Panelist - David B. Keighley
Panelist – David B. Keighley

Keighley was Assistant Director on the third IMAX film, then Producer of NOMADS OF THE DEEP when Cinesphere was the only IMAX theatre. In 1972 he and his wife, Patricia, co-founded, and David is the President Emeritus of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988 and relocated to Los Angeles in 1997.

Keighley’s been involved in the post-production of more than 400 large-format films, working closely with Hollywood filmmakers such as Chris Nolan and IMAX documentary filmmakers.

Keighley is a graduate of Ryerson’s Motion Picture Studies, a member of The Academy and it’s Sci-Tech Committee, an Associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers and a SMPTE Fellow.

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Panelist – Elan Mastai

Elan Mastai is a Toronto-based screenwriter and novelist whose screenplays have been produced by both independent production companies and major Hollywood Studios. His most recent film, The F Word – a comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver – came out in 2014, after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival. Mastai won the Canadian Screen Award and the Writers Guild of Canada award for the screenplay, and the film has played in more than 30 countries around the world. Mastai’s critically acclaimed debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays, was published in 2017.

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Panelist – Elisabeth Williams

Elisabeth Williams is a Montreal based Production Designer whose main interests lie in character-driven pieces. She has worked on television series and features of various genres. Elisabeth’s recent design work can be seen in the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, and in the second and third seasons of the Emmy nominated FX series, Fargo.

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Panelist - Graeme Ferguson
Panelist – Graeme Ferguson

Ivan Graeme Ferguson was born in Toronto in 1929.

While he was at the University of Toronto, Ferguson helped the renowned filmmaker, Maya Deren to make an experimental film, so. Later Graeme worked on many films in New York City and was then invited back to Canada to make the multi-screen film, Polar Life, for Expo 67.

Ferguson and producer Roman Kroitor to conceive the revolutionary new giant-screen motion picture system, IMAX. They invited Robert Kerr to join them, and the three founded what became IMAX Corporation, with Ferguson as President.

Ferguson produced and directed a number of pioneering IMAX films, including North of Superior, the premier IMAX film for Ontario Place, and The Dream is Alive, shot in space. That film has been now seen by more than forty million people.

In 1993 Ferguson was named a Member of the Order Of Canada, and has received many other awards, including Honorary Doctorates from Victoria University in the University of Toronto and Bradford University in England.

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Moderator – Magali Simard

Magali Simard is the Film Sector Development Officer for the City of Toronto where she leads, develops, and ensures effective delivery of economic development programs and activities to enhance the local and international competitiveness of the City’s Film and Screen Entertainment sector.

Prior to joining the City, Magali was a curator and the senior manager of theatrical programming at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), working on all commercial runs at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as well as overseeing the Film Circuit, TIFF’s outreach programme across the country. She also co-programmed the Canadian Features selection at the Festival. She has served on juries for the Berlinale, Rio de Janeiro’s Curta Cinema, the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Hot Docs and the Sundance Film Festival.

She has hosted screenings and conversations for the National Film Board, Nordisk Panorama, the National Screen Institute, Ryerson University, Telefilm Canada, Prime Time among many others.Magali Simard is from Gatineau, Quebec and has a cinema studies degree from the University of Toronto.

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Panelist – Martha Sparrow

Educated in architecture, philosophy, and film, Martha Sparrow’s interest in narrative and imagined space propelled her towards a career in set design. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, where she returns often as a guest critic.

Martha has worked as art director and set designer in Toronto, Canada, and internationally with such acclaimed filmmakers as Denis Villeneuve, Atom Egoyan, and Brian DePalma. Her independent drawing projects have been featured in the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. Her most recent project, art directing the second season of The Handmaid’s Tale, appears this spring.

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Panelist – Patricia Keighley

Keighley is co-founder (1972) of IMAX POST/DKP Inc., an IMAX subsidiary since 1988. Now based in Los Angeles, CA, the company has been involved in the large format post-production of 400+ films released in film, digital and IMAX with Laser projection theatres worldwide, over the past four decades.

Keighley is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, an Associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and previous SMPTE Vice President and Governor. Keighley holds a BA in Psychology (McMaster University), a M.Ed. (University of Toronto) and Directors Education Certification from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

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Panelist – Sarah Buell

Sarah Buell is a First Assistant Director and independent producer working in Toronto, Canada. Beginning in the film business in Prince Edward Island twenty years ago, Sarah has lived and worked in Toronto for the past 17 years, contributing to such varied productions as The Handmaid’s Tale Season 2, The Girlfriend Experience, Man Seeking Woman, and Covert Affairs. She and her recently formed production company, Birchwolfe Productions, have just wrapped principal photography on their first feature film.

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