Shorts by Charles Officer and Laurie Townshend precede Stella Meghie's 2016 Festival hit.
Charles Officer is a British-Canadian filmmaker who studied at Cambridge University and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He worked as a graphic designer and creative director in Toronto before attending the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. He was the recipient of Hot Docs' Don Haig Award of Merit in 2012 and went on to direct an episode of Engraved on a Nation (12), which won a 2014 Canadian Screen Award. Officer has also directed episodes of the acclaimed television series Rookie Blue (11–15), Saving Hope (12–17), and Private Eyes (16– ). His films include the short Short Hymn_Silent War (02), his feature debut, Nurse.Fighter.Boy (08), as well as his documentary debut, Mighty Jerome (12), which won four Leo Awards and a Regional Emmy Award. Unarmed Verses (17) is his latest documentary.
Laurie Townshend is a writer, director, educator, and erratic blogger. Her credits include The Railpath Hero (13), which features a spellbinding performance by TIFF Rising Star Stephan James; Human Frequency Streetdocs (14), a documentary series on human connectedness; and the award-winning Charley (15) about the work of late civil-rights activist Charles Roach. Currently, Townshend is in early pre-development with Goldelox Productions and the NFB on Mothering in the Movement, an intimate look at the art of mothering in times of resistance.