Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society (est. 1980) is an artist-run production and exhibition centre that supports independent filmmakers and media artists. Through initiatives that foster dialogue and experimentation with cinematic practices, we engage our membership and the broader community through the transformative power of the moving image and the changing role of film in its contemporary context.
In addition to our main Howe Street location, Cineworks runs an analogue filmmaking studio in the Railtown area. This analogue annex is an open studio space, focusing on optical printing, film processing/printing, animation, installation, exhibition and mixed media. Cineworks has an active membership of over 200 filmmakers who are involved in a variety of aspects of independent filmmaking on an ongoing basis. Cineworks was incorporated as a non-profit society in 1980, and in 1983 was recognized as a charitable organization by Revenue Canada.
Board of Directors
Stephen Wichuk is a visual artist, consultant and educator born in Edmonton, Alberta. His large scale video installations reconstruct film-historical sight gags using precariously built marionettes and trick cinematography. He currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he works as the senior studio technician for the Animation department at Emily Carr University.
Wichuk holds a BMA from Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design (2005) and an MFA from University of British Columbia’s Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (2013). Recent exhibitions include Magnetic Spasms: The Best of Hymn Video Magazine (Pleasuredome, Toronto), Sausage Factory (Grunt Gallery, Vancouver), and As Seen Here (Morris & Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver).
Adelina SuvagauVice President
Adelina Suvagau is an award-winning producer and director with 25 years of experience in television and documentary production. After a successful career as a producer with Romanian National Television, Adelina moved to Vancouver and in 1998 founded Sonia Productions Inc.
For the past 12 years, Adelina has produced over 600 television episodes for Channel M and OMNI Television, four feature documentaries and two television series.
She received the Best Documentary Award at San Pedro International Film Festival in 2012 for the “Return to Byzantium The Art and Life of Lilian Broca.”
CBC, OMNI TV, CITY TV, AMI TV, VISION TV and JOY TV have broadcast Adelina's documentaries and TV series.
Between 2006 and 2015, Adelina Suvagau acted as the National Representative and then as the Professional Development Director for the Documentary Organization of Canada, BC chapter.
Born in Winnipeg, Megan relocated to Vancouver to attend film school. Her work as an editor has been featured at film festivals around the world, including Slamdance, VIFF, Telluride and Cannes.
Working as an instructor at VFS on and off for over 10 years, she has helped teach the next generation of editors how to use star wipes.
Now editing full time for one of the largest national advertising agencies in Canada, her work has helped campaigns win at the Lotus Awards, the One Show, and Marketing Awards.
Mitchell is a filmmaker and Cineworks member who studied at UBC. He has released two shorts on the festival circuit and cut a feature film.
He has been working in the industry for about 7 years as a lighting grip and has a photography business on the side. He has also organized several art shows for his work and for others.
Toni-Lynn Frederick is an experimental filmmaker, writer, and installation artist from Vancouver. Through her work, she explores topographic traces of memory, war, and trauma. She completed her MFA in film at Simon Fraser University. Her current PhD research explores the representation of Holocaust-related landscape in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah (1985).
Zoe Kirk-Gushowaty is an artist working experimentally with moving image and sound. She works primarily with 16mm and 8mm film, incorporating live elements of sound and performance in exhibition.
Her work has been presented in Canada, USA, Europe and Japan. Zoe is a founding member of the Iris Film Collective in Vancouver, Canada.
Lauren Macaulay is Vancouver based Architect and mixed media artist. Her experience in the development sector spans more than a decade and includes the design and construction of residential, mixed-use and institutional projects. She is a long time participant, patron and supporter of the arts. Lauren is passionate about giving back to the community and sharing her knowledge and expertise. She joined the Cineworks board in 2014 with a particular interest in the board's facilities planning projects.
Spencer Purdy is passionate about all aspects of Art. He pursued his Architecture and Design degree at USC in Los Angeles while taking as many elective film classes as he could. Upon graduation he worked in New York high-end residential projects, galleries, and competitions.
Spencer moved to Vancouver in 2012, and currently works as an Architect. He was asked to join the board in 2015 after he had volunteered at a number of Cineworks events. He has passion for engaging the Vancouver community in Cineworks through fundraising.
Noé Rodríguez joined the Cineworks Board of Directors in 2017.
Christoph Runne joined the Cineworks Board of Directors in 2017.
Meg ThorntonExecutive Director
Meg Thornton is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and has worked in the media arts for over 25 years as an artist and an administrator. Meg joined Cineworks shortly after moving to Vancouver in the 1980’s. She is responsible for the overall administration of the organization and works with the Board of Directors and the staff to develop policies and programs which advance Cineworks' goals and objectives.
Jem NobleDirector of Programs
Jem Noble (UK, 1974) lives and works in Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish territories). As a producer he has worked since 1998 on diverse initiatives across media, new media and visual arts milieux, independent film and television. In his art practice he has produced solo projects in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and collaborated with a wide range of artists, film-makers and cultural producers. Jem repurposes media artifacts, stages gestures, screenings and performances, makes installations, publications and broadcasts, often working collaboratively. Inspired by art and critical thought that explore form as process, this work examines traces of material and visual culture in terms of the forces they express, mediate and connect.
Jessica JohnsonFacilities & Equipment Manager
Jessica is the latest Facilities & Equipment Manager at Cineworks, as of October 2016. In 2011, Jessica moved to Vancouver to pursue a degree in Film Production at Simon Fraser University. She is a filmmaker whose works have played at Canadian festivals such as VIFF, DOXA, FNC and WNDX.
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