Dr. Kelly Egan is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Media Studies at Trent University. Kelly is a Canadian filmmaker, educator, film archivist and scholar. Her work explores issues of materiality, intermediality, and media obsolescence. Her films have been screened at major festivals across Canada and internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival, the Images Festival, the New York International Film Festival, the Rotterdam, International Film Festival and EXiS Experimental Film and Video Festival, and her film-based installations have been exhibited at the York Quays Gallery/Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, L’espace virtuel in Chicoutimi, PQ and Evans Contemporary in Peterborough, ON. She has curated programs for the Loop Collective, the Lost Dominion Screening Collective, Visions Montreal, and the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Egan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from Carleton University (2001), Master of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy on Communication and Culture at York/Ryerson University (2003 and 2013 respectively), Master of Fine Arts in Film/Video at Bard College (2006), and a Certificate in Film Preservation from the Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum (2012).
Eric Lehman is a PhD Candidate in Canadian Studies at Trent University working on a cultural history of the original Canadian Images Film Festival which ran from 1978- 1984. His scholarly work considers issues of contagion, censorship, copyright and the archive. Lehman holds an MA in English (Public Texts) from Trent (2014), a BA in Music from Carleton University (1998) and a Diploma in Music Industry Arts from Fanshawe College (2001). He has researched cultural histories for Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa and Reframe Film Festival in Peterborough. He has also been employed in the cultural industry as Independent Label Licensing and Royalties co-ordinator for CMRRA, Production Manager for Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra in Toronto and as a reviewer for the avant-garde music magazine Musicworks. Lehman also has a long-standing history of supporting arts in the Peterborough Area as Treasurer of Children’s Stage Lakefield and as an Author’s Attendant at the Lakefield Literary Festival.
Eryn Lidster is an emerging artist whose practice focuses on technical explorations of light across disciplines. For her work in experimental film, she was twice awarded Trent University’s Gregory R. Frith Memorial Prize. Her 16mm film Tartan (2018) was shortlisted for acceptance into the Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths Program. Lidster recently graduated from Trent University, receiving an Honors BA in Cultural Studies with a Specialization in Image, Sound and Performance. Since her first experience as a lighting technician in 2015, Lidster has also worked extensively as a part of Peterborough’s vibrant theatre community, participating in over 30 theatrical projects. Lidster is currently writing and directing her second play, Rejoinder, under Theatre Ontario’s Professional Theatre Training Program. She is also deeply committed to supporting the arts in Peterborough, taking on many supporting and administrative roles including as a board member for Artspace, Peterborough Theatre Users Group and Theatre Trent.
Jon Lockyer is a curator, educator, and writer from Toronto, Ontario. Lockyer’s interest as a curator focuses on issues of social and political engagement, and that challenges the aesthetic and pedagogical boundaries of contemporary art. More specifically, Lockyer is interested in Indigenous art and curatorial practices that have originated in North America since the early 1960s. Lockyer received his BA from Trent University in Canadian Studies, and recently completed an MFA at OCAD University in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. Having worked previously at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (Santa Fe, NM), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON) and C Magazine, Lockyer is currently the Executive Director and Curator of Artspace in Peterborough, ON.
Madison More is an emerging filmmaker, film archivist, and museum professional currently residing in Peterborough, Ontario. Her film work centers around themes of history and memory and her interest as an archivist is focused on home movies and their value as historical evidence. She also has considerable experience working with heritage organizations in the areas of event planning and marketing. She attained her BA in Cultural Studies and History from Trent University in 2018 and her postgraduate diploma in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College in 2019.
Amy Siegel is an artist, educator, and organizer of artistic projects. Working at the intersection of film, performance and socially-engaged art, Siegel’s work is focused on telling stories based on themes of social justice and community empowerment. Siegel holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and an MA in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. Siegel is the Artistic Director of Reframe Film Festival in Peterborough, ON.
Kathryn Simola is an emerging filmmaker and activist currently residing in Peterborough Ontario. She holds a BA in Sociology and Cultural Studies with a Specialization in Film and Media from Trent University and interned for ReFrame Film Festival 2020. Kathryn has experience working with analog film and photography and has considerable leadership training and experience. Her current interests include filmmaking ethics, activism film, and Indigenous allyship.