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2021 Festival Committee

Dušan Magdolen

Dušan graduated from Westsyde Secondary School, attended Thompson Rivers University (BA-Theatre & BBA-Marketing) and Plymouth State University (MBA – Strategic Marketing Management), and now works as the Executive Director for the Kamloops Film Society, running the Paramount Theatre, the KFF and the Thursday Film Series. He originally became involved with the film festival when committee members were recruiting for people with marketing expertise. After working his way up to Chair, and serving in that capacity for four years, he then stepped into his current role. Dušan has been the Artistic Producer of Project X Theatre and a Development Director at Thompson Rivers University. (Insert shutout to his cutie, Skylar, here).

Emily Brown

Emily recently graduated from Thompson Rivers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English and works full-time as the Patron Engagement Coordinator with the Kamloops Film Society. She is so happy to be even more involved with the KFF this year and working closely with the committee. Emily is so proud to be a part of the arts community in Kamloops and loves working at her quirky little Paramount Theatre. She can’t wait to have the seats filled with film lovers once this pandemic is over. 

Dianne Bell

Dianne is a high school teacher finally putting her love of film, and her MA in film studies, to good use.  She has been a fan and volunteer of the festival for years, often bringing out students to volunteer as well, and getting them hooked on film in Kamloops. She is excited to be working on the committee and connecting with the community in her roles this year.

Shannon Cooper

This is Cooper’s second year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She is excited to watch some amazing films and experience that Film Festival magic.

Aly Couch

Aly is a TRU Journalism graduate and works in Communications at BCLC. She is super passionate about the Kamloops community and being involved in everything it has to offer. This is Aly’s second year volunteering with KFF and is looking forward to an awesome movie lineup.  She believes that wine pairs well with everything, especially a good flick and popcorn. Her favourite movie is the Wizard of Oz.

Anyssa Fortie

Anyssa has been volunteering with the KFF for 4 years now and loves every minute of it. She is a graduate of TRU with her Bachelors of Fine Arts and is a local artist. She loves the hearty arts community we have in Kamloops and is grateful to be a part of it! She loves making, creating, her family and her Dion. Her favorite movie is Beetlejuice but is willing to give other movies a chance.

Dion Fortie

Dion is a visual artist and Sign Guy at a local sign business. This is his fourth year volunteering with the KFF. Dion is tall. Dion is a Leo. Dion loves breakfast, a good read, nature’s beauty and his wife. Favourite movie: UP.

Lavonne Fortie

This is Lavonne’s second year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival on the Community Engagement Committee. She has lived in Kamloops for 29 years and has worked most of those years for SD 73. She is happy to be part of a great city that supports the arts community and has been an avid KFF attendee for 20 years. Lavonne loves being creative and is a member of Kamloops Makerspace; she enjoys anything outdoors especially hiking, biking and growing a garden; also live theatre and film, especially if there is a big bag of popcorn involved!   

Jenna Goddard

This is Jenna’s second year with the Kamloops Film Festival! She has been a long-time festival attendee, and the enticement of supporting this fabulous event combined with the opportunity to obsessively edit press releases drew her in to the KFF squad.
When she’s not teaching or running the Writing Centre at Thompson Rivers University, you’ll find her on a mountain bike, conquering mountains with her hubby, devouring books and/or burgers, or watching movies in a delicious pile of kiddos, blankets, and cats on the couch.

Kevin Martin

Kevin worked at the Cineplex Odeon for nearly 22 years. He has taken a variety of accounting courses at Cariboo College (now TRU). Kevin is currently single, and enjoys the company of his two brothers, a sister and several nephews, nieces (and great nephews!). He collects hockey cards and memorabilia from the Beatles and the Monkees. Kevin has been a member of the KFF Committee for fourteen years. He joined for the love of people and movies; to be able to escape from the real world for a couple of hours, no matter the topic and to learn about different things, which is his favourite part of the cinematic experience.

Jennifer Holmes-Miller

Three years ago, after 20 years of living in the Lower Mainland, Jennifer Holmes-Miller made the leap to Kamloops to marry her college sweetheart. Theatre & film inspire her to see the world through different points of view & better understand the human condition. She has worked as a Background Actor, an Individual Giving Coordinator for a theatre company, and enjoys Volunteering how and where she can. 

Esther Miller

This is Esther’s second year volunteering on the KFF Sponsorship Committee and she’s excited for the 2021 Festival, and just for the opportunity to watch movies on a big screen again (even if it is from the front seat of the car!). When she’s not beating the local bushes for sponsorship funds, you can find her at the local Fisheries Department office, prowling the aisles at Movie Mart or spending time re-discovering the Kamloops area after many years living away from her home town.

Tony Miller

Tony graduated from TRU with some letters after his name. He has lived all throughout Canada (Army brat) and has called Kamloops home for the last 8 years. In pre-covid times, Tony enjoyed up to 60 films per year. He is in his first year with the FilmFest Committee and enjoys many different genres of film.

Rusty Paterson

This year will be my 4th year volunteering for the Kamloops Film Festival. I was introduced to KFF by Cathy Holman who was looking for volunteers. I really enjoy volunteering and the added fact that I get to see the diverse genres of films that I would not otherwise know about is a great fit for me.

Derek Rein

This is Derek’s 4th year on the KFF sponsorship committee after helping out in 2016. He has attended the Film Festival for 20 years, though, and is excited by the growth the festival has made over time!

Janet Roberts

This is Janet’s fifth year with the Kamloops Film Festival as Secretary and co-chair of the Volunteer Committee.  She was born and raised in Kamloops but lived in the Lower Mainland for a number of years.  After moving back to Kamloops, she wanted to become involved with the community and joined the KFF Committee. She is Mom to 2 adult boys and “Baba” to 3 beautiful grandchildren.

Trish Rosenau

Trish Rosenau has called Kamloops her home for the past eighteen years. As an avid fan of the Kamloops Film Festival, it took no persuading when she was asked to be on the team again. Trish has been in the insurance industry for over fifteen years and is a Commercial Insurance Advisor at Wilson Beck Insurance here in Kamloops.

As a mother of a seven-year-old girl, Trish doesn’t have a whole lot of spare time, but whenever possible, she enjoys curling, yoga, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.