BackgroundBased in Vancouver, British Columbia, Moving Images Distribution's roots lie within the independent film and video community. During the 1970s, a group of talented filmmakers began developing ways to increase the profile of their work. Their vision resulted in the formation of Canadian Filmmakers Distribution West--an organization that became Moving Images Distribution in 1994 and launched its website and online catalogue in 1995.
Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with avant-garde works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists and with award-winning documentaries, animation, short fiction and personal narrative works.
A dynamic collectionWe're pleased to distribute over 900 works that are inspiring and innovative in approach. Here you will find work that is concerned with social justice--from contemporary issues to historical ones--work that is culturally significant and work that provokes, amuses and explores and pushes the perimeters of the medium used in its creation.
Most of our collection is on this website. If you cannot locate a work you're sure we had, please contact us. There are still some older films that we're working to migrate to formats more commonly used today.
Celluloid and videotape aficionados take note--for presentation at public screenings, with advance notice we may be able to supply a variety of formats, from 16mm and 35mm film prints to videotape formats. For such inquiries, please contact our office directly well in advance to discuss the presentation format required and screening fees involved.
Our mandate is to enhance public appreciation for works created with the moving image and encourage critical thinking by linking such works with audiences.
Moving Images Distribution is a not-for-profit distributor registered in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Our activities are supported through a combination of earned income from distribution and funding assistance from the Media Arts Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Arts Council.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
which last year invested $11.8 million in media arts throughout Canada.
Nous remercions de son soutien le Conseil des Arts du Canada,
qui a investi 11,8 millions de dollars l'an dernier dans les arts médiatiques à travers le Canada.
Executive Director + Audience Development
Sylvia joined Moving Images Distribution in 1987, bringing a diverse mix of skills including office administration, marketing, photography and 16mm picture editing. A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, she had an art practice as a photographer for a decade, with a solo exhibition and work included in curated group shows. Her work is in the permanent collections at the National Gallery of Canada and galleries in Saskatchewan (Mackenzie, Dunlop, Mendel). She joined five other artists in Saskatoon to form one of Canada's early parallel galleries, the Photographers Gallery which later merged with Video Verité to become PAVED Arts. While at the Photographers Gallery, she curated an exhibit of early 20th century photography by BC pioneer Mattie Gunterman, touring it nationally.
Sylvia is a founding member of Women in Film + Television Vancouver, serving on its Board from 1992 to 1994. She also served on Boards of Directors for The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund and the Indpependent Media Arts Alliance. In 1999, Vancouver's Women in Film acknowledged her contributions to the local community with the Wayne Black Service Award at its Women in the Spotlight Awards. Acutely aware of the challenges and sacrifices artists face in their work with the moving image, Sylvia respects those who continue to explore the medium and work to tell stories with integrity. Connecting such work with audiences brings great satisfaction.
Graphics + Admin
This artist, filmmaker, documentary producer and facilitator has been working in media art for the past 15 years with a passion in working with diverse communities to create aesthetically, socially and culturally signficant films and art.
Catrina graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology in 2009. Through her work at the National Film Board, she faciltated workshops in digital storytelling to encourage community-based media art with initiatives such as Our World, Tales from Bridgeview, The Colouring Book and the annual DOXA Youth Connexions program.
Since 2010, Catrina has worked as a co-producer for Our First Voices, a compilation of short films directed by Indigenous directors on a theme of revitalization of First Nations languages, in partnership with the Knowledge Network and the First People's Language, Heritage and Cultural Council. Other community projects include Diverse Voices and Portraits, an anti-racism project with her creative partnership Lisa g Nielsen and Bite Size Media and Telling the Stories of the Nikkei--New Denver.
Catrina worked with Sharon Bliss to co-produce How A People Live, a documentary directed by Lisa Jackson and created for and with the collaboration of the Gwa'sala and 'Nakwaxda'xw First Nations community at Tsulqaute near Port Hardy.
Operations + Planning
Richard Martin created an extensive body of experimental film in the late 1970s and early 1980s while a student at the University of British Columbia. He has also worked as a director, editor and sound designer in the film industry, directing six feature films and several works in television. He has continued to explore the moving image in his own experimental short works that include the highly successful Mixed Signals (2005), apart (2009) and Overview (2010).
Richard completed an MFA in Film at the University of British Columbia in 2013 and curated the compilation Vancouver Experimental Film 1967-1981: 10 short works featuring some of the works by Vancouver artists that inspired him to become a filmmaker. Artists place their work in context in Richard's engaging and fast-paced documentary BACKBONE: Vancouver Experimental Cinema 1967-1981. The documentary and package of 10 experimental shorts are currently on tour across North America.
Kelvin Redvers is an award-winning filmmaker (Deninu K'ue First Nation) who grew up in Hay River, Northwest Territories. He began working in film at age 15 with the family camcorder and shortly after won his first international award at the Hamptons International Film Festival for Best Young Videomaker. Other awards followed, both for films and his studies, including the Gordon Shrum Gold Medal Award upon graduation from the Film Program at Simon Fraser University.
His work crosses genres, always engaging audiences. He has won two Webster Awards for feature documentaries in CTV's First Story series, Black Blood--Tainted Land, Dying Caribou and A Home for Edgar. Other works are neither documentary nor fiction: firebear called them faith healers...an aboriginal story is a successful collaboration with Métis author Richard van Camp and The Dancing Cop is most aptly described by Redvers as "a musical like no other."
Kelvin Redvers seeks to bridge the gap between the world First Nations people live in and the way Western culture perceives them. He is currently developing a feature film and living in Vancouver.
Lulu Keating has a diverse and prolific practice in film and video crossing genres of fiction, animation, experimental and documentary. With pan-Canadian connections, from Halifax to Vancouver to Dawson City in the Yukon, Lulu remains a vital force in the creative community of artists working with the moving image. She spent several years in Halifax, contributing actively to the community there in her work with the Linda Joy Media Art Society and the Atlantic Filmmakers' Co-operative.
Following studies at St. Francis-Xavier University, the Vancouver School of Art and Ryerson University, Lulu taught workshops in Vancouver at the Emily Carr College of Art+Design and at the Nova Scotia College of Art+Desgin in Halifax.
She has created many short works exploring hand processing and the personal narrative and directed two feature films. The Midday Sun (1989) was the first Canadian feature shot entirely in Africa (Zimbabwe). Lucille's Ball (2013), was made in Vancouver, created with assistance from the Women in the Director's Chair Feature Film Award. Its success on the festival circuit included Best Canadian Feature Film Award at Toronto's Female Eye Festival and capturing one of Vancouver's Leo Awards (Best Editing).
While continuing to explore the compact and plastic visual language of the short film medium, Lulu is working on two short documentaries. She has several projects in development that include another feature and a dramatic comedy series to be situated in Dawson City.
Maureen Kelleher is a writer and director. Her first documentary, To Return: The John Walkus Story, explores the adoption and fostering of First Nations children and won the Best Public Service Film award at the American Indian Film Festival. She was associate producer on the one-hour documentary on lowbrow art, The Lowdown on Lowbrow and associate producer of Trouble, a feature film for ZDF television about Berlin’s turbulent post-wall period.
Maureen's latest documentary, Return To Reichenbach, weaves the stories of two women on opposite sides of the Hitler's Third Reich who are reunited unexpectedly more than 50 years after the war.
Scott Pownall has a background in both art and science, with professional experience in bioinformatics and genetics. He is an accomplished photographer, has worked in video —Yesterday Is Now (Dir. Celine Rumalean), and has skills in computer technology. He brings an international perspective to the Board, having spent his youth in five cities and three different countries.
Scott completed his undergraduate degree in Melbourne and graduate degree at UBC. He worked as a researcher in Toronto for a number of years before returning to Vancouver where he is engaged in projects related to the web and synthetic biology. He is a co-founder of the recently formed Open Science Network Society, Vancouver's first community biolab for independent, community-based scientific research.
Arie Page obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000 and her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2004 from UBC and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005. She worked in the office of Moving Images Distribution between university terms in 2002. She is currently on maternity leave from her work as corporate secretary in the resource sector.
Leigh DaSilva is a graduate of UBC and with a background in Arts, Science and business administration. He is a PMP certified producer/project manager specializing in transmedia storytelling with a special interest in documentary film and health care media. Leigh has worked on several of Jason DaSilva's films including First Steps and When I Walk.
Scott Renyard is a graduate of UBC with a background in science. He blends his science education with a love of art and storytelling through film, often in documentaries addressing environmental issues. In Who Killed Miracle? he follows a community's struggle to save a sick and wounded baby killer whale.
The Pristine Coast explores the role of unregulated aquaculture practices on the west coast in the decline of wild fish species and new research linking this to acceleration of climate change.
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