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Toronto True Crime Film Festival is a 2-day film festival dedicated to true crime on the big screen, including both documentary films and fictionalized films based on true crimes.

Join us for our first annual festival June 8th-9th, 2018 at The Royal Cinema in Toronto.

 
 

our team

Lisa is an avid cinephile and a lifelong true crime fanatic. Her interest in the subject truly blossomed in high school, fuelled by a steady diet of A&E marathons, prime-time police procedurals (her poison was always Law & Order: Criminal Intent), and repeated readings of Serial Killers: The Method and Madness of Monsters alone in the local library. She is the producer of The MUFF Society in Toronto and works as festival staff for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto After Dark Film Festival, and Blood In The Snow Canadian Film Festival. She is a lover of carbs, laying down, and Wet Hot American Summer.

Lisa

Festival Director

Claire has been a fan of film, television, horror, and true crime for as long as she can remember. When it came time to consider post-secondary education, it didn't take much for her to dive into the study of criminology (she later added journalism, as well). She has also been both behind and in front of the camera, working on a variety of film productions.  

On her days off, you will find her binge-watching the latest Netflix fare and snuggling her cats Jasper and Oswald.Coming on board the Toronto True Crime Film Festival was a no-brainer for her and she hopes to combine her education, experience, and admiration of true crime into programming some kick-ass films for TTCFF!

CLAIRE

Film Programmer

 Sara is a professional crazy dog lady for  Fetch & Releash  rescue, part-time true crime hound, and wearer of Canadian tuxedos. She fancies vegan junk food, gardening poorly, top-shelf booze, and bluegrass music. Sometimes all at once.

Sara is a professional crazy dog lady for Fetch & Releash rescue, part-time true crime hound, and wearer of Canadian tuxedos. She fancies vegan junk food, gardening poorly, top-shelf booze, and bluegrass music. Sometimes all at once.

SARA

Guest Coordinator

ALI

Front Of House Manager - Inside

 

Steven was born of the woods and raised by three wise women. A film fanatic since his first theatrical screening of Benji, Steven has run the gamut behind the scenes, from shooting on 16mm, guarding Hollywood stars, tending bar at secret film societies, and portraying a Merman. Currently, he is a full-time employee of the Toronto International Film Festival and a film programmer for Ithaca Fantastik, Toronto After Dark, and Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival. Steven enjoys bourbon, snow storms, and Kendrick Lamar, in no particular order.

STEVEN

Film Programmer, Print Traffic

Gina's interest in the crime genre began at the ripe age of 21 when Dr. Spencer Reid came into her life. Although she failed to marry a genius with an IQ of 187, she did continue to explore her love of fictional crime television shows (Breaking Bad and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are favourites) and continues to nurture her love for crime across many mediums. Gina also works for a variety of film festivals throughout the city, including imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, and Toronto After Dark Film Festival. Although she's not sure she ended up being totally normal, she likes to think she did something good in the world since her three year old loves to dress up as Wonder Woman.

GINA

Film Programmer

SIÂN

Social Media Manager

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JORDAN

Front Of House Manager - Outside

 Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of  Spectacular Optical Publications  and founder of  The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies . She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary  Celluloid Horror  (2005). She is the author of  A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi  (FAB Press, 2007) and  House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films  (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to  Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film  (Fantagraphics, 2011),  Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade  (Lexington, 2014),  The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul  (University of Toronto Press, 2015), and  We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale  (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books  KID POWER!  (Spectacular Optical, 2014),  Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s  (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and  Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin  (2017), and  Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television . She is currently writing  A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985 , as well as monographs about Monte Hellman’s  Cockfighter  and Patricia Birch’s  Grease 2 , and is in development on a narrative television series based on her book  House of Psychotic Women  with Rook Films ( Free Fire ,  Duke of Burgundy ,  A Field in England ).

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014), The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015), and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, as well as monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a narrative television series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films (Free Fire, Duke of Burgundy, A Field in England).

KIER-LA

Film & Symposium Programmer

 Jeff is a Toronto-based film programmer who probably listens to too many podcasts, and most certainly watches too many baseball games. He also programs for Calgary Underground Film Festival and their documentary fest, CUFF Docs. He founded the Refocus film series, and also programmed Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, CMW Film Fest, and Over the Top Fest. Probably his most formative true crime film experience was sitting around the TV with his family to watch the two-night event movie,  To Catch A Killer , starring Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky'  Paradise Lost  was the film that first showed him the true power of the genre though. His main sources of inspiration lately have been Ed Piskor, Chloe Sevigny, Tyler the Creator, and dogs on Instagram (a constant).

Jeff is a Toronto-based film programmer who probably listens to too many podcasts, and most certainly watches too many baseball games. He also programs for Calgary Underground Film Festival and their documentary fest, CUFF Docs. He founded the Refocus film series, and also programmed Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, CMW Film Fest, and Over the Top Fest. Probably his most formative true crime film experience was sitting around the TV with his family to watch the two-night event movie, To Catch A Killer, starring Brian Dennehy as John Wayne Gacy. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky' Paradise Lost was the film that first showed him the true power of the genre though. His main sources of inspiration lately have been Ed Piskor, Chloe Sevigny, Tyler the Creator, and dogs on Instagram (a constant).

JEFF

Film Programmer

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ANDREA

Box Office Manager

Anaïs

Photographer

Elizabeth has been fascinated with true crime since early childhood, spending her formative years watching A&E and many, many made-for-TV movies. Her interest in the macabre and human behaviour helped pave a path to an education in victims advocacy, counselling, and justice services (she is still a student of the latter). Film also plays a big role in her life—she often spends her free time soaking up horror films and documentaries, as well as attending local film festivals. Cats, vegan donuts, and spending too much money on books makes her heart happy.

ELIZABETH

Film Programmer

 Kaila is an international publicist who specializes in genre festivals and genre-related projects. In addition to Toronto True Crime Film Festival, she also does PR for The Fantasia International Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Spectacular Optical Publications, Brooklyn Horror Fest, North Bend Film Festival, Stranger With My Face and more.

Kaila is an international publicist who specializes in genre festivals and genre-related projects. In addition to Toronto True Crime Film Festival, she also does PR for The Fantasia International Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, Ithaca Fantastic Film Festival, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Spectacular Optical Publications, Brooklyn Horror Fest, North Bend Film Festival, Stranger With My Face and more.

KAILA

Publicist

 As a child, Chris managed to watch too much crime-related programming— Unsolved Mysteries  and Robert Stack's narration still deeply unsettles him. In recent years, Chris has managed to watch all of  Forensics Files , but his knowledge of true crime pales in comparison to the rest of the team. He spends his work days as a web developer, but his nights and weekends belong to volunteering in the arts. Chris has volunteered a lot around Toronto, including Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto Comics Arts Festival, The Hand Eye Society, and Tafelmusik. He is very excited to work with the TTCFF team and all of the wonderful volunteers helping out.

As a child, Chris managed to watch too much crime-related programming—Unsolved Mysteries and Robert Stack's narration still deeply unsettles him. In recent years, Chris has managed to watch all of Forensics Files, but his knowledge of true crime pales in comparison to the rest of the team. He spends his work days as a web developer, but his nights and weekends belong to volunteering in the arts. Chris has volunteered a lot around Toronto, including Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto Comics Arts Festival, The Hand Eye Society, and Tafelmusik. He is very excited to work with the TTCFF team and all of the wonderful volunteers helping out.

CHRIS

Volunteer Coordinator

 

our ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 Erin Lee Carr is a New York based director, producer and writer.  Her newest film   Mommy Dead And Dearest   had it’s World Premiere at SXSW and Hot Docs in 2017 and aired  on HBO  May 15, 2017. The film ignited a discussion on Twitter and was received well by critics and audiences alike. Aja Romano For  Vox  said, “ Mommy Dead And Dearest  Is A Perfect Storm Of True Crime, Pageantry, And Southern Gothic Tropes. This Is A Story That Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed.” Brian Lowry for  CNN  wrote “TV's infatuation with true crime can be traced to "Making a Murderer" and "The Jinx," but precious little rises to that level. HBO scales those heights and then some with  Mommy Dead and Dearest ."  Her debut film,   Thought Crimes  , premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival in 2015 and aired on HBO that May. Variety named Erin one of the  10 Documentarians to watch in 2015 . Neil Genzlinger of the  The New York Times  called  Thought Crimes  "absorbing" and a "primer for the century ahead."  Before working with HBO, Erin hailed from the video team at VICE, specifically Motherboard where her produced content has amassed over 25 million views worldwide. One of her short films for VICE, “  Click Print Gun ,” won  a Webby  in 2013 and gained 7 million views in its first week online.  Erin is currently in post-production for an episode in a Netflix series, Executive Produced by Alex Gibney and directing a third true crime film for HBO, Executive Produced by Sheila Nevins.  She proudly works with Andrew Rossi, Andrew Coffman, Alison Byrne, Ian Hultquist and Bryan Sarkinen on HBO projects.    She is writing a forthcoming memoir for Ballantine, an imprint of Random House books.   She enjoys the sunny side of the street.

Erin Lee Carr is a New York based director, producer and writer.

Her newest film Mommy Dead And Dearest had it’s World Premiere at SXSW and Hot Docs in 2017 and aired on HBO May 15, 2017. The film ignited a discussion on Twitter and was received well by critics and audiences alike. Aja Romano For Vox said, “Mommy Dead And Dearest Is A Perfect Storm Of True Crime, Pageantry, And Southern Gothic Tropes. This Is A Story That Needs To Be Seen To Be Believed.” Brian Lowry for CNN wrote “TV's infatuation with true crime can be traced to "Making a Murderer" and "The Jinx," but precious little rises to that level. HBO scales those heights and then some with Mommy Dead and Dearest."

Her debut film, Thought Crimes, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Hot Docs Film Festival in 2015 and aired on HBO that May. Variety named Erin one of the 10 Documentarians to watch in 2015. Neil Genzlinger of the The New York Times called Thought Crimes "absorbing" and a "primer for the century ahead."

Before working with HBO, Erin hailed from the video team at VICE, specifically Motherboard where her produced content has amassed over 25 million views worldwide. One of her short films for VICE, “ Click Print Gun,” won a Webby in 2013 and gained 7 million views in its first week online.

Erin is currently in post-production for an episode in a Netflix series, Executive Produced by Alex Gibney and directing a third true crime film for HBO, Executive Produced by Sheila Nevins.

She proudly works with Andrew Rossi, Andrew Coffman, Alison Byrne, Ian Hultquist and Bryan Sarkinen on HBO projects.  

She is writing a forthcoming memoir for Ballantine, an imprint of Random House books. 

She enjoys the sunny side of the street.

ERIN LEE CARR

Filmmaker
Thought Crimes, Mommy Dead And Dearest

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 Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie are the husband-and-wife writing and podcasting team behind the hit podcast "Crime Writers On..." They have written five true crime books:  Wicked Intentions, Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, Notes on a Killing,  and  Dark Heart . Their other podcasts include, hosted by Rebecca: "HGTV and Me," Slate's "Mom and Dad are Fighting," and "Married with Podcast"; and hosted by Kevin: "These Are Their Stories: the Law & Order Podcast."

Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie are the husband-and-wife writing and podcasting team behind the hit podcast "Crime Writers On..." They have written five true crime books: Wicked Intentions, Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, Notes on a Killing, and Dark Heart. Their other podcasts include, hosted by Rebecca: "HGTV and Me," Slate's "Mom and Dad are Fighting," and "Married with Podcast"; and hosted by Kevin: "These Are Their Stories: the Law & Order Podcast."

REBECCA LAVOIE & KEVIN FLYNN

Authors, Podcasters
Our Little SecretNotes on a Killing, Crime Writers On..., These Are Their Stories: the Law & Order Podcast 

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 Christine Pelisek is the author of  The Grim Sleeper , a true crime book about the police hunt for the most ruthless serial killer in Los Angeles’ history. She is also an award-winning journalist who has been covering crime for almost fifteen years. She is currently a senior writer for PEOPLE Magazine, and previously worked at LA Weekly where she broke the story about the Grim Sleeper serial killer.  She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for her work on the case.   She has also covered national stories for The Daily Beast and 20/20. She’s been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, Ottawa Sun and has been interviewed as a crime expert by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Headline News and the Nancy Grace Show.

Christine Pelisek is the author of The Grim Sleeper, a true crime book about the police hunt for the most ruthless serial killer in Los Angeles’ history. She is also an award-winning journalist who has been covering crime for almost fifteen years. She is currently a senior writer for PEOPLE Magazine, and previously worked at LA Weekly where she broke the story about the Grim Sleeper serial killer.  She received a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles for her work on the case. 

She has also covered national stories for The Daily Beast and 20/20. She’s been profiled in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, Ottawa Sun and has been interviewed as a crime expert by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Headline News and the Nancy Grace Show.

CHRISTINE PELISEK

Journalist, Author
PEOPLE Magazine, The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central

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Ant Timpson was created in Auckland, New Zealand. He grew up watching films at The Crystal Palace Theatre in Mt Eden, Auckland. After being expelled from Otago University for heresy, he began a lifelong career in all facets of the film industry. Since the mid '80s he has rolled ice-creams, programmed cult films, produced television and feature films. His distribution company released specialist product to NZ audiences since 1993. His 35mm print archive is the largest personal film archive in the Southern Hemisphere. He launched 'The Incredibly Strange Film Festival' in 1994, it is now a section within the New Zealand International Film Festival. His national film event 48Hours began in 2003, it now attracts over 10,000 participants and features Sir Peter Jackson as mentor. He conceived and produced the anthology series The ABCs of Death for Magnolia Pictures and continues to produce films. He is married with two children, one cat, 5 chickens and 40,000 bees. 

"Someone once said, "you can lie through your teeth but your teeth don't lie", which is a succinct summation of my fascination for True Crime and why I find the idea of a film festival solely devoted to it compelling and long overdue. I lived in Los Angeles in the late '70s when newspaper headlines were filled with bodies being dumped or discovered; it felt like your chances of being murdered stepping outside were pretty high, and the fear transformed into an addiction. Ever since then I've been obsessed with true crime in literature and film, amassing paraphernalia and a large library, and programming true crime content for my own festival and others. I feel a have a solid historical perspective to work from and look forward to being on the advisory committee."

ANTHONY TIMPSON

Producer
The Field Guide To Evil, Deathgasm, Turbo Kid, The ABCs of Death, The Greasy Strangler

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 Keila Woodard is a true crime Producer and storyteller who’s launched over 900 hours of programming for  Investigation Discovery , the #1 most-watched network for women in the US and the leader in true crime television.  Crafting the world’s most compelling criminal cases into gripping and relatable stories, while also shining a light on victim-advocacy, is the heart of Keila’s work as a true crime Producer.  She has worked very closely with FBI profilers, psychologists, detectives and true crime journalists to bring some of the genre’s best known series to life, including  Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda ,  On the Case with Paula Zahn , and  Deadly Women  featuring Candice Delong.  In addition, with nine years of experience directing true crime voiceover, Keila has worked with grassroots organizations such as Women In Film and Video (WIFV) as an advocate in helping talented narrators find their platform. Keila holds a BA in Radio/TV/Film studies from Howard University and is based outside of Washington DC.

Keila Woodard is a true crime Producer and storyteller who’s launched over 900 hours of programming for Investigation Discovery, the #1 most-watched network for women in the US and the leader in true crime television.  Crafting the world’s most compelling criminal cases into gripping and relatable stories, while also shining a light on victim-advocacy, is the heart of Keila’s work as a true crime Producer.  She has worked very closely with FBI profilers, psychologists, detectives and true crime journalists to bring some of the genre’s best known series to life, including Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe KendaOn the Case with Paula Zahn, and Deadly Women featuring Candice Delong.  In addition, with nine years of experience directing true crime voiceover, Keila has worked with grassroots organizations such as Women In Film and Video (WIFV) as an advocate in helping talented narrators find their platform. Keila holds a BA in Radio/TV/Film studies from Howard University and is based outside of Washington DC.

KEILA WOODARD

Supervising Producer
Investigation Discovery, Web of LiesDeadly Women

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