Meet the women behind the new CBC drama series, Diggstown. Hear from the lead actor, director of photography, director, executive producer and editor who are breaking barriers and making history on this Halifax-based show.
Vinessa Antoine, Lead Actress "Marcie Diggs"
Brenda Greenberg, Executive Producer
Lynne Stopkewich, Director
Celiana Cardenas Pallares, Director of Photography
Kimberlee McTaggart, Editor
The discussion will be moderated by Jan Miller, Founder of Women in Film and Television Atlantic.
About the show: Set in the gritty arena of legal aid, Diggstown is a drama focused on Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities after her beloved aunt commits suicide following a malicious prosecution. Landing at a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system. Diggstown is the first original Canadian drama featuring a black female lead character.
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Thurs., Oct.11, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in the Windsor Foundation Lecture Hall, located at 1723 Hollis Street in Halifax. Doors open at open at 6:30 p.m., panel discussion begins promptly at 7 p.m. Q & A session to follow. Tickets: $10 for WIFT-AT members, $15 for non -members.
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Meet the Panel:
Lead Actor, "Marcie Diggs"
Canadian born actor, Vinessa Antoine started studying ballet at the age of four with the Royal Academy of Dance in Toronto, Ontario.
After graduating High School, she went on to study dance at the acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre.
Vinessa has been featured on Being Erica, Haven, Heartland, NCIS, Lucky7, and General Hospital. In addition, she has been on stage in several Off-Broadway plays in New York, including the original New York cast of Four. Vinessa lives in Los Angeles with her two sons.
Brenda Greenberg is a veteran television producer with over twenty-five years experience. Greenberg is most well known as the artistic force behind one of Canada’s award-winning drama series Street Legal, serving as its executive producer for four years and being involved in the production of over 100 episodes. She went on to create, write and executive produce another primetime drama series for the CBC, Side Effects, which debuted to critical and audience acclaim.
As current president of For Jake’s Sake Productions Inc., she is now developing TV shows for her own company, working both independently and co-producing with other production companies where she has projects in development.
Greenberg has also served as executive vice President of Scripted Programming for Frantic Films where she developed the Baroness Von Sketch comedy show which was greenlit by CBC, as well as VP, creative affairs for Blueprint Entertainment (now eOne Entertainment).
Lynne Stopkewich is a film and television director best known for her edgy, challenging content and facility with actors. Her features Kissed, Suspicious River (Molly Parker) and Lilith on Top, which featured Molly Parker and Sarah McLachlan, respectively, have screened and competed at a number of prestigious festivals around the world, including, Cannes Director’s Fortnight, Venice, Berlin, Sundance and TIFF. She has earned numerous Genie nominations and festival awards for her work.
Lynne also has dozens of network television credits to her name including: The Firm (NBC), Rookie Blue (ABC), The L Word (Showtime), Lost Girl (Syfy) and DaVinci’s Inquest (CBC).
Lynne helmed the TV feature The Life (CTV) for writer/producer Chris Haddock, and was twice nominated for DGC Best Director Awards. Lynne got her start making funny feminist films like The Flipped Wig, a musical about one girl’s first trip to the gynaecologist, and The $3 Wash & Set, a hilarious look at “the psycho-analytic violence of a women’s hair salon". Yes, really.
Celiana Cardenas Pallares,
Director of Photography
Born in México City, Celiana graduated from El Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in México City, attaining her Bachelor Degree as Director of Photography.
After traveling for three years with the T.V. series, Sweating Bullets (México, Israel, South Africa) she lived in Los Angeles, California until 2001. She has worked with such artists from the New Mexican cinema as Emmanuel Lubezki A.M.C., A.S.C., Rodrigo Prieto A.M.C., A.S.C., and Xavier Pérez Grobet A.M.C., A.S.C., among others.
Since 2010, she has shot nine Canadian features films and three short films while continuing her career in Latin America. In 2012, she attended TIFF to compete for best New Canadian Feature film with Picture Day and in 2016 her film Unless had the world premiere at TIFF.
Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for over 25 years.
Kim has edited several dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Seed and Pure. She was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on both Call Me Fitz and Seed, as well as the feature film Blackbird.
She has also edited and post–supervised several non-dramatic series and specials for broadcast clients such as CBC, CTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, Life, VisionTV, Bravo, Showcase, History and Space.
Up for a new challenge, Kim took a break from editing for a few years to run a production company where she and her business partner produced several documentaries and two documentary series.
Jan Miller (Moderator)
Founder, Women in Film and Television Atlantic
Jan draws from 25 years in the global marketplace as an international screen consultant, mission lead to Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Berlin, connector and trainer.
Jan is Director of Trans Atlantic Partners, a two-module coproduction training programme presented in Berlin and Halifax every year. Jan is also internationally renowned for her Pitching and Content Development workshops which she presents globally.
She heads to Ventana Sur in Argentina this December. Architect of the international co-pro market, Strategic Partners for 15 years, the National Screen Institute and Women in Film and Television- Atlantic, Jan also serves on the national boards of Women View and the AFC, (the Actors Fund of Canada.)
She presented two 5 Women in Focus editions for Women in View as well as organized the WIFT-AT Shadow Project for emerging female directing talent. Supporting talent is in Jan’s DNA, working with key industry players globally to connect projects and talent.