Producer's Panel Series Vancouver - Panelist Biographies


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Matthew Cervi
Jason James 
Alexandra Raffé 
Nicola Pender
Emily Alden
Eric Y. Lapointe


Matthew Cervi has worked for several film companies over the years including Valhalla Motion Pictures (Terminator, The Hulk), Lighthouse Productions (The Sting, Taxi Driver, Mimic), Peace Arch Entertainment and Avrio Filmworks (Mindstorm, Chaos) before starting Mad Samurai Productions and producing the Genie and Leo award-winning short MILO 55160. Matthew followed that success with his first feature The Colony, and produced his second feature Cruel & Unusual in partnership with the Canadian Film Centre and Entertainment One. Matthew’s latest feature Juggernaut is in partnership with Canadian distributor levelFILM, with financing from Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund. Juggernaut recently screened at the Shanghai International Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival among others. It’s currently being released in Canada and the US via levelFILM and sold internationally by Spotlight Pictures.

Jason James is an award winning writer/producer/director - recent projects include producing/directing Etanglement starring Thomas Middleditch and That Burning Feeling starring John Cho. Jason has also produced the feature films Mountain Men, The Steps Repeaters, Fathers & Sons, Cole, Unnatural & Accidental, and most recently Monkey Beach. He also co-created/produced the CBC series This Space For Rent.

Alexandra Raffé, Producer, worked as Senior Vice-President, Scripted Production for Thunderbird Entertainment from 2004 to the end of 2018, during which time she produced over 130 hours of television, most recently Kim’s Convenience for CBC and Netflix, now heading into its fourth season. Her previous productions have ranged across genres – multi-camera comedies, prime time drama, animated series and live-action/animated hybrid series. Prior to working in tv, Alex produced or executive produced several independent feature films, including the seminal I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing.

A long time supported of Canadian film and television, Alexandra was also CEO of the Ontario Film Development Corporation, and served on several boards including the CMPA, Film Ontario, the NSI and the Youth Media Alliance.

Alexandra now runs her own independent production company, Sheep Crossing, and continues to work closely with Thunderbird on several projects.

Sean O’Reilly's movie career began by writing and producing two movies for Lionsgate (Circle of Pain, Beatdown), is producing Amnesia with FilmNation and wrote and produced the animated feature film The Clockwork Girl based on his original screenplay. Mighty Mighty Monsters is another graphic novel to film that Sean produced into three 44-minute specials. Sean also directed and produced the entire thirteen episode season for the animated TV series Kagagi. Sean’s passion is when he writes, directs and produces and has done so with the animated feature films Pixies, Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom, Howard Lovecraft & The Undersea Kingdom, Howard Lovecraft & the Kingdom of Madness, Panda vs Aliens and The Steam Engines of Oz. His current production is Go Fish bringing him back to Lionsgate writing, directing and producing.

Amber Ripley graduated from her years of work in development with two of the top independent film companies in the marketplace, INFINITY FEATURES and FOUNDATION FEATURES  — and went on to launch GOODBYE PRODUCTIONS in 2012. GOODBYE is an independent production company that collaborates with both critically acclaimed and emerging talent to develop, finance and produce engaging features for a worldwide audience. Recent films include Ana Valine’s Sitting on the Edge of Marlene, Jason James’ Entanglement starring Thomas Middleditch and Jess Weixler, Peter Ricq’s Dead Shack which premiered exclusively in the US and UK on SHUDDER.  Currently Amber is producing I'm Not a Bad Person, the sophomore effort of the team behind the award-winning film Violent, and Bruce McDonald’s Dreamland, a noir thriller that is an international co-production shot in Luxembourg and Belgium, and starring Stephen McHattie (Born to Be Blue), Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers) and Henry Rollins (He Never Died)

Amber is an alumni of SAIT’s Cinema, Television, Stage, Radio program.  She has been invited to participate in the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize program (2012), Producer’s Lab Toronto (TIFF 2013), Trans Atlantic Partners (2014), When East Meets West (Trieste Film Festival 2015), and the Canada Spotlight at the Producers Network in Cannes 2018. Amber is driven to continue to cultivate filmmakers with innovative visions and to build films from the ground up that will connect audiences through powerful storytelling.

Tara Hungerford, Creator, Producer and Director, is known for Scout & The Gumboot Kids (CBC), Daisy & The Gumboot Kids (CBC Kids), I Love (TVO Kids), A Window Looking In (Knowledge) and the Space Suite Series (Knowledge).

Over the past 18 years, Tara has built an award winning filmmaking portfolio with over 250 credits in documentary, television series, music videos, short films and music videos. With her husband Eric Hogan, they are Creators, Showrunners and lead Imagine Create Media Inc. They live in Vancouver, BC with their two children.

She is a sought after Producer and Director known for her creative leadership in aesthetics and storytelling. Her work has earned six Leo Awards (directing, writing, program, production design), two Golden Sheaf Awards (best program) the Kodak Spotlight Directing Award (female director) and multiple Canadian Screen Award Nominations.

Deborah Patz is an Investment Analyst in Business Affairs at Telefilm Canada where she’s worked since 2000 on project files in all sectors of the industry, including feature film, and on national business standards. Prior to Telefilm she worked in production in Toronto and Vancouver, and about which she’s written two books (“Film Production Management 101” and “Write! Shoot! Edit!”) published worldwide by Michael Wiese Productions.

Tina Ouellette, Global Mechanic Executive Producer and CEO, oversees all Global Mechanic business and supervises all aspects of client services. Leveraging decades of experience in production, Tina specializes in putting together and inspiring both cross-media and cross-functional collaborations. Tina’s management experience ranges from multi-platform digital projects to commercials, documentaries, network news, broadcast sports, films, series TV and extensive branding work. Tina is profoundly aware of the importance of clear communication with clients, worldwide, ensuring that projects fulfill the mandates of all stakeholders and reach the target audience.

Tim Carter, writer and producer, is a co-owner of Contradiction Films. He develops and produces for film, television, digital, and gaming in partnership with Legendary Pictures; recently released Dead Rising: Endgame with Legendary Pictures and Crackle. Prior to that produced Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, starring Hannah Hart and Grace Helbig and Dead Rising: Watchtower. Currently developing numerous game IP forlive action adaptation to feature films and television. Recent projects include Dead Rising: Endgame and Dead Rising: Watchtower for Sony and Legendary Pictures. Electra Woman & Dyna Girl for Legendary and Sid & Marty Krofft. Produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy for Warner Brothers. It's officially the biggest digital series ever made. 100 million hits and counting. Wrote and produced The Chateau Meroux, a romantic comedy feature starring Barry Watson, Marla Sokoloff, and Christopher Lloyd. Worldwide distribution through Starz Entertainment

Justin Young has had a diverse and dynamic career in marketing, with the majority of his 20+ years experience rooted in digital – from working on Kokanee's initial web presence at his first job in Vancouver to Hewlett-Packard’s global brand campaign in San Francisco. As the Managing Director of Radar DDB he led Destination Canada’s award-winning social media program which was the perfect springboard to him co-founding his own social media company, Village&Co. It was there that Justin applied his extensive social marketing experience to help promote A Brony Tale (documentary), Kevin Alejandro in Lucifer (TV series), The Timekeeper (short) and The Museum of Unnatural History (animated short). Now with Elevator, Justin works with values-based organizations and companies to help forge their social media strategy and most recently launched Funny Tweets (documentary) with social media being the main driver.

Nicola Pender was previously the Director of Communications at the Thunderbird Group of Companies, where she worked for a decade in different departments including marketing, communication and media relations. Nicola is a Vancouver-based media professional who specializes in entertainment & lifestyle publicity, marketing & social media management.

Emily Alden heads production, distribution and development for PNP. She is also the executive producer on a number of titles on PNP’s past and current slate of films, including Rebecca Addelman’s debut feature Paper Year and Jason Bourke’s Drone. Actively involved in the Canadian film community, Alden currently sits on The First Weekend Club board of directors and has been a speaker and panelist for film festivals and forums across the country.

Eric Y. Lapointe is the President of And Now Global, BC's newest international TV & Digital distribution company. He brings over 15 years of content sales experience with major brands Just For Laughs and Cirque du Soleil. In the past 9 years, Lapointe focused on Foreign TV sales and licensed over 4000 TV hours in over 100 countries. His work has resulted in 250+ transactions.