Annette Hegel is a working multi-media artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and in Europe. Working out of her studio in downtown Ottawa, she is a founding member of Slipstream Collective, and collaborating with many artists across the city. She also has had a 30 year career in cultural marketing and communications, developing identities and successfully establishing brands in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. Before joining the SAW Video team, she produced and led implementation of targeted marketing and communication strategies for national organizations and international brands. She is a recipient of many awards, among them cultural brand of the year award.
Jillian Kennedy is an arts administrator with over 8 years of experience in Ottawa’s performing arts community. Jillian spent her early career in front of house, event coordination and community outreach positions with the Great Canadian Theatre Company. In 2019, she was awarded funding from the Metcalf Foundation to complete a year of executive training with GCTC’s Managing Director, Hugh Neilson. Jillian is an active member of the independent arts community, most recently as a producer with the experimental performance festival Fresh Meat. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History (Carleton University) and a diploma in Public Relations (Algonquin College).
Amin Alsaden is a curator, scholar, and educator whose work focuses on transnational exchanges of ideas and expertise across cultural boundaries. His curatorial practice is committed to advancing social justice through the arts, and to the dissemination of inclusive narratives that expand existing canons and challenge hegemonic knowledge and power structures. He is particularly interested in how artists and architects ponder collective experiences in the public realm, level political and institutional critique, and envision novel spatial responses to questions of displacement, exile, and belonging. His research explores modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Global South, and often involves documenting endangered heritage and examining how precarious archives and scarce resources shape lopsided global narratives. He teaches at several institutions, and has published and lectured widely.
Marisa Gallemit is a Filipina-Canadian visual artist working on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation, the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. Through an ongoing exploration of found objects and their potential energy, Gallemit’s practice leans deeply into Buckminster Fuller’s query: “Now how do we make this spaceship work?”
Deirdre Morrison is a sound artist, producer, and audio engineer who works with audio, video, and 3D environments. Deirdre has a background in Sound Design and Production, Music Industry Arts, and linguistics. Their current practice is focused on exploring the relationship between ecology and technology by combining field recordings, synthesis, and multi-channel audio techniques to create immersive digital settings. As a workshop instructor, Deirdre has developed and led courses for women-identifying, trans, and non-binary artists including immersive world-building, audio production, and live mixing techniques. Their credits include sound design and composition for features, short films, documentaries, and 360 video.
Emilie Azevedo is the recent recipient of an Honours’ Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa (Magna Cum Laude). Emilie is sought after for the engaging content she creates and is known for authentic storytelling and aesthetic designing. She’s an active member of Ottawa’s artistic community; recognized for their eclectic fruit-based performance art and analog photography. Emilie aspires to become a documentary filmmaker, using a mix of investigative journalism and creative storytelling to amplify narratives forsaken by the mainstream media.
Daniel Kaunisviita is a multidisciplinary artist from Ottawa (Algonquin Anishinaabeg traditional territory). With a passion for storytelling and new technology he has been fortunate to work in many mediums as an artist and freelance creative, from video and traditional design to online and live events. As a director, editor and sound editor his credits include music videos, commercials, web series, short films and documentary work for film and television.
Ludmylla Reis is a poetic storyteller who strives to be creatively brave at every opportunity. Born and raised in Pindorama (Brazil) and an immigrant in Turtle Island (Canada), Ludmylla is a multidisciplinary artist working in performing and media arts. With degrees in Advertising in 2008 and Directing for Theatre in 2018, they’ve navigated live and digital storytelling for over thirteen years. As an artist, their goal is to examine the private with the public through an imaginative lens, as they believe that exploring our emotions is a political act.
Laura Paolini is Originally from Tkranto/Toronto, she relocated her practice in 2019 to pursue an MFA at the University of Ottawa. Her work has been shown at various Canadian institutions including Hamilton Artists Inc, Xpace Cultural Centre, and Art Mûr during the 17th edition of Fresh Paint/New Construction (2021). During Summer 2020, she participated in the project #Microcosm with the City of Ottawa’s Public Art departments COVID-19 pivot initiatives, designed to meet the community’s needs and support local professional artists. Laura continues to exhibit since completing her MFA in 2022, most recently performing during PERF; a performance art Biennale hosted by AXENÉO7 (evening curated by Anna Khimasia and Thomas Grondin).
Christopher Payne works predominantly with sound, light, and video, as experiential tools. Payne completed his original artistic training in cinema at Concordia University in 2007 before completing his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work and performances have been presented in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Poland, Belgium, and Mexico.
Amanda Feder has extensive experience in the Canadian film and television industry. She recently joined APTN’s programming team as Programming Coordinator-Acquisitions, working to acquire Canadian and international content from major distributors as well as independent filmmakers. Previously, she worked as a researcher and production coordinator for award-winning producers such as Storyline Entertainment and Back Alley Films. She also maintains her own film practice, and her short documentaries have screened internationally and won several awards. Amanda has a BFA in film from Ryerson University and an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University, where she specialized in documentary film and feminist approaches to filmmaking.
Kathryn Desplanque is an art historian, artist, and activist raised in South Keys, Ottawa. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Kathryn earned her doctorate in the history of visual culture and art worlds from Duke University. She comes to SAW Video with a diverse background in curation, public programming, and assessment and evaluation at art institutions across North America. Kathryn is an avid participant in SAW Video’s workshops and programming, which have expanded her digital illustration-based practice into the realms of screenwriting and animation.
Erin Flynn, B.A., B.Ed, is a community builder and arts administrator. Her passion for people and the arts have led her on a winding road of discovery. With a long history as Station Manager at CHUO 89.1 FM, Ottawa-Gatineau’s community driven, independent radio station, she has connected deeply with the arts and culture community. Most recently, she has worked with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Being Art Studio to launch their respective podcast series.
With a background in Environmental Studies and Experiential Learning, Erin is constantly looking for new ways to deepen her knowledge and explore new ways of doing things. Her volunteering experience includes serving on the Board Of Directors of Apt613.ca, House of PainT, and currently as a music writer for earSHOT! She was a juror for both the Polaris Music Prize and FACTOR.
Born in Montreal, Deborah Margo lives in Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University/Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine and the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. She is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts, at the University of Ottawa, where she has taught courses in studio arts to undergraduate and graduate students. Her writing on the visual arts has been published in various periodicals, monographs and exhibition essays. Finally, during the spring, summer and fall she also works as a gardener designing, planting and maintaining gardens in the Ottawa Valley.
Tina Le Moine received a BA in Media Arts at the AKI Academy of Art & Design in Holland. Her graduation film, Texas-Diners, won second prize at the second International Video Festival Friesland. She co-founded and ran an International Film Festival for four years in Amsterdam and Vancouver. In 1995 she produced a 30-minute stop-motion film-noire with support from the NFB. Tina has worked as a Visual Effects Artist for TV shows and feature films including Stargate, The New Adams Family, The Hidden Fortress, and Inside the International Space Station. Many of her animation shorts have been screened in Canada and Europe. She currently teaches Animation workshops through MASC.
Kim Alpert combines analog and digital technologies, movement, music, and interactivity, to create sculptural and performance-based video systems. Kim’s visual practice centers on humanism with inquisitions into psychology and spirituality – understanding and translating the impact of visual language to create meaning. Kim is an active member of the improvisational performance community and servers on the board of Experimental Sound Studio.
Kim Alpert holds degrees in Digital Art & Design from Full Sail University and was inducted into their hall of fame in 2013. Kim’s work has been seen at The Art Institute of Chicago, Symphony Center, SOFA Expo, The Stony Island Arts Bank, The Walker Art Center, as well as various galleries and festivals across internationally. Kim’s interactive room, Bodyphonic, a gesture driven instrument and longitudinal sound visualizer, is on display at the Studio Bell, National Music Center of Canada.
Travis Boisvenue has worked in marketing and media-production for over 10 years. By day, he managers the marketing team for i-Sight, one of the fastest growing software companies in Ottawa. A former journalist, he’s directed and edited music videos, short documentaries, and experimental short films with close collaborators in Ottawa and across the country. He’s also the co-creator of the CITY SLANG, a long-running radio show & podcast that’s been syndicated across Canada.
Trish Sawhney, BMus, B.A, L.L.B., is a licensed lawyer in the Province of Ontario. Her interest in the legal profession stemmed from her experiences as a musician and her first-hand understanding of the importance of protecting one’s creative works. As such, Trish found herself captivated by the world of intellectual property law. Trish is well-versed in securing, protecting, enforcing, and licensing various intellectual property rights of creators and owners in a wide range of industries. Trish is excited to support the development and growth of artists throughout the local community by offering her strategic and analytical expertise to the DARC Board of Directors.
Hingman Leung is a self-taught independent filmmaker who uses storytelling for social good. Her background in film photography and music production combined with her intercultural research and professional expertise underpin her filmmaking approach. Her first documentary film, No Doggy Bag Please received the 2015 Public Ethnography Award from Royal Roads University and was selected to screen at the Waste in Asia Conference and Film Festival in 2015. Her 2020 narrative short, Curbside Pickup, received Best Director, Best Film, and Emerging Experimental Filmmaker awards at Digi60; and is currently in the festival circuit having been selected to the Toronto Short Film Festival and another soon-to-be-announced Canadian festivals.
Yan (Yanran Zhu) is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto/Beijing. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and studied and lived in Canada. She holds an MA degree in Film Studies from Carleton University, focused on post-colonial Cinema.
Ashford Sabastien Callender is an Ottawa-based experimental digital artist, as well as a community educator and organizer. Inspired by psychedelic futurism, he uses his background in audio and video post-production within creative mediums such as web, film, and video to explore and create thoughtful, immersive, cross-cultural audio/visual experiences — one of his primary goals is to encourage people to see art, primarily, as a participatory space where we all have the power to alter our capacity for connection and understanding… and also encouraging people to peer into the technology side of art, to help inspire and create new visions.
Nate Estabrooks is a graduate of the prestigious Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre and member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. Nate Estabrooks is a workshop instructor with a wide and practical film path to draw from. As a talented feature director, VFX artist and award-winning screenwriter, he is a founding member of Space Tigers Inc, a production pipeline offering VFX and post-production services and continues to develop his toolset through 360 videos, VR storytelling and computer-generated imagery.
Aia Raafat is a trilingual Ottawa-Gatineau based communications professional and filmmaker. Aia has a Bachelor degree of Arts with honours and holds a Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa in Communications and Media Studies. During her studies, Aia worked as a teaching assistant at the UOttawa and conducted research analyzing video content on social media platforms. Driven by her passion for arts, Aia focuses her creative work on promoting the work of not-for-profit organizations in Canada via video content. Aia aspires to empower vulnerable and diverse populations including immigrant youth, racialized women and LGBTQ2+ communities with creative and artistic skills to tell their stories. Aia attended the Deutche Wille (DW) school for online blogging and video production where she trained in Germany’s national broadcasting studios. She then passed the certification exams for Adobe Premiere, Adobe After effects and Apple FinalcutX. Aia is currently exploring cost-efficient and innovative digital video techniques such as smartphone technology and VR to apply in her future video projects. Aia volunteered with UNISDR where she led the production of video content for the third world conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Sendai, Japan. She volunteered with the Daytime Ottawa crew at RogerTV cable 22 for several years. Aia has been working in communications and teaching video production for over 7 years now.
Emily Ramsay is a producer, production manager, and festival director who focuses on local, grassroots storytelling in the Ottawa region. Emily specializes in micro-budget, short and long-form, documentary and narrative projects while freelancing in development, festival strategy, post-production management and producing. Her docu-series “Vs.: Women in Combat Sports”, is in production of its second season and profiles female martial arts and combat sports athletes in the Ottawa region. She is the Executive Director of the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival, is a graduate of the Algonquin Scriptwriting and WIFT Media Business Essentials programs, and is a recipient of the CMPA Ontario Production Mentorship, WIFT Connect Mentorship, Toronto Arts Council grant, and City of Ottawa Youth in Culture grant. She is also a producer with AMI, a not-for-profit broadcaster that creates content by and for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and supports accessible media for people with disabilities.
Penelope Walcott is an experienced sound designer, editor, and field recordist. Originally from Vancouver, BC, she now resides in Ajax, Ontario. Penelope began her career in sound as both a classical pianist and composer, having performed in Canada, UK, US and Italy; with pieces performed in Canada, Japan, and the UK. Penelope has been involved in audio post production for about 10 years, and has worked on both independent and documentary productions. Last year, she was chosen as one of 6 recipients for the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Women in Post program. For Penelope, sound design is one of the most effective tools for creative story-telling, and she is always honoured to deepen both her knowledge and creative energy in the audio visual medium.
Bianca Rogers‘ work synthesizes filmmaking and activism. She has produced documentaries and videos for political campaigns, grassroots activist organizations, museums, universities, and non-profit organizations. She has directed and produced two documentaries on the refugee crisis in Europe, “Studio Series: Lesvos”, and “View(points) 360”. She currently works at The New School as a digital content producer. Bianca earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in Media and Culture, at The New School where she studied media ethics and media representation. She believes in the power of storytelling to create a more inclusive and just world.
Sam Seguin has a passion for blending storytelling and sound design to create rich audio narratives. He graduated from The Audio Recording Academy (Ottawa) in 2009 and has worked as a recording engineer for over 10 years. In early 2020 he shifted to podcast production and has since been a recordist, editor, producer, and sound designer on shows including RBC’s Disruptors, Expedia’s Out Travel The System, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Justice Vs.
Nakesha Chong is a professional makeup artist and educator based in Ottawa, ON. Over the last decade, she has worked in the many different realms of makeup including cosmetic sales, live master classes and fashion arts. Her genuine connection to her clients and projects have helped build a diverse resume and portfolio. Nakesha has certifications in beauty, editorial, and special effects makeup that has allowed her to specialize in media arts. Her strong work ethic has led to a budding career in film and television as a key makeup artist on set. Her passion, creative vision, and attention to detail are seen in her work as she makes her mark one production at a time.
Leonard Chan is a writer/comedian from Toronto, Canada. As a comedian, he has been heard on CBC’s The Debaters, Laugh Out Loud, and Sirius/XM radio and seen on stage at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Halifax Comedy Festival, JFL42, StandUp NBC in New York, and Just For Laughs in Montreal. As a writer, he’s spent a little time in the writer’s room for international hit Kim’s Convenience, 16 Hudson, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Adam Saikaley is a musician currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His musical practice involves improvisation, experimentation, and composition. He’s a pianist, guitarist, and harpist. He uses dvd players, no-input mixers, and speaker cones as instruments. He works in both acoustic and electronic music, solo and collaboratively. Sets sound to images. Born in Ottawa, Canada, he received his B. Music in Piano Performance and Sonic Design from Carleton University.
Rebecca Watson is an artist and art historian using a feminist and Queer perspective to explore the intersection of themes such as sexuality, surveillance, religion, and digital realities. Watson’s work — both written and within her arts practice — aims to challenge oppressive, patriarchal systems through education and awareness. Rebecca is finishing her Masters of Art History at Carleton University and is a graduate from Nipissing University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts.
The Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC) board of directors consists of 3-12 members, each elected for three-year terms. Elections are held annually at the members’ annual general meeting. Board members may serve consecutive terms but must stand for re-election by the membership.