May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada!
At the start of every week of this month, we will unveil a new slate of photos to celebrate these Asian storytellers from around the world.
For the first week, we will be focusing on our hometown filmmakers.
Director, A Time to Swim
Biography: Ashley is a Montreal-based filmmaker and multimedia storyteller working to amplify marginalized voices. A Time to Swim is her feature-length directorial debut. She also directed Re Lekuah (2018), the world’s first music video in the Kelabit language, as well as Land and Legends (2017), an interactive documentary.
On the Horizon: A Time To Swim continues to screen around the world while Ashley completes a short documentary with the Kelabit community in Malaysia, which will act as a companion piece to the film. She is currently developing her first narrative feature about the Vietnamese diaspora experience with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Quebec Writer’s Federation.
Kathleen S. Jayme
Director, Finding Big Country
Biography: Based in Vancouver, B.C., Kathleen S. Jayme is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker who is passionate about telling meaningful and personal stories. From 2012-2016, Kathleen worked at the National Film Board of Canada where she coordinated and oversaw over thirty documentaries, animations, and digital projects through all stages of production. Kathleen is a fellow of the 2016 Inspirit Foundation’s Story Money Impact program, the 2017 Hot Docs Documentary Channel Doc Accelerator program, and the 2017 Telus Storyhive Banff World Media Festival program.
On the Horizon: Kathleen’s love for the Vancouver Grizzlies continues to drive her as she is currently developing a feature film based on the team. Finding Big Country continues to screen at different events across North America.
Director, Wish You Were Here
Biography: Kenneth Bi’s directorial debut, Rice Rhapsody (2004), won Outstanding Screenplay from Taiwan’s GIO and screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival. The Drummer (2007) was selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival and opened the 2008 Toronto Reel Asian International Film festival. It also won Best Supporting Actor (Tony Leung Ka Fai) at the Golden Horse Awards. In 2010, Kenneth followed up with the topical social drama, Girl$, and in 2013, he directed the neo-noir suspense thriller Control, starring Daniel Wu, Simon Yam, Yao Chen and Leon Dai. Wish You Were Here is Kenneth’s fifth film.
On the Horizon: Wish You Were Here is finishing its festival run and recently premiered in Beijing. Kenneth is working on a few new projects. More details to come.