Catbird has the great privilege of working with these creative minds!



Writer/researcher and director Caroline Bâcle has directed over twenty episodes of various television documentary and youth series, including Active-Toi and La Quête for TFO, and the culture and travel series Dakar à Toumbouctou for Canal Évasion. In 2008, she directed the short dance film Move (Bravo!FACT). In 2007, she won the SARTEC award for best French-language script in SODEC’s Cours écrire ton court! Competition. She is currently developing her second feature script with the support of SODEC and Telefilm Canada. She holds a BA (with distinction) in Communication Studies from Concordia University and recently completed the prestigious Masters program in Screenwriting and Producing at the University of Westminister Film School in London (UK).

Films with Catbird: Lost Rivers
 (2012), Care Revolution (in development)



Johane Bergeron pursued a long career in communications and marketing (and runs Mosaïque, her own communications firm) before embarking in documentary filmmaking a few years ago. She directed a series of five short documentary films in the context of Montre-moi ce que tu vois de l’autre que je ne vois pas (Show Me What You See in Others that I Do Not See), a traveling exhibition of photography and films she organized as an independent curator. The exhibition celebrates the shared human values of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Since its inauguration in Montreal in 2008, it has been hosted in several venues across Quebec. The short films from Montre-moi are distributed by the National Film Board of Canada. She holds a degree in social communications at the University of Ottawa, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Event Design from the University of Quebec in Montreal. 

Films with Catbird: Papa est là (2015)



As a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, Ngardy Conteh always wants to tell stories of the African Diaspora. As a director she has achieved this with Soldiers for the Streetsa short documentary for the NFB, broadcast on CBC Television and Literature Alive, a documentary series featuring Caribbean-Canadian authors broadcast on Bravo!. She is also an accomplished video editor working on various documentaries and television shows including I Want to Be a Desi 2 (documentary short, Dir. Allan Tong), Something Beautiful (1/2 hr documentary on development in Kenya), Cypher for AUX TVArts & Minds for Bravo!, The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, Food & Drink TV and currently The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV. She is a former scholarship athlete and graduate of the University of New Orleans.

Films with Catbird: The Flying Stars (2014)



Ashley Duong is a filmmaker who uses media as a way to understand and portray the complexities of marginalized perspectives. She has conducted fieldwork with the Kuna tribe in Panama, traveled with the Hmong mountain people in northern Vietnam. Ashley has worn several different hats in documentary, fiction, and television. Most recently she worked as the Production Manager for the documentary and television series, The Fruit Hunters (2012), the Script Supervisor for the feature fiction, Uvanga (2014), and as a Field Producer for the television series, Only in Montreal (2013). She has also directed multimedia projects for Parks Canada in Banff, the Smithsonian Institute in Panama, and Huntsman Marine Science Centre in the Bay of Fundy.

Projects with Catbird:
 A Time to Swim  (2016)



A born storyteller, Megan Durnford is based in Montreal. After 15 years of writing for newspapers, multimedia projects and non-fiction books, Megan made her first foray into documentary film with Just A Lawn (2007) a short documentary about the dark side of “perfect” lawns. This film has been presented at 14 international film festivals. In 2011, Megan directed Une brique à la fois, an affectionate portrayal of four Quebec adult LEGO builders. This 45 minute documentary was nominated for a Golden Sheaf Award (Documentary Arts/Culture) at the Yorkton Film Festival. It has also been broadcast on Canal D in Quebec. Megan has studied documentary film at the Summer Institute of Film and Television in Ottawa and at IDFAcademy in Amsterdam. 

Projects with Catbird:  I Am Still Your Child



David Eng is filmmaker, actor, musician and writer originally hailing from Toronto but now based in Montreal. He has directed over a dozen short films, including Perfect Pitch and The Audience (Golden Remi Award, WorldFest-Houston) for Bravo!FACT. His films have screened at many Canadian film festivals including The Worldwide Short Film Festival, ReelWorld Film Festival, The Reel Asian International Film Festival and NSI Film Festival. He wrote the short film Shaolin Delivery Boy, produced for ZeD/CBC Television. He writes reviews and articles on cinema and the arts for Ricepaper Magazine and his own film site Chino Kino. His most recent short, Notes from the Kuerti Keyboard, features legendary Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti and was co-written, co-produced and co-directed with Katarina Soukup. It premiered at Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma and will air on Bravo! 

Projects with Catbird: Notes from the Kuerti Keyboard (2010), Burgundy Jazz (2013), Grand Cru (2017)



Helene Klodawsky has been writing and directing social, political and arts films for over 25 years. Her films have been screened and televised around the world, and have received more than 25 awards, including honours from the San Francisco International Film Festival, the Jerusalem International Film Festival, the Mannheim International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Les Rendez-vous du Cinema Quebecois and the Academy of Canadian Cinema. Painted Landscapes of the Times (1986), Motherland (1994), What If (1999) Undying Love (2002), No More Tears Sister (2005), and her dramatic feature, Family Motel (2007) are some of her credits. Her latest feature documentary, Malls R Us, premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC –  the second time Helene participated in The Canadian Front Selection. She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Reviews and articles about Helene’s work have appeared in many periodicals, including Globe and Mail, National Post, New York Times, Newsweek International, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, La Presse, The Independent, BBC News Service, Hindu Times, and the Asian Tribune. Helene Klodawsky is a member of Doc Organization, the Writer’s Guild of Canada, Réalisatrices Équitables, and the  Quebec Executive of the Director’s Guild of Canada. 

Films with Catbird: Come Worry with Us! (2013), Care Revolution (in development)



Faisal Lutchmedial is a Montreal filmmaker of both east and west Indian decent. His work has explored his place as a Canadian with a mixed cultural background, beginning with his feature documentary My Cultural Divide (“…politically engaged filmmaking with a heart.” – John Griffin, The Montreal Gazette). His first professional short fiction was Useless Things, a story about a second generation immigrant dealing with his parents death and a loss of history. The film won the Writers Guild of Canada English Language Award at SODEC's Cours ecrire ton court! competition during the Festival du Nouveau Cinema, and has gone on to play in festivals internationally. Faisal recently directed the short fiction Mr. Crab, produced by Catbird Productions in association with Green Dragon Productions. Offering a touching portrait of an immigrant father trying to make a connection with his son, Mr. Crab is a beautiful, Gondry-esque film. Faisal is currently working on a number of feature-fiction and short film projects.

Films with Catbird: Mr. Crab (2011)



Laura Rietveld is a writer, director, filmmaker and recent lauréate of the Prix du CALQ (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) Œuvre de la relève à Montréal 2015. Her first documentary, Okpik’s Dream, aired on CBC throughout 2015, was nominated for Best Documentary Program at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, won Grand Prix, Rigoberta Menchú Award at the 2015 Montreal First Peoples Festival and Honourable Mention for the Grand Prize at the 2015 Innsbruck Nature Film Festival in Austria, and continues to screen at festivals and events throughout Canada and internationally. Driven by a deep desire to explore thought-provoking, socially relevant stories, Laura resigned from a successful corporate career in media sales and publishing to become a writer and director. She holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, a BA in History from Queens University and frequently speaks about her experiences leaving the corporate world to pursue a creative one.

Films with Catbird: Okpik's Dream (2014)




Allan is a Toronto filmmaker whose Little Mao is currently enjoying a successful film festival run.  That film and his previous short, I Want To Be A Desi, will air on Bravo. A short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board of Canada. His articles about cinema have appeared in respected journals including POV, Take One and CinemaScope as well as The Globe and Mail, Exclaim! and The Festival Dailypublished by the Toronto International Film Festival. He has organized and programmed for festivals including Planet In Focus Environmental and CONTACT Toronto Photography. 


Films with Catbird: The Flying Stars (2014)



Jobie Weetaluktuk is a writer, editor, broadcaster and filmmaker who originally hails from Inukjuak, Quebec, and is now based in Montreal. His first documentary film, Urban Inuk (Igloolik Isuma Productions, 2005), aired on Aboriginal People’s Television Network in 2005 and played in over 20 festivals and venues across Canada, the USA and Europe. In 2006 the documentary won the Grand Prix, Rigoberta Menchu Community Award at the Montreal First People’s Festival, and toured various Maisons de la Culture in that city as part of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montreal (RIDM)’s Coups de Coeur programming. His second documentary Umiaq Skin Boat, premiered at Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in 2008, and has since been screened at numerous festivals around the world, including in the UK, Italy, India, and the USA. In 2009, Weetaluktuk completed Kakkalakkuvik – Where the Children Dwell and  InukShop, a short film in APTN’s "Nations" series. The series, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada, was showcased at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Films with Catbird: Umiaq Skin Boat (2008), Kakalakkuvik –Where the Children Dwell (2009)