As a producer/programmer, Kuisma has worked on a slew of high-profile industry events, including the Banff World Media Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, Toronto Screenwriting Conference, and Abu Dhabi International Film Festival.
She is thrilled to take on the role of Executive Producer of Planet in Focus and has a passion for environmental issues surrounding the health of the oceans. Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart of SHARKWATER and REVOLUTION is her environmental hero, as is her father, Vic Kuisma, who taught her to recycle before it was cool.
Intergrated Development Manager
Magie is an award-winning writer/producer born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Her formal training commenced at the University of Calgary in the BFA programme.
She brings over ten years of professional administration, conference & festival producing to PIF.
Her favourite film of all time, “Koyaanisqatsi”, contains a strong environmental theme.
Program Development Manager
Anne Mark has been with Planet in Focus for 10 years.
She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film (Screenwriting) and a Master’s in Environmental Studies, both from York University. Her Graduate work focused on the relationships between human beings and other animals, including a film entitled Animal People.
At Planet in Focus, Anne is largely responsible for public sector and foundation grant applications, as well as any other jobs as needed.
Excited to join the Planet in Focus team, Jordana brings her vast experience from the film & television industry. Starting out as an actor & performer, Jordana formed the group Basta! Cultural Ensemble. With a focus on human rights, Jordana had the good fortune to meet and perform for Nelson Mandela. From there she managed a cutting edge post-production facility, worked as an Assistant Director, Production Manager and on to produce numerous award winning films that have been invited to festivals around the world – notably the climate change docs The Antarctica Challenge and The Polar Explorer both screened at PIF.
To contact Jordana, please email Jordana@planetinfocus.org
Shannon Abel has worked in the film and television industry for more than 15 years. As a Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs, Shannon curated retrospective programmes by Nick Broomfield, Heddy Honigmann, and Richard Leacock, and traveled the globe to find docs for the festival’s international sections. At TIFF, Shannon has produced numerous industry sessions, panels, and discussions, including Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! and an interview series featuring filmmakers/actors such as Robert Altman, Brian DePalma, Sally Potter, and Tilda Swinton.
Marc Glassman is an editor, film programmer, lecturer, writer, broadcaster, and the Artistic Director of This is Not a Reading Series, a multi-disciplinary programme that explores the creative process in literature. Marc is the Editor-in-Chief of POV (Point of View), Canada’s leading periodical on documentary culture and Montage, the Directors Guild of Canada’s national magazine. He reviews film every week for Classical 96.3 FM. He is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson Univeristy’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme.
Industry Day Producer
Mark Terry, a Fellow of The Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, has been a filmmaker and broadcast journalist for more than 25 years, specializing in environmental documentaries.
Perhaps best known for his polar documentaries, The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning and The Polar Explorer, he was the first filmmaker to cross the Northwest Passage via the Prince of Wales Strait.
The new scientific discoveries reported in Mark’s films were considered significant enough for the United Nations to present them to delegates, negotiators and world leaders attending their climate summits in Copenhagen (2009) and Cancun (2010).
Mark’s work with the UN has been recognized recently by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when he was awarded her Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contribution to international humanitarian service.
He was also given the Gemini Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and was decorated with the Stefansson Medal, the highest honour of the Canadian Chapter of The Explorers Club for “documenting our natural world”.
He is now pursuing his Master’s degree at York University with a research focus on using film as an effective communications tool to bridge the gap between climate science and policy.
Alessandra is a recent graduate of Ryerson University School of Media’s RTA Program, where she specialized in audio production and media business management.
With over a decade of experience in the Toronto entertainment industry as a performer, Alessandra also loves supporting her Toronto sports teams, singing the national anthem at Toronto Blue Jays games, for the National Women’s Hockey League. and the Toronto Marlies and Maple Leafs!
Alessandra takes great pride in all her charity events, including the Easter Seals Foundation, Breast Cancer Foundation, Future Possibilities, The Wings of Hope Foundation, Voices 2012 benefiting MusiCounts, and Habitat for Humanity.
When she’s not performing, Alessandra enjoys engaging audiences to new businesses as a social media manager doe multiple startups. She also enjoys coordinating events and has had involvement in the Canadian Walk of Fame, the Canadian Screen Awards, Starwalkers: A Celebrity Tribute to MusiCounts, and Crossmedia Banff.
School Tours Co-ordinator
Since graduating from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Fine Art in 2006 Anna has been a Professional Photographer, Operations Manager and Photo Editor in Toronto and London England. She has worked with various musicians such as The Dandy Warhols, Urge Overkill and Allstar Weekend, celebrities such as the Co Creator of The Office Stephen Merchant and the Twilight Saga’s Jackson Rathbone as well as shooting many TIFF events with First Weekend Club and their annual Canadian Film Lounge. She is an environmentalist, believes in living a cruelty-free lifestyle and is thrilled to be working with Planet In Focus. www.anna-ross.com
To contact Anna, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Media Producer
Dorea Reeser joins Planet in Focus with a different background than most in this creative industry. She spent the past several years delving in scientific research and recently completed a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry.
Dorea was a member of the winning team for the Scientific American Iron Egghead video contest and has had the honor of writing invited guest blog posts for the Scientific American. In 2013, she founded the outreach project “Chemicals Are Your Friends”, which aims to bring a better awareness of the chemicals that make up the world around us using reliable resources in a fun and accessible manner. She is also the co-host of a science podcast “The Collapsed Wavefunction.”
Dorea has a passion for communicating scientific and environmental appreciation using creative media, and these interests led her to the Environmental Visual Communications, a collaborative program between the Royal Ontario Museum and Fleming College.
Programming Festival Co-ordinator
Griffin Harbury, 20, is a fourth-year student at the University of Toronto, studying Film, Literature, and Writing and Rhetoric. He is an aspiring screenwriter and short fiction writer in addition to his interests in cinematography and photography. He has worked in film as a production assistant and an audience coordinator at Dog Does Tricks Productions and Insight Entertainment, and is thrilled to be joining the Planet In Focus team as our Communications Intern.
Chloe St. Hilaire
Chloe is a summer intern at Planet in Focus as well as one of our screening and events photographers. She is currently in her third year at the University of Guelph working towards a degree in environmental science. She hopes to combine her passion for photography and love of the environment with a career in visual communications. Recently released film, Watermark, created by Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky, remains an inspiration for Chloe to pursue her goal to deliver strong environmental messages through visual arts.
Tifenn Le Brazidec
Tifenn is a third-year political science student from France. Relationships between humans and nature, between humans themselves, and ways to adapt those behaviours are key issues to her. She studies sustainable development through different perspectives including economics, geography, politics, history, law, and risk management. The intersections of all these enriches the perception of the world we live in.
Tifenn is passionate to communicate environmental and social issues through films and images. More than the power of raising awareness, it also allows a platform to create debate, dialogue, and sharing. She is currently involved in collaborating with other students and different actors for her projects.
Amanda is an avid film fan. She just graduated from the University of Toronto majoring in Cinema Studies and Human biology. She has spent most of her free time over the last 2 years volunteering with film festivals in Toronto including TIFF, Hot Docs, World Wide Short, Open Roof and 360 Screenings. When not lending time to various festivals she she writes about film for a variety of websites.
Festival Programming/Communications Co-ordinator
Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto. He studied Cinema Studies; English; and Ethics, Society, and Law, and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with High Distinction. Daniel began his work in arts administration on campus as TIFF Liaison for CINSSU (Cinema Studies Student Union), collaborating with the TIFF Bell Lightbox’s marketing department to increase youth outreach and involvement with their local film culture.
As an aspiring film critic and arts journalist, Daniel has contributed to such publications as The Varsity (University of Toronto) and Tribute Entertainment. Despite a strong interest in directing and writing fiction, his study of documentary cinema at Brandeis University has led to opportunities filming Holocaust survivor testimony and the biennial Breaking the ICE Conference for AAC users.
Daniel’s interest in environmental cinema began with a documentary: The Cove, which, combined with his love of animals and marine life, inspired him to study animals through film and investigate the ethical treatment of cetaceans.
Saarah is a graphic and digital designer interested in creating design as a means of social change and interaction, with a passion for typography, UX, and motion design. A healthy love of nature, animals, and volunteering brought her to Planet in Focus.
Saarah will be graduating next summer with a Bachelor of Design Honours degree from the York University/Sheridan College joint program.