WILLIAM F. WHITE COFFEE CHAT

June 16, 2020, 8:15 - 9:15 AM

Guest speakers: Jason Karman, Carleen Kyle and Antonia Ramirez. 

Moderator:  Katrina Mugume 

Join us via zoom at 8:15am.  Click here to register. 

We're pleased to have Jason, Carleen and Antonia join us to discuss "Pandemic Filmmaking."

Jason Karman  Carleen Kyle Antonia Ramirez  Katrina Mugume 

Jason Karman                      Carleen Kyle               Antonia Ramirez               Katrina Mugume

Jason Karman is a recent contributor to the Vancouver Quarantine Performance Project.  Prior to that (and during the pandemic), he has contributed to Exquisite Corpse videos in Montreal. Links to these works can be found here.  He contributed to No. 2 and 3.

Jason is a Vancouver-based screenwriter and director whose 16 short films have screened internationally at festivals including the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Whistler Film Festival, and Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent at Clermont-Ferrand. Graduating in 2003 with honours in Cinematography from Capilano University, Jason has worked in documentaries, dramas, thrillers and dance on screen. In 2011, Jason received the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award at Vancouver Queer Film Festival for I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, and in 2015 was the recipient of the Jury Choice Award at Reel Pride Winnipeg for KIMCHI FRIED DUMPLINGS. He is the 2016 recipient of the James Lee Foundation Scholarship and the 2018 Normand Bouchard Memorial Bursary. Recently, Jason graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production and Creative Writing. He is currently working on GOLDEN DELICIOUS, a contemporary coming of age feature set in East Vancouver.

Carleen Kyle has written and/or directed for a variety of media—features, shorts, documentary, web series, corporate projects, and music video.

Her feature screenplays have received recognition including:“Interspecies Family Therapy” winner of the From Our Dark Side competition; “Pearls’ Cut & Curl” winner of a Praxis Centre for Screenwriting fellowship and official Canada selection for the Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Award where it received honourable mention.

She has made many festival featured short films including the Crazy8s winner, “The Weather Girl” which was awarded the Best Female Director recipient at the Vancouver Short Film Festival and received multiple Leo Award nominations including Best Screenplay. As director of the TV pilot “Scrounger” Carleen was nominated for a Gemini in the Best Drama category, won the Saskatchewan Showcase Best Drama award, and earned a Best Director nomination. She turned the camera on herself in the feature-length documentary “Heavy Heart Laughs” where she wrote and performed stand-up comedy in an exploration of trauma and humour.

Carleen also teaches Writing and Directing and the Secretary and a past president of Women in Film and Television Vancouver.

Antonia Ramirez is a cinematographer and activist born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She has shot a variety of different narrative short films like “Yellow Flame Tree” which was featured on Booooooom last month and most recently traveled to Uganda to shoot “AFANDE”, a short documentary film centering on a retired general who fought in the liberation war. She has extensive experience working with local non-profit organizations like ISS of BC, Carnegie Community Action Plan and Force of Nature Alliance. Her passion in fusing contemplative and emotive imagery with social and environmental justice issues began while she was studying Film Production and Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University(where she is currently entering her 5th and final year of schooling). She is inspired to use her knowledge for crafting images in storytelling, as a tool to push for policy change. 

Katrina Mugume, Moderator, is a Ugandan filmmaker based in between Vancouver Canada and Kampala Uganda. Her works tell the stories of the Intersection between blackness and being African and Woman. As a recent graduate she is working on her debut documentary “AFANDE”, an intimate look at the life of my father, a revolutionary Ugandan general. Outside of that, she is passionate about fostering community for women in the film industry as an intern for Women in Film and Television Vancouver  and also as a community champion for black women in Vancouver. 

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