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 and writer whose work focuses on the representation and experiences of Black and queer communities. She is one of the directors at The Royal Cinema, where she also programs a series called Black Gold. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, MUBI's Notebook, TIFF's The Review, and cléo journal, and she has served as a jury member for Inside Out and the BlackStar Film Festival.
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.
producer and programmer, samah ali is a proud next waver obsessed with film, diaspora, and culture. inspired by her time in the next wave program she co-founded sisterhood media, a production company focusing on growth and identity through podcasts, web series, documentaries. as a film connoisseur and dedicated homebody, samah can be found watching movies in empty cinemas or on twitter compiling an eclectic meme gallery. for more of her work, and others she cosigns, follow her on twitter @sistersamah.
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.