MEET YOUR FELLOW WIFTV MEMBERS

7:30 PM, July 21, 2020

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


Every Other Tuesday at 7:30 PM.

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July 21st Host: Debra Sears

Debra Sears

Guest Members:  Michelle Morris & Shannon Kaplun

Meet Michelle Morris!

Michelle Morris

Q&A with Michelle:

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I lived in Iran as a child and escaped during the Iranian Revolution, which is why I am drawn to this adventurous industry, international co-production, and to tell the stories that appreciate peoples and cultures. Perhaps it’s also in my genes…my father was an international Test Pilot and my mother was one of the first female Pilots on Vancouver Island. During high school in the 80s, I founded a Film Club and haven’t stopped since. I am a feature film Producer and an Adjunct Professor, I have spent many years as a 1st AD, and less as a Director, Production Manager, Props, Locations, Extra’s Casting, Set Dressing, and so on.

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

I am driven to support stories about women overcoming personal challenges and people from a variety of cultures. Recently, I released Marie Clements’ Indigenous feature RED SNOW. I am in development with the matriarch of Canadian women directors, Anne Wheeler (and my Co-producer Ava Karvonen) on RUDE AWAKENING. And I’m developing a dramatic feature with Guatemalan-France Auteur Jayro Bustamante (La Llorona, Les Temblores, Ixcanul) about the 41 girls who perished in an Orphanage fire outside Guatemala City in 2017.

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

This is the time to settle into our right brains, to create and develop. It’s an opportunity to deepen our relationship with ourselves and those in our bubble. So, I am developing my own limited series and spending more time with my husband and kids. Soon, I will prepare for a course in the fall at UBC. And, RUDE AWAKENING, is very much in the forefront as we work with The Harold Greenberg Fund to develop the project. This is Anne Wheeler’s true “Me Too” story set in 1966, a time when women’s rights were limited, birth control was illegal, and the word ‘rape’ was rarely used to describe the act.

Meet Shannon Kaplun!

Shannon Kaplun

Q&A with Shannon:

1. Who are you and what do you do?

I am a writer/director of documentaries.  I've been on the board of WIFTV for 5 years as secretary, vice president and now president. Prior to being a board member - I was awarded the WIFTV Banff Mentorship and  the following year a short doc I wrote and directed screened at our very own Vancouver International Women in Film Festival and won a Legacy Award.

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

I will be shooting my first feature doc in August/September for CBC's Absolutely Canadian program.  It's an amazing story about a remarkable human.

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

Quarantine activity - anything out of doors - hiking, camping, backyard movie screenings and fire pit socializing.  I feel like this pandemic has allowed people to make time and space for an appreciation of the arts - which to me is the ultimate escape.