MEET YOUR FELLOW WIFTV MEMBERS

7:30 PM, July 7, 2020


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Stay in touch with your fellow WIFTV members Ö from the comfort of your own home!

Every Other Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
This is a zoom webinar. Please register here†to receive zoom link and password.

July 7th Host: Darlene Tait

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Guest Members: Eva Colmers, Joyce Kline, & Barbara Montana


Meet Eva Colmers!

Eva Colmer

Q&A with Eva:

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am Eva Colmers, an award-winning independent writer, director and producer Ė originally from Germany and now living and working in Edmonton. For my company, No Problem Productions, Iíve created a wide variety of dramatic but also documentary and experimental films including The Suburbanight, Not a One-Way Street, Happy Birthday, Mango!, 2.57k, The Weightless Traveller and three NFB documentaries: We Regret to Inform YouÖ, The Elder Project and The Enemy Within.†

For my work, Iíve received several major awards such as AMPIAís Rosie Awards for Best Director and Best Producer; the prestigious EDA Award for Best Social Journalism (DOXA Festival Vancouver); Best Short Film Award (Golden Sheaf Award); Best Experimental Film Award (NYC Independent Film Festival) to name just a few.

Immigration, integration and ďhow to fit inĒ are themes central to all of my work.†

2. Is there anything specific you would like to share about your life or work with us at the moment?

Over a year ago, I started to rediscover my passion for shadow puppetry whose simplicity carries some special beauty and wisdom. (a long time ago Iíve studied it and hold a MA in Shadow Theatre). With my Hungarian puppeteer friend, Iíve created shadow characters and -worlds and because this can be done within a very small, masked and social distanced group setting, I was able to keep creative and working while waiting to hear about my 2 big projects that are in development limbo.††

3.†Is there any quarantine activity that you would like to share in particular?

I still have not found a good life-work balance, since COVID hit us. Unable to meet with people face-to-face means more screen-based meetings. I have also taken advantage of a few digital townhall meetings, media workshops and the virtual Banff World Media Fest but that all only adds to the increase in my digital consumption. - O, how satisfying it feels to just grab my scissors and paper and cut out a simple shadow character. Well, and my daily dog walks are now getting longer and longer Ė much to the surprise of my panting dog Milo.


Meet Joyce Kline!

Joyce Kline

Q&A with Joyce:

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I trained as a visual artist but Iíve also been a dancer, writer, playwright, and installation, performance and storyboard artist before finally finding my niche as a production designer. Iím currently in preproduction for directing my own first short screenplay.††

2.†Is there anything specific you would like to share about your life or work with us at the moment?

Letís hear it for late bloomers!† Barriers need to be broken not only for women in film, but for mature women in film.† Thatís why Iím writing juicy roles for them and aspiring to someday break the record for most ancient person still standing on a film set.

3.†Is there any quarantine activity that you would like to share in particular?

Researching my film, Iíve become obsessed with the 1920ís so my guilty pandemic pleasure has been learning to Charleston.† I can now Spank the Baby, Hitchhike, Black Bottom, Squat Charleston and kick a mean Cow Tail.† Should I encounter a bootlegger Iím ready to roll my stockings down and make whoppee till the cows come home.

Meet Barbara Montana!

Q&A with Barbara:

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I'm a filmmaker, writer, Production Manager (DGC Member), and Producer. For the past three years I was Head of Business and Legal Affairs for a Vancouver based production company delivery 8 MOW's in that time frame. I was born in Paris and grew up in Calgary. I hold a BFA in Drama with a minor in Biology. I went on to gain acceptance in a two year film production certificate course in Calgary and then completed a one year producer module making my first short film. I have my Hatha yoga teaching certificate.†

2.†Is there anything specific you would like to share about your life or work with us at the moment?

I would like to confirm for everyone that the film industry will come back. You may have to stand a bit farther away from your 1st AD but that's always a good idea anyway. I would like to confirm there has never been a greater need for content on multiple platforms. This is a great time to be in the business.†

3.†Is there any quarantine activity that you would like to share in particular?

My dog has set my Covid-Schedule. The last time I stood on set was March 11th. Then the bottom fell out of the film industry; gave way like the stage trap door in the last scene of "Charade" (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, 1963).
I have a good balance between inside and outside, online and offline, zooming webinars and a coffee shop distancing-chat, talking on the phone and texting, reading, writing, and arithmetic. I'm doing great thinking, pondering the now and the future, watching movies, reading scripts and writing. About a month ago I realized I had free access to Amazon Prime Video. Thumps Up. I'm flipping through three books right now: The Social Contract, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock, and Confessions of an Advertising Man.†