7:30 PM, October 6, 2020

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

First Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM.


Hosted by Debra Sears with Guest Members Rachelle Chartrand and Sarah Watts

You can watch it here


Guest Member Rachelle Chartrand 


Rachelle Chartrand has been involved in the film industry for over fifteen years, first as the creative producer of numerous short films, then as president of Women in Film and Television Vancouver and now as an award-winning screenwriter and producer. In 2018, Rachelle launched her own production company, My Precious Pictures, Inc., which produces socially charged genre films and series.

First up is the Telefilm-supported feature, CHAINED, written/directed by Titus Heckel, which is having its World Premiere at the 2020 Vancouver International Film Festival. The film, a psychological crime thriller that explores toxic masculinity and the cycle of abuse, stars Aleks Paunovic, Adrian Holmes and rising star Marlon Kazadi. Awards and accolades achieved so far include being a winner in the Telefilm sponsored JETS Program, an international coproduction and pitching competition held during the Berlinale (2018). The project received development funding from the Harold Greenberg Fund and Creative BC and has broadcast deals with Super Channel and Hollywood Suite.

Rachelle has a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a major in Physics and a minor in Math from the University of Alberta.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am a writer, producer and CEO/co-founder of a new socially, conscious media tech company, Ignite Worldwide Media.

I create and produce socially charged genre films and TV series but have also dabbled in other formats. I was a producer on DOWNLOADED, a VR narrative short directed by Ollie Rankin and starring Tiera Skovbye (NURSES, RIVERDALE), which had its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, the first BC-made project to ever be accepted, and was listed on Forbes' 2019 "Top 50 XR Experiences".

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

2020 has been a very full and fulfilling year so far! My first feature, CHAINED, is having its world premiere at VIFF. It was a rollercoaster journey to getting this film made and I am just thrilled we are able to launch it in our hometown where people from all over the province will have the opportunity to watch it online. 

Theory of Evelyn, a TV Series I co-created with Titus Heckel, which is in development with Sepia Films, is a recipient of the highly competitive 2020 Creative BC/CMF Regional Predevelopment Program. The pilot episode “Black F*#King Holes” was also a Quarter-finalist in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition as well as in the Script Pipeline Competition.

This is the story I was born to tell and is loosely based on some of my experiences as a young woman studying and teaching in the male-dominated field of Physics.

Ignite Worldwide Media has created an innovative online audience building and engagement platform, The Ignite Universe, for genre film and TV IP that tackle social issues. The platform and I were chosen for the 2020 Sparks Accelerator program put on by the Banff World Media Festival, and we launched the first phase: The CHAINED World on September 4th, 2020.

You can check it out here: The Ignite Universe

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

We live in the most beautiful city in the world! I have been spending my time on the beach, exploring my new neighbourhood (the west end) and brushing up on my Physics as a long-term goal is to get my Ph.D.!

I have also been focusing on the promotion and marketing of CHAINED and the development of other projects; activities that can be done in physical isolation.


Guest Member Sarah Watts


Sarah Watts has worked in film production for twelve years in various departments: Production, Editorial, and Art. Most recently, she has worked as a Producer’s Assistant. She has an extensive professional and academic background that extends beyond film production, which has proven pivotal to her growth and success in the industry.

While working on “The 100” and “Big Sky”, Sarah has worked closely with the Line Producer to learn production budgeting, manage cast, and develop positive relationships with the studio executives and directors at Disney, Warner Bros and the  CW Network. At CBC, she took part in storyboard meetings and worked closely with its hosts, producers, editors and the Executive Producer to generate high-quality stories.

Sarah continues to take advanced creative writing workshops at UCLA and holds two Master of Arts degrees from the University of Toronto – one in Religious Studies, and the other in Art History. She minored in Film Studies while working towards her Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics at the University of Victoria, BC. Further to this, she interned at Penguin Random House of Canada in the Editorial department, as well as Christie’s Auction House in the United Kingdom.

She was the Executive Assistant to the Director at the Vancouver Art Gallery, where she was in charge of special events, and while working for non-profit organizations that were heavily dependent on fundraising and government support.

Who are you and what do you do? 

My name is Sarah. I began to work in film a bit over a decade ago after I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University. However, I stepped aside from the industry when I moved to Toronto in the mid-2000s where I worked for CBC TV and pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto and at Ryerson University. I earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology, in the Biblical Dept focusing on the Hebrew Bible as well as an MA in Art History. 

I’ve spent the past four years working specifically as an assistant to producers – Executive Producers and Line Producers. I’ve focused on this type of role because I am able to apply my professional “non-film” experience, which has entailed working for non-profit organizations, journalism, arts organizations and in publishing.

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

I wear many hats. My professional and academic backgrounds have given me the opportunities to learn to translate ancient languages, travel throughout Europe, take part in archaeological digs and even utilize my academic background to work in the art department on a movie in Spain. I’m at a very exciting transition career-wise. In 2019 I partnered with an emerging film production company – Echo Seven Films – to produce a feature, a television series and we are in collaboration with other creatives in Vancouver.

People look at my background and at glance it may seem all over the place, but in actual fact, it has been an exploration in how to reach people – via film, tv, publishing and art.

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

Lots of YouTube yoga.