Sarah Spring is the founder and president of Parabola Films and co-vice president of the Documentary Organization of Quebec. Sarah has produced the theatrical documentaries Ariel (2013) in Mendoza, Argentina about a man’s poetic journey to rebuild his mind and body after a terrible accident; Jeppe on a Friday (2012) in Johannesburg, South Africa and À St-Henri, le 26 août in Montreal, Quebec (2011), two films in which local filmmakers simultaneously documented stories in one neighbourhood over the course of a single day; H2Oil (2009) about the battle over Alberta’s tar sands, and Roadsworth: Crossing the Line (2008) about a notorious Montreal street artist. Sarah’s films have shown nationally on CBC, Bravo!, Télé-Québec, Canal D, and Shaw, internationally on the Sundance Channel and Discovery; in co-production with the National Film Board of Canada, and at festivals all over the world.
Filmmaker Selin Murat has worked extensively in both Turkey and Canada producing author-driven documentaries destined for festivals and broadcast. With Parabola Films, Selin produced St-Henri, the 26th of August, The Lamb and associate produced Jeppe On a Friday. Selin manages the slate of films in development at Parabola and continually searches for emerging filmmakers with a unique voice. Current projects include award-winning Argentinean-Canadian filmmaker Laura Bari’s feature documentary about a man, Ariel, who is rebuilding his mind and body after losing his legs in a terrible accident. Selin’s last directed project, Ginseng Empire, premiered at Big Sky Documentary Festival.
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.
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.
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 where he is currently a Film Production MFA candidate at Concordia University.