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. His credits include Nurse.Fighter.Boy (08), Mighty Jerome (12), and Unarmed Verses (17). He has recently completed the feature documentary Invisible Essence: The Little Prince and the crime drama Akilla's Escape, and he is currently developing a limited-series adaptation of Mordecai Richler's 1955 novel Son of a Smaller Hero.
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.