Join some of the team behind our Festival’s closing night feature, Rustic Oracle, for an intimate lunch panel where you will hear about the making of the film, redefining distribution, and how the team has strategized to reach key audiences.
Featuring Sonia Boileau (director), Carmen Moore (lead actor, Rustic Oracle), Marylou Mintram (Seventh Screen) and moderator Carol Whiteman (Women in the Director’s Chair).
Sonia is a bilingual Kanien’kéha-Québecois filmmaker who focuses on bringing Indigenous content to the screen for viewers of all cultural backgrounds. In 2015, after working in television for almost a decade (tv credits include Last Call Indian, The Oka Legacy, Skindigenous) Sonia wrote and directed her first feature film Le Dep, which premiered at Karlovy Vary Intl Film Festival before making the official selection of many prestigious festivals around the world. She followed up with a short - We’ll Always Have Toynbee - which had a solid festival run and won Best Live Short at the 2018 American Indian Film Festival. Sonia was also the 2016 recipient of the APTN Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of Women in the Director’s Chair Feature Film Award. She has just completed her second feature film Rustic Oracle and is currently in development of a limited series with Radio-Canada on the Indian Residential School system in Quebec.
Carmen has had an extensive career in film and television for over 25 years, with prominent roles in many fan favourite shows.
With a start in local theatre in Vancouver she quickly gained recognition with a couple of Jesse nominations. Auditions for film started a slew of guest starring and recurring roles on many popular TV series. From 2004-2005 Carmen played one of the leads, “Simone”, in Godiva’s and was nominated for her first Leo (BC Film/Television Awards) for her performance. Carmen played the leading role of “Rebecca” in the Canadian Independent Feature Film Unnatural & Accidental and was honored for her performance with the Women in Film and Video Artistic Merit Award at the Vancouver Film Festival in 2006. She played the leading role of “Leona Stoney” for 5 seasons in APTN’s multi-award winning Blackstone for which she won the 2011 Leo award and was nominated for a Gemini award; was nominated for another Leo in 2012 and 2015, and won the Leo in both 2014 and 2016. She was nominated for a 2017 Canadian Screen Award for her performance in Blackstone’s Series Finale.
Carmen played “Loreen Cassway” for the 3 seasons of CBC’s Arctic Air for which she was nominated for a Leo Award in 2012. The past few years have had her recurring on Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Arrow, iZombie, Chesapeake Shores and the Fox series Second Chance.
2018 has proven to be the most exciting of her career thus far. She found herself overseas in Scotland running through the forest as the fierce warrior “Wahkatiiosta” in Starz hit tv series Outlander Season 4. Once home, she jetted off to Quebec to shoot the leading role of “Susan” in the Indy feature Rustic Oracle.
She was recently in Ireland shooting as a recurring guest star on another hit series, to be announced. Carmen was honored at the 2013 UBCP/ACTRA Awards with the “Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award”, for her contribution to the empowerment of women in the Vancouver Film Industry. She has producing credits on two Feature Films as well as one short. Carmen made her directorial debut on the short film Ariel Unraveling (BravoFact) in 2015. Her biggest and most important production to date is her son Jaden.
Marylou Mintram is Cree and from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. She is a graduate from the Toronto Film School and has extensive broadcast experience with CityTV, CTV, Toronto 1, Discovery Channel, and APTN. Selected to take part in the Canadian Media Producers Associations National Mentorship Program, where she gained insight from a seasoned producer. With over twelve years of broad-based experience including being a communications manager, non-profit board governance, fundraising committees, supporting non-profits with public relations and marketing, facilitation and project coordinator. She brings a unique depth and diversity of talent from media relations, direct marketing campaigns for independent service providers, national networks, and assisted start-up joint ventures inclusive of national, provincial and municipal scopes of work. This experience and knowledge will be an asset for planning distribution and marketing campaigns for 7th SCREEN.
Best known as the award-winning producer of Canada’s Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, Carol Whiteman has helped advance the careers of hundreds of women screen directors both nationally and internationally. Through the WIDC, she has produced over 150 short films. She is executive producer on 8 WIDC Feature Film Award films including the Leo Award-winning Lucille’s Ball (dir, Lulu Keating), The Birdwatcher (dir, Siobhan Devine), Never Steady, Never Still (dir, Kathleen Hepburn), Suck It Up (dir, Jordan Canning), as well as Red Snow (dir, Marie Clements), Queen of the Moring Calm (dir, Gloria Ui Young Kim), Rustic Oracle (dir, Sonia Bonspille Boileau) world premiering fall 2019 and the upcoming Dawn, Her Dad and the Tractor (dir, Shelley Thompson). In 2019, Carol completed her doctorate in Transformational Change in education at SFU. Her thesis uncovers the leadership journey of co-creating and delivering WIDC for the last twenty-two years. For more on the
WIDC program: www.widc.ca