2019 Presenters

Nettie Wild

About Nettie

One of Canada’s most respected documentary filmmakers, Nettie Wild is now exploring new narrative directions. She has a passion for catalyzing effective change by tapping into the poetic, the sensual, the dimensional, and the unexpected. Her recent film “Koneline: Our Land Beautiful” explored a more spacious visual approach that reflected the culture, message and landscape of the Tahltan First Nation.

Her innovative projection mapping project, “Uninterrupted“, cinematically transformed Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge into a wild B.C. river – immersing audiences of all world views in the incredible journey of migrating sockeye salmon. Her next step: porting the experience into Virtual Reality.

Bill Weaver

About Bill

Bill founded the Media that Matters conferences in 1999. He’s a media strategist / philosopher and a Peabody-Award-winning, 40-year veteran of television and radio in the US and Canada. He has produced, directed, shot, and edited 10 television documentaries and numerous interstitials for Canadian television, and continues to create short films and organizational narratives for values-based business and social profits.

Bill believes that we cannot communicate at our fullest capacity without touching in with our most elemental media: our inner dialogue, our conversations with others, and our interactive relationship with the natural word. Next year, he’ll be traveling the world for the University of British Columbia’s Allard Award for International Integrity, telling stories about local heroes fighting corruption.

Emilee Gilpin

About Emilee

Emilee is a facilitator, educator, journalist and multimedia reporter. She is the lead journalist and storyteller for the National Observer’s series First Nations ForwardEmilee is committed to sharing stories of success and sovereignty and also investigating responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action. She has been awarded the Susan Carson Bursary Award, a Fulbright Canada scholarship, and was also the Human Rights “Emerging Indigenous Intern” at The Tyee. A journalism graduate from Concordia University, Emilee is Saulteaux Cree and Métis.

Greg Coyes

About Greg

Greg has worked in the Indigenous media community over the last three decades as an award- winning documentary film-maker, and as an educator and writer. He has produced and directed with the National Film Board, and consulted and written for the Smithsonian at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

A graduate of Yale University, Greg is currently teaching, and coordinating the Independent Indigenous Digital Filmmaking program at Capilano University in North Vancouver. His Masters thesis focused on the SLOW MEDIA Community, which creates and promotes decolonized media, and an Indigenous sense of cinematic time and space. Greg is Metis/Cree from St. Albert, Alberta.