Q&A - SHUT UP & SAY SOMETHING
Thursday, March 1 at 9pm
Hotel 540, 540 Victoria Street
Join Shut Up & Say Something Writer/ Director, Melanie Wood, and Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of the Knowledge Network, who are a producer on the film, at an eye opening Q&A post-film.
Melanie Wood’s work pursues themes that are both universal and deeply personal – from School of Secrets, about girls who were instructed to keep silent about their sexual relationship with a teacher, to Liberia ’77, about brothers returning to the war-ravaged land of their childhood. Melanie’s deep understanding of the complexity of human relationships is undoubtedly informed by the geometry of her own family. She’s the eldest of seven, from several different marriages. Melanie related immediately to Shane Koyczan’s search for family since her parents split when she was four and she didn’t see her mother again until she was a teenager.
Rudy Buttignol is the President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network Corporation, and President of BBC Kids, a national channel operated as a joint venture with BBC Worldwide. Buttignol was born in in Pordenone Italy, and immigrated to Canada at the age of four via Pier 21 in Halifax. Buttignol attended York University in the Faculty of Fine Arts. Throughout his forty year career, he has been an independent producer, director, writer and editor of documentary and children's programs, commissioning editor, television programmer, and broadcast executive. Known as the "Canadian broadcasting and documentary guru” and "friend of the auteur in Canada and abroad", Buttignol has been an active participant in the development of Canadian cultural policy, as well as the advancement of the funding and broadcasting of documentary film.