Reel Research Speakers Series

The Reel Research Speakers Series features experts selected to illuminate the biological and social science as well as the practical reality behind the subject matter of the films. We hope the series will create a three-way dialogue between you-the audience members, the creators of the films you’ve watched, and these experts. They were chosen to provide their insights and help dispel myths about aging. Please ask about anything that comes to mind as you watch the films. Your questions are required to spark the needed dialogue about the complex issues these films have explored. We are confident the perspectives of these speakers will open your mind about aging and its possibilities.



Amanda Bluglass

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 10:30 AM



Amanda Bluglass is a British award-winning film maker who specialises in short documentary character studies. A former BBC newshound with a love of photography, she combines her eye for composition with curious storytelling.




Anna Cooley

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 1:30 PM



Anna Cooley is a filmmaker from Mohkinstsis (Calgary) who is hungry for projects that handle important subjects with humour. She wrote and directed the short doc Garden Shark: there are some things dementia can’t touch, short film Sleepwalker and feature doc A Sauropod Abroad. Anna is an alumna of the Women In the Directors Chairs Story and Leadership Program, and the Academy Directors Program for Women. Her cinematography work can be seen in Clebs, a short documentary, winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Short Film at the 2020 Berlinale.




Patricia Doyle-Baker

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 10:30 AM



Dr. Doyle-Baker’s career has been framed around exercise and sport science and she describes herself as a health conversationalist with a sporty leadership style! Tish completed her Doctor of Public Health degree in California with a PhD in exercise prescription for chronic diseases. She is a professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Kinesiology and saves the weekends in winter to coach Alpine Skiing and in the summer cycling.




Lois Faris

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 4:30 PM




I am fortunate to have enjoyed a lifetime of work that is in alignment with my values. I am deeply committed to supporting people to create a life of meaning and purpose. I began as a high school counselor before working in career services for adults. In 1986 I started Life Transitions, where I did outplacement retirement planning and later life choices with older adults. At age 91 I still do a few presentations and coaching appointments. I returned to University three times for formal training. We need new opportunities for elders to share their skills and knowledge the way they choose. Not only for themselves but also to benefit the community.




Tanya LaPointe

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 4:30 PM




Tanya Lapointe is the co-founder of Les Productions sur le toit (PSLT) and is the director/producer of “The Paper Man”, as well as the co-director and co-producer of “50/50: The Documentary”. Other film credits include working alongside Denis Villeneuve on “Arrival”, “Blade Runner 2049”, and as executive producer on the upcoming “Dune”. As an author, she has penned several books including “The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049”. Prior to her film work, Tanya’s journalistic endeavours spanned 15 years as a reporter for Radio-Canada, RDI and CBC.





Yeonjung Lee

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 1:30 PM



Dr. Yeonjung Lee is Social Gerontologist and Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Calgary. Her entire career has been dedicated to the study of older adults. More specifically, Yeonjung’s research program focuses on improving the quality of life of older adults through understanding their lives to inform effective policies and practices, especially in the context of caregiving, home care, and aging in place/community. Currently, Yeonjung is leading a community-based research by exploring the experiences and perceptions of aging in community, as well as perceptions of accessibility to social, physical, and community resources among older adults living in Calgary.





Amy McDonough

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 1:30 PM




Amy leads the United Minds program at United Active Living in Calgary, Alberta. In this role, Amy implements and leads the company’s integral living and relationship-centered philosophy, educating and empowering front-line staff, managers, families, and residents to support those living with dementia. Before joining the team at United Active Living, Amy was the co-lead and educator for the Dementia Butterfly Model of Care Project with Dementia Care Matters at Intercare Southwood Care Center.




Mark Metcalf

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 4:30 PM




Mark Metcalf just became three quarters of a century old. For two thirds of that time he has made his living exclusively as an actor and occasionally as a producer and writer in what is called "the show business." He did own a bar/restaurant for a while called Libby Montana. Sadly it was in Wisconsin and not Montana, but that was a bit like show business, too.




Neil Myers

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 10:30 AM




Neil Myers is a native Californian who has lived for the past 32 years in Santa Barbara. As the owner of a successful marketing firm, Neil has been telling stories for the past 32 years. His lifelong goal is to make documentary films. When Neil was involved in a near-fatal bicycle accident in 2018, from which he survived, healed, rehabbed and ultimately returned to triathlon competition, he realized he had the basis for his first documentary. Climb is Neil’s first documentary film.




Dawn Nagazina

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 1:30 PM




Dawn Nagazina is an ambitious and emerging Métis-Canadian filmmaker and actor based in Calgary, Alberta. Her innate curiosity draws her to places of vulnerability where her mission is to build empathy and inspire authenticity. Dawn produced the award-winning short documentary 'Garden Shark: there are some things dementia can’t touch’. Through the pandemic, completed Whistler Film Festival’s Indigenous Fellowship Program with her short film, 'The Superlative' and she co-created, wrote, produced and acted in a short film anthology series with her producing partner Kelsey Andries. When she’s not producing, Dawn can be found working on her craft of acting; her true love.




Lori Paine

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 1:30 PM




Lori Paine has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost 25 years and with Calgary Seniors Resource Society as Executive Director since 2008. She has led her team in supporting seniors to remain living safely in their own homes and ending loneliness and isolation of those most vulnerable and at-risk through:
• creative and innovative programming;
• diversifying service delivery;
• expanding collaborative efforts in the community; and
• community engagement and development.




Alex Rotas

Saturday, June 12, 2021 @ 10:30 AM




Alex Rotas is an award-winning British photographer who specialises in photographing older sportsmen and women who still compete in national and international championship events through their 60s to 100+. She has exhibited widely in many countries and is a frequent radio and TV speaker in the UK. Above all, she is an anti-agism activist, determined to challenge, through her photography, the widely held, pessimistic notions that getting old inevitably means diminished horizons, purpose, fulfilment and happiness.




Lorraine Venturato

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 4:30 PM




Dr. Lorraine Venturato is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. She held the Faculty's inaugural Chair in Gerontology (2014 - 2019) and has extensive experience as a clinician, educator, and researcher working with older adults. Dr. Venturato uses participatory and arts-based research approaches and her current research explores the lives and homes of older people across Alberta and the NWT. She is also a keen photographer and an inveterate, though currently grounded, traveler.




Navjot Virk

Sunday, June 13, 2021 @ 1:30 PM




Navjot Virk is the Research and Innovative Practice Manager at The Brenda Strafford Foundation. She is a registered nurse who has worked in gerontological nursing for the last ten years. Currently Navjot is a PHD student at the University of Calgary Faculty of Nursing and is interested in exploring healthcare innovation and system level changes.