ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Marcel Commanda was an Ojibway poet, performer, drummer and emerging film and video maker hailing from Rama First Nation. Marcel passed away in 1994 just after filming was finished.
Tracy has a broad background in film and video production, installation, film art exhibition and teaching. Her career encompasses project creation, motion picture broadcast and festival exhibition, photography, installation, mixed media, painting, sculpture, sound and digital video technologies. She holds an M.F.A. from York University in film production and a Media Arts diploma from Sheridan College, where she currently teaches in the Media Arts and Media Fundamentals program. Tracy's work is firmly situated within a feminist avant-garde ideology and aesthetic which champion’s process through its production, challenging clear definitions and categories.
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Jorge Manzano was born in Santiago de Chile in 1968 and immigrated with his family to Canada following the military coup of 1973. In 1988 he began post-secondary studies at the University of Toronto, where he graduated with an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Cinema Studies. While a student, he realized his passion for filmmaking and began to explore his identity as a person of colour in Canadian society.
In 1994, Jorge formed Nepantla Films. Nepantla is a Nahuatl word that describes the reality of living between various worlds and identities. He is a producer and director, known for Johnny Greyeyes (2000), City of Dreams (1995) and Being Brave (2021).
Dr. Michelle Mohabeer is Guyana born and lives in Toronto/Canada, she is a multi award- winning filmmaker and academic. Mohabeer’s second creative feature documentary, Queer Coolie-tudes (2019) was recognized as “best female filmmaker 2020” by the Berlin Underground Film Festival, awarded, Direction Excellence from Docs Without Borders and won the “Intersect Award” from the 15th Caribbean Tales International Film Festival. Prior films include the feature essay documentary, Blu In You (2008), Coconut/Cane & Cutlass (1994), and various shorts made between 1990-2003: Echoes (2003), Tracing Soul (2000), TWO/DOH (1996), EXPOSURE (1990) and the experimental narrative Child-Play (1996).
Mohabeer’s films have showed worldwide at over 300 festivals, conferences, and galleries, and collected by over 60 University libraries across the U.S, Canada, and the Caribbean. Her films have been profiled or written about in Film Fatales: Independent Women Directors, The Romance of Transgression in Canada, North of Everything, The Bent Lens, Queering Canada: A Collection of Essays, and the article, “Putting the Cool in Coolie: Disidentification, Desire and Dissent in the work of filmmaker, Michelle Mohabeer” in The Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, among others. Michelle Mohabeer teaches at York University School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.
Future projects include a feature doc and a contributing editor of the critical anthology, Reframing the Nation: Racialized & Queer Diasporic Women of Colour and Indigenous Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers 1990-2020.
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Ruba Nadda is an internationally and critically acclaimed writer, director and producer. She studied English Literature at York University (Toronto) and then took a 6 week course in film production at New York University Tisch School of the Arts. She has made several award winning short films, including Lost Woman Story (96), Do Nothing (97), Interstate Love story (97), Wet heat drifts through the afternoon (97), So Far Gone (98), Damascus Nights (98), I would suffer cold hands for you (99) Black September (99) Laila (99), Slut (99) and Aadan (04) before writing and directing the features SABAH (05), CAIRO TIME (09) which earned Best Canadian Feature Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Rotten Tomatoes best reviewed film (Romance) of 2010, INESACAPABLE (12) and now OCTOBER GALE (14).
In the past, she has developed series for HBO and ABC and is currently working on a new project, Casablanca Blvd with Anonymous Content. She has directed over 70 hours of Television (both on US and Canadian networks) in the last five years.
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Jeremy Podeswa is a Canadian film and television director. He is best known for directing the films The Five Senses (1999) and Fugitive Pieces (2007). He has also worked extensively as a director on the television shows Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, The Tudors, Queer as Folk, and the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific.
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Elida Schogt is an award-winning filmmaker and media artist whose work mines personal experience and questions power systems. She is best known for her experimental short documentary Zyklon Portrait. described by The Toronto Star as “elegantly haunting and perhaps the most visually lush film about the Holocaust ever made.” She holds an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research (NYC) and a studio-based PhD in Visual Arts from York University. 52 Weeks, 52 Women. Artists., her 2021 social media project, celebrates overlooked voices and regions.
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