Digital Literacy: Making what Matters

Featuring a Panel Discussion

10:30AM- 11:30AM on Thursday, April 16th, join us for an interactive panel discussion. The panelists will talk about the creative industry and what students can expect in navigating the steps between high school and becoming a professional. We’ll also discuss what it takes to get a project off the ground, make an impact, and touch on how to balance busy lives with work they are passionate about.

This is an opportunity for students to ask anything they’ve always wanted to know about the process of filmmaking. When are you allowed to film people in public? How do you get the rights to music? What’s the best way to organize and run a film crew? Our professionals have a combined 60 years of producing and filmmaking experience, a rare resource available to students for this one day only.

To register: Please fill in the form here.

Meet Your Panelists!

Slater Jewell-Kemker

Slater has been making films since she was six. An award winning filmmaker and climate activist, Slater has been featured in Forbes twice and selected by the Hollywood Reporter as one of 15 filmmakers under 30 to watch. Slater is an accomplished speaker and is frequently invited to speak on film and climate change panels to represent the voice of youth. She lives in a tiny house on wheels on her farm in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Selwyn Jacob

Selwyn Jacob joined the National Film Board’s BC & Yukon Studio in 1997 and went on to produce nearly 50 NFB films. His many credits include Crazywater, directed by Inuvialuit filmmaker Dennis Allen; Hue: A Matter of Colour, directed by Vic Sarin; Mighty Jerome, written and directed by Charles Officer; and the digital interactive app Circa 1948, by Vancouver artist Stan Douglas. Jacob’s most recent credits include two feature documentaries. One is Mina Shum’s Ninth Floor, about the infamous Sir George Williams Riot of 1969 that was selected to TIFF’s 2015 annual top ten list of best Canadian films. The second is Baljit Sangra’s Because We Are Girls, exploring the impact of sexual abuse on a conservative Indo-Canadian family living in small-town British Columbia. Selwyn retired from the NFB in June, 2019. His last production was Now Is The Time, directed by Christopher Auchter.

Alysha Seriani

Alysha Seriani is an emerging film and video producer living and working in Vancouver, BC. Her short film producing credits include PIECE WORK (2020), THE GLOW IS GONE (2017), EINST (2016) and SOAK (2014). Alysha is currently producing her first feature film as a recipient of the 2019 Telefilm Talent to Watch Program called ANYOX, co-directed by Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson, and she received her first credit as Associate Producer for THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) co-directed by Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers. Alysha is also an advocate and educator in spaces for youth, mentorship, media education, and intersectional feminist and queer communities.


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