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Masterclass with Samantha Kaine!! (I.M.P.A.C.T.)

April 24, 2022

12:00pm (AST)

An interactive discussion about producing a docuseries, She will touch on a few of these key points: pitch package, contracts, incorporating, shooting.  She will also talk about joining associations, resources, and networking. Why I created I.M.P.A.C.T and the work we are doing to dismantle systemic racism in our industry.

Samantha Kaine is a Jamaican-Canadian, award-winning independent film and television creative producer, advocate, mentor and alumna of the Cineplex Entertainment Producers’ Lab Program at the Canadian Film Centre (CFC). 


Samantha is the Founder and CEO of the Independent Media Producers Association of Creative Talent - I.M.P.A.C.T, a national, member-based non profit organization created to combat systemic and anti-Black racism.  By breaking down barriers and opening the gates for producers who are of Afro descent, Afro-Indigenous descent and who identify as Black, of all intersectional identities, we create a fair, equitable and a truly representative film, tv, digital media and music industries. Samantha has more than a decade of experience in the Canadian and Quebec Film, TV and Media Industries and her producer credits include award-winning short films and a six-part TV docu-series. 


A strong supporter for the advancement of emerging under-represented voices and talent, Samantha is a mentor and continues to champion talent, innovation, Black excellence and advocating for proper and truthful representation on screen. Continuing her critical work to dismantle systemic racism, Samantha sits on the Board of the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for Black and People of Colour (CISF) and is also a vital voice as a member of Telefilms Diversity and Inclusion Working Group.

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Panel Discussion: "Working While Black (on set)"
April 24, 2022  2:00pm (ADT)

Moderator: Fateh Ahmed (Instructor; Core Film Productions & ACE TV

Director of Working While Black documentary

Join us for a discussion with extraordinary black film creatives to talk about

what its like for them working on set as a person of color in the film industry!

Being BIPOC in the film industry has its own unique set of issues. Acting on set, often the

lighting is unflattering to those with darker skin tones. The quantity of BIPOC on the production

crew is usually scarce when the above the line positions are filled by non-POC folk. We are given

less room for failure in any regard. From the writers room, to the

creators, to the sound crew, representing BIPOC in film is sorely lacking. 

with Guest Panelists:

Stephanie Joline - Filmmaker

Israel Ekanem - Producer

Keandre Johnson - Camera - Photographer

Martina "Teena" Brooks - Fashion Designer - Costume

Terrence Taylor - "Changing the Narrative" Film Studio

Keke Beatz - CBC Camera person - Producer

Deanna Sparks - Screenwriter - Director

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Fateh Ahmed has spent over the last 15 years in the educational industry. Over the course of his experiences in teaching and curriculum development, he worked as a department head for the Digital Filmmaking program, a program manager, regional manager, lecturer. The Centre for Art and Technology, and Da Vinci College. Fateh is a partner in A Cultural Evolution Television (ACE TV), a new broadcast/production company.

His teaching experiences cover a wide range of subjects including the fields of Business Administration, English & Media communication, Digital Filmmaking, Audio Engineering, and Music Scoring. Ahmed’s works include The Ummah Masjid, Reeny, Pushed Out, Without Consultation, Winds from the East, produced in association with the National Film Board of Canada that screened at the Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival. His current role as the Instructor for the “Breaking through the Screens for African Canadians” is proven rewarding and hopeful to populate the film industry in Nova Scotia with bipoc creatives and crew.

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The world of Art has been in my blood since I can remember. I started doing sketches at a young age, from there I took an interest in learning more skills of sewing and putting materials together; studied online fashion design courses at NSCAD and is a partner in the new broadcast / production company, A Cultural Evolution TV (ACE TV).


Teena is the stage manager for the 3rd Annual Braid Art Couture Show and feature Fashion Designer. She is currently working on a wearable art show production and has worked in the Costume Department of “Diggstown” CBC Drama Series.

Terrence Taylor is the founder of Terrence Taylor Media, a Halifax based audio/video production company that combines filmmaking, podcasting, storytelling and mentorship to create the next generation of successful artists and Black business owners. Terrence is also the founder of Changing the Narrative, a podcast turned ethical Black media developing the first Black school for art and business in Nova Scotia. Lastly and most importantly, Terrence is a Father, to both a small human and Great Dane named Queen.

Stephanie Joline is an Indigenous writer, director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Indigenous roots come from her mother who is Inuit from Labrador; her father is French Acadian from the South shore of Nova Scotia. Equally adept at film and television, Stephanie's stories provoke conversation, break boundaries, and are deeply rooted in inclusivity and feminism.

Her films include Night Blooms (2021, starring Jessica Clement and Nick Stahl), a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s; and Play Your Gender (2016), a documentary that pulls back the curtain on gender bias in the music industry, featuring interviews with Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Sara Quin.

Stephanie has also directed for television and streaming platforms (Stream Me 2020, Amazon Prime; Farm Crime 2020 CBC Gem; Spirit Talker 2019, APTN). In 2020 she was awarded the Irving Avrich Award from TIFF recognizing rising Canadian talent. The following year she was long-listed for the DGC Discovery Award, and in 2022 she was nominated for her first Canadian Screen Award for best directing in the factual television category.

Keandre Johnson is a 2021 NSCC Screen Arts graduate. He broke into the industry last April as a trainee working within the Lighting/Electric Department on Diggstown Season Three. He also had the opportunity to work a few dailies on Moonshine Season Two last September.


Keandre took an interest in Photography & Videography and has created his own work in that field. He has is passionate about working & continues to do so on non-union productions with different companies like threesixfivemedia as an Electric/Grip & ClotheslineMedia as an all-around assistant. He hopes to work on more non-union productions as well as union productions to become a member of IATSE 849 this year.

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