SPEAKERS



Salima Stanley-Bhanji - Lawyer/Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES
SATURDAY, OCT 24 @ 10:30 AM



Salima is a lawyer and filmmaker and the CEO of Humainologie, a not for profit whose mission is spread empathy, increase inclusion and reduce discrimination. Salima has produced/directed over 20 short films for Humainologie in three languages receiving 10 awards and over 20 selections at film festivals worldwide. She has spent a decade in management roles in the not for profit sector, including as the Executive Director of Vibrant Calgary, and as the General Counsel of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Salima is also a member of the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee and a mentor for SheMeets, which supports the success of women artists and innovators of colour. Salima is a barefoot runner, an avid hiker of the Camino de Santiago, and mother to a two-year old bundle of life.




Martin Parnell - Guinness World Record Holder, Athlete, Documentary Cast

Speaking as part of:
THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES
SATURDAY, OCT 24 @ 10:30 AM



In 2010, Martin Parnell ran 250 marathons in one year, and raised over $1.3m for the humanitarian organization Right To Play. His latest book "The Ageless Athlete" will be published in the Spring of 2021.




Nate Dappen - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
THE FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT, I GOTTA WEAR SHADES
SATURDAY, OCT 24 @ 10:30 AM



Nate Dappen co-owns an award-winning documentary production company called Day’s Edge Productions where we specialize in telling stories about science, nature, conservation and adventure. His images, films, books and other projects have been featured by organizations like National Geographic, The Washington Post, Scientific American, The World Wildlife Fund and many others. He graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2005 where he studied photography and biology. In 2012, Nate got his PhD in biology before starting Day’s Edge Productions with Neil Losin. Since then, Nate has been a full-time documentary filmmaker. When he's not on the road, he spends his free time surfing with his wife, Amanda and hanging out with his two dogs, Moose and Mola.




June Churchill - MSW, MRE

Speaking as part of:
I DID IT MY WAY
SATURDAY, OCT 24 @ 4:30 PM




June Churchill is a retired clinical social worker. Her passion in retirement is in conscious aging and conscious dying.. Since 2015she has been co chair of the Calgary Chapter of Dying with Dignity Canada . She has presented many workshops about Medical Assistance in Dying (known as MAID)both before and after Bill C 14 legalized medically assisted death in June 2016.




Rosvita Dransfeld - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
I DID IT MY WAY
SATURDAY, OCT 24 @ 4:30 PM



Rosvita Dransfeld is an award winning documentary filmmaker, celebrated for her powerful cinematic films that gained her the title of being Canada's Modern Master of Cinema Verite.



Mike Lang - Filmmaker, Health Narrative Specialist

Speaking as part of:
Being There: Film Screening & Discussion about Living Well in the Third Act
SATURDAY, OCT 24 @ 6:00 - 7:30 PM



Mike Lang is a health narrative specialist, researcher, filmmaker, and PhD student at the University of Calgary. He has directed and produced four feature-length documentaries and two web series, all focused on different aspects of health and wellness, in addition to publishing academic research articles and facilitating the creation of over 700 short Digital Stories with people around the world. Mike’s professional and research focus is on using both Digital Storytelling and documentary filmmaking in research, quality improvement, advocacy, and a therapeutic capacity within healthcare systems.




Derek Moser - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 10:30 AM




Derek Moser is a savvy fundraiser, a keen documentary enthusiast and a pretty swell guy. After being away from TV/Film for a few years, the need to create stories about causes he's passionate about was too strong. Derek is very proud to be part of this festival where he hopes his Rainbow Elders and all members of the aging LGBTQ+ community will shine. Rainbow Elders is his documentary short directorial debut.




Dr. Olive Bryanton - PhD, Documentary Cast

Speaking as part of:
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 10:30 AM




Olive is an 83 year old lifelong learner and a long-time advocate for older adults. In November 2018, she successfully defended her PhD, Pioneers in Aging: Voices of Women Age 85 and Older Aging in Place in Rural Communities.

Olive currently: Co-chairs the PEI Government Promoting Wellness, Preserving Health Action Plan Implementation Council; is Atlantic Representative on the Age-Well Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee and is Canadian representative on an intergenerational age-friendly living ecosystems project.




Marcia Connolly - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
THE BEST IS YET TO COME
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 10:30 AM




Marcia Connolly is an award-winning filmmaker. In response to her documentary on artist Annie Pootoogook, Atom Egoyan stated, “Her camera has found a beautiful way of implicating itself… creating an intimacy and sense of spiritual kinship which is profoundly touching and rare.” Characteristics that continue to define Connolly’s body of work. Her feature "Spring & Arnaud” was awarded the Audience Top Ten at Hot Docs and the documentary "Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island" won Best Atlantic Documentary. Connolly received Best Cinematographer at the Atlantic Film Festival and her latest film, "Never Too Old" won the Charlottetown Film Festival's People's Choice Award.




James Mireau - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
YOU GOTTA FRIEND IN ME
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 1:30 PM




James Mireau is a filmmaker, writer, designer, web developer and composer - not necessarily in that order. "A House Inside a Painting Inside a House" is a short film about his family's experience of Alzheimer's Disease. It's a loving tribute to his father - his past, present and future versions.




Penny Eizenga - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
ALL BY MYSELF
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 4:30 PM




A Toronto-based independent filmmaker and an alumna of the Women in the Director's Chair, Story & Leadership Program. Penny is working towards directing her feature, A Far Cry in 2021, co-written with Gordon Pinsent. Penny has directed and produced several award-winning short films including Martin's Hagge, The Run, Margaret Finds Her Mojo, Grateful Tails and Wilderness and produced the feature film, Go Fish, available online on Amazon Prime. She has produced over 20 concept television pilots and short films in collaboration with The Incubator Studio as well as a 21-episode web series The Giant Comes Out, which screened at the LA Comedy Fest. Her feature screenplay, Put Your Lips On, is currently in development with a UK-based production company.




Tamer Soliman - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
ALL BY MYSELF
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 4:30 PM




Before producing health documentaries, Tamer built his career as a holistic nutritionist, personal trainer and wellness speaker. Making this film has changed the way Tamer understands true health. Moving beyond simply eating well and exercising, Tamer now believes that in order to live in a state of optimal wellness, you need to have a strong sense of community wellbeing. Currently living in Ottawa, Tamer is partnering up with community leaders locally and internationally to continue to spread the message of this film.




Sarah Douglas - Filmmaker

Speaking as part of:
ALL BY MYSELF
SUNDAY, OCT 25 @ 4:30 PM




Sarah is a multi-passionate educator who believes in the power of community wellbeing. As a writer of the film, it is her hope that The Great Disconnect becomes part of a movement to create a more mindful, conscious and connected place for us all to live in. After working and living abroad for a number of years, Sarah is happy to be back in Canada, building her community in Ottawa, Ontario.