Guest Speakers

June 22

Kari’s most recent film Fifty Dead Men Walking (starring Sir Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess), as writer/director/producer premiered at a Gala at the Toronto International Film Festival, won Critics Top Ten, the Vancouver Film Festival top prize and DGC Best Director and a Genie for Best Adapted screenplay. The film was nominated for 7 Genie awards (won 2) and was nominated for a Spirit Award.  Kari’s previous film (also as director, writer, producer), an adaptation of the best selling book The Stone Angel, starring Ellen Burstyn, Ellen Page, (Vivendi) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival– Kari was nominated for DGC Best Director/Best Film and several Genies including Best Actress and WGC for Best Screenplay, it won a Genie for Best Music. Kari was named by Hollywood Reporter as one of its “Ten Directors to Watch” for her debut as writer-director of Liberty Stands Still (Wesley Snipes, Linda Fiorentino - Lionsgate).  Most recently Kari's TV pilot Shattered (Global) was nominated for 3 Gemini’s including best Director and a CSA for best director on The Listener. Her latest Television work includes Borgia’s  (Showtime) Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Killing (AMC) Under the Dome (CBS)  

Kari’s career began in Canada by directing award winning commercials and music videos. She then moved into television where she started with the enormously successful and multi-award winning series Traders (nominated for 9 Geminis including Best Director and won Best Series).  White Lies, a movie for CBC, was nominated for several Geminis and an International Emmy and won a Tout Ecran.  Her films The Size of Watermelons starring Donal Logue and Paul Rudd, Men With Guns, have all screened and won awards at major festivals internationally.  Kari was also nominated a for a DGC best director and a Gemini for her work on The 11th Hour -CTV and for her film Chicks With Sticks and won the DGC Best Director for the mini-series Terminal City.  Kari was the honoured director at the 2008 Female Eye Film Festival.