BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sachin Gandhi - President
Sachin Gandhi is a computer engineer by day and a cinephile by night. He spends hours tracking down films both for personal consumption and also for the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), whom he has assisted in various programming capacities since 2004. He also loves traveling to various international film festivals and has visited the Sundance, Venice, Rotterdam, Toronto, Vancouver, Fantasia, BFI London, and New York Asian Film Festivals.
Donna Brunsdale - Vice President
Donna Brunsdale is an artist, filmmaker, and teacher. She has exhibited her films and art in galleries and festivals across Canada and abroad. She has taught art and film at several post-secondary institutions and has worked on others' films in several capacities including acting. She lives in Calgary.
Dale Turri - Secretary
Dale Turri is a genuine arts freak with a long history of involvement with the Calgary arts scene. She is a business development consultant specializing in sponsorship and fundraising. She currently serves on the boards of The Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Ghost River Theatre, and Downstage Theatre. She attends an arts event, on average, three times a week.
Jesse Foster - Treasurer
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Gary Burns is an internationally recognized writer and director of feature films. His films include The Suburbanators, Kitchen Party, waydowntown, A Problem with Fear, Radiant City, and most recently The Future Is Now! Gary is a founding member of the Calgary Cinematheque.
Meike Wielebski is the Chief Financial Officer of Alberta Tubular Products Ltd. In addition to her "full-time" role, she promotes continuing education within her team, and is currently pursing her certification in the Lean Methodology. Meike is actively involved in various non-profits and charities in a variety of approaches such as being on the Calgary Cinematheque board, fundraising for Easter Seals, or repelling down a Calgary office building for another local business. While she's proud to be such an active professional, being on this board allows Meike to get her arts "fix"!
Felicia Glatz is an enthusiastic member of Calgary’s eclectic film community. Her work with Cinematheque is informed by a bachelor’s degree in film from the University of Calgary and a longtime participation in citywide clubs and festivals. She currently occupies an active position as film programmer for Sled Island.
Jennifer has been involved in the Calgary arts community since 2005. She worked at the Calgary International Film Festival as a Film Programmer and most recently was their Business Development Manager. She has a Masters of Education (UWO) focusing on Media Literacy and has created educational resources for the Calgary and Toronto International Film Festivals. Her resources have been utilized by the National Film Board of Canada and university professors across Canada.
Jason Wierzba is a writer and musician with a Master's degree in Film Studies from Carleton University.
Filomena Calabrese adores film and is excited to be a committee member for Calgary Cinematheque. She has an undergraduate and graduate degrees in foreign language cultures and literatures and has taught both for nearly twenty years in parts of Canada and in the U.S. Just over a year ago, she returned to her hometown Calgary after fifteen years away and began to volunteer with the Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary Cinematheque, and Calgary European Film Festival. In Toronto, where she lived before moving back to Calgary, she worked with the Toronto International Film Festival.
Emily Mody is very passionate about film and art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours from The University of Calgary in 2013. She loves to spend her time being involved in the local film community. She has interned at and served on the board for The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. She currently also volunteers for katrinaolson.ca, calgarymovies.com, CSIF, and The Canadian International Fashion Film Festival.
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Mary Reay Arnatt
Mary Arnatt is a Masters student in the Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary and the recipient of the 2018 Gerald Pratley Award from the Film Studies Association of Canada. She previously served as the Movies that Matter coordinator for the University of Calgary Film Society, the editorial assistant for Luma Quarterly, and has written for Bloodbath and Beyond and Luma Quarterly.
Aaron Grach - Operations Manager
Formerly one of our directors, Aaron Grach is a lawyer and the chair of our Governance Committee. Erstwhile U of C English masters student, fiction editor for filling Station magazine, and drawing student at ACAD, he remains a perpetual neophyte to the arts, including to film.
Kevin Dong - Communications and Programming Coordinator
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Christian Argyll - Bookkeeper
Also known as the "accounting ninja", he is rarely seen in person. He currently supports approximately 12 arts and culture organizations in Calgary.
Past Board Members
Brennan Tilley, Trevor Smith, Colin Mitchell, Aaron Grach, Brendan Kredell, Jeremy Dietz, Barbara Sutherland, Justin Waddell, Bronwyn Henry, Charles Tepperman, Jolie Bird, Mark Hamilton, James Ellis, Tricia Leadbeater, David Christensen, Jamie Woods, Kevin Allen