A part of the Planet in Focus team from 2010-2012, Katherine was delighted to return to the festival in 2016. She has worked extensively in the not-for-profit arts sector, including the UK-based Cape Farewell – The cultural response to climate change, for a project called Carbon 14: Climate is Culture in partnership with ROM Contemporary Culture. Katherine has an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies with a research focus on fresh water as both a commodity and a human right through the historical narrative of Toronto’s R.C. Harris Filtration Plant.
Alessandra joined the Planet in Focus team in 2013 as a graduate of Ryerson University School of Media’s Radio and Television Arts Program. Engaging audiences through art is her passion, and in addition to Planet in Focus, Alessandra is an active singer and voice actor, with two decades in the North American entertainment industry. Her experience in production also includes coordinating media events such as Starwalkers: A Celebrity Tribute to MusiCounts and Crossmedia Banff.
Senior Film Programmer
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 is an Adjunct Professor at Ryerson Univeristy’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme.
Julian Carrington is a freelance writer and film programmer based in Toronto. He has contributed to publications including The Globe & Mail, Indiewire and Cinema Scope, and, in 2014, served as a programming associate with the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2015, he became manager of the Documentary Organization of Canada’s Festival Concierge initiative, supporting filmmakers in developing distribution and audience engagement strategies.
Allegra is from Toronto but attends the University of King’s College in Halifax, NS where she is completing an English degree and a double minor in Contemporary Studies and The History of Science and Technology. She is grateful for the opportunity PIF has given her to immerse herself in the Toronto film and environmental world. Her previous work has centered around community building, working on cultural, educational and creative programming for youth.
Pat Mullen is the Assistant Online Editor at POV Magazine. He covers film at Cinemablographer.com, contributes to The Canadian Encyclopedia and is a member of the Online Film Critics Society. You can reach him on Twitter at @cinemablogrpher. Pat joined the Planet in Focus team as a pre-screener in early 2015.
Gesilayefa Azorbo is a Toronto-based writer, photographer and filmmaker. She has a deep interest in music, film, literature, and pop culture. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in Kenya, currently lives in Canada, and considers herself a Third Culture Kid. Her work explores themes related to music, creativity and identity.
Michael John Long
Seeking adventure and refuge in nature as a child has inspired much of Michael’s environmental education and charitable not-for-profit work. Michael currently teaches at George Brown College, where he is also Faculty Advisor to the Sustainability Club / Green Team. He has previously taught at York University, where he completed the Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Social Media Manager
With a double Honours Degree in Film Studies and Psychology from Carleton University, Emily is devoted to using her knowledge of media and communications to change the world for the better. Emily has been perfecting the art of online storytelling as a method to amplify the important messages of non-profits and charities in Toronto. She brings the tools and techniques of traditional digital media marketing to organizations working hard to shift our world into a new story and more sustainable planet.
Education Programs Coordinator
Sophia has a background in Art & Design and Environmental Studies. She uses this to create an outlet for creativity through various mediums of photography, photojournalism and textile design to educate and inspire environmental and social change. A true believer in a sustainable planet, Sophia leads a zero-waste approach that has been incorporated into her works and designs.
Laura Vega Quant
Laura is a Graphic Design student at George Brown College. She believes deeply in taking care of the environment and is very passionate about art and design. She is excited to be a part of the Planet in Focus team and looks forward to bringing more environmental awareness to the larger society through the promotion of their films in a creative and visually stimulating manner.