Director: The Ahiarmiut: Out-of-the-Way Dwellers
Louise Abbott is a writer, documentary photographer, and documentary filmmaker based in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. She has spent most of her career chronicling the history and culture of rural and indigenous communities in eastern and northern Canada and examining the social and environmental challenges they face. Her numerous films include the first documentary on the history of the Inuit of Nunavik, as well as Nunaaluk: A Forgotten Story, about an Inuit settlement subjected to forced relocation, and Driving into the Past—the first documentary to explore the history of covered bridges in Quebec.
Official website: ruralroutecommunications.com
Currently studying directing and screenwriting at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Rafaël has been fascinated by cinema for as long as he can remember. His desire to share meaningful stories, either through documentaries or narrative shorts has brought him to direct his first short film, La Crise, and he is now editing his first documentary short as he approaches the end of his studies.
Taina da Silva
Director: Untold Stories of Traditional Indigenous Foods
Taina Da Silva is a 25-year old filmmaker/writer from the First Nation of Asubpeeschoseewagong (Grassy Narrows). Growing up in her traditional territory helped to shape Taina’s style of filmmaking by using her love of culture to express that in films. Taina co-wrote/co-directed the short film The Ceremony, which was nominated for best screenplay at the UWPG Film Festival.
Director: Summerside Kitchen Party
Louise is a graduate of the Trebas Institute in Film and Television Production. She has written, directed, and produced several short films, documentaries and commercials that have screened at regional film festivals, including a French-language documentary on glamping in PEI. Her projects in development include a dramatic bilingual feature screenplay, a half-hour TV comedy and documentaries on American draft dodgers in Canada and the Women's National Hockey League. Her short film, Sorry, Mommy, has recently been green lit for production this spring. Louise sits on the Board of Directors of Women in Film and Television-Atlantic, and is a member of the PEI Writers Guild, and FilmPEI. She is past-president of the Charlottetown Film Society and continues to work with the association to bring independent films to local audiences.
Official website: louiselalondeproductions.com
Director: Down with the King
Filmmaker Ryan Sidhoo gravitates toward projects of global relevance, aiming to bring them to life through a local lens. After earning his Masters in Media Studies from The New School, Ryan has gone on to direct, develop and produced story-driven documentary content for various platforms including Viacom, Noisey, Vice Sports and VICELAND. In 2014, he created and executive produced Welcome to Fairfax, a 10 part docu-series for Participant Media. Most recently, he directed and created The Webby Award-winning docu-series True North for The National Film Board of Canada and Red Bull Media House documenting the rise of Toronto’s basketball scene. With a penchant for travel, Ryan continues to pursue and develop projects focused on contemporary social issues that bring sport and culture together.
Official website: RyanSidhoo.com
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