Pamela is a Financial Management Analyst, UCLA Feature Film Writing graduate, co-founder of It’s Alive Theatre Company, and theatre, dance and acrobatic instructor. Pamela’s life-long passion for visual storytelling finds her behind the scenes, in the scenes or writing the scenes. She is on the board of Women in Film and Television-Atlantic (WIFT-AT), serves as Program Chair for WIFT-AT's annual Women Making Waves conference, and is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) Atlantic, Screen Nova Scotia, Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP), Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) and Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre (PARC). Pamela is honoured to have a part in sharing documentary filmmakers’ stories with fellow film enthusiasts in picturesque Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Artistic & Community Events Coordinator
Debra has over 30 years of film and television experience. Although she has several degrees, all of her media experience was learned while on the job. She has been visiting Lunenburg since 1994 and finally made the big move a few years ago. She is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada, Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) Atlantic, Women in Film and Television - Atlantic (WIFT-AT) and the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative (AFCOOP). Debra was very excited about being asked to be part of the annual Lunenburg Doc Fest!
Inge is a resident of Lunenburg where she operated a Folk Art gallery. For many years she has served on the Folk Art Festival committee and the Planning and Exhibition committee at the Lunenburg Art Gallery. Inge feels passionate about Lunenburg and developing the arts scene further by bringing a documentary film festival to this community.
Prior to becoming Chair of ArtsandTV.company Inc., a digital media technology company , Ian was a director and founding principal of Thompson Lightstone & Company, one of North America’s largest market research firms. Ian has served as Chair or Board Member of many organizations, including the Bridgepoint Health Foundation, Opera Canada magazine and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. He is a past President of the Professional Marketing Research Society and the Canadian Association of Marketing Research Organizations. Ian also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Gore Mutual Insurance Company and the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI). He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (MBA), and McGill University (BA), and a Fellow of The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at McGill University, and a Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association of Canada.
Ian and Margaret Lightstone have been residents of Blue Rocks, Nova Scotia for the past thirteen years and love their time on the South shore.
Margaret is an entrepreneur who balances a successful travel consultancy with a creative lifestyle. Margaret is CEO of MJI Global Inc., a major business and leisure travel booking group within Avenue Travel. When not booking clients on successful business or enjoyable leisure trips Margaret spends her time in her Blue Rocks NS garden, scoping out interior design projects, reading, playing tennis, or being Nanna to her grandson. Marg and Ian Lightstone have been Blue Rock, Nova Scotia residents for the past thirteen years and enjoy every minute on the South Shore.
Bruce MacCormack, B. Eng, MBA
Bruce is a seasoned executive with a background in operations, sales, marketing and corporate strategy in the media, telecom and technology sectors. He is currently with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) / Radio-Canada where he has the mandate to develop and implement a comprehensive Media Asset Management system to unify the digital production of Television, Radio and Interactive media for the national French and English networks. He was Vice President – Business Development for The Chronicle Herald newspaper where he managed product development for digital news delivery in addition to the sales and marketing operations. His media experience also includes being the founding President of CanWest Interactive where he established the Canada.com network of local news portals. He has been the President & COO of MTS Advanced Media, the product development, directory advertising and internet services arm of Manitoba Telecom Services. At Nortel he also had roles in product management and global corporate strategic planning. He has built teams of employees from the ground up, managed mergers and renewed corporate cultures. Bruce has been a member of the Young President’s Organization, a Past President of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and was the Chair of The Atlantic Film Festival.
& Associate Programmer
Walter Forsyth produced Shandi Mitchell’s, The Disappeared, nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards. He won TIFF's 2011 Pitch This! award and received a Sundance Doc Fund grant. He produced Andrea Dorfman’s How To Be Alone and wrote and directed several award winning documentaries including 30 Takes: Three decades of Independent Filmmaking in Atlantic Canada, LSD 25 and Nova Scotia Folk Art. He founded the Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival as Executive Director of The Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, worked as a programmer for the Atlantic Film Festival, sat on the board of directors at the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and is Vice-Chair of DOC Atlantic. He teaches film studies and is the Development Coordinator at Lunenburg Doc Fest.
Producer, director, journalist, writer, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 films and TV series during a 44 year career. He is responsible for more than 200 hours of programming. Raymont’s films have been honoured with 52 international awards including 13 Geminis (45 nominations), Gold and Silver Hugos and The Sesterce d’Argent, among others. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire received the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary and the 2006 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award.
Raymont is the Executive Producer and co-creator of the award-winning TV drama series The Border (38 X 1 hr), produced for the CBC, sold to over 25 broadcasters and versioned into 11 languages. The highly-rated CBC drama series Cracked (21 X 1 hr) was broadcast in 30 countries.
Raymont’s films are often provocative investigations of “hidden worlds” in politics, the media, and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice.
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (2007) and Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2009) were shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Long Form Documentary. They both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. A Promise to the Dead won 9 awards, including the DGC Award for Best Documentary and the 2008 Academy of Canadian Cinema’s Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary. Genius Within, co-directed by long-time collaborator Michèle Hozer, was released theatrically in Canada, USA, Germany and Australia.
West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson was released theatrically across Canada, screened in the U.S, the UK, The Netherlands and Norway. It received 6 international honours, including the Directors’ Guild of Canada’s prestigious Alan King Award.
Raymont’s work includes the popular sports documentaries The New Ice Age: A Year in the Life of the NHL, (CBC – 6 X 1 hrs), co-produced and co-directed with Joseph Blasioli and Chasing the Dream, following the lives of three prospects, from the U.S., the Dominican Republic and Canada, vying to find a spot on the Toronto Blue Jays.
He recently completed two feature length documentaries, Guantanamo’s Child, about controversial inmate at Guantanamo Bay, Omar Khadr and Painted Land: In Search of the Group of Seven, which focuses on a group of researchers who set out to find the vistas that inspired Canada’s most famous artists – The Group of Seven. He is currently producing films on Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, a 5X1 hr series Arctic Secrets and developing a 6 X 1 hr internationally-produced drama series on Alexander Graham Bell.
Christopher Ball, CSC
Christopher began his film career at the age of nine when he discovered a home movie camera in his parent’s attic. Several thousand feet of film and fourteen years later, he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. Since then, his work as a Cinematographer and Camera Operator has taken him to Europe, the Caribbean and across Canada and he has developed a specialty for Arctic, adventure and aerial photography. Christopher has shot eight theatrical feature films and one which he shot and co-produced. He has also worked as a cinematographer, producer, assistant director and director on award winning dramas, TV series, documentaries, commercials, short films and music videos. Christopher’s body of work has toured numerous festivals, aired on HBO, TMN, CBC, VISION TV and several foreign broadcasters and played in theatres worldwide. Awards for Christopher’s work include:
- Gemini Nomination for Best Photography in a Documentary for “Diet of Souls”
- The William F. White Cinematography Award 22nd Atlantic Film Festival for “Quality Viewing”
- The William F. White Cinematography Award 24th Atlantic Film Festival for “Diet of Souls”
- The William F. White Cinematography Award 27th Atlantic Film Festival for “Fid”
- The William F. White Cinematography Award 29th Atlantic Film Festival for “Four Feet Up”
- Ed Higginson Cinematography Award 31st Atlantic Film Festival for “Charlie Zone”
- Best Cinematography New York Independent Film Festival for the feature, “Black Swan”
- The Cinematography Award New York Independent Film and Video Festival for the Arctic documentary “Nuliajuk, Mother of the Sea Beasts”, DOP Robert MacDonald csc; 2nd Unit DP Christopher Ball csc.
- The Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards, nomination for “Quality Viewing”
- Best Music Video for “Watchmaker”, Silver Wave Film Festival
P.J. is a Gemini award-winning documentary filmmaker with more than 90 hours of programming under his belt. His work over the past two decades has made him one of the most highly sought after documentary director/producers in North America.
His list of broadcasters and collaborators include History Channel (US), History Television (Canada), The Discovery Channel (US, Canada, and International), Parks Canada, Parcs Canada, The Canadian Space Agency, Channel Four (UK), Channel Five (UK), National Geographic (US and International), Oasis HD, Travel Alberta, Defence Research Board, Canal + (France), Investigation Discovery (US), Military Channel (US), Animal Planet (US), Canal D (Quebec), and Global Television (Canada).
P.J. possesses a diverse and impressive skill set. He's just as comfortable with a backpack and a couple DSLRs in the high arctic shooting a Defence Research Board clean up project, as he is directing a CGI intense big budget, docu-drama like the recent series Air Aces.
P.J.’s work has won the following awards and recognition:
- 2014 Canadian Screen Awards nominee • Best Direction in a Documentary Series (Air Aces: Red Tails)
- 2012 History Makers International Award • Best Historical Drama Nominee (Nazi Hunters)
- 2011 Gemini Award • Best Director in a Documentary Series (Nazi Hunters)
- 2010/2011 Platinum and Gold Remi Awards Worldfest Houston • (Nahanni and Gwaii Haanas)
- 2009 Banff World Television Award Nominee • (Point Pelee and Quttinirpaaq)
- 2006 Platinum Remi Award Worldfest Houston • Best Documentary Special (Targeting Terror)
- 2003/2004 Nominated for Gemini Award • multiple categories 2 years in a row (F2:Forensic Factor)
- 2003 Gold "HUGO" Chicago International Film Festival • Best Documentary Series (F2:Forensic Factor)
- 2003 Silver Award Worldfest Houston • Best Documentary Series • Science and Research (F2: Forensic Factor)
- 2002 Bronze Worldmedal New York Festivals • Health/Medical Issues (Sexual Secrets)
Ken Thomas, Legal
Ken was raised in Lunenburg County and has practiced law in Bridgewater for over 30 years. He is married to Rhian Calcott and they have four children. When not toiling, he enjoys golf, fishing, jazz, blues, canoeing, and single malt scotch, not necessarily in that order.