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    Sarah Spring

    Sarah Spring

    Co-founder of Parabola Films, President of the Board of Montreal’s RIDM – Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, and former President and long standing board member of the Documentary Organization of Quebec,
 Sarah is actively involved in Montreal’s vibrant documentary community. Beginning with the first production she wrote and produced in 2008 about a notorious Montreal street artist, Sarah works with auteur filmmakers who have a unique approach to storytelling. Her company, Parabola Films, is a boutique production house specializing in bringing the most innovative filmmaking voices to questions of society. Sarah is regularly asked to provide feedback on rough cuts, edit treatments and provide producing advice for filmmakers in her community.

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    Selin Murat

    Cofounder of Parabola Films in Montreal, Selin Murat has been working in independent documentary in Canada and internationally for more than ten years, producing award winning feature length films for broadcast and theatrical releases. Residing between Montreal and Istanbul, Selin now collaborates with RIDM and its forum, as film and industry programmer.

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    Shannon Walsh

    Shannon Walsh is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. She is writer and director of the feature documentaries Jeppe on a Friday (2013), St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011), and H2Oil (2009). She finished her first short non-fiction 360 VR, Disappearance: Hong Kong Stories, in 2018. Her fourth feature doc, Illusions of Control, is currently in production with What Escapes Production.

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    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa

    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa is a filmmaker working mainly in non-fiction. His films have played at international film festivals including Rotterdam, Camden IFF, Hot Docs, Visions du Reel, and RIDM. His credits include Presidio Modelo (Best Experimental Student Film Award, 2009 Montreal Film Festival); Jelena’s Song (Prix Pierre et Yolande Perrault, Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois), which he created with the National Film Board of Canada; and the short documentaries Speaking into the Air (International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015) and La Pesca (winner best short at Visions du Reel 2017). Alvarez-Mesa holds a BFA at Simon Fraser University and an MFA in Film Production from Concordia University.

    Contact: palvarezmesa@gmail.com

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    Laura Bari

    Originally from Argentina, self-taught filmmaker Laura Bari currently resides in Montreal. Fascinated by singularity and difference, she chose film as a way to merge Arts, cultures and mental health. Antoine (2009), her first full-length film, was shown at some thirty festivals around the world, winning 15 prizes. Her new opus Ariel (2013) is an intimate and metaphorical portrait of an Argentinean man rebuilding his identity after a terrible accident. Revealing once again the power of imagination through Laura’s unique artistic approach, she pushes the boundaries between real and unreal

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    Samara Chadwick

    Samara Grace Chadwick is a documentary filmmaker, programmer, and scholar who has spent over 15 years working in the field of non-fiction, in Germany, Denmark, Vanuatu, Brazil, Italy, the US and Canada. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies, and has programmed films and conferences for HotDocs in Toronto, the 2ANNAS Film Festival in Rīga, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro (MAM), and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art / 7th Berlin Biennale in Berlin. For the past two years, she curated Doc Circuit Montréal: the Market, Conference, Talent Lab and Kino VR programmes of the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM).

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    Lindsey Dryden

    Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning Director and Creative Producer.
    Her directing credits include feature documentary Lost and Sound (SXSW, 2012), short Close Your Eyes And Look At Me (True/False, 2009) and Jackie Kay: One Person Two Names (commissioned for Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 2017). She produced Sundance award-winning feature documentary Unrest(2017), short doc Little Ones (dir: Joanna Coates, 2013) for which she was nominated Underwire Best Producer, and a forthcoming verite series with the ACLU about transgender civil rights. She co-produced Sheffield Doc/Fest award-winning Unrest VR (2017). Having worked as an Impact Producer earlier in her career, she is a passionate advocate for creative bespoke distribution and finding new ways to engage with audiences; she crafted the innovative distribution strategy for Unrest, and has worked on impact campaigns for films including Angels & Ghosts (Sara Kenney) and The Man Whose Mind Exploded (Toby Amies).