DOC National Board

Nadine Pequeneza
Chair, DOC Toronto Representative

Nadine Pequeneza is an award-winning Director, Writer and Producer best known for her observational films offering unique access to character-driven stories about social justice. With more than 15 years international experience, she has garnered multiple nominations and awards, including; a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Documentary Program, seven CSA and Gemini nominations, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, a Golden Sheaf from the Yorkton Film Festival, and a Silver Gavel Award honourable mention from the American Bar Association. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including: Hot Docs International Film Festival, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and Tel Aviv International Film Festival.

As the founder of HitPlay Productions, Nadine has produced and directed the company’s feature documentary projects, including: Road to Mercy, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, Up In Arms, Inside Disaster, and Raising Cassidy. Her films have broadcast on CBC, SRC, TVO, PBS and Knowledge Network. She is currently in production on a feature film about social impact bonds, titled The Grand Experiment.

Nadine is a Fledging Fellow and also a member of the DOC Toronto board.

Isabelle Couture
Vice-Chair, DOC Québec Representative
Isabelle has produced several TV and feature-length documentaries for the big screen since she started her career in 2005. Among other things, she has produced The Amina Profile, a critically acclaimed feature documentary by Sophie Deraspe that world premiered at Sundance in January 2015 and that was selected in more that 30 festivals around the world, including Hot Docs, OUTFEST, the Stockholm Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, the Mumbai Film Festival and CPH:Dox. Isabelle also produced Love Under Cuban Skies, a CBC Doc Zone documentary by Wendy Champagne about female sex tourism; and Alphée of the Stars, Hugo Latulippe’s award-winning feature documentary about his five-year-old disabled daughter, which opened the Visions du Réel Festival in Nyon in 2013. 
 
In fall 2015, Isabelle joined Catbird Productions as a producing partner. She is the Co-Chair of DOC Quebec and also sits on the board of the Hot Docs Festival. 
David Vaisbord
Treasurer / DOC BC Representative

David Vaisbord, documentary filmmaker has made several award winning films, most notably the artist biography Drawing Out the Demons: a film about the artist Attila Richard Lukacs (2004), and Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man (1998), a cult classic about two Canadian performers and their personal journey at the Burning Man desert festival. David's most recent project, which became his MFA thesis, is an in-depth, longitudinal study of a low-income housing project which was emptied and largely demolished by the provincial government from 2007 to 2009 resulting in a community destroyed without just cause.  Launched in 2008, his Little Mountain Project  has consisted of a series of short films, a website, a gallery installation, and social and transmedia projects – all of which he refers to as “The Hyperlocal Documentary.” Point of View Magazine published Vaisbord’s thesis in its Summer 2013 issue.

In 2014 he launched a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to complete the feature documentary titled The Little Mountain Film. The project received considerable attention through print, radio, television and social media, receiving retweets of support from Judy Rebick and Margaret Atwood.

Vaisbord continues to raise funds for the Little Mountain Film.  Meanwhile, he continues work as a transmedia producer, educator and digital media consultant, and hopes to be able to contribute to the health of the documentary film through his work with DOC.

Josephine Anderson
DOC BC Representative

Josephine Anderson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and digital storyteller based in Vancouver, BC. Last year, Josephine was selected as one of four filmmakers to participate in the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab, through which she is currently developing a feature documentary. Her first interactive documentary, The Sticking Place (2012), was recognized as an official Webby Award Honoree, won two Pixel Awards, and was nominated for a Digi Award. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, Josephine graduated from Capilano University’s Documentary Film program. In 2013, she was awarded the One to Watch alumni award from Capilano University, honouring alumni who have distinguished themselves early in their careers. Josephine is an alumna of Berlinale Talent Campus and DOXA Connexions. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Lorna Thomas
DOC Alberta Representative

Lorna is a producer, director and writer of television documentaries and information videos, with a special affinity for stories that demonstrate effective social action. She has collaborated with many other film and video organizations and broadcasters including the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Global TV, CTV, and Bravo. In addition to working as a filmmaker, Lorna also teaches workshops and classes on producing and directing documentaries and creating Digital Stories. A resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Lorna has been the Chair of DOC-Alberta (on and off) since 2013.

 

Lalita Krishna
DOC Toronto Representative

Lalita is an award-winning filmmaker and transmedia producer. Her work has been broadcast on all major networks and featured at film festivals around the world. Lalita’s documentaries are used extensively both in the Canadian and international educational market. Currently, she is executing multiple transmedia productions in partnership with award-winning game producers, designers, and developers. Lalita is a featured speaker at prestigious conferences and professional development events.

Lalita is Co-Chair of the DOC Toronto Chapter and sits on the Hot Docs Board. She also chaired the steering committee of docSHIFT and DOCS IN CLASS two major flagship programs run by DOC Toronto.

Lalita was recently recognized with the Crystal Award for mentorship by WIFT-T. She has also been awarded the Dream-Catcher Award for using her craft to better humanity and is the recipient of the 2010 Reel World Trailblazer award.

Carmen Garcia
DOC Québec Representative

Carmen Garcia grew up in Paris, where she studied humanities and was a member of an amateur theater group.

After arriving to Montreal in 1973, she worked in the field of journalism and publishing while she pursued an education in translation and communications.

Since 1983, Garcia has produced documentary films, working simultaneously as a producer, researcher, and screenwriter; taking on the additional role of film director in 1993.

From 2001-2002, she temporarily switched focus to work as an analyst for Telefilm Canada. However, Garcia returned to the field of film production in 2003, where she has continued to challenge herself ever since.

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