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Alumni Career Pathway Series: Film

This panel series is comprised of alumni from various disciplines to talk about their career pathways and professional development from emerging to established artists and designers. The purpose of these panels is to illuminate and demystify the career paths of creatives while offering insight and advice.

This week’s panel is Film featuring:

Lawrence Le Lam is a filmmaker from Richmond, BC with an affinity for music-centric stories that explore underground worlds and subcultures in the Asian diaspora. His final thesis film from Emily Carr University of Art + Design about forbidden rock & roll and long-haired hippies in 1970s Taiwan, The Blue Jet won Best Student Production (Whistler Film Festival / Leo Awards 2016) and Best in Canada at the Toronto International Short Film Festival. His short film about the underground hip hop scene in 1992 post-riot LA, Cypher won Best Period Piece at Hollyshorts Film Festival 2018. In 2017, Lawrence participated in the Toronto International Film Festival Talent Lab. He is currently developing his first feature, coming of age, hip-hopera, and crime drama, The Chinatown Diner.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande ᑭᒥᐊᐧᐣ is a Nehiyaw Isko artist, from Bigstone Cree Nation. She currently resides in Amiskwaciy Waskahikan also known as Edmonton, Alberta. Cheyenne graduated from Emily Carr University with her BFA in Visual Arts in 2019. Her work often explores history, knowledge and traditional practices. Through the use of her body and language, she speaks to the past, present and future. Cheyenne’s work is rooted in the strength to feel, express and heal. Bringing her ancestors with her, she moves through installation, photography, video, sound, and performance art.

Brianne Nord-Stewart is a filmmaker awarded across multiple continents in multiple formats including short films, digital series, commercials, and music videos.

While obtaining her bachelor from Emily Carr University, Brianne discovered her proclivity in exploring taboo. Over the last decade she has continued to refine her voice as a comedy creator and director who does not shy away from tough subjects but embraces them. She excels in building tension of character and of circumstance, then offers reprieve through comedy.

Brianne first gained international recognition with her multi-award-winning short film, TROLLS (2009), which received an honourable mention at the Academy Accredited™ Clermont Ferrand Film Festival. She is an awardee of the Legacy Filmworks Award, the Shaw Media Fearless Female Director Award, and the WIFTV Newcommer Spotlight Award. Her most recent work includes the short BOT PROX, and the digital series’ YOUNG & RECKLESS, and THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING.

Zoran Dragelj is an award-winning Vancouver, Canada based auteur/filmmaker. He also served a two-term Emily Carr University of Art and Design as an Alumni Senator. Zoran is a long time member and a New Media Director of International Press Academy and Satellite Awards in Los Angeles. For four years Zoran taught film theory and directing at Canadian Film and Television Institute.

His latest feature is the critically-acclaimed Friends Like These, which was premiered in Los Angeles in 2019 and won just recently won three major awards in Atlanta Georgia. In 2017, Zoran associate produced, Dark Harvest, a successful independent Canadian feature film starring Cheech Marin along with James Hutson, Tygh Runyan, AC Peterson, and Hugh Dillon. 2005 saw the first major retrospective of Zoran’s short films and videos in Florence, Italy. In addition, his short films and videos have been screened and exhibited in New York, Toronto, Berlin, Stockholm, London, Yangon, Madrid, Venice, Milan, Montréal and Vancouver galleries and art centres.

Zoran’s films and videos are distributed by La Videotheque Nomade Distributionin Brussels, archived with Europeana, the European Union’s virtual library for the preservations of cultural heritage, archived with GAMA (Gateway to Archives of Media Art) network and is featured in TransMediale’s (Berlin) permanent collection.

With a mélange of talent and skills: visual artist, music video director, and film director, Zoran remains dedicated to the world of motion pictures and media arts.

Ivan Li (BMA 2019) is a veteran filmmaker who worked in underground and experimental cinema over the last 3 decades, specializing in computer animation and short films.

Film focuses on artists, animators and filmmakers currently creating film or video-based work and the different career pathways for moving art.

Panels will run from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Breakout rooms from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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Meeting ID: 899 8953 6037
Passcode: 074687

Upcoming panels in this series:

February 17: Illustration Panel

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