Jesse Wente has been the weekly film critic for CBC Radio in Toronto for nearly a decade. He also appears on Q, CBC Radio’s national arts and culture show and is seen regularly on TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies.
Jesse is a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. He is also president of Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest Aboriginal theatre company.
Martha Burns is a Gemini and Dora Mavor Moore award-winning actress,film producer and director well known known for her stage, television, film work, teaching and youth outreach.
Amongst many and varied projects in her filmography Ms. Burns has produced Little Films About Big Moments (2009) an anthology of ten short films about epiphanies ó a mosaic of life-changing, life forming moments.. Little Films About Big Moments provided an opportunity for emerging first time filmmakers in various fields (including performance, production design and post-production) to embrace new creative challenges and to connect with mentors. Ms Burns is also part of a team of filmmakers who travel to Iqaluit, Nunavut to help middle school students tell their stories in short films.
TSFF 2012 is proud and excited to be able to present the shorts made by Aqsarniit Midde School students as a “Focus On The North” preview to the festival showcase
Ron Mann is one of Canada’s foremost documentary filmmakers. He directed his first documentary feature, Imagine the Sound, at the age of twenty-two,which won an award for Best Documentary at the Chicago Film Festival, as did his follow-up, Poetry in Motion.
Despite the apparently apolitical surface of his films, his work is profoundly committed to social and cultural issues. Mann has devoted much of his career to critiquing the ongoing conservative campaign to turn back the advances of the 1960s. In this sense, his work clearly bears the mark of his mentor, the radical American documentary filmmaker Emile de Antonio.
Other awards include a Genie for Best Feature Length Documentary for Comic Book Confidential which also picked up a Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film and Video Awards. Grass also won a Genie Award for Best Documentary. In 2009 he released a documentary on mushrooms and mushroom hunting.