BackgroundMoving Images Distribution is located on unceded territory of the Squamish, Musequeam, Tsleil-Waututh and Sto-Lo First Nations in the city commonly known as Vancouver, British Columbia. Our 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 which changed its name to Moving Images Distribution in 1994 to acknowledge an extensive presence of electronic media being distributed. We launched our online catalogue on the web in 1995.

Since our beginnings in 1979, we've worked to connect audiences with innovative works by some of Canada's internationally acclaimed media artists working in experimental, documentary, animation, short fiction and personal narrative.

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.

MANDATE

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.

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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.

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Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza

Sylvia Jonescu Lisitza

Executive Director + Audience Development

Sylvia joined Moving Images Distribution in 1987, bringing skills including office administration, marketing, photography and 16mm picture editing. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, she joined five other photographers to found The Photographers Gallery (now PAVED Arts) in Saskatoon. Her work is in the permanent collections at the National Gallery of Canada and galleries in Regina and Saskaton. A decade of art practice as a photographer culminated in a solo exhibition in 1981 prior to her relocation to British Columbia.

Working with Henri Robideau and the Vancouver Public Library Archives, she curated an exhibition of early 20th century photography by pioneer Mattie Gunterman and toured it nationally. Gunterman's 5x7 view camera work included many self-portraits made with a cable release while documenting daily life in the Monashee and Selkirk Mountain regions of British Columbia. 

A founding member of Women in Film + Television Vancouver, Sylvia served as a Board member from 1992 to 1994 and on the Board of Directors for a national funding agency, The Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund that provided funding to documentary works without the requirement of a broadcast license.

In 1999, Vancouver Women in Film + Television acknowledged her contributions to the local community with the Wayne Black Service Award at its second annual 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.

 

Catrina Megumi Longmuir

Catrina Megumi Longmuir

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.

After a childhood and youth living throughout Asia (Korea, Japan, Thailand and India), Catrina settled in Montreal, graduating from Concordia University with a BA in Studio Art and Anthropology in 2009. She faciltated digital storytelling workshops at the National Film Board to encourage community-based media art with initiatives such as Our WorldTales from Bridgeview, The Colouring Book and the annual DOXA Youth Connexions program.

Since 2010, Catrina has worked as a co-producer for Our First Voicesa 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 joined producer Sharon Bliss and Anishinaabe director Lisa Jackson to collaborate with the Gwa'sala and 'Nakwaxda'xw First Nations to tell their story in the documentary How A People Live, presented at the Margaret Mead Festival in New York in 2015.


Akiko Sakai

Akiko Sakai

Operations

Akiko Sakai joined our office between her studies at Gastown Business College and Langara College where she studied Marketing. She is an avid volunteer with many festivals and her positive energy and breadth of experiences in the Vancouver film community make her an excellent addition to the Moving Images team. 

Akiko holds a degree in Image Arts and Science from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and worked as a film director in Japan before coming to Canada. In October 2017 she worked with foreign press at the Tokyo International Film Festival.

William Fritzberg

William Fritzberg

After completing his Masters at ELISAVA in Barcelona, William Fritzberg returned to our office handling acqusitions and operations. In July 2017, he shifted his position to a contract basis for technical services and web work to permit more time to focus on his own art practice.

www.williamfritzberg.com

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson

Kirsten Johnson brings a strong background as a painter and performer to her work in video and animation. Her paintings are in collections across North America, Europe, Australia, Japan and in Montréal's ColArt Collection, which focuses on emerging artsts. As an actor, she has worked with directors that include Jeremy Podeswa and David Cronenberg. She is a founding member of the Harold Awards, celebrating Toronto's alternative theatre scene for 20 years.

Whether making films, acting or painting, Kirsten puts an emphasis on intellectual curiosity--possibly inherited from her father, a philosophy professor--and emotional empathy and interest in human nature--inherited from her mother, a professor in psychiatric nursing. From her home base in Toronto, she fuses elements of live action, performance, visual art and animation into unique and thoughtful video works. 

Lulu Keating

Lulu Keating

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+Design in Halifax.

In addition to her many short works exploring hand processing and the personal narrative, Lulu has 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 has recently completed two short documentaries and has several projects in development that include another feature and a dramatic comedy series situated in Dawson City.

Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher

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 has also worked as an associate producer for two projects: a documentary on lowbrow art, The Lowdown on Lowbrow, and Trouble, a feature film about Berlin’s turbulent post-wall period. Maureen wrote, directed and produced Return To Reichenbach, a thoughtful and compelling documentary that weaves the remarkable stories of two women on opposite sides of Hitler's Third Reich who are brought together through chance circumstances in Canada more than 50 years after the war.

Arie Page

Arie Page

Arie Page is a graduate of UBC where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000, and a Bachelor of Laws in 2004. She was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2005.  A great supporter of independent film, Arie gained a ground-level perspective of distribution and the not-for-profit sector from her work at Moving Images Distribution between university terms in 2002. She currently works as a corporate secretary in Vancouver.

Leigh DaSilva

Leigh DaSilva

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

Scott Renyard

Scott Renyard is a graduate of UBC with a background in science. He blends his foundation in science with a love of art and storytelling through film, creating documentaries that address environmental issues. His first feature documentary, The Pristine Coast, premièred at the Vancouver International Film Festival in 2014 and was launched in America on Earth Day by Gravitas Ventures. It examines the relationship between open-net pen fish farms and the collapse of many wild fish populations in the North Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Renyard's discovery that the loss of wild fish as a result of diseases from open net pen fish farms suggests this is a leading cause of global warming. His thesis is that the loss of wild fish is causing climate change rather than the common notion that climate change is causing the loss of wild fish. This may prove to be one of the most important climate change discoveries in years. 

He spent the better part of a year recording the Cohen Commission on The Decline of the Fraser River Sockeye, perhaps the first time an independent filmmaker has had such access to a Canadian Federal Inquiry. From this footage, his two feature-length documentaries, The Unofficial Trial of Alexandra Morton and Trial of an Iconic Species, are surprisingly intense and rival the twists and turns of classic courtroom dramas.

 

Ex officio: Kelvin Redvers

Ex officio: Kelvin Redvers

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." Through all his work, Kelvin Redvers seeks to bridge the gap between the world First Nations people live in and the way Western culture perceives them.

In 2016, Kelvin took a break from his own film projects and our Board of Directors to redirect his energy to working with Indigenous youth. Kelvin and his sister Tunchai Redvers have founded We Matter, a forum for people across the country to share positive video messages of hope and encouragement to Indigenous youth who are going through difficult times. Through the use of moving-image storytelling, their goal is to reduce the incidents of suicide among First Nations youth.

https://wemattercampaign.org/

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