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President - Alison Masters

Alison's starting place is sketching/painting on-site, and then following the whims of the work itself regarding how it wishes to be publicly revealed. While in Spain in 2011, sketches grew into 35 acrylic paintings, ultimately animated by Richard Reeves and musically interpreted by Gary Deatherage. This then became the short film: ‘Travel Posters @ the Night Gallery’ – a project followed up on with several residencies of note. Alison and Gary have also been leaders in the Creston arts community, launching various arts-based projects over the years, including outdoor film projection on buildings and the now-famous Art Box project.


Vice President – Richard Reeves

Richard is a world-renowned animator whose previous experience includes eight years as a Film Production Coordinator at Calgary's Quickdraw Animation Society, a mentor of super8/16mm filmmaking at the Gulf Islands Film School for 10 years, and a teacher of animation courses across Canada, Europe and South America. He has collaborated with artists involving dancing human projection screens, 16mm violin, interactive animation installations, online animation jams and large outdoor projections, and has attended Artist in Residence programs at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia and Iris Film Collective in Vancouver BC.


Tresurer - Marty Agabob

A passionate creator and promoter visual arts, Marty has been a go-to source for drone photography and videography throughout the Kootenays and beyond, meeting the challenges of many diverse projects – including corporate videos, documentaries, films, real estate advertising, special events, and weddings. His  still photography was showcased by the Canadian Pacific Railway on the cover of their 2020 cooperate calendar, and collaborated with Mark Wolfe on the award-winning “Wheels” project of 2020. His drone work also loomed large in The Orchard – the award-winning feature film produced in the Creston valley by KFS co-founders Mark Wolfe and Kerry McArthur.

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Gary Deatherage 

A tenured neuroscientist and clinical psychologist at the University of Lethbridge during the 1970s, Gary along the way advanced his musical abilities, becoming a prolific songwriter and performing musician, ultimately publishing seventeen albums of original music with three bands (see Since 2018, he has collaborated with a number of artists and filmmakers in bringing his novel Sun Pipes to wider expression -- including close work with local artist Alison Masters in rendering a condensed version of Book I of the project.

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Tanna Patterson

New to the board this year, Tanna hopes to learn more about the dynamic world of film from the people around her. She has had two books published and has volunteered countless hours with Wildsight, rallying for the plants, animals, and birds of the Creston Valley. And she loves a good festival. 

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