Our esteemed judging panel for the 2013 Digital Alberta Awards is:
VP/Sr Producer at Media Monkey Productions, ONT
Micol Marotti has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry that includes producing roles at CTV, Global TV, OMNI and CityTV. She has worked in managerial positions at Alliance Communications, ACTRA, The Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV, The National Film Board of Canada, the Banff World Television Festival and Temple Street Productions. As head of MM Publicity she has handled campaigns for numerous digital media projects including, CBC’s online Film Festival – Migrations, the English language premiere of Tetes a Claques, the location based films City Sonic and the digital media conference Crossmedia TO 2013. She co-produced a short film, Crust that was officially selected for the Palm Springs Film Festival and screened at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. She is the writer and producer of a number of documentary films and series including Open Doors narrated by Isabella Rossellini (RTI), and the award-winning short doc Billy Bishop: Canadian Maverick and the documentary feature film, Operation Oblivion.
President, Media Monkey Productions, Inc. ONT
President and co-founder of Media Monkey Productions Inc., and On Air Promo Producer for Teletoon, Jeff Halligan has more than twenty-eight years of experience in the entertainment industry. He was Director of Photography (DOP) for the award-winning documentary, A Courage to Stand (OMNI) and the award-winning youth series JumpCut. As DOP for Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting, he worked on Canadian Living Cooks, Sugar with Anna Olsen, House and Home and the Gemini award-winning series Health on Line. He was the DOP on the 35mm short film “Crust” (American Cinematheque, Palm Springs International Film Festival). He directed and produced the one-hour documentary film “Window on the World,” (OMNI) and a series of doc shorts entitled “Postcards from TIFF” for the Toronto International Film Festival that also aired on Movieola. He directed the award-winning short film Billy Bishop: Canadian Maverick and is currently directing the documentary films and digital media projects A Troublesome Woman and Operation Oblivion with Media Monkey Productions.
Curator, V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, NETHERLANDS
Michelle is a curator and writer focused on contemporary culture. She has exhibited and lectured across North America and Europe, and appeared in publications such as Wired UK and on radio and television broadcasts on the BBC and CBC. Most recently she has delivered lectures at Mapping Festival (Geneva), Lighthouse (Brighton), and Argos (Brussels).
The results of her curatorial work have appeared in venues worldwide. She has been awarded a curatorial research residency at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (Helsinki, Finland), attended the Summer Seminars for Art Curators (Yerevan, Armenia) and has been an invited guest of the BAM International Visitor’s Programme in Flanders. She founded one of the world’s leading art blogs on the subject of curating contemporary art, Curating.info, which currently has over 6000 fans on Facebook. She has written critical essays for Volume, C Magazine, Akimbo, Spacing, CV Photo, Rhizome, Public, Mute, and many other media outlets. She is a member of IKT, the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
Michelle is currently Curator at V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media, and was part of the curatorial team for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial in California.
Manager, Video Production & Programs, The Banff Centre – AB
A film and television buff, ardent musician, and multimedia aficionado, Jean Macpherson’s practice reflects her interest and experiences in digital film, music, and interactive media. Currently, Jean is the Manager of Video Production and Programs for Film & Media at The Banff Centre, focusing on the production of new work, the development of innovative programming initiatives, and the cultivation of creative partnerships at the local, national, and international levels. Jean has been a key figure in managing coproductions with the National Film Board, B3 Media, CBC Music, Parks Canada, and Jumpwire Media, and has worked on Banff Centre productions such as Women In the Director’s Chair, Science Communications, Alberta 3D READY, National Media Arts Summit, Indie Band, BioArt Camp, Recycling Pervasive Media, Grounding Open Source Hardware, IDEA (Interaction, Design, Experience, Audience) and a multitude of artist residency productions. Prior to her work at The Banff Centre, Jean worked with the National Arts Centre, the Ottawa Folklore Centre, and Muse Entertainment. Her academic background includes a degree in Communications, a diploma in Music and Culture and a certificate in Entertainment Law from Osgoode Hall Law School. Jean participates on numerous Canadian juries and review committees.