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    Sarah Spring

    Sarah Spring

    Co-founder of Parabola Films, President of the board of Montreal’s Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – RIDM and a long standing board member of the Documentary Organization of Quebec, Sarah has been actively involved in Montreal’s vibrant documentary community for the past decade. She wrote and produced her first film in 2007, and is completing production on her eighth feature documentary at the end of 2017. Sarah is committed to encouraging filmmakers whose voice brings an important perspective to social issues while pushing the boundaries of documentary storytelling.

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    Selin Murat

    Co-founder of Parabola Films in Montreal in 2010, Selin Murat has worked in independent documentary film in Canada and abroad for more than ten years, producing award-winning films for international festivals, theatres and broadcast. Living between Montreal and Istanbul, Selin develops international coproductions, programs development initiatives for documentary filmmakers in Turkey and supports ambitious projects from the region. Since 2017, she is on the programming committee of Montreal’s documentary film festival, RIDM.

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    Shannon Walsh

    Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University Hong Kong. Her first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized by the Montreal Mirror as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009 for its urgent and poignant telling of the human and environmental devastation caused by Canada’s tar sands. In 2011, her film St-Henri, the 26th of August, brought sixteen filmmakers to uncover the complexity and contradictions of everyday life in a Montreal neighbourhood. Jeppe on a Friday, her second neighbourhood documentary co-directed with Arya Lalloo traces the lives of 5 diverse people in Johannesburg’s inner-city. Underlying all of her work is a focus on social justice and collaboration. Walsh received a PhD from McGill University in 2010, and a post-doc in the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg in 2013.

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    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa

    Born in Medellin, Colombia, Pablo Alvarez-Mesa‘s short films have played extensively at international film festivals including Sheffield, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, and RIDM. His last documentary, Jelena’s Song, won the Pierre and Yolanda Perrault award at the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal. His interest in documentary lies in the relationship between fact and fiction; between what is recalled and what is inevitably constructed. His short films all touch in one way or another issues of displacement, history and collective memory. Pablo now resides in Montreal, Quebec and holds a Film Production MFA from Concordia University.

    Contact: palvarezmesa@gmail.com

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    Nathalie Daoust

    In her art, Nathalie explores the realm between dream and reality and the human need to escape into fantasyworlds. Within the framework of her photo project in Tokyo she developed a trusting closeness with herlead actors, the dominatrixes with their slaves and clients, as well as a friendship with Saori Imazeki, theowner of the Alpha-In. All were highly impressed with Nathalie’s artistic approach to and treatment of thetopic of sadomasochism. They trustingly opened up to Nathalie and allowed her to take part in their lives. Itquickly became clear to Nathalie that the expressive potential of photography could no longer do justice tothe fascinating stories of the contrarian world of sadomasochism. They needed far more room to be told.The poetically suggestive visuality of Nathalie’s photographs will also be reflected in the style and imageryof her first documentary film.

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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 has spent over a 15 years working in the field of documentary film: primarily as a filmmaker, editor, and festival programmer. She programmed for the 2ANNAS International Film Festival in Riga, Latvia (2008), managed the production offices of Philip Groening Filmproduktion in Berlin (2008-2009), and was an Associate International Programmer for HotDocs International Documentary Film Festival in Toronto (2011-2012). She is currently in post-production on her first feature documentary with Parabola Films (Canada), Beauvoir Films (Switzerland) and the National Film Board of Canada, and is a programmer for the Points North Institute and the Camden International Film Festival.
    Samara is also a academic: she studied Western Society and Culture and Communication Studies at the University of Concordia, Montreal and Roskilde University in Denmark (BA, 2006), and Cultural Studies at the Freie Universitaet, Berlin (MA, 2009). Her PhD was awarded Magna Cum Laude in December 2014 from the Universidade Federal Fluminense (Brazil), the Universita degli Studi di Bergamo (Italy), and Paris III – Sorbonne Nouvelle (France), as part of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones. Her research focuses on political and narrative forms – specifically how both geographies (cities) and technologies (social media) affect the ways we perceive and perform and ourselves. Samara’s PhD dissertation, “FUTURE IMPERFECT: Occupy Online, the Performance of Politics, and the New Narratives of the Networked Self” explores the performance of politics and self-representation online during and following the worldwide Occupy protests. She has taught at Paris 8, has been invited to conferences in Brazil, the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Canada, and been published in Canada, Germany, and the UK. Samara conceived and organized the PREOCCUPIED International Interdisciplinary Conference (June 2012) at the 7th Berlin Biennale in the KunstWerke Institute for Contemporary Art, in collaboration with the ICI Institute for Cultural Inquiry and the Occupied Berlin Biennale, with keynote speakers Simon Critchley and Hito Steyerl.
    For the past 2 years, she programmed the Doc Circuit Montreal (DCM) where she led the DCM team and oversaw the programming of the Industry, Conference, Talent Lab, and KINO VR programmes, inviting over 150 international guests to Montreal each year for 30+ conferences and 15+ Talent Lab and VR workshops over 6 days in November.
    Samara has served on Juries at The New Horizons Film Festival (Nowe Horyzonty, Wrocław, Poland), Sunny Side of the Doc (La Rochelle, France) and Camden International Film Festival (Camden, Maine).

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    Lindsey Dryden

    Lindsey Dryden is an award-winning British filmmaker who began her career in TV documentary (BBC, Channel 4, History Channel). Specialising in intimate and unexpected stories about music and the body, her work has shown at 30+ festivals incl. SXSW, True/False and Film Society Of Lincoln Center’s Art Of The Real. Her feature documentary Lost and Sound was nominated Best Female-Directed Film (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012) and Best New UK Filmmaker (Open City Docs), and won Special Jury Award at DORF Croatia. She is a member of the Queer Producers Collective, a recent Sundance Fellow, and is currently producing documentary Canary In A Coal Mine and making films about artists with Tate.