Director BIO: Jana Stackhouse

Played at the FEMALE FEEDBACK Film Festival on Thursday August 24, 2017

Director Biography

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Jana Stackhouse grew up on the East Coast of Canada, where she was an award-winning dancer and choreographer. Her passion for storytelling brought her to Toronto, and the city’s diverse art scene introduced her to the outlet of filmmaking. As a director, Jana’s films have been selected, screened, and have won awards in various film festivals including: Canada Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles CineFest, Toronto Short Film Festival, SilverWave Film Festival, Toronto Indie Doc Fest, and the Croydon Film Festival in England. Her documentary “The Art of Drag” was selected as a semifinalist in the TVO Short Doc Contest, and broadcast on television this year. With a focus on directing, Jana has earned a BFA in Film at Ryerson University. Jana’s film, “Away Home”, which she wrote and directed, stars Billy MacLellan (Bellevue, Maudie), Peter MacNeill (This Life, A History of Violence), and Raven Stewart (The Expanse, Fargo). Jana’s latest project is a web series for CBC, which will be released this summer.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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