Neil Vokey is an emerging filmmaker inspired by alternative histories, philosophies, and lifestyles, driven by the belief that storytelling can foster critical thinking, and compassion. Neil grew up in Courtenay, BC, and moved to Vancouver in 2009 to study under full scholarship at the Capilano University Film Centre, His final student project, a short doc about BC Labour hero Ginger Goodwin, got him onto the research team of the 2014 Knowledge Network Series, Working People: A History of Labour in British Columbia. This encounter with labour history led Neil to pursue his first feature documentary Goodwin’s Way, which draws parallels between past and present struggles for social justice.
Tobi Elliott is a filmmaker, journalist and creative producer living on Gabriola Island, B.C., Canada. She has worked in almost every area of filmmaking: research, cinematography, writing, editing, coordinating production and fundraising. She looks for opportunities to engage community and public awareness of social issues through thoughtful documentaries and beauty in storytelling, whether through digital media, longform films or the written word. After graduating from Concordia University (Journalism Spec. 2010), Tobi founded Blue Cyrus Media, a partnership with Charlotte Gentis. They produced “Horses for Orphans Brazil”, a short film about a natural horsemanship program for troubled orphans in Brazil, which was broadcast on U.S. cable channel RDFTV (2012), and other video projects for nonprofit organizations. Now producing independent arts and commercial documentaries under Arise Enterprises Ltd., Tobi also helps entrepreneurs find the right media tools for their business, and fellow filmmakers raise financial backing for their projects. Tobi is a Bell Media Fellow and has attended television markets and festivals since 2010 to continue growing in and learning about the industry.
Anna MacLean hails from the blustery shores of Nova Scotia and spent her formative years relentlessly exploring the arts. Armed with a degree in history she enrolled in Capilano University's Documentary Filmmaking Program and has since worked to combine her love of storytelling, adventure and performance art with her new love of film. This has won her a variety awards and accolades, and landed her with a number of rewarding opportunities with the NFB, Showcase, and YTV. Anna most recently graduated from Ryerson University's Documentary Media Masters Program and her film Boom, Baby, Boom was featured in this years DOC NOW festival in Toronto.
Klint Burton studied documentary film at Capilano University, where he met Goodwin’s Way director, Neil Vokey. During his film studies, Klint discovered a deep curiosity and love for photography, as well as reverence for the moving image. His film heroes, Dziga Vertov and Godfrey Reggio, have left a profound mark on Klint, and influence how he captures images – with intention and responsibility of being a silent observer, capturing life, as it happens, in the spirit of documentary. Since school, Klint has been studying the art, language, and technical aspects of DSLR photography, and has been cultivating his love and knowledge of 60′s era muscle cars.
Janelle Huopalainen, a video content producer and contract editor, is a graduate of Capilano University’s Documentary Production program. Since graduating in the spring of 2011, Janelle has produced a short screened at Doxa Documentary Festival, edited for an online animation school, produced wedding films, and is currently working in video production at My Yoga Online, specializing in post-production. Janelle has a passion for non-fiction film and enjoys sharing the stories of real people. She infuses her own unique style and perspective into her films, while remaining grounded in story and character. Her interests are in the subjects of travel and culture, art, psychology and personal growth. Her greatest aspiration is to make films that allow an audience to think and feel, to be moved, and to inspire them to live, learn and grow. Visit her website HERE
After briefly pursuing a career in front of the camera, Robyn Thomas realized her calling lay in documentary film where she could tell meaningful stories with the possibility to incite change. Her work has had her filming pristine lakes from helicopters, sleeping in snow caves, capturing whale footage from kayaks, and interviewing yogis on mountaintops. While these adventures have been rewarding, she is most passionate about the projects that demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit and inspire social change.
Made with the support of
The Cumberland Museum & Archives
Unifor Locals 433, 514 & 2000
CSWU Local 1611 Labourer's Union Charity Fund
Victoria Friends of Cuba
The Barnard Boecker Centre Foundation