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Reel Asian is teaming up with NABET 700-M UNIFOR to host an industry talk and social mixer for union members and those interested in any of the fourteen departments represented by the union.
Hear four speakers from different departments talk about the work they do spearheading industry initiatives to address the issues of workforce development and diversity within the industry. Got questions about your career goals or expanding your knowledge & experience? Ask members about their years of experiences; do’s & don’ts and much more! Need advice about union labour for a current or upcoming project? Representatives are here to help!
Union members, here’s a great opportunity to meet up and show up for NABET 700-M UNIFOR. There’ll be free food and beer and plenty of time to socialize, meet prospective members, and represent your department! In the shadow of labour struggles in our industry south of the border, this event is our way to build stronger relationships between community arts presentation organizations and the labour movement.
Complementary catering and an open bar for beer and non-alcoholic are included. Walk-up admissions are welcome (subject to capacity) but registration at the door will be required.
NABET 700-M UNIFOR is a union of film, television and new media technicians that has serviced Ontario and the world for over 45 years. NABET 700-M currently represents almost 3,000 qualified technicians in fourteen departments, including the following:
Construction • Continuity • Costume • Grip • Hair • Labour • Lighting • Makeup • Paint • Props • Set decoration • Sound • Special effects • Transportation
President of NABET 700-M UNIFOR
Peggy Kyriakidou is currently the President of NABET 700-M UNIFOR and has been actively working in the Film and Television industry for over 30 years, specializing in hair.
Peggy began her career in film and television in the early 90s and has been a hairstylist for over 30 years. Although her salon days are behind her, they were instrumental in establishing her as a well-rounded stylist. Her love of storytelling and working with people led her to film where the collaboration in creating characters and bringing scripts to life, fuel her passion for her work.
Kyriakidou’s credits include the award-winning feature film Maudie starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, Regression, also with Hawke, Wolves with Jason Momoa and Lucas Till, The Colony with Kevin Zegars, Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Charlotte Sullivan, Haunter with Abigail Breslin, Godsend with Rebecca Romijn, Cavedweller with Kyra Sedgwick and Aidan Quinn, as well as the television series Relic Hunter, Queer as Folk, Mary Kills People, and Ransom among many other credits.
Prior to her presidency, she sat on the NABET 700-M UNIFOR Executive Board for 10 years as the Vice President of the Hair Department.
As President, Peggy is responsible for the overall operations of NABET 700-M UNIFOR including the negotiation, application and interpretation of the collective bargaining agreement and the employment interests of all technicians in the local’s jurisdiction, which represents in excess of $500 million in production volume and $70 million in wages annually.
Peggy currently sits on UNIFOR National’s Media Council and the Ontario Green Screen Committee.
Buyer in the Art Department
Janice has been working in the film industry for the past 4 years since moving to Toronto in 2019. She studied conceptual art and photography in university and did not attend film school. Before working as a Buyer in film and television, Janice was a Set Dresser in the Art Department where she learned the ropes of the business and figured out where she wanted to be in the industry. Janice considers Wong Kar Wai’s Chungking Express as one of her favourite films.
Tim Doughty has worked in TV/commercials/film for something like 20 years – in the UK, Malaysia and Toronto. His work has covered numerous roles, on both sides of the camera, pre and post production – but since moving to Toronto he’s found himself placed firmly in the Grip department, and is now a member of NABET and mostly works as a Key Grip.
My name is Jadyn Stamina, I’m a 28 year old Filipino woman. I grew up in Mississauga, ON but currently live in downtown Toronto. I am a member of NABET 700-M UNIFOR as a set dresser/on set dresser and I absolutely love what I do! I went to school for interior design which is extremely beneficial working in set dec, as well as being a home stager on the side. Since I was a little girl, my passion has been design and I strive to become a production designer one day. I want to show other individuals who look like me, that you can make it in the film industry. Working hard and the willingness to learn every day, is something that I was taught by my parents at a young age and it’s what I live by. It comes naturally when you’re doing something that you love.
Randy Resh (He/Him) is a Sound Mixer Hall of Famer who has been active on sets of all shapes & sizes for close to 2 decades in over 400 shoots. He has enjoyed the privilege of working with many of the foremost Hollywood studios (Paramount, Lionsgate, HBO, etc.) and cultural icons such as Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Buffy Sainte Marie, Clement Virgo and Warren P. Sonoda. Other notable media include PBS, Time Magazine, CTV, CBC & TSN along with a special projects consortium of Meta/Facebook, Youtube & Instagram – within their combined in-house departments. Films he has contributed to have garnered laurels at Cannes, TIFF, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Inside/Out & Hot Docs.
His sense of social awareness demands that he routinely return to our communities; offering on- set expertise to groups such as Casey House, Toronto Food Bank & Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. He also remains engaged in mentorship programs (Telus/CIA Solutions Indigenous Identity Film Camp, Alberta & Regent Park Film Programs in Toronto).
Randy’s guiding professional philosophy is that his craft is so very much more the matter of a fulfilling Lifestyle- than simple mere career. His affiliations include NABET700/UNIFOR BIWOC Committee, The Black Media Alliance of Toronto & Indigenous Film Collective.