NSI Script to Screen - Faculty

Shereen Jerrett, Program Co-Manager

Shereen Jerrett

Shereen has filmed everything from vampire castles in Romania to Leila’s Hair Museum in Indiana.

She has made films about neurotics, nerds and family members. She works both in indies and commercial venues and her award-winning work has screened at festivals around the world.

Shereen’s recent work includes writing a dramatic feature film script for APTN; writing/directing an hour-long documentary on Mardi Gras with Buffalo Gal Pictures; directing episodes of the Gemini winning X-Weighted III series; and she has produced, written, shot and edited the doc TV series Flat City Stories for MTS television.

She works as a freelance script editor and has been a reader and writer facilitator for NSI Drama Prize since 2001. She also teaches various filmmaking courses at the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba.

She is currently in production on two new media projects (a documentary and a non-linear drama) and editing season two of Flat City Stories.

Brendon Sawatzky, Program Co-Manager

Brendon-Sawatzky

As director of programming at NSI, Brendon directs the development of all new programs and is accountable for the delivery of all NSI courses.

Prior to his current position at NSI, Brendon focused on producing film and television. This resulted in producer credits on six feature films, a television sitcom, two television movies and a number of television specials, short films and music videos.

He previously worked for the National Screen Institute as a program manager and before that at the Winnipeg Film Group. A more recent role was as a producer for the National Film Board. He is also the chair of Film Training Manitoba.