KIRSTEN CARTHEW, The Sun At Midnight

As writer, director and producer, The Sun At Midnight marks Kirsten Carthew’s feature directorial debut. Her short films include: The YK Doc Project, Abe & Alfred and Fish Out Of Water. Kirsten has multiple writing credits, which include the Brazilian feature film Uma Loucura De Mulher (2016), directed by Marcus Ligocki and starring Mariana Ximenes. She is a former producer and journalist with CBC and has worked as a filmmaker and transmedia producer in Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the USA. In 2011 and 2012 the Status of Women Council of the NWT nominated Kirsten as a Wise Woman for her role in co-founding two award-winning not-for-profit organizations devoted to outdoor adventure and environmental stewardship for youth in the Northwest Territories. She is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre, the National Screen Institute, the London School of Economics and the University of Southern California. Kirsten Carthew will be in attendance for both screenings of her film for a Q&A with the cast.

DUANE HOWARD, The Sun At Midnight

Duane Howard is best known for his role as 'Elk Dog', the lead native warrior, acting alongside Tom Hardy and Oscar winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio, in 20th Century Fox's film The Revenant. Duane Howard is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Duane began his film career with a stunt credit on the feature film The Scarlett Letter. Duane's credits grew from stunts to stunt acting to acting roles on shows such as the TV movies: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; Goodnight for Justice: Queen of Hearts; and Arctic Air.


DEVERY JACOBS (via skype), The Sun At Midnight

Devery Jacobs is a film and television actress, born and raised on the Mohawk reservation of Kahnawà’ke, QC. She is known for her leading role as Aila in the award-winning feature film Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), in which she was nominated for Best Actress at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Devery is recognizable as the recurring role of Lollipop in APTN’s Mohawk Girls, and as the voice of Sam in the video game The Walking Dead: Michonne (2016).  In addition to The Sun At Midnight, her upcoming projects in 2016 include the supporting roles in the feature film, The Land of Rock and Gold, and web series, Cold. Jacobs will be in attendance for both screenings of her film. 




KINNIE STARR, Play Your Gender

Kinnie Starr is a genre-defying artist blazing her own influential trail. Entirely self-trained, Starr moves from hip hop to art-pop, folk to spoken word to EDM with eclectic grace. Her music is fearless, intuitive, politically charged and melodic, challenging listeners while making them bounce and nod. In 2000, she was one of the first beatmakers to mix pow wow and hip-hop/EDM. Starr produces her own music, making her one of the 5% of female producers worldwide referenced in her film. Play Your Gender is directed by Stephanie Clattenburg in collaboration with Starr, produced by Sahar Yousefi, and co-written by all three women. Starr’s career has taken her around the world -- across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, but she is first and foremost an artist and activist. Calgary-born of French, German, Irish and Mohawk bloodlines, the trilingual (English, French and Spanish) Starr has a BA in Race and Gender Studies from Queen’s University, Ontario. Raised in Calgary and university educated in Ontario, she now calls Sechelt, BC home and shares her life with partner, Gwaai Edenshaw, a renowned carver and the son of Guujaaw. Kinnie Starr will be in attendance for both screenigns of her film, and she will also treat audiences to an exclusive performance at R2R's Opening Night Party! 




Stephanie Clattenburg is a writer-director with over 12 years experience in the film and television industry. She has recently completed her first feature length film, which is screening at R2R, a documentary about the gender bias in the music industry titled Play Your Gender. Aside from her directing work she is also a camera operator and editor for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. An accomplished shooter, Clattenburg has directed behind-the-scenes featurettes for several feature films and has edited many short films as a freelance editor. In addition to her career in media production, Stephanie is a professional musician, and is a drummer for: The Superfantastics, Two Deaths, and SheMachine. Clattenburg made her acting debut in 2014 when she starred in Andrea Dorfman’s Heartbeat, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. She is currently in post production for her time travel themed short film, Play Rewind Play. Clattenburg will be in attendance for both screenings of her film. 

MANUEL CAMACHO, Brothers of the Wind

TBA - Manuel Camacho will be in attendance for both screenings of his film. He's joining us all the way from Spain! 


DAVE SCHULTZ, Considering Love and Other Magic

Dave Schultz is a Canadian born writer/director/producer. His feature film directing credits include the cult classic Jet Boy, the period drama 45 RPM, and the coming of age vampire adventure Rufus. Schultz specializes in the writing and directing of youth orientated drama. His latest offering Consindering Love And Other Magic is scheduled for theatrical release in 2017. Schultz’s writing credits include the Nicolas Cage sci-fi The Humanity Bureau as well as screenplay adaptations for New York Times bestselling authors Joy Fielding and Daniel Kalla. Documentary credits include the six part television series Rebels - A Journey Underground, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, and the History Television special The Longest Road, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. Schultz lives in Calgary, Alberta. Dave will be in attendance for his screening with the cast to answer questions. 




MADDIE PHILLIPS, Considering Love and Other Magic

Maddie Phillips was born and raised in Vancouver, BC until she moved to Perth, Western Australia at age 10 so as to be closer to her Australian family. She graduated from her high school 'Penrhos College' where she studied theater from years 7-12, earning a High Distinction from L.A.M.D.A (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). Maddie moved back to Vancouver after graduating as her sights were set for the Acting for Stage and Screen course at Capliano University. Less than a week after auditioning for the course, Maddie received a letter saying that she had been given early acceptance into the program. Soon after this however, agents were interested in Maddie and she decided to go down a different path to the one she always thought she would travel, deferring her post secondary education and giving jumling straight into the auditioning world a go. Maddie takes various acting classes around the city as much as she can and is currently playing a recurring character on a Netflix show and has been cast in a pilot which begins filming at the end of March. Phillips will be in attendance for her screening. 



RYAN GRANTHAM, Considering Love and Other Magic

From an early age Ryan Grantham loved to entertain family and friends and create characters from his imagination. He quickly became a fixture in commercials, television and film after finding representation. His selected credits include The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus under the direction of Terry Gilliam and opposite Colin Farrell. He worked with Diane Lane in Jumper, Brian Cox in Secret of the Nutcracker, and Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins in Supernatural. Ryan’s starring role as Redwood in Becoming Redwood (a festival favourite from 2012) earned him a UBCP/ACTRA Best Newcomer nomination and a Leo Award nomination for Best Lead in a Feature Film. Other awards include a VSFF win for Best Male Actor Short Film and a Leo Award nomination for Best Performance in a Short Drama. All those Ryan has worked with on set praise his talent and professionalism. He loves telling a story through the characters he creates and often performs his own stunts. Ryan is currently a Grade 12, and when not acting, Ryan loves to train in martial arts, ski, mountain bike, hike, and spend time with friends and family.



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