Anita Adams has over 20 years experience working in film and television. She got her start in the film industry as an actor and has also worked as development officer for Orca Productions, has produced her own short films, was an associate producer for the acclaimed Crazy8s Filmmaking project, and the coordinator for the CBC Television & British Columbia Film Signature Shorts Screenwriting Competition. In 1998, Anita launched the Alibi Unplugged Script Reading Series, a monthly forum that brought provocative screenplays to life in front of a live audience. In a short time, the script series had become an integral part of the Vancouver film community serving writers, directors, producers and actors.
In February 2003, Anita launched the First Weekend Club, an initiative designed to build audiences for Canadian films and to support a film's critical first weekend in theatres. What started as a Vancouver based initiative has grown into a national organization which has now helped to promote over 200 Canadian films.
Priya has over 15 years experience in various areas of the Canadian film & tv industry. She is a Toronto-based actor/producer and will be hosting the upcoming series, THE DRINK, for Bell FIBE1 in summer 2016. She produced and starred in the comedic short, RAJU'S BLIND DATE, which was adapted as a series of radio plays for CBC Radio. In 2004 Priya was awarded the prestigious OMDC Al Waxman Calling Card grant. She produced and starred in the crowd-funded short film, BEST PRIYA and had a 4 episode stint on the new series, ORPHAN BLACK, airing on Space Channel in spring 2013. Her feature film KUSH KUSH IN THE BUSH, is a romantic comedy being directed by Richie Mehta.
Priya was awarded the Trailblazer Award at the 2006 Reel World Film Festival for her work promoting diversity onscreen, was a councilor for ACTRA Toronto and is a founding Board Member of ACTRA's Credit Union.
Katherine Brodsky is the owner of Random Minds PR (www.random-minds.com), a boutique public relations agency specializing in entertainment publicity, marketing & event planning. As such, she has worked with all sorts of intriguing clients in film, television, theatre, music, fashion, travel and publishing.
Katherine has also written extensively on film, culture & arts for publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Variety, USA WEEKEND Magazine, MovieMaker Magazine, The Independent Film & Video Monthly, Stage Directions, The Georgia Straight, Alive Magazine, Forward and many others. She has interviewed a variety of figures including Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Genie, & Grammy winners and had appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 5, The Bill Courage Show, The Paul Myers Show, The Early Edition (CBC), The Rafe Mair Show, CKNW, 650 CISL, Urban Rush, The Express, Channel M and was interviewed for the Chicken Soup Book for the Achieving Soul, as well as numerous outlets including E! Online, MSNBC, The Georgia Straight, The Toronto Star, The Vancouver Sun, The Vancouver Province, etc.
Katherine has also written and edited extensively for the web, contributing to online outlets such as CountingDown.com (a Dreamworks SKG Company), MODA Magazine, and MovieWeb.com, where she also had a popular film column entitled, The MovieGuru (fans of the column included the likes of Oscar-winner Roger Avery and guest experts such as producer Peter Guber and actor Eric Stoltz).
In addition to her publicity & journalism work, Katherine is involved with the filmmaking process (her great passion & obsession). She has written a number of screenplays (mostly comedies), provided coverage for various production companies, and is currently developing a few exciting projects.
Katherine has also appeared in front of the lens and has trained as an actor & singer in Vancouver and New York (where she enjoyed very late nights at Carnegie Hall). A dedicated fan of humor, she even did a tad of stand-up comedy training to boot on the recommendation of a certain rather funny Hollywood director/producer, this helps infuse her words with even more jest - when permitted. She is a member of the Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers in New York, founder of The Media Group (also in New York) and is a great, albeit neurotic, fan of Woody Allen's films (whom she had successfully stalked- err, met).
Her personal website is www.katherinebrodsky.com
She is the producer of the monthly, First Weekend Club Screening Series program in Vancouver, BC, which has been since 2006, a monthly live screening, Q&A, & reception of great Canadian Film. Also busy sharing #CdnFilm buzz you can find her on the @1stWeekendClub and @CanadaScreens Twitter accounts. Outside of FWC, Alexandra works as an actress for film, tv and theatre, she graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and can most recently be seen playing "Jane' in Canadian Feature Film, The Dick Knost Show by Bruce Sweeney (TIFF13/ VIFF13). Alexandra also works as a writer and an online/producer for film & broadcast TV, and has enjoyed working creatively with shows on OLN, Discovery and MTV. If Alexandra could see one thing happen on this earth, it is that each child be given the un-limted, boundlesss opportunity to discover and explore their creative potential.
Lu Asfaha is an emerging filmmaker, writer and editor.
Lu Asfaha was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but migrated to Toronto at a young age and has lived in the Queen City ever since. She wrote and produced the short documentary Kerry, about a struggling young man who turned his life around, which premiered at the Portland Film Festival, and recently edited the short film Something Like This, about two young men that find love at a gay conversion camp. When not writing or editing new screenplays, Lu works in film marketing, utilizing social media sites for her shorts and having worked on the marketing of the feature film Ben’s at Home. Current work can be found here: www.luasfaha.com