About Us

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Filmpool Mandate

We are situated on Treaty 4 Territory, the original lands of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation.

 

The Filmpool serves the broader Saskatchewan Filmmaking community that encompasses treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10.

 

We are all treaty people and we are committed to a decolonial approach as an organization

 

The Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative is a non-profit artist-run centre which supports, encourages, and assists independent, 

visionary filmmaking in Saskatchewan.

BRIEF HISTORY

Founded in 1977, the Filmpool has a proud history of promoting and assisting independent film production and its contribution to Saskatchewan’s cultural expression. We provide our members with film and sound editing facilities, 16mm production equipment, and regular funding opportunities. We host several events such as workshops and screenings and publish regular editions of our magazine, Splice. The Filmpool membership’s objectives are executed by a volunteer Board and committees in cooperation with paid staff.

 

PROGRAMMING

To serve our mandate, the Filmpool provides programming in five key areas; Production, Workshops, Exhibition, Communications and Outreach. The Filmpool provides professional development opportunities in film production and exhibition for our members through these programming initiatives. We strive to develop audiences for independent motion pictures and maintain alliances with other cultural organizations.

Filmpool Staff

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Hagere Selam “shimby”
Zegeye-Gebrehiwot

Executive Director

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Ron Jacobs

Production Coordinator

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Louise BigEagle

Programming & Mentorship Coordinator

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Hilarey Cowan

Member Innovation Coordinator

Board of Directors

As an artist-run cooperative, the Saskatchewan Filmpool is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of members elected at the organization's annual general meeting. Directors serve two-year terms and oversee the management and strategic direction of the organization. Interested in getting involved with the Filmpool? Contact us!

Charles Umeh

President

Charles (he/him) is a Nigerian-Canadian filmmaker (Director/Producer/Editor), film curator, and street photography enthusiast living in Regina. Born and raised in Nigeria, he got his start in Nollywood —the Nigerian film industry—at a very early age as an actor, but later found his calling behind the camera. Charles is passionate about using film as a tool to create positive social change in his immediate community and the world at large. A hardcore community activist, Charles believes in the power of arts, culture, and entertainment media to drive community development. He is the founder and Executive Director of 1st Rate Pictures, an Afrocentric production company dedicated to fresh approaches to creating films, commercials, documentaries, and new media content. Charles is currently the Southern Artistic Director of Common Weal Community Arts Saskatchewan.

Karla Paragg

Vice President

Karla Paragg is a web content specialist based in Saskatoon. She has worked as the Media Coordinator for the Filmpool's Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards (SIFA) each year since 2014. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Regina.

Jeremy Davis

Secretary and Treasurer

Splice Committee Chairperson

Jeremy Davis is a Regina-based independent filmmaker and photographer. His work is primarily focused on landscapes and musicals.  

Style Dayne

Programming Committee Chairperson

Although I am relatively new to the Saskatchewan Film community I come with over 20 years experience.  I got my start in the Saskatchewan film industry in 2001 and then moved to Vancouver in 2010 for advanced education and access to more opportunities.  For over a decade I worked consistently as an actor and indie producer in Vancouver and a pilot season in Los Angeles in 2018.  In 2020 the ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic caused me to re-think my values and I came back to my Saskatchewan roots to advance my education in activism and political work, while investing time and resources in the local film community.

Esperanza Sanchez Espitia

Production Committee Chairperson

Esperanza Sanchez Espitia is a Regina-based storyteller filmmaker. She has an international background as an Indigenous photojournalist. Esperanza’s work is primarily focused on defending Indigenous ancestral culture.

Mattias Graham

Mattias Graham is a settler filmmaker from Regina, Saskatchewan (Treaty 4) based in Montreal, Quebec. With a BFA, Specialization in Film Production from Concordia University (2014), his work focuses on prairie stories, power dynamics and masculinity. He also works as an editor, helping others tell their stories.

Tristin Greyeyes

 

tānsi, wāpan achak-iskwew nitisīkāson. niya ohci maskēko-sākahikanīk. niya ōma nehiyaw, ojibway, anishinaabe iskwew.

A nehiyaw in the big city coming from the flattest land on earth, so-called Saskatchewan. Tristin is a proud mother and a visual storyteller, otherwise known as a filmmaker. Greyeyes is a (lifelong) student, and owns a few expensive pieces of paper to prove it; a Media Arts Production certificate, a diploma for Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking, and a Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts. A skoden-fighter for intersectional feminism, land back, and the empowerment of Indigenous voices across turtle island using the art tools of film. She dreams of a place where she can work without being tokenized, which might be on Venus.

Elian Mikkola

Elian Mikkola is a Finnish Moving Image Artist (of Karelian descent), and a white settler currently based between Treaty 4, Regina, and Montréal (Tiohtià:ke), Canada. Originally from Turku, Finland, Mikkola holds a BA in Journalism from Tampere University. They completed their MFA in Media Production in 2019 at the University of Regina. 

Mikkola works closely with both analog and digital images and their hybrid extensions. Their work explores themes such as memory, spatial dependences and queer belonging. Mikkola’s work has been showcased in several film festivals in Canada and internationally. Their debut film SAARI (2016) was selected to TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival student program in 2017 and their latest two films premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 and Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2021.

Mikkola has been a part of La Lumière Collective based in Montréal and a current board member of the Queer City Cinema.

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