- JASON ANDERSON
- JONAS CHERNICK
- MYCHAEL DANNA
- SIMON ENNIS
- KAREN FRANKLIN
- THOM ERNST
- SEAN GARRITY
- RICHARD GODDARD
- ANDREW GURNEY
- KARA HAFLIDSON
- RALPH HOLT
- MICHEL KANDINSKY
- JASON LAPEYRE
- NADIA LITZ
- NICOLA LUKSIC
- MICHAEL MCGOWAN
- JASON NOBREGA
- KAZIK RADWANSKI & DAN MONTGOMERY
- MARK SLUTSKY
Jason Anderson has been the Kingston Canadian Film Festival's Director of Programming since 2010. He also writes about film for such publications as The Grid, The Toronto Star and Cinema Scope and teaches a course on film criticism for the University of Toronto.
Jonas Chernick is an actor/screenwriter based in Toronto. Chernick’s award-winning films have been screened at film festivals around the world, from Sundance to Shanghai. KCFF is excited to present two of Chernick’s recent projects: MY AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE and BLOOD PRESSURE, both of which screened in competition for the Borsos Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.
Mychael Danna is a Canadian film composer. He is recognized as one of the most versatile and original voices in film music having worked with such acclaimed directors as Atom Egoyan (THE SWEET HEREAFTER), Deepa Mehta (WATER), Joel Schumacher (8MM), Denzel Washington (ANTWONE FISHER) and many others. Mychael recently won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on the film Life of Pi.
Touted by the CBC as “a young filmmaker to watch”, Simon Ennis’s sophomore feature, LUNARCY!, is a comic documentary about a disparate group of people who have devoted their lives to the Moon. Having premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, LUNARCY! is currently making its festival run and will have its US premiere at SXSW in Austin, TX this March. Simonʼs short films have screened at over a dozen International Film Festivals and have aired on the Sundance and IFC channels as well as Bravo! and Showcase Television.
Karen Franklin is a business affairs specialist, having worked for Telefilm Canada for 18 years. Her most recent films are THE BANG BANG CLUB, EDWIN BOYD and THE DISAPPEARED. Karen started her career in the industry as a film booker for Cineplex Odeon Corporation.
Thom Ernst is the producer and host of Saturday Night at the Movies, and has been with the team since 1998. He made his on-camera debut as part of his new hosting duties in September 2010. Ernst is also a playwright, a freelance writer, a film columnist, an on-air critic and an active member of the Toronto Film Critic’s Association.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Sean Garrity is award-winning director of music videos, documentaries, short films, and feature films. Garrity’s first feature film, INTERIA, was awarded Best First Feature at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, and netted him Best Director at the 2001 FilmCan Festival. Teaming with Jonas Chernick, Garrrity’s latest films MY AWKWARD SEXUAL ADVENTURE and BLOOD PRESSURE are two of his most impressive yet.
Richard Goddard co-created “Q with Jian Ghomeshi” in 2007, and continues today as one of the show’s producers. Over the past five years, he has piloted “Q Live at the Gould”, co-productions with CBC TV’s “The National” (including interviews with Leonard Cohen and Neil Young) and has lead multiple co-productions with WNYC in New York and WBEZ in Chicago. As a graduate of Ryerson Journalism (‘05) and Queen’s Commerce (’91), he believes that programming innovation, risk-taking, and brand building are one and the same.
Andrew Gurney is the Staff Picture Editor for marblemedia, Production Coordinator for KCFF and a Queen's University alumnus. Over the last seven years he has worked on a variety of television series including the animated show The Dating Guy, the Just For Laughs hidden camera game show Deal With It! and the international hit Splatalot - which currently airs in over 120 countries. Andrew recently wrapped on season 2 of Splatalot (now airing on YTV) and will begin work on a new Disney game show in the Spring.
Kara is a Production Executive for Bell Media. In this role, Kara develops comedic and factual material to air across Bell Media's family of channels including CTV, The Comedy Network and Bravo! In her three years at Bell Media, Kara has worked on The Comedy Network’s Picnicface and Bravo!’s Way Off Broadway, in addition to participating in the development of multiple projects. Before joining Bell Media, Kara spent three years as Network Programmer for Movieola – The Short Film Channel, where Kara travelled to festivals throughout the world selecting short films for acquisition. Kara also learned the ins and outs of television (and other things) on the sets of Talk Sex with Sue Johnason and Disaster DIY with Bryan Baeumler.
While with Telefilm Canada, Ralph Holt green-lit Telefilm’s financing of and oversaw its interest in many feature films, including THE HANGING GARDEN, RARE BIRDS, TRAILER PARK BOYS: THE MOVIE, BON COP, BAD COP, SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL and POOR BOYS GAME.
Michel Kandinsky was born in Warsaw, raised in Oklahoma City and Ottawa, then studied filmmaking at the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz and La Femis in Paris. He has apprenticed under Lech Majewski and completed Director’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. His short film, KILL BRASS, played at festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Los Angeles, Washington & Moscow, winning the Grand Prize at the Action/Cut Film Festival & a Gold Jury Prize at Houston Worldfest. HOTEL CONGRESS is his first feature.
Jason Lapeyre’s feature film directing credits include I DECLARE WAR (2012), COLD BLOODED (2012), as well as Faceless (2012), a documentary about an inpatient psychiatry unit, which played at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. His films have been shown in over 25 film festivals around the world and have been broadcast in Canada and the UK. He also produced the short film, THE CAPTURED BIRD.
Nadia Litz is an award-winning actress (THE FIVE SENSES, MONKEY WARFARE) turned writer/director. Her short film HOW TO RID YOUR LOVER OF NEGATIVE EMOTION CAUSED BY YOU! played over twenty film festivals internationally, including TIFF and out-of-competition at Cannes. It won best short at Austin’s Fantastic Fest and was included on the prestigious Wholphin Anthology. HOTEL CONGRESS, received a special critics nod on Adam Nayman’s best of 2012 list, and is her first feature
Nicola Luksic is a radio documentary producer currently based at Ideas on CBC Radio One. Her radio documentary work has taken her to the former Yugoslavia (Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia), Chiapas and Zambia. She also created and produced several short-run series on CBC Radio including The Bottom Line with David Suzuki and And Sometimes Y - an award-winning show on language. She is co-chair of CBC Radio's program development committee and helps oversee the creation of new national
A native of Toronto, Michael McGowan broke into show business when he wrote, directed and produced his first feature, MY DOG VINCENT (1998). McGowan won a Directors Guild of Canada award for his second feature film, SAINT RALPH (2005). Since then, McGowan has wowed audiences with ONE WEEK, SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL and his latest film STILL MINE, which has been chosen to open the 13th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival.
A graduate from Ontario College of Art and Design, Jason Nobrega is an artist and animator with a focus on video post-production and painting. The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is thrilled to have Nobrega on board for three animation workshops this year.
KAZIK RADWANSKI & DAN MONTGOMERY
Kazik Radwanski and Dan Montgomery studied film together at Ryerson University. In 2008, they co-founded the production company Medium Density Fibreboard Films (MDFF). Their short films have been well represented at top international festivals, including the Berlinale, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Krakow and Toronto International Film Festivals. The duo's debut feature, TOWER, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2012.
Mark Slutsky is a filmmaker and journalist based in Montreal. Co-writer of Yung Chang's THE FRUIT HUNTERS, he co-wrote and co-produced the comedy feature PEEPERS (2010), wrote and directed the shorts SORRY, RABBI (2011), and THE DECELERATORS (2012), currently playing the festival circuit. His writing on food and film has appeared in Bon Appetit, EnRoute and GOOD.