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

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Call for Entries: Second Annual Summer Shorts 2006 Film and Video Competition Open to All Film and Video Makers










New York, NY (PRWEB) July 28, 2006

StudentFilmmakers.com (http://www.studentfilmmakers.com) announces its 2nd Annual Summer Shorts 2006 contest, which is open to all film and video makers around the world. The short film and video competition welcomes all genres and multiple submissions.

The purpose of the short film contest is to provide filmmakers the opportunity to gain more visibility in the industry and gain future opportunities for career advancement, as eligible works will be showcased online, viewed by industry professionals and shown at future film screenings and tradeshows.

“The contest is free to enter. We have wonderful prizes. The winners will be featured in our magazine, which is distributed to studios, cinematographers, and professionals working in the industry,” says Kim E. Welch, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of StudentFilmmakers magazine. “Directors and producers visit our website and our booth at tradeshows looking for new talent. This is an opportunity to connect with them and show your work.”

The rules allow for films to be within 5 minutes and 85 megabytes in digital movie file size, and submitted via URL, FTP, CD, or miniDV tape. Additionally, only QuickTime movie file format is accepted. Summer Shorts 2006 participants must visit the contest’s website for additional rules and guidelines to enter, http://www.studentfilmmakers.com/summershorts, and films must be submitted by September 30, 2006, 5:00 PM EST.

The finalist will be announced at the StudentFilmmakers.com website on October 15, 2006. The winners will be announced on November 20, 2006.

The Summer Shorts 2006 contest is organized by StudentFilmmakers.com and sponsored by Princeton Server Group, FujiFilm, The New School, Lowel, JVC, Abel Cine Tech, Sony, and Final Draft.

All eligible films will be showcased at StudentFilmmakers.com, and viewers can review and rate films online. Finalists and winners will be selected by the StudentFilmmakers committee and a panel of film industry experts. The top ten eligible films will advance to the final judging. The final winners will be determined based on entertainment value, creativity and production value.

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Hip-Hop Music Video is Taking Top Honors — Carrying a Human Rights Message Worldwide










Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 6, 2005

The UNITED music video, which screened in September at Hollywood’s Arclight Theater Los Angeles International Short Film Festival to thunderous applause, has now taken the Slate Award for best music video at the 2005 California Independent Film Festival. Classed as a short film, UNITED has already copped top awards in more than a dozen film festivals, including the Gandhi Cultural 3rd International Film Festival in Spain, the Giglio D’Oro Film Festival in Italy and the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

At its debut during an international youth summit held at the United Nations headquarters, the New York Office High Commissioner for Human Rights called UNITED “a huge step forward for human rights education.” Add subtitling in 15 languages accomplished with support from the Human Rights Department of the Church of Scientology, it has been able to spread its message to discos in Spain, soccer stadiums in Italy, even electronics stores in Hungary and Russia. In addition to honors, kudos have poured in from many notables, including the Prince of Monaco, the Governor of California and the Mayor of Los Angeles. Add to that a long list of police, community and youth groups in dozens of countries seeking to spread its peaceful answers and UNITED is transformed into a virtual human rights movement powered by a hip-hop rhythm that appears to be reaching everyone.

Out of thousands of short films vying for honors, UNITED has proven it has what it takes to stand out. “This production required a 45,000-mile world tour covering four continents and 13 countries. It engaged two thousand volunteers and 150 actors who contributed their time to a global endeavor,” says Leslie Brown, UNITED’s producer. “With a director and crew that consisted mostly of teenagers and pre-teens, it was truly a youth project,” Brown added. Director Taron Lexton, founder of TXL Films, was 19 years old when he shot UNITED in 2004.

Though global in scope, the story depicts an inner-city kid with a heart for basketball (played by 11-year-old Andre Boydon). He is confronted by a gang of bullies and their leader (Eric Forte), and must fight for his right to play. “What makes UNITED a great human rights video is how Boydon’s character accomplishes this without violence and how he involves the whole world to win,” says Brown.

The UNITED music video was commissioned by Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI) to accompany a new theme song designed to teach human rights to youth. In a recent interview, the President of YHRI, Mary Shuttleworth, said, “Human rights is something I feel very passionate about. As humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard stated, ‘Human rights must be made a fact, not and idealistic dream.’” The film features cameo performances by lsaac Hayes, Erika Christensen, Jenna Elfman, Catherine Bell, and Linsey Bartilson. For more information about UNITED log on to http://www.unitedmusicvideo.org.

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Video shorts are the newest video production style

Video shorts are the new format to promote a business on TV, online or DVD. It is one of the most cost effective video productions and usual produced in a very short time. Video production editing or also called post production for shorts is not anymore as time consuming as it used to be and the hard-software for editing is getting less and less expensive.

Corporate shorts in TV production provides innovative videos to capture the essence of a story or product, and give a personal touch to help connect with the viewer. Shorts in any video production can be used for a range of needs: branding, sales, awareness, promotional, political, educational and informational uses. A video short intends a specific purpose in a corporate or B2B environment and watched by a targeted audience.

They can help craft the right message to promote and push a brand – and make it stand out visually.

Video production and post production editing for shorts aim to inform the audience, give more insight and a greater understanding about the world and its subjects. It becomes true: A great story starts with imagination.

Some of the first pioneers of video shorts and film TV production are the German born Director and cameraman Max Skladanowsky who built one of the first film cameras in 1890. For his first film, Bioskop, he used to loops of 54mm film, one frame being projected alternately from each. This made it possible to project at 16 frames per sec, sufficient to create the illusion of movement.

Video production editing was done linear to this time therefore it was very limited and time consuming.

Also the man who has been called the “father of the documentary film production, Robert Flaherty,” born in 1884 (Michigan U.S) produced short films. Flaherty produced Nanook of the North, A Story Of Life and Love In the Actual Arctic, the first feature length documentary film production, in 1922.

Not to forget that his video production editing was still done linear, in compare to today’s much faster non-linear video editing suites.

Another pioneer work in video and film production was the earliest known feature length narrative film in the world, an Australian production called THE STORY OF THE KELLY GANG (1906).

Or did you know that one of the world’s first film studios, The Limelight Department was operated by The Salvation Army in Melbourne, Australia, between 1897 and 1910. It produced about 300 films of various lengths, making it the largest film producer of its time.

Since then workflow of video production, post production editing and equipment of a cameraman has changed tremendous. As well the platforms it screens and the aims it is targeting.

Strong believes are that in the common years 70% of all web based content will be bundled in video shorts, vodcast (podcast video).

Therefore every company and individual should start to think in this direction to stay effective and promote their business online with a podcast video.

Corporate Shorts provide innovative podcast videos for a website to capture the essence of a business, and give a personal touch to help connect with the audience. An effective online podcast video presence is the future promotional and informational vehicle.

Today most TV channels stream their video content on the web because people like to follow up shows and programmes they missed or just want to be more flexible with viewing times.

What is anyway the difference between PODCAST and VODCAST?

Podcast is Audio for web only

Vodcast is Video and Audio for web

By that post production or non-linear video production editing becomes highly increased and has changed dramatically as well.

In compare to film production 50 years ago, today’s video editor can edit your video footage at points that are both creative and logical. Video production editing can be done in very short time in house or on location with a mobile video editor and edit suite. Using digital video footage, they can create sophisticated animated text effects, special effects and combine movies with still images.

With original or existing digital footage the video editor can animate, transform and composite multiple movies and images, apply colour correction, improve audio quality and add animations.

Video editor can use video footage to combine green-screen interview footage with customized virtual sets while adding convincing effects like virtual shadows and reflections in your video production edit.

This was not possible in the early stages of film and video production! A TV or film producer, director or cameraman needed many hours of work and post production was very limited.

But there is more! Video production soundtrack editing is one of the big advantages of today’s technology.

Different soft- and hardware is used to compose loop-based soundtracks in any musical style for a video production, or to provide and edit a stock music soundtrack.

Video shorts are the way to go.

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