

FESTIVAL BIOGRAPHIES

Public Service Announcement:

Brian Stockton – Filmmaker:

Brian Stockton was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1964. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his career in the media as a broadcaster with illustrious prairie radio station CKCK. In 1984 he was hired by Canadian broadcasting legend Ron MacLean, who was then the program director at CKRD Radio in Red Deer.

After working under MacLean in Red Deer, Brian returned to Regina and obtained a BFA in film production from the University of Regina. At the U of R he studied under cinema pioneer Jean (Hans) Oser, a key figure in the early sound cinema of Europe.

Stockton’s career as a filmmaker began at the Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina where he created numerous inventive short films like the animated The Blob Thing, which spawned numerous short sequels that have played to television and festival audiences around the world. He is also the co-creator of the cult hit Wheat Soup, which is generally regarded as the first Saskatchewan-based feature film. Wheat Soup is in the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

Another notable short created at the Filmpool is The Final Gift, a collaboration with the filmmaker’s grandmother which was named one of the ten best shorts of the Ann Arbor Film Festival by Los Angeles Film Forum.

Brian also has an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto, and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre. While attending the CFC Brian wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film, The Weight of the World, which screened at numerous international festivals and on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

Television has also played a part in Stockton’s career, most notably as a writer/director for the critically acclaimed comedy series Internet Slutts, which aired on The Comedy Network.

Brian has taught extensively on the subject of filmmaking at workshops across Canada, and at his alma mater in Regina. He was recently invited to screen a program of his short films at the Idaho International Film Festival, where he created the Instant Animation Workshop. In this innovative program participants wrote, prepared and shot a stop-motion animated film in one afternoon.

Stockton is currently working on a series of autobiographical short films which have premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. This includes Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Part 2 (That’s My Wonderful Town), which won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Temecula Valley Film Festival in California, and was declared by Take One Magazine to be “a wry, observant, miniature masterpiece.”

After nine years living and working in Toronto, Stockton recently relocated back to his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Pitch & Munch Participants:

Robert Hardy – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Robert Hardy is the Development Manager, Western Independent Production for CTV Television. In this role he develops documentaries, dramatic series and television movies with producers across Western Canada, and commissions the “CTV Manitoba Moments” documentary strand.

Based in Winnipeg, Robert has been a production executive on over 30 documentaries for CTV that have aired or are in production.

Over the past 15 years Robert has moved between film, television and radio; advertising & public relations; and live event management.

Robert served as the Director of Corporate Development and Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Screen Institute of Canada for 5 years, then spent some time in independent production, where he produced the CBC Television specials “Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and “More Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and developed several other reality and comedy series concepts. He then returned to publicity as a Senior Communications Officer with CBC Radio-Canada, before joining CTV in 2004.

Robert began his career as a government relations consultant, speech writer and live event producer in Toronto. He is an award-winning advertising copywriter, publicist and agency producer and former association executive.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, was a recipient of the CTV Fellowship, and is a graduate of the NSI Totally Television program.


Joe MacDonald – Documentary Producer, Prairie Centre – NFB:

Joe MacDonald is an award-winning producer with more than 50 documentary and dramatic productions to his credit, including Cosmic Current, winner of the Canada Award at the 2004 Geminis; For Angela, winner of the 1995 Canada Award; and Fat Chance, recipient of a 1994 Peabody Award. Based in the NFB’s Prairie Centre, his recent films include The Gift of Diabetes, Me and The Mosque, Letters from Karelia and Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.


Joanne McDonald – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Joanne McDonald is a program manager with SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), the province’s public educational broadcaster. She joined SCN in 2001 and in her role, works closely with independent producers, distributors, Canadian funding and regulatory agencies, as well as other broadcasters and partners.

Born and raised in Regina, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Regina (1992). In addition to her work with SCN, Joanne is a visual artist, working primarily in clay and mixed media.


Monique Rajotte – Programmer, Independent Productions and Acquisitions – APTN:

Ms. Rajotte has a wealth of experience in film, television, theatre and festivals, including working with the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Film Group and on various independent film and video projects.

Ms. Rajotte has diverse experiences and knowledge of training programs, international markets, festivals and other opportunities for writers, directors and producers working in the film and television industry.


Kevin Teichroeb – Executive Producer – ZED/CBC Television:

Most recently the Executive Producer for CBC’s Zed, Kevin’s television credits range from the arts to sport to educational programming. His featured work includes CBC Sports’ The Olympians, the International Emmy award-winning Street Cents, Bill Richardson’s Booked on Saturday Night and a Yorkton-nominated educational program for the Open Learning Agency. This season on Zed, Kevin led a team that produced three different shows, focusing on short-form documentaries, short film and Canada’s wildly successful musical scene. He is based in Vancouver.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft – Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster
move

Residency:

Boars Head Pub
Kidderminster

Maker: Jim Bond
Graduate Placement: Michelle Taylor

The Kidderminster residency was at the Boars Head
Pub, which actively supports the local arts scene. Jim
Bond is a kinetic sculptor and used the residency to work
with two different groups; KAF Creatives, a group of
visual artists and the Phoenix women’s group. Jim
developed a range of activities to build their skills using
life drawing, clay modelling and plaster moulds. Michelle
Taylor also brought lots of useful knowledge of ceramics
and mould-making to the community sessions.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

Copied from SQLJ » Short Film Articles

Nov 112012

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft
move

Residency:

Salvation Army
Longton, Stoke
Maker: Ruth Spaak
Graduate Placement: Denise Moloney

Ruth Spaak, glass and mixed media artist, worked with
the members of LASS (Ladies Self Support) women’s
group, based at the Salvation Army. The group responded
enthusiastically to Ruth’s unusual collection of materials to
make mixed-media wall hangings and rag rugs. The
residency was supported by the British Ceramics Biennial
(BCB) and Ruth had access to ceramic materials and
resources from BCB and the former Spode factory site,
which informed the piece she has created for this
exhibition. Denise Moloney worked with Ruth, learning
new skills in delivering workshops in community settings.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

FESTIVAL BIOGRAPHIES

Public Service Announcement:

Brian Stockton – Filmmaker:

Brian Stockton was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1964. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his career in the media as a broadcaster with illustrious prairie radio station CKCK. In 1984 he was hired by Canadian broadcasting legend Ron MacLean, who was then the program director at CKRD Radio in Red Deer.

After working under MacLean in Red Deer, Brian returned to Regina and obtained a BFA in film production from the University of Regina. At the U of R he studied under cinema pioneer Jean (Hans) Oser, a key figure in the early sound cinema of Europe.

Stockton’s career as a filmmaker began at the Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina where he created numerous inventive short films like the animated The Blob Thing, which spawned numerous short sequels that have played to television and festival audiences around the world. He is also the co-creator of the cult hit Wheat Soup, which is generally regarded as the first Saskatchewan-based feature film. Wheat Soup is in the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

Another notable short created at the Filmpool is The Final Gift, a collaboration with the filmmaker’s grandmother which was named one of the ten best shorts of the Ann Arbor Film Festival by Los Angeles Film Forum.

Brian also has an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto, and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre. While attending the CFC Brian wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film, The Weight of the World, which screened at numerous international festivals and on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

Television has also played a part in Stockton’s career, most notably as a writer/director for the critically acclaimed comedy series Internet Slutts, which aired on The Comedy Network.

Brian has taught extensively on the subject of filmmaking at workshops across Canada, and at his alma mater in Regina. He was recently invited to screen a program of his short films at the Idaho International Film Festival, where he created the Instant Animation Workshop. In this innovative program participants wrote, prepared and shot a stop-motion animated film in one afternoon.

Stockton is currently working on a series of autobiographical short films which have premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. This includes Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Part 2 (That’s My Wonderful Town), which won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Temecula Valley Film Festival in California, and was declared by Take One Magazine to be “a wry, observant, miniature masterpiece.”

After nine years living and working in Toronto, Stockton recently relocated back to his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Pitch & Munch Participants:

Robert Hardy – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Robert Hardy is the Development Manager, Western Independent Production for CTV Television. In this role he develops documentaries, dramatic series and television movies with producers across Western Canada, and commissions the “CTV Manitoba Moments” documentary strand.

Based in Winnipeg, Robert has been a production executive on over 30 documentaries for CTV that have aired or are in production.

Over the past 15 years Robert has moved between film, television and radio; advertising & public relations; and live event management.

Robert served as the Director of Corporate Development and Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Screen Institute of Canada for 5 years, then spent some time in independent production, where he produced the CBC Television specials “Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and “More Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and developed several other reality and comedy series concepts. He then returned to publicity as a Senior Communications Officer with CBC Radio-Canada, before joining CTV in 2004.

Robert began his career as a government relations consultant, speech writer and live event producer in Toronto. He is an award-winning advertising copywriter, publicist and agency producer and former association executive.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, was a recipient of the CTV Fellowship, and is a graduate of the NSI Totally Television program.


Joe MacDonald – Documentary Producer, Prairie Centre – NFB:

Joe MacDonald is an award-winning producer with more than 50 documentary and dramatic productions to his credit, including Cosmic Current, winner of the Canada Award at the 2004 Geminis; For Angela, winner of the 1995 Canada Award; and Fat Chance, recipient of a 1994 Peabody Award. Based in the NFB’s Prairie Centre, his recent films include The Gift of Diabetes, Me and The Mosque, Letters from Karelia and Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.


Joanne McDonald – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Joanne McDonald is a program manager with SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), the province’s public educational broadcaster. She joined SCN in 2001 and in her role, works closely with independent producers, distributors, Canadian funding and regulatory agencies, as well as other broadcasters and partners.

Born and raised in Regina, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Regina (1992). In addition to her work with SCN, Joanne is a visual artist, working primarily in clay and mixed media.


Monique Rajotte – Programmer, Independent Productions and Acquisitions – APTN:

Ms. Rajotte has a wealth of experience in film, television, theatre and festivals, including working with the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Film Group and on various independent film and video projects.

Ms. Rajotte has diverse experiences and knowledge of training programs, international markets, festivals and other opportunities for writers, directors and producers working in the film and television industry.


Kevin Teichroeb – Executive Producer – ZED/CBC Television:

Most recently the Executive Producer for CBC’s Zed, Kevin’s television credits range from the arts to sport to educational programming. His featured work includes CBC Sports’ The Olympians, the International Emmy award-winning Street Cents, Bill Richardson’s Booked on Saturday Night and a Yorkton-nominated educational program for the Open Learning Agency. This season on Zed, Kevin led a team that produced three different shows, focusing on short-form documentaries, short film and Canada’s wildly successful musical scene. He is based in Vancouver.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft – Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster
move

Residency:

Boars Head Pub
Kidderminster

Maker: Jim Bond
Graduate Placement: Michelle Taylor

The Kidderminster residency was at the Boars Head
Pub, which actively supports the local arts scene. Jim
Bond is a kinetic sculptor and used the residency to work
with two different groups; KAF Creatives, a group of
visual artists and the Phoenix women’s group. Jim
developed a range of activities to build their skills using
life drawing, clay modelling and plaster moulds. Michelle
Taylor also brought lots of useful knowledge of ceramics
and mould-making to the community sessions.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

Copied from SQLJ » Short Film Articles

Nov 112012

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft
move

Residency:

Salvation Army
Longton, Stoke
Maker: Ruth Spaak
Graduate Placement: Denise Moloney

Ruth Spaak, glass and mixed media artist, worked with
the members of LASS (Ladies Self Support) women’s
group, based at the Salvation Army. The group responded
enthusiastically to Ruth’s unusual collection of materials to
make mixed-media wall hangings and rag rugs. The
residency was supported by the British Ceramics Biennial
(BCB) and Ruth had access to ceramic materials and
resources from BCB and the former Spode factory site,
which informed the piece she has created for this
exhibition. Denise Moloney worked with Ruth, learning
new skills in delivering workshops in community settings.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

FESTIVAL BIOGRAPHIES

Public Service Announcement:

Brian Stockton – Filmmaker:

Brian Stockton was born in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1964. He grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan and began his career in the media as a broadcaster with illustrious prairie radio station CKCK. In 1984 he was hired by Canadian broadcasting legend Ron MacLean, who was then the program director at CKRD Radio in Red Deer.

After working under MacLean in Red Deer, Brian returned to Regina and obtained a BFA in film production from the University of Regina. At the U of R he studied under cinema pioneer Jean (Hans) Oser, a key figure in the early sound cinema of Europe.

Stockton’s career as a filmmaker began at the Saskatchewan Filmpool in Regina where he created numerous inventive short films like the animated The Blob Thing, which spawned numerous short sequels that have played to television and festival audiences around the world. He is also the co-creator of the cult hit Wheat Soup, which is generally regarded as the first Saskatchewan-based feature film. Wheat Soup is in the motion picture negative collection of the National Archives of Canada.

Another notable short created at the Filmpool is The Final Gift, a collaboration with the filmmaker’s grandmother which was named one of the ten best shorts of the Ann Arbor Film Festival by Los Angeles Film Forum.

Brian also has an MFA in film production from York University in Toronto, and was a director resident at Norman Jewison’s prestigious Canadian Film Centre. While attending the CFC Brian wrote and directed the multi-award winning short film, The Weight of the World, which screened at numerous international festivals and on the Sci-Fi Channel in the United States.

Television has also played a part in Stockton’s career, most notably as a writer/director for the critically acclaimed comedy series Internet Slutts, which aired on The Comedy Network.

Brian has taught extensively on the subject of filmmaking at workshops across Canada, and at his alma mater in Regina. He was recently invited to screen a program of his short films at the Idaho International Film Festival, where he created the Instant Animation Workshop. In this innovative program participants wrote, prepared and shot a stop-motion animated film in one afternoon.

Stockton is currently working on a series of autobiographical short films which have premiered to widespread critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival. This includes Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Part 2 (That’s My Wonderful Town), which won the grand jury prize for best documentary at the Temecula Valley Film Festival in California, and was declared by Take One Magazine to be “a wry, observant, miniature masterpiece.”

After nine years living and working in Toronto, Stockton recently relocated back to his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Pitch & Munch Participants:

Robert Hardy – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Robert Hardy is the Development Manager, Western Independent Production for CTV Television. In this role he develops documentaries, dramatic series and television movies with producers across Western Canada, and commissions the “CTV Manitoba Moments” documentary strand.

Based in Winnipeg, Robert has been a production executive on over 30 documentaries for CTV that have aired or are in production.

Over the past 15 years Robert has moved between film, television and radio; advertising & public relations; and live event management.

Robert served as the Director of Corporate Development and Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Screen Institute of Canada for 5 years, then spent some time in independent production, where he produced the CBC Television specials “Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and “More Royal Liechtenstein Comedy Theatre” and developed several other reality and comedy series concepts. He then returned to publicity as a Senior Communications Officer with CBC Radio-Canada, before joining CTV in 2004.

Robert began his career as a government relations consultant, speech writer and live event producer in Toronto. He is an award-winning advertising copywriter, publicist and agency producer and former association executive.

Robert has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Winnipeg, was a recipient of the CTV Fellowship, and is a graduate of the NSI Totally Television program.


Joe MacDonald – Documentary Producer, Prairie Centre – NFB:

Joe MacDonald is an award-winning producer with more than 50 documentary and dramatic productions to his credit, including Cosmic Current, winner of the Canada Award at the 2004 Geminis; For Angela, winner of the 1995 Canada Award; and Fat Chance, recipient of a 1994 Peabody Award. Based in the NFB’s Prairie Centre, his recent films include The Gift of Diabetes, Me and The Mosque, Letters from Karelia and Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.


Joanne McDonald – Development Manager, Western Independent Production – CTV:

Joanne McDonald is a program manager with SCN (Saskatchewan Communications Network), the province’s public educational broadcaster. She joined SCN in 2001 and in her role, works closely with independent producers, distributors, Canadian funding and regulatory agencies, as well as other broadcasters and partners.

Born and raised in Regina, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Regina (1992). In addition to her work with SCN, Joanne is a visual artist, working primarily in clay and mixed media.


Monique Rajotte – Programmer, Independent Productions and Acquisitions – APTN:

Ms. Rajotte has a wealth of experience in film, television, theatre and festivals, including working with the National Screen Institute, Winnipeg International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg Film Group and on various independent film and video projects.

Ms. Rajotte has diverse experiences and knowledge of training programs, international markets, festivals and other opportunities for writers, directors and producers working in the film and television industry.


Kevin Teichroeb – Executive Producer – ZED/CBC Television:

Most recently the Executive Producer for CBC’s Zed, Kevin’s television credits range from the arts to sport to educational programming. His featured work includes CBC Sports’ The Olympians, the International Emmy award-winning Street Cents, Bill Richardson’s Booked on Saturday Night and a Yorkton-nominated educational program for the Open Learning Agency. This season on Zed, Kevin led a team that produced three different shows, focusing on short-form documentaries, short film and Canada’s wildly successful musical scene. He is based in Vancouver.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft – Boars Head Pub, Kidderminster
move

Residency:

Boars Head Pub
Kidderminster

Maker: Jim Bond
Graduate Placement: Michelle Taylor

The Kidderminster residency was at the Boars Head
Pub, which actively supports the local arts scene. Jim
Bond is a kinetic sculptor and used the residency to work
with two different groups; KAF Creatives, a group of
visual artists and the Phoenix women’s group. Jim
developed a range of activities to build their skills using
life drawing, clay modelling and plaster moulds. Michelle
Taylor also brought lots of useful knowledge of ceramics
and mould-making to the community sessions.

Making Moves, Creating Futures for Craft

Making Moves is a West Midlands craft development initiative
involving four regional partnerships, led by Staffordshire County
Council and Craftspace, a Birmingham based craft development
organisation. The project consisted of nine craft residencies
which took place in community settings between September
2011 and July 2012, culminating in a touring exhibition.

The nine makers were challenged by residencies in unusual
workspaces – including a hospital, a pub and a park visitor
centre – which acted as sources of inspiration to develop ideas
for new work. They worked with local communities, offering
making workshops that were high quality, inspirational and in
some cases, life-changing. The exhibition showcases new work
by the makers in response to their residency setting, as well
examples of tools, materials and work created in the community
sessions.

The project also provided opportunities for nine crafts graduates
who supported the community making sessions as well as
receiving mentoring from the resident maker. They were given a
small bursary towards the development of their practice and
have also created new work for the exhibition.

Making Moves aimed to provide valuable opportunities for
learning. Makers gave masterclasses and lectures to Higher
and Further education institutions as well as talks to the wider
community. They wrote about the residency experiences on a
project blog, as well as coming together for regular networking
sessions.

To find out more about the project visit www.makingmoves.org and the
Makers’ Residency Blog www.makingmoves.posterous.com

Photos by Becky Matthews

Copied from SQLJ » Short Film Articles

Nov 012011

ForeverLawn and BocceNation.com Create a Bocce Experience in Times Square for NYC International Film Festival











ForeverLawn Bocce court in Times Square offered NYC International Film Festival visitors a unique recreational opportunity.


Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) August 31, 2011

ForeverLawn, the leading artificial turf company, installed a premium synthetic grass bocce court in New York’s Times Square last week as part of the New York City International Film Festival. ForeverLawn partnered with BocceNation.com to construct an interactive bocce court in the bustling city location, where festival participants, tourists, and locals could play and learn about the centuries-old game. The ForeverLawn bocce court was constructed adjacent to the outdoor movie screening area, where 220 films from 27 countries aired during the festival, which took place from August 19 – 25. The all-weather turf by ForeverLawn provided players with a soft, comfortable grass surface that was well-suited to the game of bocce and durable enough to withstand the heavy foot traffic in Times Square.

“ForeverLawn is a great surface for bocce play. It’s great looking, durable and is pretty much maintenance free,” said John Lehmann, president of BocceNation.com. “We recommend ForeverLawn turf as an ideal bocce court surface for BocceNation.com bocce. Bocce balls roll true and the surface is comfortable to play on. These courts can be installed quickly and virtually anywhere – enabling bocce to be played indoors, in urban areas or even in a backyard. ForeverLawn brings bocce to a bigger audience.”

Bocce Grass by ForeverLawn provides and excellent surface for the game of bocce due to the unique construction and design of the turf. The grass features a dense blade structure with a textured thatch, in a unique, short blade construction that provides the right amount of resistance and surface tension for a realistic bocce ball roll and bounce. This new product provides the required cushioning needed to protect the bocce balls, which could crack or break on a hard surface like concrete. According to Lindsey Lehmann of BocceNation.com, other artificial turf products require additional padding to create the soft surface needed for a bocce court. “The ForeverLawn product worked amazingly well on top of concrete, and didn’t need any padding beneath it,” said Lehmann. “The ForeverLawn court was comparable to a croquet lawn, which provides a suitable amount of resistance and a smooth roll.”

ForeverLawn offers several high-end landscape turfs including one that is a DuPont product. DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass offers homeowners and commercial properties a lush, beautiful grass landscape that requires no water, fertilizer or mowing. The all-weather turf performs equally well in extreme heat and heavy snowfall, and requires very little maintenance to stay lush year round.

ForeverLawn offers a number of specialty products engineered for specific sports and recreation applications, including Playground Grass, SportsGrass, GolfGreens, and K9Grass. Well known for their industry leadership, ForeverLawn has contributed several important innovations to the turf industry, including the development of the first ASTM safety-rated artificial grass system for playgrounds, called Playground Grass. A soft, durable, safe surface, Playground Grass is certified by the International Play Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (IPEMA) and is safety-rated by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for fall-heights up to 12 feet. Continuing to innovate in the playground space, ForeverLawn announced its most recent contribution to the playground industry earlier this month, called XStatic™ antistatic technology. The patent-pending technology reduces static on the playground surface, which is important to children with hearing aids or other electronic devices. For more information about Playground Grass by ForeverLawn, visit playgroundgrass.com.

For football fields and other high-impact sports facilities, ForeverLawn offers its SportsGrass line of artificial turf products. Engineered for durability and high performance, SportsGrass provides a consistent, cushioned grassy surface ideal for athletes. The turf of choice for a growing number of regulation high school football fields, city parks, and indoor sports facilities, SportsGrass provides an incredibly natural underfoot feel with reduced infill flyout. For more information about SportsGrass by ForeverLawn, visit sportsgrassturf.com.

Even dogs can benefit from the recreational grass surfaces offered by ForeverLawn. The company’s K9Grass product line is designed for use with dogs, and offers unique features such as a knitted flow-through backing, durable blades, antimicrobial protection, and a no-infill design, making it the ideal surfacing option for dog parks, kennels, pet boarding facilities, and vet clinics, both indoors and out. For more information about K9Grass, visit k9grass.com.

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. http://www.foreverlawn.com. ForeverLawn can be found on Facebook or Twitter.

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2008 International Film Festival Summit Features a Panel Addressing How to Appropriately Measure Your Festivals Success










New York, NY (PRWEB) November 26, 2008

The 5th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) announces that the River Run, AFI Dallas and San Diego International Film Festivals as well as Ashland Independent Film Festival will take part in a panel discussion that will address considerations and metrics for success including: number of films, number of acquisitions, celebrities, size of audience, longevity, number of impressions and reach at this year’s summit taking place December 7-9, 2008 in Las Vegas.

The session entitled “Success Metrics: Where to Set the Bar”, will take place Monday, December 8th at 4:00 pm and be moderated by Andrew Rodgers, Executive Director, RiverRun International Film Festival.

There are so many different definitions of success and “bigness.” There are film festivals that attract hundreds of thousands of people, and yet are not on the mainstream radar, and festivals which show only a few dozen films that are world famous. This session will address considerations and metrics for success including: number of films, number of acquisitions, celebrities, size of audience, longevity, number of impressions and reach? Most notably, these different metrics have differing relevance to the constituents served by festivals – audiences, filmmakers, sponsors, media, film industry etc. Hear from different festivals on how they approach benchmarking and defining success.

Panelists include Michael Cain, Artistic Director & CEO, AFI Dallas International Film Festival, Graham Leggat, Executive Director, San Francisco International Film Festival, and Joanne Feinberg, Director of Programming, Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Some of this year’s attendees include: AFI Fest Presented by Audi, Atlanta Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Bside, Starz Denver Film Festival, FilmThreat, Palm Springs International Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Gen Art, San Diego Asian Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, AFI Dallas International Film Festival, SXSW, Variety, Withoutabox and many, many more.

The 2008 IFFS Presenting Sponsor is Withoutabox. Platinum sponsors include B-side with Gold sponsors Enta USA and The NEB. Other sponsors include: Agile Ticketing, Avid, AAA Flag & Banner, AREA 4, Eyesoda.com, inticketing, Festival Media Corporation, Filmfestivals.com, FilmMaker Magazine, FilmThreat, MovieMaker, NAMAC, Production Hub, Qube Digital Cinema and Variety.    

About International Film Festival Summit (IFFS):

The International Film Festival Summit is the only annual conference and trade show for professionals from the film festival industry. The IFFS provides a platform for the community to explore ways to collaborate and promote the advancement of the film festival industry. This is a place to dialogue with your peers, share insights and gain knowledge that will help you grow your film festival and foster sustainability. The IFFS is dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication for industry professionals and the entertainment industry. For IFFS Europe visit http://www.iffseurope.com. For IFFS North America visit http://www.filmfestivalsummit.com.

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Award-Winning Drama Makes Its Canadian Debut; JuneBug Films’ “Planting Melvin” Screens at ReelHeART International Film Festival










Menlo Park, CA (PRWEB) June 20, 2006

Since making its debut at the prestigious Cinequest Film Festival last year, “Planting Melvin” has won acclaim — and awards — for its positive depiction of women and promotion of female empowerment. Toronto filmgoers will have their first opportunity to see the award-winning drama when “Planting Melvin” makes its Canadian debut during the ReelHeART International Film Festival, June 19-24, 2006.

The film screens on June 21 at 9:15 p.m. at Innis Town Hall at Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. For ticket information, visit http://www.reelheart.org.

“Planting Melvin” focuses on the lives of two seemingly opposite characters: Billie, a beautiful socialite dealing with the physical and emotional effects of an abusive marriage; and Melvin, a dying World War II vet with secrets of his own. This unlikely friendship becomes their safe harbor as they confront their individual issues and learn—together —one of life’s most difficult lessons … letting go.

As the film’s writer, director and producer, Kari Nevil of California-based JuneBug Films, is thrilled with the positive response “Planting Melvin” has received from audiences at film festivals across the country.

“Because JuneBug is an all-female film company, we are especially committed to the positive representation of women and empowering them to find a better life for themselves and their children,” Nevil said. “The fact that the film has been so well received by audiences says a lot about the progress we’re making in our society toward the advancement of women. And we are very excited about bringing our film to Toronto and sharing our message as part of ReelHeART.”

In addition to praise from audiences, “Planting Melvin” has won acclaim from advocacy groups and arts organizations including its recent selection by the National Film Review Board of Canada for “representing anti-violence against women and children in an international way.”

“Planting Melvin,” starring Irene Bedard (Smoke Signals), Yvette Freeman (ER), Alma Martinez (Born in East LA), Don Most (Happy Days), Hal Robinson (Paulie) and Richard Van Vleet (All My Children), screens on June 21 at 9:15 p.m. at Innis Town Hall at Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. For ticket information, visit http://www.reelheart.org.

JuneBug Films was founded by Kari Nevil in 1990. She ran the company out of her purple house in San Francisco before the group moved into American Zoetrope with Francis Coppola. Today, JuneBug Films operates out of Menlo Park with a team of L.A. and San Francisco-based collaborators that provide filmed entertainment in the form of narrative features, documentaries, short films, music videos and corporate films.

JuneBug Films has created features including “At Risk” (Vince Vaughn’s first feature), “Your Guardian” and “Planting Melvin.” The company’s recent film, “Car Stories” – their first foray into documentary films – is currently making the rounds of independent film festivals, generating buzz and gathering fans from Florida to California. JuneBug is working to make “Car Stories” an episodic series.

For more information, please visit http://www.junebugfilms.com.

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