ginger coons

ginger coons is a designer, artist, sometimes-academic and all-round trouble maker. Her work specializes in topics of intellectual property, civil liberties and truth in production. This applies just as much to her writing as to her visual practice. She is a firm believer in Free/Libre Open Source Software and spends much of her time advocating for its use and advancement. She is lead developer of the Open Colour Standard, as well as a founding editor of Libre Graphics Magazine.

Project title:When We Were Bigger Than We Are Now

Vanessa Matsui & Liane Balaban

LIANE BALABAN is an award-winning actor/performer, and nationally-broadcast poet. She studied journalism at Ryerson University, and has written for Maisonneuve Magazine, Strut, The Gazette, and The National Post. As an editorial assistant at Watch Magazine, she was responsible for recruiting and moderating teen focus groups. She also edited Venus, a zine for teen-aged girls with a focus on sexual health education. In 2000, Liane co-hosted one of Canada's first online radio shows, on, devoted to broadcasting independent pop music from around the globe. She is currently a video curator for

VANESSA MATSUI is an actor, improviser, director and writer. Selected acting credits include the critically acclaimed webseries The Bitter End Cassie the teenage oracle in the Showcase series Lost Girl, and her directorial debut Callback (Winner, Best Short Film, Audience Choice ACTRA awards 2008), which she also co-wrote and starred in. Vanessa co-created the award winning theatre company WAKING THE GIRL. Their inaugural production, Fair(l)y (S)tale: a story unbound (written by A. Kellock), won the award for Best New Play at the Liverpool International Theatre Festival and was invited to tour Canada with the prestigious World Theatre Festival and Congress. This gave Vanessa the opportunity to meet teenage girls in rural communities, and dialogue with them about the challenges they confront in pursuing their dreams.

Project title: Crankytown


Courtney Montour

Courtney Montour is a Mohawk from Kahnawake, now residing in Montreal. She has a BA in journalism from Concordia University and currently works as a multimedia producer at Mushkeg Media, a production company specializing in documentary films about the Native experience. She also acts as a researcher and sound person and recently co-directed a "making of" video about the third season of the APTN TV series Finding Our Talk. She conducted video interviewers for the Canada-wide Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study and was selected as the CBC News Online correspondent for the 2009 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts festival in Toronto. She currently coordinate’s McGill University's Aboriginal Field Course, held in Kahnawake. The interdisciplinary course introduces students to Native customs, values and ways of life through hands-on activities and workshops led by community facilitators.

Project title: Kahnawake Voices


Katarina Soukup

KATARINA SOUKUP – Creative lead, content specialist, media artist, documentary filmmaker. Katarina Soukup brings with her almost ten years of experience as a documentary and multimedia producer with award-winning, internationally acclaimed Inuit filmmakers Igloolik Isuma Productions, the creative team behind the Canadian cinema classic Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (2000), winner of the Camera d'or at Cannes 2001. Her producing work with Isuma includes a number of documentaries and SILA, an interactive educational website produced with Telefilm's New Media Fund in 2005. Soukup founded Catbird Productions with a desire to produce exciting, socially relevant independent documentary, short, fiction, and interactive projects. As a filmmaker, she seeks out projects that tell powerful human stories and reveal the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary. Under Catbird, she has already produced several documentaries including Tusarnituuq! Nagano in the Land of the Inuit (2009) by Félix Lajeunesse. Before embarking in filmmaking, Soukup's media art projects were presented at art venues in Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, the USA, and in Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Other team members : Caroline Bâcle (Creative Lead, Under the City Documentary film) Andrew Emond (photographer/ art director), Jonathan Bélisle (user experience designer), Jonathan Grenier (programmer) and Kim Sawchuk (project mentor)

Project title : Under the city mobile


Michelle Smith

Project lead, Writer, Designer.
Documentary filmmaker and Media Educator of Métis ancestry with an MA in Communications.

Credits include: Director, Writer – Healthy Beginnings, Supportive Communities, Strong Futures, DVD produced by the Métis Centre of the National Aboriginal Health Organization (2010) Facilitator, Co-Creator – Métis Youth Media Project (2009) Co-Director – DetermiNATION Songs (2009) Director – 3 documentaries for Finding Our Talk 3 (Ktunaxa, Chitimacha, Maori) (2009), Director, Producer - Buried Traces (2008) Co-Director – Turbulent Waters (2004)

Project title : Ota nda yanaan - We are here

Ellen Tang

Since graduating from Queen's University, Ellen Tang has worn many hats in documentary production, video art, writing and editing. Her short films "medicine" and "Girl Any More" have screened at festivals across Canada and internationally. She is also a founding member of MAKILA, a Montréal cooperative dedicated to socially relevant new media. While she experiments using different tools, a preoccupation with issues of culture and identity is a constant theme in her work. Born in Hong Kong, Ellen speaks English, French and Cantonese.

Project title: Picture Press