Board of Directors & Staff
Rylan Friday – Indigenous Curator
Rylan Friday is a multi-media storyteller, writer and producer hailing from the Cote First Nation based out of Kamsack, Saskatchewan. Rylan got his start in media by graduating from BCIT’s Radio Broadcast and Communications program producing radio documentaries showcasing various First Nations topics pertaining to recovering from colonization and reconciliation, with an emphasis on storytelling.
In 2015, Rylan eventually made the leap into film and has directed two short films This Bright Flash and Spirited Away: A Documentary. In 2017, he became a founding member of the now defunct Indigenous International Film Festival based out of Vancouver. His credits range from 1491: The Untold Stories of The America’s before Columbus, Indian Horse and The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open. His goal is to bring LGBTQ2 and First Nations stories to the big screen, sharing hidden truths while encouraging the younger generations to be open and express themselves artistically.
Currently, he’s producing Trevor Mack’s directorial debut Portraits From a Fire and helping implement a peer to peer mentorship with STORYHIVE for Mack’s film, which will pair Indigenous youth with a crew member in northern BC.
Brianna Girdler – Programming Coordinator
Having previously worked as the operations manager at Women in Film and Television Vancouver and currently as the programming coordinator at Reel Causes, Brianna is an experienced non-profit administrator skilled in event management and communication. She works freelance in the film industry and is the associate producer on feature “Bella Ciao!“.
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