The 2019 Kamloops Film Festival Committee.
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 at the former. 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 has now stepped into a new role as the Kamloops Film Society Executive Director, overseeing both the KFF and the Thursday Film Series. Dušan is also the Artistic Producer of Project X Theatre, which delivers a live family theatre festival each summer in Prince Charles Park.
The 2019 Kamloops Film Festival is building on the many successful engagement initiatives of KFF 2018, continuing to reach out to our supportive Kamloops community to develop more partnerships and provide our audiences with activities they can get excited about. However, we never forget the backbone of the KFF, which are the films. We are thrilled by the lineup we will have for you. Come join the fun!
Alicia has a B.A in English Literature and Theatre Studies from Thompson Rivers University, where she is now Writer & Storyteller for the Faculty of Student Development. This is her fifth year with the Kamloops Film Festival; it is certifiably her favourite time of year. She appreciates a well-crafted film above most things in life—alongside travel, laughter, good friends, CBC 2, the company of two bears and a tasty tall latte.
Anyssa Fortie is a Graduate of TRU with her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. She currently works at the Kamloops Art Gallery as the School and Youth Programs Coordinator. This is her first year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival, but has been involved with the Festival in years past, both as an audience member and a supervisor at the Paramount Theatre. Anyssa likes to draw, knit, and hang out with her dog. Her favourite movie of all time is Beetlejuice but is willing to give other movies a chance.
Chantal is a recent graduate or Thompson Rivers University, graduating with a Diploma in Events & Conventions Management, a degree in Business Administration, and a major in Marketing. An avid learner of all things design, marketing and social media, Chantal found her way to the Kamloops Film Festival two years ago and onto the Marketing committee. In her spare time, she can be found shooting photography, listening to music or getting outside.
This is Derek’s 2nd 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!
This is Diana’s first year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival. Diana is the Director of Development for WolfPack Athletics and the Faculty of Adventure, Culinary Arts and Tourism at TRU, where she has worked for the past 11 years. Diana moved to Kamloops from Vancouver 20 years ago and loves our growing and evolving community. She is excited to experience this new adventure with the KFF!
Dion Fortie is a visual artist and an install technician at a local sign business. It is his first year volunteering with the KFF where he helps with film/ticketing/theater relations. In his spare time he enjoys sitting down to a nice breakfast, a good read, and nature’s beauty. Favorite movie: Darjeeling Limited.
Hope is new to volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival, but not new to the working in the creative industry. She is a Marketing and Production Manager at a local film company, Joy Factory Films Inc and also has a professional background in consulting, digital marketing strategies, and event management from Thompson Rivers University and Breda University. Once you get to talking to her, you’ll learn how big of an art nerd she really is, and how much she loves hiking in the mountains surrounding Kamloops – and beyond.
Subcommittees: Volunteer (Co-Chair) & Secretary (Chair)
Janet moved back to Kamloops after living in the Lower Mainland and now works at TRU. With her children all grown up, Janet wanted to get involved in the community. She loves movies because they are a way to escape and experience different people, places and situations. With this in mind, Janet joined the Kamloops Film Festival Committee.
My name is Jenn Mei. I decided to volunteer at the film festival this year because I am passionate about supporting an artistic community and celebrating the immense amount of time and talent that goes into making independent film. It’s also a lot of fun! I am mom of 2 teenage girls and a social worker at the Accessibility Services office at TRU. My personal interests include painting, live music and archery. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone out at the Film Festival this year.
This is Jessi’s second year helping out with the Film Festival! He is a graduate of TRU’s Bachelor of Business Administration and now an employee of TRU as a Student Recruiter & Enrolment Representative. He is excited to be involved with such an integral part of the Kamloops arts community.
Subcommittees: Community Engagement,Theatre Relations, Film Programming
Jon has been with the Kamloops Film Society for 9 years. Born and raised in Kamloops, he completed his BFA in Film from SFU and then returned to Kamloops to raise his two children. He currently works at TRU Open Learning creating visual media content for distance courses. In 1994 he volunteered for the Moving Pictures Travelling Film Festival when it came to Kamloops prior to the creation of the KFF. He absolutely fell in love with watching films in a full size theatre.
Katherina is a graduate of TRU with her Diploma in Events Management and her Bachelor’s in Business Admin. She is currently working at the British Columbia Lottery Corporation. She is an avid movie buff having spent 5 years in management at the now extinct Blockbuster Video. This is her 4th year volunteering with the Kamloops Film Festival.
Katrina’s passion for giving back to the community and viewing the fabulous films at the Festivals throughout the years is what encouraged her to volunteer for the Kamloops Film Festival. She is a mother of three young adults and has been a licensed Realtor for the past 19 years, as well as the co-owner of River City Realty with her husband, Vince. She recently became a grandma of two amazing grandsons. In her spare time, she is an active participant in triathlons, and other running and biking events.
Subcommittees: Volunteer (Co-Chair) and Programming, Ticketing & Theatre Relations
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 thirteen 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.
This is Madyson’s third year helping out with the Film Festival. She got onboard to spend more time with her mom, Katrina. She is a Bachelor of Tourism Management graduate from TRU with a concentration in Events & Convention Management as well as Resort Experience and a minor in Human Resources. She also became a mom to an adorable little boy this year.
Michael grew up in White Rock and lived most of his life in Vancouver’s West End before finding his way to Kamloops five years ago. A passionate pop culture buff, his interest in film goes back decades. Michael has a particular penchant for the horror, fantasy and apocalyptic genres and some of his favourite films include 28 Days Later, The Incredibles and The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This is Michael’s first year with the Kamloops Film Festival and he is excited to help pull off one of Kamloops’ premiere events
This is Nick’s third active year with the Kamloops Film Festival, but he has watched the inner workings of it for years as an employee of the Paramount Theatre. He has seen the impact that this festival has as an integral piece of the local arts community and is very excited to be a part of it now, and hopes this can transition him into being a more contributing member of the arts scene. Nick looks forward to a continued relationship with the Kamloops Film Society, giving people the opportunity to expose themselves to films and genres that they otherwise might not get the chance to see.
Rick hosts a radio show in Kamloops every weekday and is a lifelong Film Fan. After helping with the promotional side of the Festival with the radio station for the last couple of years this is my first year on the committee. This year on the Sponsorship and Marketing subcommittees, I am looking forward to helping any way I can.
Robin is the creator of the Drunk In a Graveyard horror blog, podcast, and YouTube channel. She is a lover of cats, Italian giallo films, typewriters, tea, and cameras. She’s a professional concert photographer who has shot photos for Marilyn Manson, The True Mayhem, DOWN, High On Fire, Blasphemy and many more. She’s just a teenage dirtbag, baby, who unfortunately has a degree in English. She’s a published writer and poet, a frequent speaker on CBC Radio, and her favourite color is vodka.
This is Sadie’s second year with the KFF committee team, persuasively convinced by Dušan Magdolen, who she works with at TRU as a fundraiser for science and nursing. Sadie is looking forward to being part of this new committee and an event that brings new ideas, fun and creativity via film to Kamloops.
This is Sam’s fourth year with the Kamloops Film Festival. He studied Broadcast Journalism and Communications at BCIT and currently works as the Management and Community Relations Coordinator at New Gold – New Afton. Prior to that, he worked for Shaw TV as a videojournalist and producer. Sam is the president of Kamloops Pride and is passionate about the arts, volunteerism and cultivating a community that celebrates diversity.
Scott has written for a variety of genre websites and magazines, covering long forgotten and under-appreciated midnight movies, horror films, festivals and concerts. He is also the co-founder of the horror and underground metal site Drunk in a Graveyard, as well as co-host of the weekly podcast of the same name.
This is Tanya’s fifth year on the film committee and she is still loving every minute of it. Tanya has lived in Kamloops for 20 years and has worked in the insurance industry for 24 years. Her favorite KFF film of the past 5 years was Angry Indian Goddesses and she is looking forward to seeing if this years line up will knock it off her number one list.
This is Tatiana’s second year with the Kamloops Film Festival. She has a BBA in Marketing and Human Resources from Thompson Rivers University, where she is currently working as Events Coordinator for the School of Business and Economics.
My name is Vince Watson. I joined KFF this year to support the cool events that go on during the festival. I’m passionate about event planning and bringing people together to have a good time. In my current role, I coordinate diverse events and marketing campaigns for the Faculty of Student Development at TRU. My hobbies are music and basketball. I’m stoked to bring energy and excitement to KFF! Hope to see you there!