Co-Director and Scriptwriter: Karleen Pendleton Jiménez
Karleen recently completed the short film Butch Coyolxauhqui (2016) looking at queer body image, fatphobia, and reclamation. Karleen has written three books: Are You a Boy or a Girl? (2000), How to Get a Girl Pregnant (2011) and Tomboys and Other Gender Heroes (2016). The first two were finalists for the Lambda Literary Award. She is the screenwriter for the award-winning animation short Tomboy. Her short stories and personal essays have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, including “Downtown” in Queers Were Here: Heroes and Icons of Queer Canada (2016), “Letter to My Queer Family,” in Women Writing Letters (2015), “‘Tell Them You’re a Mexican,’ and Other Motherly Advice” in Mother of Invention (2013). She currently teaches at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and is Chair of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, U.S.
Co-Director and Animator: Barb Taylor
Animator Barb Taylor has created a number of award winning short films and innovative digital stories. Her film Tomboy which explores bullying and gender expression was the recipient of the CBC Canadian Reflection Award, Inside Out Up and Coming Artist Award and Audience Award Reeling Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Chicago among others. Barb is currently completing a hand painted animated short Bobbi and Sheelagh, a portrait of a young woman who overcomes her fears when she meets a mythological creature. In early 2016 Barb was artist in residence at Clones Art Studio in Ireland to research the character Queen Maeve. Previous work includes the short animated film Peaceosaurus created in conjunction with the York University Children as Peacemakers program. Barb is the recipient of the Corus Innovation Award for the creation of a tween online radio station and a Webby Honoree for her work on the CBC Massey Lectures’ website based on Lawrence Hill’s book Blood the Stuff of Life. She gained extensive experience in digital as previous manager of national radio websites for Corus Entertainment and CBC .
Producer: Madi Piller is a filmmaker, animator, programmer and independent curator currently living and working in Toronto. She is an experienced Canadian animation programmer and led the artistic direction and studio production at the Toronto Animated Image Society from 2002-2015. Madi continues creating programs and supporting production activities at her studio PIX FILM Productions in Toronto as well as around the world. She is familiar with the global independent animation scene and often can be found curating groups of artists in international cities.