Tom Friedman- Society President
Tom Friedman has served as the Chair of the Kamloops Film Society’s Board of Directors since 2010, having been first elected to the Board as Vice Chair in 2009. He is a Professor of English Literature and Film at Thompson Rivers University and has served as the President of the TRU Faculty Association for a number of years. Tom holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto; his academic research and teaching has focused on Canadian fiction, poetry, and art, film adaptation, and mystery fiction. He has lived in Kamloops since 1993.
Brian Mitchell- Special Advisor to Board
Brian Puida Mitchell has been passionate about movies since he was a young lad attending Saturday matinee serial-westerns at his neighbourhood theatre in Halifax, N.S. While attending university he joined the local film society and began a life-long love relationship with film. After the showing of those films the group would adjourn to one of the university’s houses and talk well into the night – with all of the passion of youth. Upon moving to Kamloops in 1975 he immediately joined what was, at the time, the Cariboo College Film Society and shortly thereafter assumed the duties of chairing its activities. He continued in that capacity through its various incarnations for the following thirty-five years and is currently an advisor to the Board. He believes strongly that the art which is film can be transformative – life altering. Human beings’ hearts and minds can be radically opened to the big questions of life, beauty and truth – plus we get to do that exploration in community.
Dušan Magdolen- Executive Director
Dušan graduated from Westsyde Secondary, attended TRU and Plymouth State University, and now works at the former. He originally became involved with the film festival when committee members were recruiting for people with marketing expertise. Four years ago, he took over as the Kamloops Film Festival Chair and he could not be more thrilled to be leading this passionate team once again. The 22nd Festival is focused on connecting with our community and engaging our audience. Come see what the KFF has in store. You won’t be disappointed. Dušan is a lifelong film lover who likes every genre of film. Even before he was a part of the KFF, Dušan had attended every film at the festival, so you know he’s committed! (Small shout out to his very cute girlfriend Skylar here).
Adam Trudel- Treasurer
Jon Fulton- Board Member
Born and raised in Kamloops he completed his BFA in Film from SFU and then returned to Kamloops to raise his two children. He currently works at TRU Open Learning creating visual media content for distance courses. In 1994 he volunteered for the Moving Pictures Travelling Film Festival when it came to Kamloops prior to the creation of the Kamloops Film Festival. He absolutely fell in love with watching films in a full size theatre.
Natalie Wandler- Board Member
Nathalie grew up in a small French town in New Brunswick, where she spent a lot of time going to mainstream movies with her family and friends. She especially loved going to her town’s Drive-In theatre. She eventually went to the University of Ottawa to study Occupational Therapy and it was then that she was introduced to foreign language and independent films. She was hooked from day one and spent as much of her free time as possible down at the iconic ByTowne Cinema. In 1994, a new career brought Nathalie to Kamloops and she was thrilled to discover her new city had a film society. With the encouragement of her friend Yves, she started volunteering on the film festival committee and was asked to join the KFS board officially in 2000. Being on the KFS board for the last 18 years has included so many awesome moments such as attending various film festivals like TIFF, VIFF and the Whistler Film Fest; meeting cool industry people like Kevin Spacey, Don Mckellar and Lorne Cardinal, to name but a few; and even learning a whole new language…. A financial one… as Nathalie was the KFS treasurer for over 8 years. Nathalie now shares her ongoing love of film with her husband and two kids. She loves being part the KFS board and hopes to continue to be active on the board for many years to come
Kevin Martin- Board Member
Kevin worked at the Cineplex Odeon for nearly 22 years. He has taken a variety of accounting courses at Cariboo College (now TRU). Kevin is currently single, and enjoys the company of his two brothers, a sister and several nephews, nieces (and great nephews!). He collects hockey cards and memorabilia from the Beatles and the Monkees. Kevin has been a member of the KFF Committee for twelve years. He joined for the love of people and movies; to be able to escape from the real world for a couple of hours, no matter the topic and to learn about different things, which is his favourite part of the cinematic experience.
Terri Ann Wilson- Board Member
Terri Anne has been working and playing in both education and in the film, television and theatre community since 2000. She has worked as a producer, actor and writer and is an educator, facilitator and has been a coach for a variety of arts based learning workshops and classes. With degrees from the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, (history, film studies and education), and a masters degree in arts education from Simon Fraser University, Terri Anne has participated in a variety of successful programs and projects, helping to see them through all stages of development. Having mentored many students of the arts for more than 15 years, Terri Anne has had the pleasure of watching many of them achieve notable success. She is a proud advocate for the arts in both education and in communities and considers it a great privilege to partner with people both in BC and abroad as they journey towards discovering their full creative potential.