DGC Canada presents Home is where the Work is: A Discussion about Directing in Canada
Jordan Canning has directed more than a dozen short films which have played at festivals all over the world, including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and Interfilm Berlin. Among them, Countdown has won a Golden Sheaf for Best Director; Not Over Easywas a finalist in CBC’s Short Film Faceoff and swept all three awards at the NSI Online Film Festival; Seconds won the 2012 TIFF RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition and the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award; and The Tunnel, premiered at Cannes as part of Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent program. In 2013, Jordan directed all thirteen episodes of the IPF-supported web series Space Riders: Division Earth for CTV.ca. Her first feature, We Were Wolves, premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Deanne Foley is an award-winning filmmaker who made her mark with comedic shorts, Trombone Trouble and The Magnificent Molly McBride. Her debut feature, Beat Down, starring Marthe Bernard (Republic of Doyle) & Robb Wells (Trailer Park Boys), won three Canadian Comedy Award nominations including Best Direction and five awards at domestic and international film festivals. Deanne’s sophomore feature, RELATIVE HAPPINESS, a romantic comedy, based on the best selling novel by Cape Breton writer, LESLEY CREWE, was selected for Telefilm Canada’s Perspective Canada CANNES 2014 and is shortlisted for Whistler Film Festival’s 2014 Borsos BEST CANADIAN Feature award. She is a member of Directors Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of Canada, WIFT-Atlantic and NIFCO.
Andrea Dorfman is an artist and filmmaker based in Halifax, NS. She has made many short experimental, dramatic and animated films as well as the feature films, Parsley Days (2000), Love That Boy (2003) and the documentary, Sluts (2005). Recently Dorfman completed two animated films with the National Film Board, the Emmy-nominated Flawed (2010), and Big Mouth (2012). How To Be Alone, her collaboration with singer/poet Tanya Davis, has garnered almost 7 million YouTube hits. Davis is the star of her latest feature film, Heartbeat (2014).
Andrea Levesque loves to get a conversation going! She was a talent wrangler and researcher with the CBC late night and online show Zed. Within a couple of years, Andrea moved up to content producing interviews for Zed. She also produced over 90 interview segments for a Vancouver arts and entertainment magazine show, and worked in various positions in the documentary-reality field. Andrea is now the Operations Coordinator with the Directors Guild of Canada – Atlantic Regional Council, and an active member of Women in Film and Television- Atlantic.