Executive Director – Peter Hemminger
Peter Hemminger has spent the last decade immersed in Calgary’s arts community, as a freelance journalist, an editor at Fast Forward Weekly, a programmer at the Calgary International Film Festival, a DJ at CJSW 90.9FM and a volunteer at Sled Island, the Calgary Folk Music Festival, the Calgary Underground Film Festival and more. Anything that lets him spend all his time thinking about movies and music, two obsessions he refuses to grow out of.
A lifelong animation fan, he is looking forward to helping Quickdraw grow into its fourth decade as a centre for the production and appreciation of the best that the medium can offer. Plus, he’s secretly pretty happy to finally put his business degree to use.
Programming Director – Laura Leif
Leif is a starter: she has a lot of heart and builds a lot of things from scratch. She has been a huge part of making Choose Yer Own happen (Calgary’s own festival of mess, now in its 6th year), and runs a little record label (dog choir cassettes etc). She has also worked on 2 all-ages arts venues (The Local Library and Comrad Sound), a temporary community centre (Imaginary/Ordinary), and at least 200 music/art/variety shows (including with The Summerwood Warren). She is golden hearted and likes people to have a good time and to make things that they are proud of, preferably together, and is often instigating scenarios where this can happen.
Leif also makes art of various sorts herself, namely music and bad drawings, and occasionally cardboard installations. She’s toured the states as part of The Believer Magazine’s Road Show, and recently went to Iceland to collaborate with 4 other musicians to write and record an album about Canadian/Scandinavian landscapes.
Leif sometimes makes little animations and films but is more than that an appreciator and a lover of the art form. She loves Quickdraw SO MUCH and is super excited to be putting together events and programs that show off its fuzzy and magical underbelly.
Production Coordinator – Duncan Kenworthy
Duncan Kenworthy is a Calgary-based ‘Jack of all Trades’ involved in the local arts community focusing primarily on collaboration with artists and musicians to help see projects come to fruition. Formally trained in Film & Video at SAIT Polytechnic, he has spent many years working in a number of roles on film sets of all scales and budgets. He is also involved on the presentation side of things, working as a projectionist at several of the local independent cinemas and for events as a sound technician.
Over the years, he has garnered a wide range of experience and knowledge through a wide variety of random ventures, working with an assortment of characters giving him the opportunity to be involved in projects such as; helping curate the former Summerwood Warren Collective’s music series and helping to get Choose Yer Own Fest on it’s feet, to working as a Road Managaer/Tour Documentarian for local bands travelling across Canada and the US. He has also been an integral part of the Mukwah Jamboree and Frog Fest production team, helping to make sure everyone is able to enjoy themselves to the full extent one should at a summer festival. As far as his own demo reel contains he has worked on a few short dramatic films, music videos, and an assortment of documentation and archival footage of the local music scene over the past decade.
Duncan is excited at the opportunity that Quickdraw will provide him to assist our members working on amazing projects and being involved in helping to propel the Society into new exciting ventures to come.
GIRAF Festival Coordinator – Jolie Bird
Jolie Bird is an artist and film enthusiast. She holds a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and just recently completed a Masters of Fine Art in Craft from NSCAD University. Bird has exhibited work throughout Canada and is currently represented in a US traveling show: Fiberart International 2013, an exhibition of contemporary fiber art presented by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh.
Prior to moving to Halifax, Bird was the co-owner of Bird Dog Video; an independent DVD rental shop offering a select inventory of films, (rare and hard to find, animation, art house, documentaries and more), catering to Calgary’s vibrant arts community and cinema lovers. During Bird Dog Video’s seven years in operation, Bird organized an annual silent auction raising money for some of Calgary’s local charities. The widely attended events featured local, National and International artists producing one of a kind works of art based on a curated theme developed by Bird.
Bird has also volunteered extensively with a number of non-profit festivals and societies including: Calgary Underground Film Festival- Board of Directors (Vice- President and Secretary), Calgary International Film Festival- Previewing Committee and the Calgary Cinematheque Society- Board of Directors.
Upon her eager return to Calgary this summer, Bird will take on the role as Festival Coordinator for GIRAF, “I felt particularly connected to GIRAF’s mandate to highlight animation as an art form. I think with my years of experience as an artist, my connections within Calgary’s art community as well as my appreciation for all types of animation, I can make a significant and positive contribution to the festival.”
Education Coordinator – Tanya Freed
Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Tanya has a BFA from the Alberta of College of Art and Design and a Master of Arts Degree from Concordia University in Montreal. Tanya Has a broad range of teaching experience, both formal and informal, from teaching kindergarten in Hong Kong to working in various galleries, museums and community education programs in Canada.
Librarian – Jean-Francois Cote
Jean Francois is a man of mystery. We just know he keeps the world of Quickdraw’s extensive and wonderous Library under control, and that he’s been around longer than anyone knows.