National Screen Institute announces new alumni podcast series, The Hats We Wear

Listen to The Hats We Wear podcast

Today, the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is excited to announce the launch of a new limited podcast series, The Hats We Wear featuring artists and leaders from the film and television industries as they discuss their career highs and lows – and how life experiences have shaped their perspectives as people and storytellers. The podcast not only covers topics like film and television – but also family, injustices and the road to reaching one’s dreams.

The Hats We Wear was created by National Screen Institute communications intern, Emily Palmer who spoke to members of NSI’s alumni community for the series.

“I was constantly inspired by the talent, skill, creativity and vulnerability revealed by each creator I spoke with,” says Emily. “I hope listeners learn something new about the film and television industries, and feel connected to each personal testament and reflection.”

The Hats We Wear is released to coincide with the National Screen Institute’s annual fundraising campaign which showcases the stories of NSI’s alumni community. Episodes will be published weekly throughout November and December providing a glimpse into the lives of the storytellers supported by the work of the National Screen Institute.

The National Screen Institute is calling on you to make an ongoing donation in support of the storytelling community by committing to becoming a monthly donor for as little as $5 per month.

Your donation benefits the growing community of Canadian creators whose work demonstrates the power story has to change the world for the better.

Today we are releasing the first two episodes in the series:

Episode one: Ian Bawa

  • Winnipeg-based filmmaker Ian Bawa discusses his grief surrounding the loss of both his parents, and how using his vulnerability throughout his storytelling has shaped his career.

Episode two: Karen Lam

  • Horror film enthusiast Karen Lam discusses her process in making her award-winning film, The Curse of Willow Song. As an Asian filmmaker, Karen encounters tokenism within the industry. She discusses her thoughts on using her authentic voice and staying true to herself.

The show is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music. Subscribe now to hear episodes from alumni and industry leaders including Darcy Waite, Cheyenne Bruneau, Tasha Hubbard, Josh Epstein, Nadine Arpin and National Screen Institute CEO, Joy Loewen.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada; Patron: CBC; Builders: APTN, Bell Media; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, RBC Emerging Artists Project, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), Canada Media Fund (CMF), The Winnipeg Foundation, Super Channel; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

The National Screen Institute is committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women-identifying, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

Media enquiries

Rachel Young, Alumni Outreach Coordinator

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