Brendon Sawatsky | Director, Programming
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.
Angela Heck | Director, Digital & Strategic Initiatives
As director of digital and strategic initiatives, Angela comes to NSI with a diverse background in screen-based production and industry development, communications and academia.
Prior to joining NSI, Angela worked with Tactica Interactive and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. You may also have met her at CBC, Whistler Film Festival, Quest University Canada or the National Film Board of Canada.
As an active volunteer she is the vice-chair of Jazz Winnipeg and has served on the boards of DOC-BC, WIFTV and the University of Manitoba. She holds an MA in political and cultural theory from the University of Victoria.
Since moving back to Winnipeg in 2010, her rock climbing adventures have waned so she’s shifted her attention to turning her front lawn into an urban farm … with variable results.
Angela is an alumna of NSI Features First.
Mike Fly | Program Advisor
Mike Fly is a digital producer/director whose credits include the award-winning web series Versus Valerie and the transmedia series Sexy Nerd Girl, Comedy Bar, Wedding Trashers and Improv Monologue Project.
He is the director of photography for The Casting Room and the Canadian Screen Award-winning series Space Janitors.
Mike also directed the award-winning series But I’m Chris Jericho as well as several shorts for the Second City Network and The Second City Project.
Karen Lam | Presenter
Karen Lam has worked full-time in the film and television industry since 2000.
Starting her career as a producer and entertainment lawyer, Karen has produced four feature films, eight short films and three television series.
Her first short film as a writer/director, The Cabinet, was made through NSI Drama Prize in 2006.
She has since written nine feature film screenplays, and directed seven short films, a true-crime documentary series and two feature films: Stained (2010) and Evangeline (2013).
Her first web series Mythos premiered on Telus Optik TV in December 2014.
Michelle Ouellet | Presenter
Michelle Ouellet is an award-winning director, producer and digital content creator who loves creating original work for the web.
Michelle is the series director of the critically acclaimed web series The True Heroines. She has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and won awards at The Leos, Vancouver WebFest and LA Web Fest.
Michelle is currently putting the finishing touches on her new digital series Paranormal Solutions Inc. which is funded by the Independent Production Fund and TELUS.
Rudy Thauberger | Story Consultant
Rudy Thauberger wrote the screenplays for the feature films The Rhino Brothers and Chicago Heights (with Daniel Nearing), as well as the short film Goalie (based on his short story). He has also written teleplays for the SyFy network movies-of-the-week Snowmaggedon and The 12 Disasters of Christmas.
He is a past winner of the BC Literary Rites short story competition, a finalist in the Canadian National Playwriting Contest, a two-time winner of the Monday Magazine short story contest and has been shortlisted four times for the annual 3-Day Novel Contest.
Rudy is the co-creater and writer of the web series Coma State (currently in development) and has worked as a story editor on several films and comic books, most recently the feature film Hogtown. His short story Goalie has been anthologized over 20 times.
Currently, he’s working on several film, television and comic book projects. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and works as an instructor at Vancouver Film School.
Matthew Clarke | Presenter
Matthew Clarke is a Vancouver-based filmmaker, writer, actor, musician and comedian.
He is most well known as creator, director and star of the hit, award-winning web series Convos With My 2-Year-Old which has had over 62 million views and 770,000+ subscribers.
Over the past 15 years Matthew has worked in film, TV, theatre, toured North America with his band, Honey and the Money, created branded content for companies like Disney, Geico and Toyota, grown as a person, had numerous hair styles, owned two cars, joined a book club and developed a habit of sharing things in bios that are completely irrelevant.
Mike Gallagher | Presenter
Mike is the social media co-ordinator for Jive Communications.
He graduated on the Dean’s list from the Vancouver Art Institute in 2008 with a diploma in digital film and production. Mike then spent four years working on a variety of high budget Hollywood productions.
After being contracted with AMC to work on their hit TV series The Killing, Mike went back to BCIT and graduated from the marketing communications program.
Mike has done freelance social media for a variety of clients including Netflix and the Vancouver Board of Trade.