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.
Co-founder/Secretary and Communications – Kerry McArthur
Kerry is a screenwriter, director and film scholar with a solid background in film and screenwriting research. Her current script – The Orchard – is in final production and post-production this summer, which she is also directing. Kerry also has extensive experience designing and delivering university-level, study abroad curricula – with an emphasis on film theory and history.
Co-founder/Treasurer – Mark Wolfe
Mark is a media scholar and award winning producer of short film production (1998 Alberta Motion Picture Industries Awards; 2020 Canada Shorts). He is also an accomplished photographer and is currently Director of Photography on The Orchard – a feature film being shot in the Creston area. An Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, he recently designed and delivered several media-based undergraduate study abroad programs in Berlin and Los Angeles.
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 https://deepdude.bandcamp.com). 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.
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.
Sarah got her start with CBC in Toronto, working there for close to a decade, including as Senior Producer and co-creator of “Canada’s Next Great Prime Minister” for CBC Television. As an independent documentary filmmaker, she also won numerous prestigious nominations and awards internationally, including her miniseries “Past Life Investigation” being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Sarah holds a Master of Journalism Degree from Carleton University in Ottawa and both wrote and starred in the dramatic comedy feature The Bad Mother, now available on several major streaming platforms. She now lives, consults and envisions from Creston, B.C.
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 on the award-winning “Wheels” project of 2020. His drone work will loom large in The Orchard – a feature film being produced in the Creston valley.
Bonnie is a local entrepreneur and independent film theatre owner with established roots and success as a business woman in the Creston area. A keen supporter of film business and culture, Bonnie provides the KFS with critical insight and knowledge of the film exhibition industry and its potential and place in local economies and society.