ALFF and ALFF Industry Guests

Murray Battle

Murray Battle

Director of Original Content, Knowledge Network

Murray Battle is the Director of Original Content and Brand at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network. Recent documentary commissions include the three seasons of the award winning series, Emergency Room: Life and Death at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver: No Fixed Address, How To Bee, This Mountain Life , Dear Life, Shut Up and Say Something, Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World, Just Eat It, Oil Sands Karaoke, Backward Class, Father Figures, Do You Really Want to Know? and Coast Modern. In a previous life, he was a filmmaker for over 30 years.

Julian Carrington

Julian Carrington

Distribution Manager, Hot Docs

Julian Carrington is Distribution Manager at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. He oversees the Festival’s distribution marketplace, including the Distribution Rendezvous pitch meeting program, and the Doc Shop, the Festival’s on-demand industry screening library. Julian also currently serves as a film programmer with Toronto’s Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival. Previously, he acted as an associate programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival, and, from 2015 to 2017, managed the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge service.

aRTLeSS Collective

aRTLeSS Collective

Filmmakers + Producers

aRTLeSS Collective is Jay Bulckaert and Pablo Saravanja, 100% northern owned, based out of Yellowknife, NWT. The vast majority of our work has been producing documentaries, film festivals, TV programs, music videos, feature-length movies, and commercials that explore and promote Canada’s unique Northern culture. At aRTLeSS Collective, we work with the North’s top creative talent, and our primary goal is to see a world-class calibre of film and media production being created from the inside out, here in the Canadian Arctic.

Suzanne Crocker

Suzanne Crocker

Producer, Drift Productions

Suzanne Crocker is a documentary filmmaker living in Dawson City, Yukon. Suzanne’s first feature film, All The Time In The World (2014), won 22 Festival
Awards from around the world including Top 20 Audience Picks at Hot Docs and Most Popular Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival. With national and international theatrical and broadcast distribution, All The Time In The World has screened in 25 countries, on all continents, and been translated into 12 languages. It aired on Super Channel in Canada and continues to air on NHK in Japan. All The Time In the World was the first Yukon film to be selected for
Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Programme. Allthetimeintheworld.ca

Suzanne turns her camera on herself and her family once again in her new POV documentary First We Eat: Food Security North of 60, currently in post- production. Putting food security to the test, Suzanne banned all grocery store food from her house and spent one year feeding her family of five only on food that can be hunted, gathered, fished, grown or raised in her small remote community of Dawson City, Yukon. Add three skeptical teenagers, one reluctant husband, no salt, no caffeine, no sugar, no nuts and minimal grains. FirstWeEat.ca

Daniel Janke

Daniel Janke

Director, Homecoming Song

Daniel Janke is active both as composer and filmmaker. Films include the feature performance doc. Grubstake Remix [2015, 72 min.] which toured Canada performed in Berlin.  Daniels film How People Got Fire [NFB, 2009, 14 min.] received numerous awards and toured internationally. He was writer/producer on the TV series Northern Town [2006, CBC, 6 X 30 min.] At ALFF 2019 he presents Homecoming Song .  Film scores by Daniel Janke include Mountain of SGaana [NFB, 2016, dir. Christopher Auchter];  Subconscious Password [2013 NFB, dir. Chris Landreth], short-listed for an Oscar award; and Touch [2001, Rebel Films, dir. Jeremy Podeswa].

Lulu Keating

Lulu Keating

Director, Foretold

Lulu Keating is an independent writer, director and producer through her company, Red Snapper Films.  Her films cover all genres: documentaries, dramatic features, animated and experimental films.  In addition to producing independent work, she has directed for the NFB, CBC and History Television.  Her films have screened at festivals from Chicago to Copenhagen and her work has been honored with numerous awards around the world. Keating’s debut feature film,  The Midday Sun (1989), was shot in Zimbabwe.  The internationally acclaimed animated documentary The Moody Brood (1999) was commissioned by CBC’s Rough Cuts.  Her second feature,  Lucille’s Ball (2013), won Best Canadian Feature at the Female Eye Film Festival as well as other recognition.  Keating is active on regional and national organizations, serving on numerous juries and boards. She has taught across the country and has curated programs of films.  Currently, she is in development on a feature-length drama, Klondike Kandahari

Neil Macdonald

Neil Macdonald

Producer, A.R.C.H.I.E. 2

Born and raised in the Yukon, Neil is an alumnus of the UBC Film Program and the National Screen Institute. Neil spent a decade working in the Vancouver Film Industry as a DOP and Lighting Technician on projects such as The Killing, The Twilight Saga, and Tron Legacy. In 2010 Neil returned home and focused on Producing and Directing. He has Directed commercials, music videos, and episodes of Hors Des Sentier Battus for TV5 and Gold Rush for the Discovery Channel.  Neil was a Producer on A.R.C.H.I.E. 2 starring Michael J. Fox, and he also launched a new production company Outpost 31 Media with partners David Hamelin and Jayden Soroka.

Camilla MacEachern

Camilla MacEachern

NWT Film Commissioner

Northwest Territories (NWT) Film Commissioner, Camilla MacEachern is a third generation Northerner so promoting the NWT as a filming destination is second nature to her. She has been fortunate to travel throughout the territory to gain first hand exposure to the Unique Stories, Colourful Characters and Natural Backdrops that make the NWT the perfect film location.  She is honoured to be a part of this exciting industry and looks forward to continued work and collaborations with northern film producers and neighbouring territories to see the Northern Film Industry grow.

Chris McNutt

Chris McNutt

Manager, Northwestel Community Television

Chris considers himself a hunter/gatherer/farmer of northern video content as he creates, licenses, programs and produces a wide array of original projects in his role as Manager and Producer for Northwestel Community TV. Over recent years, Chris has worked with northern producers to trigger substantial funding through both Canadian Media Fund and Territorial funding programs in both production and development helping evolve Northwestel into a broadcaster of diverse programming in today’s North.

Iris Merritt

Iris Merritt

Manager, Yukon Media Development

Iris is a second generation Yukoner who began her career in the media industries quite by accident when her bottomless knowledge of the Yukon and its history landed her gigs providing locations expertise to visiting film and television crews during the Klondike Gold Rush Centennials (1990-1998). Realizing she had found her passion and that she could make a career of it, she started working for Yukon Media Development (formerly known as Yukon Film & Sound Commission) in 1999. As the Manager, Media Development, Iris is responsible for six funding programs and oversees two staff members.  Iris holds BSc in Computer Sciences and received her Certified Film Commissioner designation from the Association of Film Commissioners International in October 2014.  When not working on her own projects, she enjoys boating, gardening, and exploring Yukon with her Yorkies, Lexi and Regann.

Shirley Vercruysse

Shirley Vercruysse

Executive Producer, National Film Board of Canada, Pacific & Yukon Studio

Prior to joining the NFB in February 2014, she was independent film and television producer based in Calgary Alberta. Credits include; Fubar II, the first Canadian film to open the high profile “Midnight Madness” section of the Toronto International Film Festival; Radiant City, winner of the Genie Award for Best Theatrical Documentary and Waydowntown winner of the prestigious Toronto City Award for Best Canadian film at Toronto International Film Festival. Other feature credits include The Future Is Now!; Angels Crest; Comeback Season; A Problem with Fear. Television credits include Gavin Crawford’s Wild West; My Rona Home, Season’s I and II and The Secret of the Nutcracker.

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