Staff and Board

Staff And Board

ROBIN RIAD
Board Chair

Robin Riad is an Egyptian-Canadian Toronto-based experimental filmmaker. Robin works primarily with analogue mediums, and enjoys creating potions in the darkroom. 

HELEN LEE
Treasurer

Helen Lee is a film archivist and programmer currently based in Toronto. She is passionate about experimental analogue film practices. Helen received a BA from the University of King’s College, Halifax, in 2018 and has since worked at various arts organizations such as C Magazine, Vtape and the Toronto International Film Festival. She completed her MA at Toronto Metropolitan University in Film Preservation and Collections Management in 2022.

ANGUS O. MACDONALD
Secretary

Angus O Macdonald is a film archivist and preservationist with a long history of supporting local art events. He is a member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and a researcher for the Archive/Counter-Archive project, advocating for the re-emergence of under-recognized and unorthodox films by way of artist interventions and curated screenings. He is currently a board member of the8fest small gauge film festival and has aided with film screenings and installations in Peterborough, Ottawa, and Toronto.

 

 

GHISLAN TIMM
Board Member

Ghislan Timm (they/she) (Jiz-lan/Jes-lin) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Tkaronto. They are currently completing their studies in Integrated Media at OCAD University and are a board member of the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival. In their artistic practice they are influenced by their Afro-Caribbean heritage, Afro-futurism, sound, and cinema. Frequently they appropriate archival film & imagery to create collages and shape non-linear narratives that often reflect the intersections of their multicultural queer identity in unraveling the mythologies and romanticization of home and home-coming.

JUSTINE McCLOSKEY
Board Member

Justine McCloskey is a filmmaker, photographer, artist, and writer. She graduated with honours from Toronto Metropolitan University’s BFA Film Studies program in 2013, specializing in directing and production design. In 2012 she won the prestigious Norman Jewison Award for Innovation in Filmmaking. She was also nominated for the 2013 Dean’s Essay Award for her essay “Grete Suffraunce: Dysentery and The Crusades.” After working as a Photographer and Video Producer at THP Agency, Justine went on to attend the University of Toronto where she received her MA in Art History while TA-ing media and photography courses with both UofT and OCADu. 

EMA WALTERS
Board Member

Ema is a visual artist, filmmaker, producer and documentarian. Exploring the intersection between art and social commentary, they have a BA in Media Studies specializing in Journalism, a diploma in Mass Communications and further studies in Sociology and Political Science. With a commitment to social justice Ema’s work has been noticed for its authenticity and empathy. They run their own creative outlet by the name of  Eachother, focused on harmonizing the “We” and the “I”. 

Ema believes that art and storytelling have the power to create a better world and is committed to making a difference. They currently live with their grandmother as they believe intergenerational housing is a way of the future. You’ll find her observing nature, with camcorder in hand.

NOLA
Board Member

Who am I? I started stand-up comedy at the age of 19 in Calgary, Alberta where I immediately discovered I’m hilarious and should audition for Humber College’s Comedy Writing and Performance program.(You know, to escape from Alberta to Toronto.) I was accepted, therefore, proving that I am, in fact, hilarious. I even won the Eugene Levy Comedy writing award for my 10 minute short play “All For Nothing”. After spending several years at late night open mics in Toronto, I decided to challenge myself to take my unique writing talents in order to turn them into reality using the art of film.

While attending film school, I (re)discovered the beauty in analog film and photography. Okay, that’s just the resume. I suppose now that I’m “such an enlightened being”, I would say I’m a non-binary Southern Sudanese American mother whose current hobby is attempting to get their sailing license in preparation for the end of the world. So I guess I would say I’m a humorist, lens based multidisciplinary artist, and a social media activist with pretty “hot fire” memes? Currently working on my directorial debut CATMAN.

ANNITA ADAMI
Board Member

Annita Adami trained as a film archivist in Toronto. Currently, she is based between Toronto and Athens where she works as a freelance researcher and translator writing about film, history and memory. In her free time Annita shoots Super8 film and experiments with different manipulation techniques that foreground the medium’s materiality. She is also an avid reader of anarchist theory. 

Annita holds an MA in Film Preservation and Collections Management from TMU.