Elizabeth St. Philip is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years’ experience producing documentary and national news stories. Elizabeth has worked for the CBC, Discovery Channel and CTV’s W5. She is currently the Senior Medical Producer for CTV National News. Her NFB documentary, "The Colour of Beauty" explores the fashion industry through the eyes of an ambitious Black model.
Sylvia D. Hamilton is a multi awarding Nova Scotian filmmaker and writer who is known for her documentary films as well as her publications, public presentations and extensive volunteer work with artistic, social and cultural organizations on the local and national levels. She held a Distinguished Chair (Nancy’s Chair) in Women’s Studies at Mount St. Vincent University from 2001-2004. She first came to King’s in 2004-2005 as a Visiting Professor in the School of Journalism and the Contemporary Studies Program. Major awards include a Gemini, Nova Scotia’s Portia White Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Japan Broadcasting Corporation’s Maeda Prize, the Progress Women of Excellence Award for Arts and Culture and the CBC Television Pioneer Award. She is a 2008 mentor with The Trudeau Foundation.
Cory Bowles is a Canadian actor and choreographer. Bowles was born in Montreal and raised in Truro, Nova Scotia. He is an African Nova Scotian with roots amongst Black Loyalists, Maroons and French Colonies. Known to most as Cory in Trailer Park Boys, he also is the principal choreographer of Halifax based Contemporary Dance Company Verve Mwendo, plays in the rock band Aide-De-Camp and voices the children's series Poko. By the age of 20 he had already gained a rep as a cocky and quick tongued MC in Hip Club Groove, releasing an EP on No Records and later a full length on the infamous Murder records imprint. The band toured frequently across the country, often opening for other Halifax based bands such as Sloan. He has traveled around the globe studying the roots of black dance and music, particularly through his own family line and continues to follow the advancements of Black tradition in popular culture. He received a Gemini Award for his work on Trailer Park Boys and ECMA nominations for music. His quirky choreography has turned up in music videos for artists such as Matt Mays and Jenn Grant. Bowles left the Trailer Park Boys and continues to work in film, theatre and music at Bishop's University.
Tara Taylor, a recent Production Coordinator for the National Film Board of Canada, has been a full time filmmaker and worked in the film industry as a whole for 16 years. A former ACTRA Member and graduate of the Centre for Art Tapes’ media scholarship program in 2005, Tara has screened her inspirational short films, casted local talent in features and TV shows and has co – coordinated a youth media arts March Break Video Camp. Tara has also sang tenor with the former group called “Chosen” who had their debut performance at the Alderney Landing Theatre in 2010, under the direction of Erin Jordan and Eric Crookshank. As Chair of The Charles Taylor Theatre, her vision and ultimate goal is to create an arts and entertainment performance centre that will employ, engage, educate and showcase local talent from the local black communities of East Preston, North Preston and Cherrybrook and black communities across Nova Scotia. Tara, along with her business partner Denise Riley, is working with Schools Plus to create a video club with the student’s from Nelson Whynder and Ross Road schools, as well as wrote, directed and produced a successful end of year production with Graham Creighton Junior High School about the life of Viola Desmond. Her vision for up and coming filmmakers from the Preston’s is to see them continue in the film industry.
Sobaz Benjamin studied film at Toronto's York University and was awarded an apprenticeship for direction from the National Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television in 2001. He served his apprenticeship with Triad Films in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has since completed two independent shorts exploring identity, has worked with CBC. and is currently running the iMOV (In my own voice), a media based program for youth at risk. Whether he finds himself with a group of 12-year-old students facilitating a workshop on stereotypes or DJing a local community radio show, Sobaz is committed to storytelling. Story lies at the heart of his craft. "I strive to take an audience to a place they haven't been before. That is my goal as a filmmaker."
Pink Dog Productions and the Empowerful Project
Pink Dog Productions is a Halifax-based video production company with a ‘make a difference’ DNA that leads them to work with a wide range of private and government organizations (locally, provincially and nationally). On February 28, 2012, Pink Dog Productions, in collaboration with Akoma (operated by the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children) gave a sneak preview of a world-class 3D video game based on the early life of Nova Scotia hero – Richard Preston. It will be released at the end of March. ‘Empowerful’ is a ground-breaking project that engages African-Nova Scotian youth to work with elders for the purpose of creating Heritage-style video vignettes and video games based on heroes from their very own communities.
Meggan Desmond is a recent graduate of the University of King’s College and holds a Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree. After working as a summer student at the Sydney Tar Ponds Agency in 2008, Meggan joined the team full-time in 2011. She has experience working in the communications, tourism and journalism fields. In 2010, Meggan interned at CTV Atlantic, where she worked on ‘Live at 5,’ and‘Breakfast Television.’ Meggan loves the arts; she is trained in piano and various styles of dance including ballet, tap and jazz. When she’s not working, Meggan enjoys reading, working out at the gym, and star gazing.
Chris Muise is a University of King’s College journalism graduate, living in Halifax but raised Yarmouthian. He has worked across (almost) all mediums, including writing for Coastal Life magazine, creating a series of tourism videos for Yarmouth and Acadian Shores, and television work for CTV Atlantic and Insight Productions. An unabashed geek, Chris enjoys comics, Japanese animation, and watching awful movies for laughs.
Tara Lee Reddick is from Antigonish Nova Scotia, she is a first year student in the Radio and Television Arts program at the Nova Scotia Community College. She is currently the Writer in Residence at Mulgrave Road Theatre under the direction of Artistic Director Emmy Alcorn. She is the 2011 recipient of the One minute film scholarship program through Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative. She is the 2011 Recipient of the Lieutenant Governor Hope and Inspiration Award. Tara is a graduated of the Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Program and has studied acting in Toronto, Vancouver and New York. Recently she has appeared in “The Heart of Rhyme” an award winning film that was directed by Cory Bowles. In the Summer Tara were a part of Two Planks and a Passion’s production of “The Crucible” which was directed by Merritt award winning director Ken Schwartz.
Ann Verrall, born in Orilla, Ontario, Ann Verrall has spent most of her life in Halifax. A graduate pf the NSCAD, Ann discovered her love of moving images. As she moved from the experimental genre into drama, she began studying acting to strengthen her ability to direct actors. She attended the National Voice Intensive at the University of British Columbia and has taken numerous workshops at Equity Showcase Theater in Toronto. Her most recent film , The Wait (2006) was developed through the Shortworks Story intensive. Rain (2000) won Best Atlantic Short at Atlantic Film Festival, played on CBC and in festivals in Canada and England. The Water’s Tale received 5 awards, 2 from festivals in the USA and 3 from the Atlantic Film Festival. She has also worked with various film/television and media arts organizations to develop new educational programs such as Moving Image group, Shortworks: Program 5 and a Music Video Camp for Youth.
BBI Business is Jammin (Youth Video Camp)
Business is Jammin' (BIJ) is a province-wide charitable initiative that focuses on motivating Black youth and stresses the importance of education and personal development in all of its programs. BIJ's goals are to deliver a comprehensive enterprise and entrepreneurship learning strategy and instill business skills that will offer long-term benefits to young people. BBI Business is Jammin youth collaborated with local filmmakers to produce an original animation.