BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jennifer Cecconi - President
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.
Donna Brunsdale - Vice President
Donna Brunsdale is a founding member of the Calgary Cinematheque. She is a filmmaker and artist who has shown her work across Canada and abroad. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Calgary. She was most recently a producer and co-writer/editor on the feature film Man Running.
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
Jesse Foster is a Calgary based Director, Writer, and Producer, Graduate of the Vancouver Film School - Film Production Program, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Royal Roads University.
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, Man Running. His awards include Best Canadian Feature at TIFF and Genie for Best Documentary. 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"!
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.
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 - Programming Coordinator
Kevin Dong is an independent filmmaker, programmer, and cinephile-at-large based in Calgary. In addition to his BA in Film Studies from the University of Calgary, he has been involved with a number of local film organizations, including Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers (CSIF), Calgary International Film Festival, and NUTV. He counts The Tree of Life, Pather Panchali, Syndromes and a Century, and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift as his most formative cinematic experiences
Janet Davie - Communications Coordinator
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
Sachin Gandhi, Felicia Glatz, 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