About

Our Vision:

“Supporting the Art of Storytelling.”

 

Our Mission

South Georgian Bay Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and promotion of Film Makers, Story tellers and Artists and sharing with audiences.  Everyone has a story to tell, our goal is to inspire and encourage people to share their stories using the media of film and to create events that enable the sharing of those stories across communities and beyond.

The Committee

Kathy Wadham

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Kathy has been a part of local Film Festivals since 2012, a committee member since 2014 and is currently Co-Chair of the Festival.

Kathy is the Co-Founder of Music Heals The Soul a unique charity that supports primarily The Canadian Diabetes Association as well as Wounded Warriors Canada.  Kathy has been a volunteer for numerous events within our community for the past six years, as well as for other organizations.

Kathy proudly had a 12 year career as a competitive Gymnast which brought great accomplishments, travel and a lifetime of friendships.  Kathy was coached by Russian Alex Bard a World and Olympic coach for Canada.   Unfortunately her gymnastic career came to an end at the age of 18 due to injury.

Kathy was born and raised in the Toronto area and moved full time to Wasaga Beach in 2010.

Ronald Domerchie

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Ronald one of four members of the Film Festival.

 A Graphic Designer, Founder of Sketch Graphics (2012) and Graduate of the Graphic Design program at Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology (1985) and has worked as an in-house graphic designer for Toronto and Region Conservation for over 20 years.

In 2007, I lost my wife, Elena, to cancer and after the down turn of the economy in 2008, 2009 I found myself restarting my life and became a permanent resident of Wasaga Beach in 2012. I joined the Film Festival Committee in 2013 and then stepped down from the Film Festival in 2015 when it was going in a direction that I didn’t agree with, only to be asked to come back in 2016.

The Film Festival is important to the community, for everyone has a story to tell and every community needs its Arts and Culture to be alive.

Aimee Lococo-Sarabura

Aimee Lococo-Sarabura

Although this marks Aimee’s first season volunteering for the Film Festival, she is thoroughly enjoying the experience.

After spending several years working as an actor, dancer, choreographer and session director in the Canadian film, television and theatre industries, Aimee relocated to the Wasaga Beach area to pursue a career in accounting and start a family. Aimee has since earned her CPA and CGA designations, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Commerce. She has also been blessed with two amazing, challenging whirlwinds who sometimes pass for little girls and an unfailingly supportive and loving husband. 

Currently, Aimee is the controller for Reflective Solutions Audio Visual Ltd.. She also continues to teach dance, drama and musical theatre locally, and choreograph and direct for musical theatre productions in the GTA.

Meet the Judges

Film Judge

Sean Ban Beaton

Sean Ban Beaton

Sean Ban Beaton has performed for audiences all across the country as both a musician and theatre/film actor, including nearly four years spent in Toronto & Vancouver playing the role of Eddie in the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!. Other notable credits include Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone (theatre), Tom in The Glass Menagerie (theatre), Please Kill Mr. Know It All (film), Monster Warriors (TV), and the series finale of Little Mosque on the Prairie (TV).

You may also recognize him from various commercials, including a Cannes Film Festival award winning viral video, named ‘Top Ad of the Year’ by the Toronto Star. Sean recently obtained a Commercial Music degree from the University of West of Scotland, and is also a graduate of Harris Institute’s audio production program, and Sheridan College’s musical theatre program.

He is currently working at Warner Music Canada as a Production and Content Media Operations Coordinator, and continues to write and perform with his post-punk new wave band FITNESS.

Film Judge

Michael Therriault

Michael Therriault

Michael Played Tommy Douglas in the CBC mini series: PRAIRIE GIANT, THE TOMMY DOUGLAS STORY, and Harry Vincent in THE ENGLISHMAN’S BOY.  Other television credits include recurring roles in: REIGN (the CW), HEROES REBORN (NBC); THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (Starz); HEMLOCK GROVE (Netflix); DAMIEN (Fox); and COVERT AFFAIRS (USA Network). On stage Michael played Gollum in LORD OF THE RINGS (Toronto and London’s West End); Motel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Broadway) and spent eight seasons at the Stratford Festival. This year, he will be starring in ME AND MY GIRL at the Shaw Festival.

Film Judge

Lynne Deragon

Lynne Deragon

LYNNE DERAGON has been fortunate to have spent her professional life in various disciplines as an Actor, Singer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Teacher, and Artist. Originally from the West Island of Montreal, she moved back and forth between Toronto and Montreal in the early years, studying singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and acting at the National Theatre School of Canada in the late '60's. Lynne moved back to Toronto in 1977. She and her husband, actor/singer Frank Moore now live in the small but artistically vibrant town of Warkworth, two hours east of Toronto in the gorgeous Northumberland Hills. 

The late, great, Canadian Comedy Icon DAVE BROADFOOT gave Lynne her first professional job in a Satirical Cabaret show called SQUEEZE II which had a long run at Mother Martin's and then at the Playboy Club in Montreal in the early 70's. 

After her move to Toronto she worked as a session singer doing Jingles and album sessions. She became friends with Debbie Fleming during that time and co-wrote many songs with her and with other musicians including Doug Riley, Claude Ranger, Don Thompson, Rhonda Silver, and Sharon Lee Williams. Some of those songs were recorded by vocalists Caroll Baker, Debbie Fleming, Arlene Smith, and Jackie Richardson. 

Radio was big in those days and Lynne enjoyed acting in many CBC shows like NIGHTFALL, THE MYSTERY PROJECT, IDEAS, and many other wonderful radio dramas. 

On stage, Lynne feels fortunate to have originated roles in two of the most iconic Canadian plays; BALCONVILLE by David Fennario, and THE CRACKWALKER by Judith Thompson. 

In television, Lynne had recurring roles in DUE SOUTH, QUEER AS FOLK, and Spielberg's series, FALLING SKIES, as well as roles in many other shows.

Some of her roles in film include DAVID CRONENBERG'S cult horror, RABID, and the late SIDNEY POLLACK's last feature film, THE INTERPRETER starring NICOLE KIDMAN & SEAN PENN. 

Lynne taught acting at the Loyola Campus of Concordia University in Montreal, and developed a week-long Communications Workshop for the Montreal Institute of Ministry, McGill University which she taught for ten years. 

Diversity seems to be a Canadian prerequisite in this business and Lynne is happy to have had the opportunity to slip in and out of the various modes available in the profession while raising two wonderful daughters. She enjoys life in the country and the solitude of painting and portrait work as a form of meditative creativity when not working directly in the industry.

Honoured to have been asked to be one of the judges in the 2017 Wasaga Film Festival, Lynne is excited to screen the new films. 

Film Judge

Doug Measures

 

Doug Measures

Doug Measures has been a resident of Nottawa since 1977.  Doug has been employed as a Community Television Producer at ROGERS TV in Collingwood for over 33 years. He has a wealth of experience working with community groups facilitating access to Local Television in Simcoe County. He has mentored and motivated volunteers in all aspects of community television production. His professional experience with federal & provincial politicians has kept him connected and respected by his peers at all levels of government.  Doug graduated with Honours in Radio & Television Arts at Seneca College and is graduate of Collingwood Collegiate Institute.