CineFAM ShopTalk - Telling Our Stories

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Join women of colour filmmakers as they discuss their thoughts on race and representation in the film industry.

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CineFAM presents: SHOPTALK, an online series featuring women of colour creators.

On May 27th join us for TELLING OUR STORIES: A Panel Discussion about Race and Representation in the Film Industry with special guests.

Sarah-Tai Black (Programmer/Writer)

Sarah-Tai Black is a film programmer, arts curator, writer, and speaker living in Toronto. She is one of the Directors at The Royal Cinema where she programs a monthly series called Black Gold, which focuses on blackness in film and moving image art. Her writing has been published by numerous outlets, including The Globe and Mail, Cinema Scope, MUBI Notebook, CBC Arts. She has curated moving image and performance works by artists Lido Pimienta, Aisha Sasha John, and Timothy Yanick Hunter and has spoken about arts culture, film, and moving image arts as a guest of the National Gallery of Canada, TIFF, and The Walrus, as well as with platforms such as Canadian Art and Huffington Post.

Sarah-Tai has previously held the role of Programmer at Images Festival, worked as a part of the festival programming teams at TIFF and True/False Film Festival, served as a juror on behalf of several festivals, as well as partnered with several organizations including Inside Out LGBT Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival. She is committed to intersectional feminist practices within the arts and her work focuses heavily on the representation and experiences of black, queer, and body diverse communities.

V. T. Nayani (Writer/Director)

V.T. Nayani is a director, producer, and writer dedicated to stories for the screen. Her first feature documentary SHADEISM: DIGGING DEEPER (2015) had its World Premiere at the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Recognition. Nayani is an alumni of the CBCs Workshop for Diverse Creators, the HotDocs’ Doc Accelerator Program, and Reelworld Film Festival's Emerging 20 Program. She is also a recipient of the UN Women Yvonne M. Hebert Award for filmmakers and media makers. In 2018, Nayani had the honour of shadowing and interning with her mentor, acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young, on the set of Netflix's award-winning limited series WHEN THEY SEE US, created by Ava DuVernay. Her films and artistic development have been supported by groups including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the Prism Prize, RBC, ArtReach Toronto, and AWID. Her work has also been championed by festivals including TIFF Next Wave, InsideOut Film and Video Festival, Reel Asian International Film Festival, Regent Park Film Film Festival, and Lights Camera Africa Film Festival. She is currently in post-production for her first dramatic feature THIS PLACE (Telefilm Canada's inaugural Talent to Watch Program), and in development for her second narrative feature. Nayani also proudly serves on the board of directors and programming committee for Breakthroughs Film Festival, the only festival in Canada dedicated to showcasing short films by women and non-binary people.

Lea Marin (Producer, National Film Board)

Lea Marin is an award-winning Toronto-based producer with more than 20 years experience. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers’ Lab, Lea joined the National Film Board of Canada as a producer in 2006. Her most recent film credits include Astra Taylor’s, What Is Democracy?, which premiered at TIFF in 2018; Charles Officer’s Unarmed Verses, which won the Best Canadian Feature Award at Hot Docs 2017. Other credits include Chelsea McMullan’s, My Prairie Home, and The Portrait, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Hubert Davis;She is currently in production on, Throat, a co-collaboration between Chelsea McMullan and artist/activist, Tanya Tagaq.


Please register for a free ticket and you will be directed to the link for the video conference.

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CineFAM is a Haitian-Creole word meaning ‘films by women’. Our mandate is to support bold, original film stories by Women of Colour Creators around the globe. We seek to build capacity and visibility for WOC in the screen-based industries, and to provide multiple platforms for this work to be shown. Launched in 2016, our activities include: an annual film festival; a microcinema program for emerging filmmakers; a partnership with the Durban Filmmart to develop South Africa/Canada co-productions, and a Feature Film Incubator for Canadian women of colour directors. CineFAM is registered as a not for profit company, part of the CaribbeanTales Media Group.

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