General Selection Committee
Arzu is an Administrative Director at the League of Canadian Poets. She is passionate about many forms of creative expression, but particularly visual arts and cinema. Arzu is a self-taught artist and illustrator. She is currently working on illustrating her second children’s book inspired by her travels.
Emile is a native of Trinidad and Tobago with a keen interest in politics, governance and community empowerment. His community work includes time on the boards of York University and the Black Creek Community Health Centre. Emile has held various leadership roles within the York community and is an advocate of youth mentorship.
A recent Cinema and Media Studies graduate (BA) from York University, Ian joins the selection committee after spending last year’s festival as part of its registration team. He has a keen interest in community based narrative and filmmaking. Aside from Regent Park, Ian has also volunteered at Hot Docs as well as the Manifest Film Festival at York. He hopes to expose himself and others to the wide range of perspectives from within the local community, and the city as a whole.
Lisa Anita Wegner
Lisa Anita Wegner is the creative producer of the multi-media company, Mighty Brave Productions. Her work emphasizes authenticity, collaboration, and the possibilities of art as therapy, and has been shown at Phoenix’s Art Museum, the AGO, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche and, most recently, at RAW’s Sensory show at Toronto’s Mod Club.
Brandy Skinner has a strong sense of responsibility to assist and collaborate with all forms of cultivated artistry. Through her volunteering efforts and work related experience she has formed multiple affiliations with not-for-profit organizations geared to support higher education and social reform for the vulnerable sector. Brandy is committed to the revitalization of her community and city.
As a first generation immigrant Lauriana has always been passionate about serving her community. Her volunteer work ranges from sitting on boards of not for profits in Toronto to fostering (and adopting!) rescued dogs.
Emily Macrae has worked with arts organizations in Toronto and Halifax as a dancer, a blogger, a facilitator and, most recently, a ramp builder. She is currently pursuing her commitment to community arts and accessibility through a Masters Degree in Urban Planning at the University of Toronto.
Paul Kurti is a Toronto-based director of films, documentaries and non-profit videos. His films have won awards and has screened at numerous festivals and on television. He is interested in social themes and stories that aim to shed light into different aspects of society and the human condition.
An aspiring writer, Thiviya has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing from York University. Thiviya’s growing interest in art culture stemmed from volunteering with Luminato. With her current interest in film, Thiviya volunteered in 2014’s Regent Park Film Festival. She looks forward to sharing another year of film-loving.
Lauren is a Toronto based scholar, community organizer and social justice advocate. She is passionate about the intersection(s) of identity, place and space along with how public policy, urban planning and new media (podcasting, interactive documentary, film and festival screenings) fosters local culture and citizenship. Lauren holds an honours BA in Human Geography and Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto.
Christina is currently pursuing the third year of her BFA in Screenwriting at York University. A returning programmer, she hopes to once again put together an engaging selection of films for the Regent Park community.
Schools Program Selection Committee
Nadeesh is a recent graduate of the community development program at OISE and has volunteered in and around Toronto with various communities including Regent Park. He is passionate about the arts and believes in its power to liberate, heal, and educate. As part of the RPFF education committee, he hopes to help bring films into the classroom to spark dialogue around community and social justice.
Marc Proudfoot is an educator with the TDSB. He sees film as a catalyst for challenging how we see, understand, and engage with the communities we inhabit. On a deeper level, he believes that film encourages viewers to imagine or see parts of themselves in worlds and stories with which they may or may not be familiar.
Julian has worked in the Regent Park neighbourhood for nine years, as the Coordinator of Computer Education for The Yonge Street Mission. Together with industry professionals, he has developed a film and video editing course for children in the community. He enjoys combining quality education with the curiosity of kids!
Jarrod is a 2015 graduate of YorkU’s BEd program and has been a volunteer at RPFF since September 2014. Through his 10 years as a radio broadcaster Jarrod has played a minimal role in advertising and promoting TIFF, Reel World Film Festival and RPFF. He is excited about being a part of the Education Committee at RPFF and working with the Regent Park Community.
Emerging Directors Selection Committee
Emily is from just outside of Regent Park. She began volunteering for the festival last year. She has worked in film and television for about 8 years, most recently at a local documentary production company in Toronto. Currently she is studying business management at Ryerson University.
Azed Majeed is a producer, director and editor who has worked in television, film and web production for over 14 years. His work includes,Y Africa, Both/And: The Lee Hicks Story, Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam and Sound and Vision, an original series currently airing on Bell Fibe TV.
Victor CH Fan
Victor CH Fan is a proud resident of the Regent Park community, and loves films. An alumnus of the 2013 Canadian Film Centre Editor’s Lab, he has since edited 2 features (Scratch, Empyrean), 2 CFC dramatic shorts, and is currently editing the new TV Drama: Blood and Water.
Lucius Dechausay is a Director, Editor and Illustrator whose interests and art span multiple genres. He worked as a Video Producer on the award-winning talk show The Hour and has directed multiple short films, including Solace in The Dark for The Toronto International Film Festival, and animation The Mark which has screened at festivals around the world (including the RPFF). Currently he is working on a documentary short entitled Kettle.
Setti is black femme storyteller who loves black people. This love is what drives her to create both still and moving images to reflect our beautiful and complicated realities. She is a student of the black women who raised her, the black women who are her peers, and those who came before her.