2019 SPECIAL GUESTS

 
 

(in order of appearance)

Mary Sexton, Producer | Maudie

Mary Sexton is an established Canadian film and television producer with over 30 years of experience. Based in St. John's, Newfoundland, Mary has owned and operated Rink Rat Productions since 1994. She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Media Producers Association where she sits on the Board of Directors. In 2001, Mary directed the Gemini Award-winning NFB documentary Tommy: A Family Portrait about her brother, comedian Tommy Sexton. Her recent producing credits include A Christmas Fury, Cold Water Cowboys, and When The Boys Came Home. Mary’s theatrical feature films include Violet, How to Be Deadly and Maudie, which won 7 Canadian Screen Awards.

Josh Wong, Director | No Roads In

Josh Wong is an accomplished director, producer, cameraman and musician with experience in film starting at Vancouver Film School in the 90's. He worked on film sets with Paramount before moving back to his beloved hometown of Calgary. Starting in the mid-2000s, he was a director on numerous television series including The Exhibitionists (CBC), Quon Dynasty (Rogers), Prank Patrol (YTV), My Rona Home (CityTV), and Histoire de Chars (UNIS - French). In 2016 he directed his first feature documentary, No Roads In, which won 9 awards at festivals in Canada, USA, Mexico, UK, and Norway, and premiered on doc Channel (CBC). His second feature documentary, Green Gold, will be complete in March 2019.

Blake Reid, Musician/Producer | No Roads In

There is an inexplicable X-factor with Blake and it starts with his songwriting. Blake can so effectively bring a story to life with a few well chosen words and a simple harmony that to hear his songs is to almost always be transported to another time and place in your life. Blake is a true workingman’s poet, taking guidance from some of the greats like Merle Haggard, Tom T. Hall and Kris Kristofferson. His songs are a reflection of the only musical education he's ever had... playing music with his friends and family, learning to craft songs while sitting at the family’s kitchen table and listening to the radio in the trucks, tractors and combines he commandeered throughout his youth.

Geoff Plewes, Producer | No Roads In

In 2016 Geoff was a producer on the award-winning documentary No Roads In (2017), and the upcoming documentary Green Gold (2019). Previously he was Associate Producer on the Rogers/Omni series Hockey United (Arabic and Cantonese) and the short film Envy. A firm believer in the value of entertainment, Geoff helps to span the worlds of commerce and art by producing corporate documentaries for brands such as The Calgary Zoo, The Calgary Flames and Stampeders, Honda Power Equipment, Honda Motorcycles, the Alberta Teacher’s Association, and Marble Slab Creamery.

Jenny Rustemeyer, Filmmaker | This Mountain Life

Jenny is a writer and Leo Award-winning documentary producer with Peg Leg Films. She produced The Clean Bin Project (and is the woman behind the blog of the same name) which documented a year living zero waste. She also produced Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story which won 14 festival awards, was broadcast prime time on MSNBC and was listed in the New York Times “Top Ten TV Shows of 2015”. Jenny has contributed to community outreach for many projects, coordinated a 30 city, self-supported film tour across Canada by bicycle and spoken around the world in support of the messages behind her documentaries.

Sister Claire Rolf | This Mountain Life

Sister Claire grew up in Camrose and is an Alumni of Augustana Campus (Outdoor Education). An ex junior national ski racer, Sister Claire has a connection to the outdoors that is both meditative and exuberant. She was the prioress of the first Dominican monastery in France that was founded over 800 years ago and then jumped at the opportunity to return to Western Canada to help found a monastery in the beautiful Coastal Mountains. For more information go to www.dominicannunsbc.ca

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