Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society and Brief Encounters team up again this year to pair 2 creative minds from different artistic backgrounds to collaboratively produce a new moving image work.

The Fall 2014 INTERSECTIONS films will premiere at Brief Encounters Revue & online:

Artist Pairs:
Natalie Tin Yin Gan (Dance Artist) + Lindsay George (Cinematographer)
Michael Park (Composer) + Allison Beda (Film Director)

The Spring 2014 films premiered at Brief Encounters 21 & online:

Artist Pairs:
Kate Kroll (Filmmaker) + Aryo Khakpour (Theatre Artist)
Jessica Han (Filmmaker) + Biliana Velkova (Visual Artist)



Natalie Tin Yin Gan is an emerging interdisciplinary artist specializing in choreography and physical theatre. Natalie is a Modus Operandi alumni, and a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a double major in Dance and International Studies. She is co-Artistic Director of interdisciplinary arts company Hong Kong Exile.


Lindsay George is a cinematographer working on fictional films, documentaries and music videos, graduating with a BA from the Film Production program at UBC in 2006. She has been recognized as one of 10 to Watch by Playback Magazine and has received the Kodak Image Award for her work in cinematography. She is currently in production on a feature length documentary ‘Tempest Storm’, a number of shorts and television projects and recently wrapped on two MOWs.


Michael Park is a composer and pianist whose work bridges the gap between real-world and musical experience. His Ted Talk ‘Experiencing Disease Through Music’ has been described as moving, haunting, and an amazing translation. He is currently writing an opera about diabetes, turning an otherwise invisible illness into something the audience gets to experience. Michael is an active pianist within Vancouver’s dance and new-music communities. He is also a founder and co-director of Art Song Lab.


Director Allison Beda turned her first career as a fashion model into the feature documentary ‘How To Be A Model’ (which critics deemed “an intriguing insider look filled with shattered stereotypes”). Ms. Beda’s short film ‘Just A Minute’ played as part of the 2010 Winter Olympics, she received a Legacy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Film” for her short ‘9-1-Mum’, and her BravoTV commission film ’30-LOVE’ has done two world tours. Allison recently directed a web-series pilot called ‘Sleeping With The Dead’ and is slated to direct a feature film adapted from the novel ‘Unpredictable’. With a penchant for delightfully, deliriously, awesomely messed-up and (sometimes) pathetic characters, she is particularly fond of telling stories about intelligent women, making inspired, though sometimes foolish choices. Allison’s production company A Muse Productions loves making films about women who make trouble!


Award winning director and producer, Kate Kroll, has a passion for sharing people’s stories and creating artistic, thought-provoking projects. Based out of Vancouver and Edmonton, her work has screened around the world as well as on Air Canada, Bravo, Super Channel, Knowledge Network, Vision TV, APTN, TIFF & VIFF. In 2009, Kate was awarded the Director’s Guild of Canada Kickstart Grant, which allowed her to create the short film ‘Shi-shi-etko’, a story about a young girl leaving home for residential school, that touched many people and took home the award for ‘Best Drama’ at the imagineNATIVE Media Festival 2010.


Aryo Khakpour is a Vancouver-based performer and theatremaker. He is a graduate of SFU School for Contemporary Arts Theatre program, where he was mentored by Penelope Stella, DD Kugler and Steven Hill. Aryo has been involved in multiple theatre, dance and film productions. He has had the pleasure and honor of working with Judy Radul, David McIntosh (Battery Opera), Lois Anderson, Cheryl Prophet, Sharon Kahanoff, David Raymond (Out Innerspace Dance Theatre), Billy Marchenski (Radix Theatre Society) and Flick Harrison, among many others. Aryo is interested in studying the power dynamics in societies—either a theatrical society or a civil society.


Jessica Han obtained a BFA from Simon Fraser University with a major in film production and a minor in theatre production. She is currently working as a freelance theatre/audio-visual technician in Vancouver in both the stage and corporate world. Her latest short action comedy ‘Bill, Please!’ has won four awards at two festivals and has so far been screened in eight film festivals across North America and Europe.


Originally from Sofia, Bulgaria, Biliana Velkova is currently based in Vancouver. Her practice incorporates photography, performance and humour to explore the significance of consumerist culture, diaspora and social identity. She has an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from Concordia University.