Angela has more than 20 years experience in the screen industry as a producer, director and most recently as Director of Industry Programming for the Whistler Film Festival + Summit. Prior to that she contributed to building capacity in the industry as Director, Digital & Strategic Initiatives for the National Screen Institute-Canada. Angela brings with her a strong background in communications with roles at CBC, National Film Board, University of Manitoba and Tactica Interactive. As a documentary producer her films have taken viewers to the heights of the Himalaya and the waters of Antarctica and many points in between.
SOUL OF THE SEA follows Hayley, a 40-year old New Zealand-born Canadian, pursuing her dream to solo kayak in crashing waves and treacherous seas to bring awareness to an endangered seabird, the albatross. A story of solitary endurance, passion and survival, it's an intimate look at one woman's quest to find her place in the world, all against the dramatic backdrop of bellowing seals, squawking penguins and remote Antarctic outposts.Overcoming obstacles such as high winds, a severed finger and badly damaged kayak, it's clear that sometimes the biggest challenge is just getting started. Shot in HD, this intimate POV documentary combines adventure, beauty, risk and survival. It captivates you with its entertaining storytelling, stunning images and up-close and personal video to show the wondrous beauty of an island and the woman who tells the tale.
One Saturday morning, filmmaker Madison Thomas has a revelation: she's just like her mother. As she thinks about a friend going through tough times, she feels the sudden urge to clean. Through the scrubbing and wiping and rinsing, Madison's thoughts drift to her mother - and her obsessive need to tidy. Madison's mother survived a traumatic childhood: her own mother never reconciled what she went through at residential school. Cleaning offers moments of control that she didn't have as a child. She's fought hard, against all odds, to become a strong woman. They say trauma is in the genes, that it's passed from one generation to the next. But strength is inherited too. Through rituals as simple as spending time together and smudging, Madison and her mother are beginning to mend the cycle of pain in their family. Declutter is an intimate look into a private moment between mother and daughter and the strength that carries them both.
A percussionist with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra who usually performs from the back of the stage is asked to come to the front to perform as the soloist for the world premiere of an original composition.