Our Super Six: U of W Alumni panel gives Manitoban film professionals a chance to share their experiences with both experienced and aspiring film professionals. We’re presenting our latest Super Six at the UWPG Film Festival on October 19 from 6 pm – 7 pm. Check out the other list of events on the UWPG Film Fest’s website here.
Super 6 Series Panelists:
Allison Bile graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and French. Allison gained an interest in filmmaking through her involvement with the Winnipeg Film Group by attending workshops on experimental filmmaking and volunteering on short films in the costume department. Allison joined FTM in 2006 and has been promoted to various positions within the organization. She has completed courses on Arts and Culture Management through the University of Winnipeg and Human Resource Management through Red River Polytech.
Rebecca Gibson is a writer, director, producer, series creator, and actor, Rebecca Gibson’s work in documentary, drama, and comedy has played in festivals, in theatres, and on TV screens around the world. Credits include her ACTRA Award-winning role in The Pinkertons (Netflix); serving as co-creator, executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director for four seasons of the series Taken, for which she won a Beyond Borders Media Award and was nominated for three CSAs; and very recently executive producing the feature documentaries Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On, and True Story. Rebecca is devoted to mentorship, and working to support equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion.
Nathalie Massaroni is a Manitoba-based editor and filmmaker. After graduating from the University of Winnipeg’s film program, she gained experience in various roles on projects including Night Hunter, Siberia, How It Ends, and GONE: My Daughter.
Nathalie got the opportunity to pursue her dream career — a professional film editor — when she joined Farpoint Films, an award-winning production company. Since then she has worked on features and series including Wintertide, Ice Vikings, and Seeking Fire while becoming an in-demand editor and post-production supervisor.
Miranda Moroz is a storyteller from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since graduating from the University of Winnipeg’s Film program, Miranda has gained experience in creative and organizational roles. Most notably, she ran the UWpg Film Festival for three consecutive years. In addition to her role as a festival director, she has written and directed theatrical true crime adaptations for The Manitoba Mystery Co.
Recently, Miranda joined the team at Farpoint Films, an award winning company, as a post production coordinator and assistant editor. In these roles, she has worked on multiple TV shows such as Heartland Homicide and Targeted for Murder.
JJ Neepin is an Indigenous writer & director based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is a member of the Fox Lake Cree Nation. Born and raised in the nickel mining town of Thompson, JJ moved to Winnipeg at 16 years old to purse higher education and eventually a film career. Being a documentary filmmaker was never the plan but it gave her the most opportunities to create, learn and navigate in the Canadian film industry.
JJ has written, directed and produced several short films with her company JJNeepinFilms INC. She has also directed several documentary television shows: APTN’s Metis series, Michif Country, APTN’s TAKEN about Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, APTN’s ghost series THE OTHER SIDE, and APTN’s Indigenous Music Doc Series, AMPLIFY.
Tom Soares is a stage and film Actor, and a Voice and Dialect Coach. He has worked for most of Winnipeg’s regional theatres and was a Dialect and Acting Coach for The Porter (CBC Gem), and Dialect Coach for Orphan: First Kill (eOne and Dark Castle Entertainment) and Incident in a Ghostland. For over a decade, he has been teaching and producing local workshops, as well as teaching introductory to advanced level courses in performance and voice for the Department of Theater Film at the University of Winnipeg. He has an MFA in Acting and a Voice specialization from York University.
Adam Smoluk is the Managing Director of Film Training Manitoba. Adam graduated with a Business Administration diploma from McMaster University and with honours from Red River College (RRC)’s Human Resource Management and Management Development programs. He has earned two HR designations.
His debut film, HORSETHIEVES won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His second feature film, FOODLAND was acquired by Shaw and premiered on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). He served as a director for the Frantic Films and Discovery Channel’s true-crime series IN PLAIN SIGHT.
FTM is a non-for-profit charity and member of the Province of Manitoba’s sector council program (through the Department of Economic Development and Jobs). FTM conducts workforce development and training to build a highly skilled and adaptable film industry to support the activities of Manitoba production companies. FTM collaborates with members of the film and television industry to identify the training needs within the community.