MEET THE 2017 HIFF STAFF
Martha is a filmmaker and arts administrator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her administrative work has been recognized by the Canadian Progress Club through their Women of Excellence Award. Her practice as a filmmaker is in experimental, cinepoetry work and her films have screened at festivals and in gallery installations across Canada. Martha is currently the Executive Director of the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, a non-profit resource center for independent filmmakers.
Brett is a filmmaker of Mi’kmaw, Ojibwe, and Scottish ancestry based in Halifax. His films have screened at festivals across the world including TIFF, Inside Out, Atlantic Film Festival, Frameline, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and the British Film Institute. In 2015 he completed his first feature film, North Mountain, through Telefilm Canada’s Microbudget program which was awarded Best Feature Film from Screen Nova Scotia, Best Lead Actor from Red Nation Film Festival, and Best Original Score from the Atlantic Film Festival. Bretten has worked as a guest programmer for the Atlantic Film Festival, has been an AFCOOP member for 10 years and is a long time supporter of HIFF.
Heather is a filmmaker originally from New Brunswick now living in Halifax. After graduating from UNB and NSCAD University she went on to make several short films. Her latest short film FISH played at festivals such as Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent at the Berlinale and the Busan International Short Film Festival. It also received an Honourable Mention for Best Canadian Short at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was included in TIFF Canada’s Top Ten. Post production on her new short MILK will be finished this summer.
Alex is a film and moving image artist whose work has screened at major festivals across Canada. Since 2011, Alex has served as Technical Coordinator at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. In this role he provides training and support to emerging media artists. His main interests are experimental film, analogue film and expanded cinema. Recently, Alex initiated DIFFERENT: an alternative presentation component of HIFF focused on expanded cinema and moving image installation.
Tynan is an audio technician from St. Andrews NB who has been working in the Halifax arts community since 2007. Currently a recording engineer at Echo Chamber Audio, Tynan has worked for a variety of music and arts organizations including Sappyfest, the Halifax Pop Explosion, Symphony Nova Scotia, and CKDU. Tynan is also a musician as half of the electronic duo Vogue Dots. Just out here trying to meet dogs.
Emma is an entrepreneur and budding camera assistant in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Although she is new to the film industry, she has gone in with guns blazing and has thoroughly enjoyed her time on-set. When she’s not coiling BNC or slating, she owns and operates Dairy Bar, a seasonal ice cream bar in Downtown Halifax; she also currently works in communications at the AFCCOP office. Emma hopes to develop her creative writing projects into short films and expand her side-hustle prowess beyond the frozen dairy industry.
PRINT TRAFFIC INTERN
Josh is an emerging filmmaker from Halifax, Nova Scotia now finishing up his studies at Nova Scotia Community College Screen Arts Program. He has an interest in all aspects of filmmaking from writing the script to editing the final product. Josh is working as Print Traffic for HIFF as part of his work practicum for college. His camera work was featured in the 2016 Atlantic Film Festival for "The Bench" directed by Emily Fricker.
2017 PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
The HIFF 2017 Programming Committee is a paid committee comprised of local filmmakers and cinephiles. The committee has been meeting monthly since the fall of 2016 to select the visiting filmmaker content for the festival. The committee watched dozens of features and short films in order to select content for the festival that is diverse, bold and contributes to the advancement of the discourse of cinema.
The Programming Committee is comprised of Dawn George, Daniel Boos, Zack Miller and Tori Fleming.
Dawn George is a filmmaker and programmer. She likes to watch films that are non-linear and a little weird. She is best known for creating films that offer intimate observations of plants, bugs, and moulds and then creating sophisticated sound tracks to go along with them. When possible, she likes to accompany her films to festivals to meet other filmmakers and see work “live.” Dawn’s work has recently screened at Antimatter [media art], WNDX, FLEXfest, and the International Motion Festival in Cyprus.
Zack Miller is a software developer moonlighting as a film lover in Bedford, NS. He is also a programmer with Carbon Arc Cinema in Halifax, a frequent guest host for film series at Halifax Central Library, and his writing on cinema has been published in The Focus Pull Film Journal, Photogenie, Shelf Heroes, and Cinema Scandinavia. Zack is interested in programming films that challenge audiences intellectually while broadening the standards of representation, in front of and behind the camera. He has a deep and abiding love of sight gags and his second language is subtitles.
Daniel Boos is an emerging filmmaker whose work explores social issues and the ethics of cinematic representation through new neo-realism. His short films have screened at the Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, the Chicago International Film Festival, Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the CBC Short Film Faceoff, and the Phi Centre, among others. His FILM 5 production BOUND won Best Short Film at the 2016 Screen NS Awards. Daniel’s next film, THUG, is a collaboration with local actors Simon Mutuyimana, Emmanuel John, and Joshua Schlaganweit and is currently in postproduction.
Tori Fleming is a media artist and programmer based in Halifax, NS. Working primarily with 16mm Celluloid, Tori's practice also includes painting, installation, and animation. Her films have screened in the Halifax Independent Film Festival, the Bus Stop Theater, and the Khyber Centre for the Arts. She has been awarded multiple grants and awards including the Starfish Properties Award for Film, the Centre for Art Tapes Scholarship, and an Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant. Tori is the Programming and Communications Director at the Centre for Art Tapes, and has previously worked at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, and as the Programming Director of the Nocturne Art at Night Festival.
ATLANTIC AUTEURS JURY
Every year, HIFF assembles a jury of local filmmakers to watch hours of work by filmmakers from Atlantic Canada. The jury is an arms-length body which is separate from regular AFCOOP staff and committees and is facilitated by the Festival Coordinator.
Submissions to the Atlantic Auteurs program are open to filmmakers based in, or born in Atlatnic Canada.
This year's jury included Jeff Wheaton, Ruby Boutilier and David Stewart.