Directing Crazy8s and Beyond!
Featuring Crazy8s' new Executive Director, Grace Chin, and filmmakers Kay Metchie, Stephanie Izsak, Luvia Petersen, and Rachel Rose. Moderated by Amanda Prasow.
Zoom meeting format
About the Panellists
GRACE CHIN, Crazy8s Executive Director
Grace Chin is a Vancouver, BC-based arts administrator, performer, writer/editor, and content specialist. She is co-founder of the script development non-profit, Pan-Asian Staged Reading Society and its seasonal reading event, Scripting Aloud; is on the Board and programming team of the Vancouver Short Film Festival; and is General Manager of Ruby Slippers Theatre. She is a member of the Union of BC Performers/ACTRA and the Playwrights Guild of Canada. Grace regularly contributes to panels, juries, mentorship or consulting, and in a speaking or hosting capacity. Previously, she was Interim Managing Director, Women in Film and Television Vancouver and Vancouver International Women in Film Festival; Festival Director, Vancouver Asian Film Festival; and served on the Board of Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre.
KAY METCHIE, Writer and Director - Weeds Are Flowers, Too (Crazy8s 2022)
Kay Shioma Metchie is a Vancouver-based mixed-race actor, director, and writer. Her love of film started as a child when she would visit her father on set and raid the chocolate tray at craft services when no one was looking. She graduated from Simon Fraser University, where she studied theatre performance and communication studies and worked alongside many inspiring actors devising new theatre works. She worked behind the camera as a script supervisor for many years, watching and learning from amazing film and tv actors. For the last few years, she’s worked as a Supervising Producer for Movies of the Week.
RACHEL ROSE, Director - Tryst (Crazy8s 2021)
Rachel Rose is a filmmaker with a history of telling powerful stories and bringing together awesome queer and female creatives. She identifies as a cis gay woman who is active within her community. Her directing debut for the Crazy8s 2021 Film Competition “Tryst” will soon be available on CBC Gem. She is a 2021 VIFF Catalyst Alum and was recently awarded the SIM Pride Pitch Competition Sponsorship for her short "Little Booms". Rachel spent the first years of her career supporting the dreams of other indie filmmakers as a 1ST Assistant Director.
LUVIA PETERSEN, Director and Actor - iDorothy (Crazy8s 2021)
Luvia Petersen’s directing credits include the Leo nominated short films Dog Bite (2019) and iDorothy (2020), which was made entirely in eight days as part of the prestigious Vancouver filmmaking event, Crazy8s. Her short film H.appiness, supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund, is available on CraveTV and on the streaming service DUST. Luvia is the inaugural recipient of the Women In The Directors Chair Advantage Award where she will be participating in their Story & Leadership 2022 edition. She is also a CSA and Leo nominated actor.
STEPHANIE IZSAK, Director, Actor, and Writer - Consumer (Crazy8s 2022)
Stephanie is an award-winning actor, writer, and director with over 20 years of experience on stage, mic, and film/tv. Stephanie began in theatre, earning a BFA in Theatre and Film Studies from Bishops University followed by three years at Studio 58, Canada's top theatre conservatory. Stephanie has recurred on CW's 'The 100', Netflix's 'Firefly Lane', and is currently holding down the law in her fourth season as Central City's sweetest cop Officer Daisy Korber on CW's 'The Flash'. As a writer and director, Stephanie's first film 'Live Feed' (6 min, horror) won Scariest Film at its inaugural festival, Blood 'N Guts in 2019. Her second film 'Consumer' (12 min, coming-of-age horror) was a Top 6 Winning Film to be green-lit by Crazy 8s Film Society. The film began its festival run with a bang, winning the internationally renowned Stage 32 Short Film Festival Contest, which will bring the film to the Raindance Film Festival in London in August and Hollyshorts Film Festival in LA this October. Her next screenplay 'Parabola' was recently shortlisted at the Austin Film Festival. The film has secured partial financing and is set to go into pre-production in early 2023.
About the Moderator
AMANDA PRASOW, Actor and Filmmaker
Amanda Prasow is a Canadian-American actor, filmmaker, and career coach. With theatre training from the University of Toronto, Amanda moved to NYC and worked on Off-Off-Broadway stages (Target Margin, Articulate Theatre), performed improv at The PIT and a variety of sticky basements, and began producing and writing herself into her own offbeat comedy films (Mark and Anna's, Bestie). Relocating to Vancouver to focus on acting for film and television, Amanda accidentally ended up doing a surprising amount of theatre, including Arsenic and Old Lace (Royal Canadian Theatre Company), Democracy (Vancouver Fringe Festival), and Speakeasy Theatre's Pull Festival. She plays a tantric matriarch in the upcoming indie feature Soft Spoken Weepy Cult Child and appears in ABC's A Million Little Things. linktr.ee/amandaprasow