Kaya Wheeler, Program Manager
As associate manager, programs and development, Kaya works across many of NSI’s courses and helps run the day-to-day activities of CBC New Indigenous Voices, Indigenous Languages and Culture Documentary Project and NSI IndigiDocs.
Kaya graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a bachelor of arts in Indigenous Studies, and has been working within the Indigenous community in Winnipeg for more than 10 years. She has spent a large portion of this time working with Indigenous youth in many areas, including acting and storytelling for theatre. She has had experience both volunteering and working on film sets, and even had a small stint on the stage and in front of the camera.
Kaya is excited to be in a role that helps hone and amplify new and existing voices in the industry.
Brendon Sawatzky, Producer Advisor
As director of programming at NSI, Brendon directs the development of all new programs and is accountable for the delivery of all NSI courses.
Prior to his current position at NSI, Brendon focused on producing film and television. This resulted in producer credits on six feature films, a television sitcom, two television movies and a number of television specials, short films and music videos.
He previously worked for the National Screen Institute as a program manager and before that at the Winnipeg Film Group. A more recent role was as a producer for the National Film Board. He is also the chair of Film Training Manitoba.
Angela Heck, Strategic Advisor
As director of digital and strategic initiatives, Angela comes to NSI with a diverse background in screen-based production and industry development, communications and academia.
Prior to joining NSI, Angela worked with Tactica Interactive and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. You may also have met her at CBC, Whistler Film Festival, Quest University Canada or the National Film Board of Canada.
As an active volunteer she is the vice-chair of Jazz Winnipeg and has served on the boards of DOC-BC, WIFTV and the University of Manitoba. She holds an MA in political and cultural theory from the University of Victoria.
Since moving back to Winnipeg in 2010, her rock climbing adventures have waned so she’s shifted her attention to turning her front lawn into an urban farm … with variable results.
Angela is an alumna of NSI Features First.
Dennis Jackson, Supervising Director
Ivan Hughes, Editor