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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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    Aisling Chin-Yee

    Aisling Chin-Yee is an award-winning producer, writer, and director based in Montreal, Canada.  She is currently in post-production on her feature film debut, The Rest of Us, starring Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), and Jodi Balfour (The Crown).  She co-created, alongside actor Mia Kirshner,  #AfterMeToo,  a symposium, series and report that analyzes the issue of sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry. In 2018 she was selected in the inaugural cohort of professionals in the 50 Women Change the World in Media and Entertainment in Hollywood, and sits on the board of Women in View. As a producer, Aisling produced the acclaimed short films, Three Mothers (2008), The Color of Beauty (2010) Sorry, Rabbi (2011).  In 2013 she produced the award winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, which was a TIFF Top 10 film, and won Best Director at the Vancouver International Film Festival, as well as the award-winning feature documentary Last Woman Standing that same year. 2014 marked her year as writer and director with the short film, Sound Asleep that Canada brought to the Cannes Film Market and premiered at Lucerne International Film Festival.  In 2015, she directed the multi-award winning documentary Synesthesia and produced the gritty urban drama, The Saver that released in Spring 2016. Aisling produced the US series, Lost Generation starring Katie Findlay (How to Get Away with Murder, Man Seeking Woman), Callum Worthy, and Melissa O’Neil, that hit VOD platforms autumn 2016 across North America.  With Prospector Films, she produced the documentary Inside these Walls which released on CBC October 2016. As part of our filmmaking community, Aisling often participates on international film and industry juries, like Fantasia, FIN: The International Atlantic Film Festival, and The Toronto International Film Festival’s Pitch This! Competitions. She is also a Berlinale Talent Alumni, a Rotterdam Producer’s Network Alumni, a Tribeca Film Institute Alumni, and was part of the prestigious Academy Women Director Mentorship Program in 2017. Aisling is committed to make entertainment by and about women, to represent and work with diverse voices and perspectives, and to tell amazing stories.

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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).