Join us on December 17th for a panel discussion featuring talented local women working in the screen arts. Hear them discuss their work, how they got started, pivotal moments in their careers and where they go from here.
Featured on this panel discussion to discuss their individual journeys in the screen industry will be producer and director Teresa MacInnes, actor/producer/director Koumbie, editor Kimberlee McTaggart, and producer Karen Wentzell. The amazing Donna Davies of Ruby Tree Films will be our moderator! Don’t miss out on this stacked lineup of industry pros as they discuss their experience in the screen industry.
This free event will include a Q&A session - screen industry hopefuls, this is your chance to have those burning questions answered! Reception to follow, stick around for some holiday cheer.
When: Tuesday, December 17th
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax, N.S.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., the panel discussion begins at 7 p.m., and will include a Q&A session. Reception with light refreshments and a cash bar to follow.
This is a free event but RSVP is required. Click here to RSVP.
Keep reading to meet our panelists!
Donna Davies is a filmmaker from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. After making a number of short films at the Island Media Arts Co-op and the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op, Donna went on to write and direct the award winning films Kitchen Goddess and A Sigh & A Wish, for the National Film Board of Canada.
Since setting up her own production company she has written, directed and produced numerous documentaries, feature docs and doc series for CBC, Bravo, WTN, The Movie Network, The Independent Film Channel, Vision TV, HBO, Starz, EPIX, Netflix and Hulu.
Her feature documentary, Nightmare Factory, won dozens of international awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Award of Excellence at Indie Fest, Maverick Movie Awards for Best FX and Best Documentary at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Donna is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, Women in Film and Television Atlantic and Screen Nova Scotia. She is the recipient of a 2018 Women in Film and Television Award for Best Director and a 2017 WAVE award for outstanding leadership and vision in the Atlantic Canadian Film industry.
Over the last 30 years, Teresa MacInnes’ films have tackled some of the most crucial social justice issues of our time. Her passion and balanced approach to producing and directing have engaged audiences around the world. She has won numerous awards and her films have screened at Hot Docs, Vancouver International, RIDM, Margaret Mead, IDA, Barcelona, NY and Thessaloniki. Her latest collaborations include Conviction, which is currently on a successful festival run and will air on Documentary Channel in December and Seals of Sable, which just aired on CBC’s Nature of Things. In 2014, her documentary Buying Sex was named one of the top ten feminist films streaming on US Netflix by MS Magazine. Her short documentary, Mabel, recently won the prestigious 2017 Banff Rockie Award for best Social/Political Documentary. Teresa currently serves on the board of directors of Hot Docs and DOC Atlantic.
Koumbie is an award winning actor, director, writer and producer. In front of the camera she has appeared in a number of local productions with reoccurring roles on shows including YTV’s Aquateam, CBC’s Mr. D, Studio Black, and Diggstown, and the final season of Outtv’s Sex & Violence. Since going behind the camera, Koumbie has directed a number of award winning short films, including the Short Film Face-Off winner Hustle & Heart, a 1k wave feature, Ariyah & Tristan’s Inevitable Break-Up, and an episode of Studio Black S2. In 2016 she was named a “One to Watch” by Sea in Be Scene, in 2018 she was selected as a Five in Focus – Atlantic director and in the same year won a Telefilm Talent to Watch grant. Currently in development on a number of projects, Koumbie is drawn to stories that feature new voices and perspectives.
Karen Wentzell is a Nova Scotia-based Producer and President of Waterstar Entertainment. Her focus is on scripted comedy and female-driven drama. She recently completed Executive Producing season 2 of Diggstown for CBC with Creator/Showrunner Floyd Kane and Executive Producer Amos Adetuyi. She also partnered as Executive Producer with Force Four Entertainment on the critically acclaimed comedy series Seed. Seed received eight Canadian Screen Award (CSA) nominations in 2014, including best comedy, and five CSA nominations in 2015, also for best comedy.
Karen is also known for her work as producer of the successful hit television series Trailer Park Boys. TPB won the 2004 Gemini Award for best comedy series and is widely considered a show that changed the landscape of Canadian television. Wentzell joined TPB in Season 2, helping to guide it through every special, season series, and the first two features. Karen also produced the 2007 Trailer Park Boys tv movie Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys. Additionally, she produced and co-wrote the documentary Hearts of Dartmouth, a behind the scenes look at TPB.
Before joining the Trailer Park Boys team, Wentzell spent 10 years as a network producer in Sports and Entertainment with CBC News Network. Prior to her work as a CBC producer she spent two years in front of the camera as a sports reporter for TSN. Wentzell is a graduate of the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S., with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honors) Degree.
She is a busy volunteer in the Halifax community, and has volunteered for many years for Phoenix House. She is Vice-Chair of Screen Nova Scotia (SNS) as well as Chair of the NS Producer Committee. Like everyone in the film/tv community she worked tirelessly behind the scenes during the film tax credit crisis of 2015. She was part of the original group of producers who met with government during the 2015 budget and salvaged the industry by creating the current Incentive Fund. She is also chair of the SNS Marketing Committee, and is part of a small group of industry advisors who continue to meet with government and opposition behind the scenes.
She is proud to have served as one of the early board members of WIFT-AT. Her company, Waterstar Entertainment, is a long-time member of the Canadian Media Producers Association.
Kimberlee McTaggart is a Gemini award-winning editor who has been working in the Canadian film industry for over 25 years. After graduating from York University with a BFA in film production, Kim produced, directed, and/or edited several award-winning documentaries before beginning to work exclusively in post-production in 1994.
Kim has edited several dramatic series such as Lexx, Gullages, Made in Canada, This Hour has 22 Minutes, Call Me Fitz, Studio Black, Diggstown, 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. She also worked as a business affairs consultant for other companies during this time, and executive produced several short dramatic films. She has now back in the editor’s chair full-time.
Kim has been serving as WIFT-AT Chair for the last three years. She is also a founding member of the new Halifax Chapter of the CCE – Canadian Cinema Editors, and serves on their board of directors. Kim is also the Editor’s Rep for the Atlantic Regional Council of the Directors Guild of Canada.