For the cherry on top of a full day of free HBO screenings, we are delighted to announce an exclusive panel discussion on the wildly successful comedy-drama series, Insecure.
Join a few trailblazers in the Toronto film and television industry as they discuss and dissect various aspects of the show; from representation for young black women on screen, to empowering women on both sides of the screen, to shifting trends in the film and television industry. They will discuss it all!
We look forward to celebrating International Women's Day with you!
Sarah-Tai Black is a film programmer, arts worker, and writer living and working in Toronto. She currently programs a monthly series at The Royal Cinema called Black Gold which aims to highlight the best and most vibrant of Black cinema and Black screen icons. Her writing and words have been published by TIFF's The Review, cléo journal, the Toronto Film Critics Association, Hollywood Suite, and Broken Pencil. She is committed to intersectional feminist practices within the arts and her work focuses heavily on the representation and experiences of Black, queer, and body-positive communities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in art history and cinema studies from the University of Toronto.
Nicole Stamp is an actor and director. She has hosted and directed the Gemini Award winning show The SPACE for TVOntario, and has acted in The Handmaid's Tale, Assassin's Creed Origins, and Carmilla, a web series with over 60 million views on YouTube. In October 2017, Stamp wrote a Facebook essay called "What Decent Men Can Do in Response to #MeToo," which was shared over 70,000 times and published by CNN.
content creator and producer, samah ali’s work specializes on topics of diaspora, culture, and identity conceptualization. she is the co-founder of sisterhood media, a production company stimulating conversations on growth and identity through podcasts, web series, documentaries. her podcast, steeped tea, is one of the many ways she tries to unpack our relationship with culture while featuring incredible women along the way. when she is not tirelessly working to produce five 2018 projects, she can be found on twitter praising toronto’s talented cultural producers and compiling an eclectic meme gallery. she is a film buff, music fanatic, and tea enthusiast.
Jess Beaulieu is a comedian, writer, actor, podcaster, and feminist. She co-hosts the comedy podcast The Crimson Wave and co-hosts the weekly comedy show of the same name every Sunday night at Comedy Bar. Jess has performed at JFL42 (Just for Laughs in Toronto), the Boston Women in Comedy Festival, the Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, Toronto’s Feminist Art Conference and music festivals Sled Island and Field Trip. She is also a rising television writer and recently was lucky enough to write for The Beaverton and the online series All For One. She is a contributor for such awesome publications as Vice, Torontoist, She Does the City and more.