Industry Series

Silver Wave Industry Series (FREE)

Friday – November 3, 2017

Venue: 732 Charlotte Street Arts Centre, Upstairs Auditorium, Fredericton

“Once again we’re excited to share the range of panels and guests who bring their unique insight and experience to Silver Wave. With opportunities to meet and network with colleagues, the Industry Series is a chance to find out how films playing here were made and how filmmakers continue to express their creativity in their own unique ways. You can find out about feature films, documentaries, explore the possibilities of virtual reality, and how to work with the key unions in the region. It’s always wonderful to have the chance to talk with our friends and fellow filmmakers about what they are working on and how they make the films that are at the heart of Silver Wave.” Chris Campbell, SWFF organizer and programmer.

9:50 AM – Opening Remarks: Marie-Linda Lord Member of Telefilm’s Board of Directors

Mrs. Marie-Linda Lord has been Vice-President of Student and International Affairs at the Université de Moncton since July 2011. Mrs. Lord has held various positions with the university, including Director of the Institut d'études acadiennes, Chair of Acadian Studies, and full professor in the Information and Communications Program for 22 years. Marie-Linda Lord became a professor-researcher after working as a broadcast journalist at Radio-Canada Atlantique for ten years. With assistance from grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, she conducts on representation and discourse in the literature and media of Acadia and New Brunswick. She has written more than 30 chapters and scholarly books and edited four books. Among her many accomplishments, she sat on TV5 Quebec-Canada’s Board of Directors, which she chaired from 2010 to 2015. She was also Co-Chair of New Brunswick’s Coalition for Pay Equity’s first fundraising campaign in 2010, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Théâtre l’Escaouette in Moncton, Vice-President of Égalité Santé en français and a member of the Conseil cuturel of the City of Moncton. She is currently President of the fundraising campaign to save Moncton’s Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption Cathedral. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, which recognizes outstanding and exemplary contribution to the community.

Working with the Film Unions: Everything You Always Wanted To Know

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

WHERE: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs auditorium

Guests: Branch Representative Richard Hadley (ACTRA Maritimes), Business Agent Shelley Bibby (IATSE 849), Andrea Levesque, Operations and Communications Coordinator (DGC-Atlantic Regional Council)
Filmmakers with modest budgets want to create as economically as possible. The challenge is that they still want the best trained tech, craft and actors they can find. Join our union reps as they clarify how you can utilize stellar crew and cast even though you don’t have the big bucks.

This crack team of pros have all the answers you need to build your dream team for your next project and, they want to help you succeed safely.

Richard Hadley joined ACTRA staff in 1997. ACTRA is the union of more than 22,000 professional performers working in English-language recorded media in Canada. We are actors, recording artists, comedians, announcers, stunt coordinators & performers, dancers, narrators, voice performers, hosts, choreographers, singers, background performers, puppeteers and more. Richard sits on the board of SCREEN Nova Scotia and is a past board member of PAL Halifax. He also sat on the New Brunswick Film Advisory Committee.
Andrea Levesque is the Operations and Communications Coordinator for The Director's Guild of Canada – Atlantic Regional Council. Andrea joined The Director's Guild of Canada – Atlantic Regional Council in 2011 after over ten years working in the film and television industry. The Directors Guild of Canada-Atlantic Regional Council (DGC ARC) is an inter-provincial labour organization representing more than 150 key creative and logistical personnel working in the screen-based industries in the Atlantic Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The council is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Andrea is a former WIFT-AT board member and enjoys moderating panels, sitting on juries, and taking photographs. She hold a diploma in Communications – Television from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a BA in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University.
Shelley Bibby has been representing the IATSE Local 849 Motion Picture Technicians in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI since January of 2017. She attended York University for Fine Arts and has 20+ years of experience as a Prop Master and Art Director. Shelley lives in Windsor, Nova Scotia with her family and spends her free time as a Town Councillor.

2167: A Touring Indigenous VR Project

WHEN: November 3–5

WHERE: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs

Jesse Steckley | Tour Coordinator | imagineNATIVE

Jesse Steckley was raised in Barrie, Ontario and Wasauking First Nation. He graduated from Georgian College’s Aboriginal Community and Social Development Program and soon after Trent Universities Indigenous Studies program. Jesse has previously worked for Wasauksing Kinomaugewgamik School as Student Assistance, Barrie Native Friendship Centre as a camp counsellor, Trent University as a Bishkaa Mentor, and most recently imagineNATIVE as the Industry Trainee and 2018 Tour Coordinator. As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative, Canada on Screen, four Indigenous filmmakers and artists — Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman, Scott Benesiinaabandan, and the interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity — were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future. Jesse will be giving viewers the opportunity to enjoy these projects via VR equipment.

Telefilm Feature Film Panel

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 11:15 AM–12:15 PM

WHERE: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs auditorium

Host: Lori McCurdy, Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region
Guests: Tim Rayne, Arthur Thomson (The Capital Project), Gilles Doiron (Pour Mieux t’aimer), Dr. Robert Gray (Entropic)
Join four indie filmmakers as they discuss how they hope to bring their unique vision to the screen through the Telefilm Micro-Budget program grant that they have received. From further script development to production to funding an audience and beyond; this is sure to be an engaging, informative and timely panel as the deadline for the 2018 Tele lm Micro-Budget Production Program approaches.

Lori McCurdy is the Telefilm representative for all feature lm clients in the Atlantic region. Her mandate is to develop and support feature lm talent (producers, writers and directors) in the Atlantic region, primarily through investment in an annual portfolio of projects with budgets less than $2.5 million. Hailing from Nova Scotia, and having worked at Telefilm’s Halifax of office for 20 years, McCurdy is well-known to the Atlantic industry. She has had hands-on experience with feature film, television, digital media and industry development.

 Seasoned filmmaker Tim Rayne is a cinephile with an artful eye for all things visual. Tim’s knowledge comes from his film studies background and years of production experience. Tim is a passionate motivator, and his creativity and understanding of medium benefits all his projects. Tim has produced multiple projects over the years. Tim and Arthur received the 2016 Telefilm Micro-Budget grant for their web series, The Capital Project.

Arthur Thomson’s resourceful and innovative approach to commercial video production and his own creative projects stems from years of experience in communication campaigns at the local, provincial and national levels. With a strong background in project development and production management, Arthur makes sure everything is in place to get the job done. Arthur and Tim received the 2016 Telefilm Micro-Budget grant for their web series, The Capital Project.
Gilles Doiron accepted an invitation to attend and participate in a short lm festival in Trouville, France in 2012. In 2013, he sold his first broadcast license for a made for tv lm he directed: Aller-retour. He was also elected as the representative for Media Arts within the professional arts association, AAAPNB. All the techniques and skills that Gilles has acquired on different lm sets are now used on his diverse projects, from ad campaigns to tv series and short films to feature films. In 2016, Gilles re-branded his production company to Botsford Bros inc. Gilles and his creative partner Denise Bouchard received the 2017 Telefilm Micro-Budget grant for their feature, Pour Mieux t’aimer.
Robert Gray is a professor of Creative Writing and Film in the English Department at the University of New Brunswick. He has written and directed seven short films, one of them a short film adaptation of Canadian writer Jessica Grant’s short story My Husband’s Jump (Short Film Venture Program), from a script written by a former graduate student at UNB, Brittany Lauton. His films have been in festivals all over the world with his most recent short Choke Hold being shortlisted for the prestigious Iris Prize and his most recent experimental short 3 Cafés (Silver Wave Award Winner for Best Experimental Short). Gray, along with Matt Rogers and Jon Dewar recently received the 2017 Telefilm Micro-Budget grant for their feature film Entropic.


Telefilm 101 with Lori McCurdy Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region

During lunch, Telefilm’s Lori McCurdy will provide an overview of Telefilm feature film support from development to production to post production to marketing. She will help you navigate the various Canada Feature Film Fund programs and the Micro Budget program and provide practical information on how to apply and explain how decisions are made. This session is targeted at emerging filmmakers who want to learn about making their first feature length film.

Telefilm One-On-Ones

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2:00 PM–4:00 PM

WHERE: NB Film Co-op basement resource centre

Lori McCurdy, Regional Feature Film Executive – Atlantic Region will host one-on-ones so that filmmakers can discuss with her the information they need to apply for funding, get details about the programs Telefilm offers, and more. Please email: [email protected] com to book a short session with her.

Telling True Stories Through Documentary & Drama

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM

WHERE: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs auditorium

Host: Chris Campbell, documentary filmmaker, teacher, storyteller
Guests: O Corbin Saleken (Last Halloween), Rob Parsons (Headline Heroes) Lulu Keating (Picture Don’t Lie)
Film teacher and documentary filmmaker Chris Campbell is joined by two documentary filmmakers, and a filmmaker who loves to bring truth to life in drama in a candid discussion about storytelling and what to do when you meet people whose life stories have to be told. How do you make an amazing true story into an equally amazing short film, feature film, documentary? What are the secrets of funding great subjects, how do you get them to talk to you, and how do you connect the loose ends of real life when you need to tie up a narrative? What makes people in history so important to you that you are compelled to dramatize their lives?

Chris Campbell is a media creator based in Wolfville with a keen interest in combining storytelling with new technologies in film, video, audio and the web. A former president of the NB Filmmakers’ Co-op, he also helps with the Silver Wave Film Festival each year. He teaches Screen Arts at NSCC in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He’s edited lm, shot video, recorded sound, hosted radio and tv shows. Chris blogs at and updates at
O. Corbin Saleken is an award-winning, Vancouver-based filmmaker whose films have screened at festivals around the world. He has a BA in film and television studies from the University of British Columbia. In 2010, he attended the Werner Herzog Rogue Film School in New Jersey. In 2013, he won the Most Promising Filmmaker award at the Spokane International Film Festival. In 2015, he released his first feature film, Patterson’s Wager, which he wrote, directed, produced, edited, and self-funded.
In 2009 Rob Parsons wrote what would be his first feature film, Calling. Rob then formed Let Em Laugh Productions and the rest, as they say, is history although his company name has now changed to M.A.D. 5 Films. Rob then wrote and directed a second feature film The Divorce, was a producer, co-director & videographer for Simply Zen, Elaine Shannon’s television show, was the first AD on another full-length Owl River Runners and wrote and shot the hard-hitting web series Edge Of The Line, and many shorts after that. Rob never stops creating and making waves.
Lulu Keating is an award-winning writer, producer and filmmaker. Her films are predominantly independent dramas, animated films and documentaries, and she has also produced for the NFB, CBC and History Television.  Her films have screened at festivals from Chicago to Copenhagen and her work has been honoured with numerous awards around the world. Her films include the internationally acclaimed animated documentary THE MOODY BROOD, and her debut feature film, shot in Zimbabwe, THE MIDDAY SUN. Her second feature, LUCILLE’S BALL, was winner of the $100,000 WIDC Feature Film Award. It screened at festivals internationally, aired on Super Channel, and received six Leo Award nominations, and won the Best Editing award.  It won Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival. Keating continues to produce one film a year through her company, Red Snapper Films Limited. Keating is active on regional and national organizations, serving on numerous juries and boards of directors. She has taught from coast to coast to coast, for Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Emily Carr and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture.  Keating’s film work has been presented in retrospectives across the country. In 2001, Keating won a residency in Dawson City Yukon, where she now lives. Currently, Keating is developing several feature films and shorts.

WIFT-AT Presents: Her Story

WHEN: Friday, November 3, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

WHERE: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs auditorium

Host: Filmmaker Jillian Acreman (Queen Of The Andes)
Guests: Rachel Bower (Meet Maurice Crosby), Corrina Merasty-Gallant (Nativia), Lorna Kirk (Him)
Join filmmaker Jillian Acreman as she explores the lives of three filmmakers who create in different ways and who have struck out on their path doing things their way. How did they get into film? What were their challenges? Has it been worth it? What keeps them going? Now that they have their recent projects under their belts, what is in the pipeline for them next? Inquiring minds want to know their stories, and that includes Jillian’s story too.

Originally from Ontario, Acreman joined the NB Film Coop ten years ago and started volunteering on member films. She then realized she wanted to make her own. She has made her own films and produced films for her fellow members. Acreman has produced, The Editor, The Man Who Sold the World, The Art of Decay and Marigolds and won awards for her work. The Art of Decay, a short silent film about aging, featuring NB Moncton’s Atlantic Ballet Theatre, won her the CBC/Telefilm 3-2-1 Award (2011). Marigolds won for Best NB Short Drama at Silver Wave in 2015. Jillian finds inspiration from movies, especially through listening to the commentaries and behind the scenes extras from her favourite filmmakers on DVD. Acreman is a feminist and everything she does is, by extension, feminist so her films aren’t sexist. However, it’s not an deliberate priority for her to have a woman protagonist in every film.

Rachel Bower produces short films and documentaries. Her independent documentaries have been screened at film festivals around the world. In The Same Boat and The Singing Lumberjack won best documentary at the Silver Wave Film Festival. Rachel was the Director/Writer for documentaries aired on CBC’s documentary series Land and Sea.

Corrina Merasty-Gallant – Wapisiw (White Swan) is a proud Cree, Dene, Mi’kmaw and Metis First Nation woman belonging to the Mathias Colomb Cree First Nation of Pukatawagan, Manitoba. She grew up in Leaf Rapids, MB and moved to New Brunswick in 1989 when she was 11 years old. She discovered her talent as an artist in junior high, which fueled her desire to have a future in the arts. Her passion is to explore various media, such as graphic design & illustration, short- film, sculpture, photography, painting, beadwork, and traditional Indigenous art forms. In 1998, she received her diploma in Multimedia Communications from BKM Research and Development; she also holds a diploma in ICT/Mobile Application Development from CCNB in 2014. Before joining artsnb, Corrina worked as a Digital Literacy Workshop Facilitator & Instructor for the Joint Economic Development Initiative, which allowed her to work within First Nation communities in New Brunswick.

Lorna Kirk (Director_Camera_Animator) has been immersed in film and television – as a director/ producer/ camera operator, since earning her MA in Film (Manchester, England). Her award-winning documentary A Little Bit of Freedom (Nepal) screened at the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmaker Showcase. The film was recognized by the International Documentary Association in Los Angeles with its David L. Wolper Award and was screened at dozens of lm festivals around the world. Lorna is a multi- talented filmmaker who has directed documentaries and children’s television series for CBC for over a decade. Most recently Lorna has started using animation in her films and continues to find new ways and methods of bringing stories to life. Lorna’s production company Over The Moon Productions currently have two documentaries in production. Lorna recently won the BravoFactual Award at the Short Film Pitch at Hot Docs this May and is the recipient of the WIFT-AT All Access Pass 2017. Her most recent project is a National Film Board animation which explores the powerlessness of the refugee experience. Him is currently being screened at film festivals around the world.


WHEN: Friday, November 3th, Friday, 4:30PM – 6:00PM

WHERE: Charlotte Street Arts Centre, upstairs auditorium

Please confirm your attendance by emailing: [email protected] for this event.
Join us for our annual industry series reception with opening remarks followed by complimentary wine and Picaroons beer.
Major sponsors of the event are: Province of New Brunswick, Picaroons and Telefilm Canada


DOC Atlantic & SWFF Present a Documentary Meet & Greet @ Milda’s

Join DOC Atlantic and the SWFF for a documentary filmmaker meet and greet on Saturday, November 4th @ 2pm at Milda’s Pizza in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre basement (732 Charlotte Street Arts Centre). This is an opportunity for established and emerging documentary filmmakers attending the SWFF to socialize, network and learn more about the Documentary Organization of Canada. Hope to see you there!