Dead North is very excited to announce our guest judges for the 2019 festival.
This year we welcome Colin Geddes and Karen Walton to Dead North to assist with the very important work of awarding the infamous Zombears! While they are here they will also be chatting with us about what they do, workshops are being figured out at the moment. Check out their bios below.
Colin is a curator at Shudder, the leading online video network for horror fans, with curated programming ranging from hard to find independent fare to cult classics to Hollywood blockbusters.
From 1997 to 2017 Colin selected cutting-edge films for the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was in charge of the Midnight Madness and Vanguard programmes, specializing in diverse international genre cinema.
While at TIFF, he introduced countless new filmmakers to their first international audiences and hosted the premieres of films including Miike Takashi’s Ichi the Killer, Johnnie To’s Full Time Killer, Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever and Hostel, Wilson Yip’s SPL (Kill Zone) starring Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung, Pratchya Pinkaew’s Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Karyn Kusama’s Jennifer’s Body, Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and The Guest, Julie Ducournau’s Raw, Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge and countless others.
In 2011-12, Colin was also the Festival Director of ActionFest, the only film festival dedicated to showcasing international action cinema. He has served as an advisor, consultant and jury member at countless other festivals.
Also an avid film collector and archivist, Colin owns one of North America’s largest collections of Hong Kong cinema promotional materials, posters and lobby crds. And exhibition of 50 of his posters was held at the Cinematheque Quebecoise in 2008. In 2010, he donated 200 feature films originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan to the University of Toronto.
Colin has also done acquisition consulting for international sales and distribution companies, and worked with filmmakers on marketing, sales and festival strategy. In addition to his curating and consulting efforts, he is also a producer with over a dozen credits to his name.
KAREN WALTON is a film and television writer and creative Executive Producer, whose body of work champions society’s underdogs and outliers. Best known for penning the Canadian indie horror classic Ginger Snaps, her dramatic television writing credits include such critically-acclaimed series as Orphan Black, Queer As Folk (USA), as well as television movies, Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story and The Many Trials of One Jane Doe.
A film-writing graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, and a recent Showrunner in Residence for the CFC’s Bell Media Prime Time TV Writers program, her professional accolades include three Canadian Screen Awards for TV Writing and Best Dramatic Series, a Canadian Comedy Award for Pretty Funny Screenplay, a TIFF Special Jury Citation for the Ginger Snaps Screenplay, the Canadian Screen Academy’s 2016 Margaret Collier Award for her body of work to-date, the Women In Film and Television-Toronto’s Crystal Award for Mentorship, ACTRA-Toronto TAWC’s Nell Shipman Award, and the Writers Guild of Canada’s Writers Block Award (renamed the Denis McGrath Award in 2018).
In 2007, Karen founded the online community known as inkcanada - Canadian Screenwriters & Their Sketchy Friends; a public Facebook Group dedicated to fostering free access and open exchanges between Canada’s professional storytellers, and those who aspire to telling their own stories — no matter who they are or where they live. Now approaching its 12th anniversary of incredible professional and creative conversations, inkcanada features the distinct voices of over 6,000 creatives based in Canada and around the world. Her dedication to fair representations of gender, gender equity, racial, economic and cultural diversity in entertainment continues, onscreen and off.