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LIZ CLARKE

Liz Clarke a.k.a HTBSLE (pronounced hitta-baseelay) is a Scarborough born multi-disciplined creative. Her humble origins in the arts stem from writing stories in her childhood, sparking a passion that later developed into pursuing spoken word poetry. She has grown into an all-around hip hop artist since launching her rap career in 2019 under the alias HTBSLE, representative of her first name Elisabeth spelled backwards. She has released several singles that premiered in her debut Unmixed Tape “the humanities”. She is an award winning community builder and an accredited community educator who defines herself as a social artist, focused on using her creative content to influence long-term social impact. Her passions for visual artistry, piano composition, event coordination, videography and public speaking have led her to host her own events for young Black folks in Ottawa, to start her own business to support womxn content creators and has led to collaborations with extraordinary local and international creatives and artists. HTBSLE is taking charge to set an example and lead the next generation of young creatives to live in the full potential and authenticity of their creative purpose.

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NATE ESTABROOKS

Nate Estabrooks is a graduate of the prestigious Norman Jewison Canadian Film Centre and member of the Director’s Guild of Canada. Nate Estabrooks is a workshop instructor with a wide and practical film path to draw from. As a talented feature director, VFX artist and award-winning screenwriter, he is a founding member of Space Tigers Inc, a production pipeline offering VFX and post-production services and continues to develop his toolset through 360 videos, VR storytelling and computer-generated imagery.

Aia Raafat

My name is Aia Raafat, I’m a filmmaker, a movie editor and a graphic designer. I did my master’s in Communications and Media Studies at Ottawa University with a focus on analyzing video content on social media platforms. I am a certified user for Adobe Premiere, Adobe After effects, Adobe Photoshop and Apple FinalcutX. I worked in post-production for several years and I also led different video production roles by being a part of the creative team at the UNISDR 3rd world conference on DRR – Daytime Ottawa crew at RogerTV cable 22 – DW broadcasting channel in Bonn, Germany – uOttawa Online Hybrid courses project.

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Emily Ramsay

Emily Ramsay is a producer, production manager, and festival director who focuses on local, grassroots storytelling in the Ottawa region. Emily specializes in micro-budget, short and long-form, documentary and narrative projects while freelancing in development, festival strategy, post-production management and producing. Her docu-series “Vs.: Women in Combat Sports”, is in production of its second season and profiles female martial arts and combat sports athletes in the Ottawa region. She is the Executive Director of the Digi60 Filmmakers’ Festival, is a graduate of the Algonquin Scriptwriting and WIFT Media Business Essentials programs, and is a recipient of the CMPA Ontario Production Mentorship, WIFT Connect Mentorship, Toronto Arts Council grant, and City of Ottawa Youth in Culture grant. She is also a producer with AMI, a not-for-profit broadcaster that creates content by and for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted and supports accessible media for people with disabilities.

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BIANCA ROGERS

Bianca’s work synthesizes filmmaking and activism. She has produced documentaries and videos for political campaigns, grassroots activist organizations, museums, universities, and non-profit organizations. She has directed and produced two documentaries on the refugee crisis in Europe, “Studio Series: Lesvos”, and “View(points) 360”. She currently works at The New School as a digital content producer. Bianca earned her Master’s Degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in Media and Culture, at The New School where she studied media ethics and media representation. She believes in the power of storytelling to create a more inclusive and just world.

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YAN ZHU

Yan is a filmmaker and video artist based in Toronto. Fascinated by storytelling and experimenting with different film formats and media, she is emerging fiercely, collaborating with bands and artists in the music/art scene. Yan holds a MA in Film Studies from Carleton University where she focused her research on colonialism and the cinema. Her work aims to actively pursue social justice issues and challenging systemic racism. She believes in the power of collective healing and wants to create a safe and comfortable space where different ideas are welcomed and heard.

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Nakesha chong

Nakesha Chong is a professional makeup artist and educator based in Ottawa, ON. Over the last decade, she has worked in the many different realms of makeup including cosmetic sales, live master classes and fashion arts. Her genuine connection to her clients and projects have helped build a diverse resume and portfolio. Nakesha has certifications in beauty, editorial, and special effects makeup that has allowed her to specialize in media arts. Her strong work ethic has led to a budding career in film and television as a key makeup artist on set. Her passion, creative vision, and attention to detail are seen in her work as she makes her mark one production at a time.

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Sam Seguin

Sam Seguin has a passion for blending storytelling and sound design to create rich audio narratives. He graduated from The Audio Recording Academy (Ottawa) in 2009 and has worked as a recording engineer for over 10 years. In early 2020 he shifted to podcast production and has since been a recordist, editor, producer, and sound designer on shows including RBC’s Disruptors, Expedia’s Out Travel The System, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association’s Justice Vs.