Tyler Hagan is a Métis-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. His producing credits include the feature debut from Kathleen Hepburn NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2017; Shirley Henderson, Theodore Pellerin), THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN (2019) by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; and the three short films - NO WORDS CAME DOWN (2011), JIMBO (2013) & NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL (2015). THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN premieres at the Berlinale 2019 and the rest have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, followed by three selections by TIFF for Canada’s Top Ten. He is currently a Master's candidate in History at the University of British Columbia and received his BFA in Film from Simon Fraser University.
U.S. Fellows: Sergio Rapu
Producer, Eating Up Easter
Native Rapanui Producer/Director Sergio Mata’u Rapu is the only Easter Islander working in production in an English speaking country. He has spent the last 15 years shooting, and producing documentaries that have aired on History Channel, Travel Channel, National Geographic, and NOVA. Through his work, Sergio aims to show the diversity of life through thought-provoking media to inspire resolutions to social, economic, and environmental conflicts.
Producer, Daughter of a Lost Bird
Brooke Swaney Pepion (Blackfeet Tribal Member & Salish Descendent) has her MFA from NYU. A 2013 Native Arts and Cultures Fellow, a 2014 Sundance Native Lab Fellow and a Time Warner Fellow, her work has screened at Sundance, ImagineNative, the Autry and the Museum of Modern Art amongst others. She is versed in both short and long-form content creation.
Nina works as a producer in both film and documentary. She has worked in the creative industry since 2010, primarily as a line-producer, where she has gained experience with productions in film, tv, photography and various cultural projects. She has both local and international collaborators and is currently working on 6 projects. "Alanngut Killinganni" will be her first feature as a producer. Nina was born and raised in Greenland and is fully proficient in English, Danish and Greenlandic, both written and spoken.
New Zealand Fellow: Desray Armstrong
Desray Armstrong is a Māori producer from Aotearoa New Zealand with a mass of physical production experience, predominantly in feature film. She has produced documentaries, factual series, music videos, web series’ and award-winning short films. Dustin Feneley’s debut feature STRAY is her first feature film as lead producer. Recipient of the 2016 WIFT Woman to Watch and the 2018 SPADA Independent Producer of the Year, Desray is passionate about creating pathways for more women and Māori to step into key creative roles within the feature film landscape.
Australian Fellow: Gillian Moody
Gillian Moody is a member of the Wodi Wodi/Monaro People from the Yuin Nation on the East Coast in Australia. A filmmaker with over 20 years of experience working in both management and production roles. Gillian is well respected for her industry knowledge and advocacy for Indigenous filmmakers and stories. As a producer Gillian is building a slate of work across scripted feature and TV series, and factual projects.
Sapmi Fellow: Lisa Marie Kristensen
Lisa is a documentary filmmaker and producer working from her hometown of Kautokeino in the northernmost part of Norway. She left tv-production studies in 2010 to create The Sápmi Sessions series for Swedish television, which gave her her start in documentary filmmaking and TV producing. Since then, she has created and produced a number of documentary series’ for television, and is now producing a full length documentary - Báttit.