Ali Grant is a lesbian feminist geographer and emerging documentary filmmaker, based in Vancouver, BC. After 30 years working as an independent healthy communities coach and consultant, she made a mid-life pivot and completed the Documentary Film Program at Langara College with the intention of harnessing the transformative power of documentary. She is passionate about telling stories that challenge the dominant narratives that are at play today, stories that offer inspirational alternatives, stories of defiant women who strive to change themselves and the world around them. Her graduate short doc, And On The Seventh Day, She Played Soccer, was an official selection of the Women Over Fifty Film Festival 2019. Ali has a Ph.D. in geography from McMaster University (1997), and a Certificate in Documentary Film Production from Langara College (2019). She is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and Women in Film and Television and is the founder of On The Creek Films.
Cari Green has been producing award-winning documentary films (The Corporation, Scared Sacred, When I Walk), and advocating for the Canadian documentary film industry for over thirty years. Green produced the works of leading filmmakers; Hugh Brody, Loretta Todd, Mark Achbar, Baljit Sangra, Velcrow Ripper, and Aerlyn Weissman. Green has served as a founding member and chair of many organizations, including the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Women in Film and Television (WIFT) and DOXA. Green has a background in distribution, sales and marketing, and shaped a film distribution organization into a viable company for Canadian filmmakers.
Green has an MFA in film production from UBC and has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University, Langara College and the Vancouver Film School. Green was a recipient of the Mayor’s Arts Award and received an honorary lifetime membership in WIFT for her contributions to the film industry. She works as an executive producer and educator. Currently, she serves on the board of Hot Docs Film Festival and is co-chair of DOC BC.
Kris Anderson began working in arts and culture in the 80s, organizing concerts, festivals and special events in Winnipeg, including the Canadian Women’s Music and Cultural Festival. After learning film and video production in a local artist-run centre, she joined Women Artists in Video, a feminist media collective, and co-organized the highly successful one-off Vice Versa Lesbian Film Festival in 1995. As a mentor and educator, Kris collaborated with women’s organizations to make documentaries, eventually producing, directing, and editing several films.
After moving to Vancouver in the late 90s, Anderson convinced several east Vancouver women to join her in starting the Documentary Media Society and launched the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, western Canada’s largest documentary festival. After running the inaugural 11-day DOXA Festival out of the spare room in her east-end housing co-op, she built the festival into an internationally renowned documentary festival and was DOXA’s Festival Director and Programmer from 2000 - 2010. Since leaving city life in 2011, Anderson spent several years running a contemporary art gallery on Vancouver Island, presenting documentary film on the side. She has recently started re-exploring the filmmaking side of documentary.
Dharra Budicha is an emerging Black-Canadian filmmaker and writer based in Vancouver, BC. In 2018, she wrote, directed, and edited her first short docufilm, It Eats At My Stomach.
With a desire to bring both factual and fictional stories she cares deeply for to the screen, Dharra is interested in co/creating work that centres folks who are not accurately represented - if at all - as protagonists of their own narratives. She’s also a language enthusiast, an avid podcast listener, and lover of all things lit(erature).
Kennedy is an Alberta based filmmaker and co-founder of 780Film. Following graduation, she attended a short program specific to documentary film production in Vancouver. There, she produced, directed, and edited her first short documentary, Broken UnBroken. She also gained an interest in the “business side of things,” particularly tackling the central challenge of discoverability. Kennedy is now combining her two interests, business and arts, by pursuing an MBA from the University of Alberta and continuing to work as a producer in the industry.