Spring 2017 Jury
Michelle is a Producer and production manager of feature films, web series, commercials, and numerous short films. Michelle started pursuing her passion for film and television after high school. She graduated from Algonquin College’s TV Broadcasting program where she was awarded “Producer of the Year”. Recently, Michelle production managed the sci-fi horror film Grim Trigger, lead producer of Hellmington starring Nicola Correia-Damude and Michael Ironside, and produced the pilot episode of the web series #VitalSignz.
Sean Cisterna directed the 2011 feature film road trip comedy Moon Point, which played the international festival circuit to great success, winning several awards. His 2015 project Full Out, starring the iconic Jennifer Beals, is a feature based on the true story of gymnast Ariana Berlin, currently on Netflix. In February 2017, Kiss and Cry, a romantic drama based on the true story of a young woman with a 1 in 3.5 billion form of sarcoma, was released theatrically. On the television side, Cisterna worked with TLN Television/Corus Entertainment on the new preschool series My Name is Ripley, to be broadcast nationally in 2017.
Alex lee williams
Alex was born in Almonte, Ontario, 1990 and has been creating short films ever since he was old enough to hold a camera. Attending Algonquin College's TV Broadcasting program, he graduated at the top of his class with the "Director of the Year" award from CTV. With numerous short films winning several international awards, including the "TIFF Promising Filmmaker Award" at the 2014 Digi60 Spring Film Festival, Alex strives to create innovative cinematic content that brings something new to the eyes of the audience with his creative partners, Justin Hewitt- Drakulic & Michelle Aseltine. Recently, Alex directed 2nd unit on the sci-fi horror film Grim Trigger, wrote/directed/edited Hellmington starring Nicola Correia-Damude and Michael Ironside, and wrote/directed the pilot episode of the web series #VitalSignz.
Paula is a graduate of the York University Theatre Department. She has studied with David Rotenberg and locally with Pete Dillon. Acting class still continues to be a highlight in her week. Career highlights include: "Mangiacake", co-written and directed by Nate Estabrooks; Deadly Hope with Alana de la Garza and an appearance on Degrassi, The Next Class. As President of ACTRA Ottawa, Paula would like to encourage local filmmakers to consider working with union performers and explore non-traditional casting.
Justin is no stranger to life in the film industry. After graduating from Centennial college's Broadcast & Film program, he quickly made a name for himself in television before making the leap to full time lighting & grip work on feature film sets. After meeting Alex Lee Williams, they soon began to merge their unique perspectives into a style that has yet to be seen. As the duo began winning several awards, they knew that this was only the beginning before moving into directing their first ever feature film. Recently, Justin directed 2nd unit on the sci-fi horror film Grim Trigger, wrote/directed/edited Hellmington starring Nicola Correia-Damude and Michael Ironside, and wrote/directed the pilot episode of the web series #VitalSignz.
RICK KAULBARS - Screenplay jury
Rick Kaulbars has been working as a writer for film and television for over twenty years. As co-writer on the Comedy Network’s cult TV series, Kevin Spencer (1997-2005), he wrote over 40 half-hours, making it (at that time) the longest running situation-based comedy in Canadian television. Rick was also a voice on most episodes. Rick’s written for such internationally respected series’ as “For Better or for Worse”, “White Fang”, and “Toad Patrol.” In digital media, Rick wrote for and appeared in the Macromedia Award winning interactive digital drama “Midnight Stranger” for Animatics Corp. and in the summer of 2013 was the voice of Fred Flintstone for a game app produced by Wave Generation of Montreal.
Rick’s strength is his humour and he worked for several years as a stand-up comic for Yuk Yuks. In 2014 he performed stand-up with “Kids in the Hall”s Kevin Mcdonald and also performs with his improv comedy team, "Stairlift to Heaven." Onscreen, Rick has appeared with Colin Mochrie in the CBC series "Getting Along Famously", playing the tyrannical head of the CBC. Onstage, he starred in the 2011 Fringe Festival production “Satanic Panic” (a play written by one of his student graduates) and, more recently, played an 1800s pimp in the 2014 Fringe production “Finished Girls”, which he wrote.
He wrote his first feature film “Two’s A Mob” for award-winning director Derek Diorio and self-produced a feature film, “Hell Gig” about life on the road as a stand-up comic. Presently he continues to generate projects, having a television series under option with TSB Productions, a popular ad campaign for Dymon Storage screening in theatre’s across Ontario, and is co-producing a radio-drama with CKCU based on his Fringe Show