Our Team

Picking Trauma’s Pocket is an ambitious project. Our intent is to help lighten the load that survivors of child sex abuse carry. One of our principles is inclusion. Want to help? We’re seeking people to be part our social network presence. Every voice counts. It’s that simple. If you want to be part of our global survivor acknowledgement project, have a look here.

We’re also looking for people who want to be directly involved in the creation of the film. If this interests you, please send us a message here and let’s talk about how to make it happen. You can see our guiding principles here.

James Buffin

James Buffin

Producer / Director / Cinematographer

James Buffin is a filmmaker with over 26 years experience, working on movies, tv shows, commercials, music videos and documentaries shooting across North America, South America, Asia and the South Pacific. The theme of his current work is disaster/recovery, both environmental and personal. Current projects include a feature length documentary about becoming an aware survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Having taught for many years with organizations like Planet In Focus, LIFT Toronto and Workman Arts, he recently expanded his company, Veritus Pictures, to include video workshops in Toronto’s East End.

Advisory Committee

 

Mark Ber

Partner, The Producers Group Ltd. & The Producers Planning Group Ltd. graduated from York University with a degree in economics in 1982.

He entered the financial services industry in 1983 with Sun Life. In 1986, Mark founded Rapid-Med Plus, a national paramedical facility. In 1992, he opened The Producers Group Ltd., a boutique high end / high net worth estate and financial planning company. Mark joined forces with Jason Middleton in 2008 to create The Producers Planning Group Ltd. He is also involved in private equity placement, commercial real estate developments and the transportation industry.

Amardeep Stacey Bliss

Amardeep Stacey Bliss

B.Ed, M.Ed, RYT 200 (KRI)

Amardeep has been an ardent traveller and educator in Japan, Korea, Europe, and Canada for 25 years. After years of physical challenges, she began yoga in 2009 and has enjoyed the healing and expansion that comes with a yogic path. Amardeep is interested in ‘being’ with challenge as well as expanding and allowing movement through obstacles as Thich Nhat Hahn reminds us: “No mud, no lotus.”

She is currently a PhD candidate at York University with a focus on the ethics of observing the self and other, mindfulness, and flanerie. Her yoga classes include the fundamentals of breath work, the practice of Ahimsa (non-harming), and honouring the present moment. She offers welcoming classes to all individuals regardless of ability. The body is simply what allows us to focus inwards, and as our mind becomes more comfortable with stillness and emptiness (Shuniya), our true essence begins to shine.

Emma Herlihy

Emma Herlihy

Emma is a co-founder and President of BoldWorks. She is a forward thinking senior marketing leader with a proven track record of leading teams to deliver innovative solutions from strategy to execution and the consumer purchase. She fosters collaboration and cross-functional working to deliver impactful and integrated campaigns and has extensive professional experience within Marketing, Trade Marketing and Sales in the UK and Canada. Emma also holds the WSET Diploma and lives and breathes the value of continuous learning. She is an exceptional multi-tasker managing a busy home and work life as well as being a bon vivant and outstanding entertainer. She also has a philosophical belief that it is important to ‘give back’. To this end, she was on the Board of Directors of Youth Without Shelter and she regularly participates in charity events.

Frank Kewin

CMAT/CSAT-C, CBT, Somatic Experience practitioner

Flowing from my progressive experience of the human person’s capacity for healing, my career path to date includes Hospital Chaplaincy as a Palliative Care and Emergency Dept. counsellor, High School Teacher, Chaplain, Guidance Counsellor, Vice-Principal and Principal and most recently Trauma and Addictions Therapist.  Having begun my private Therapy practice  two years ago with offices in Barrie and Richmond Hill, I passionately provide treatment that empowers others to achieve health through recovery from trauma,  addiction, and management of anxiety, depression, unhealthy stress or relationship dissatisfaction.

I am a strengths based, skills based and research based therapist who is committed to creating a safe space for you where all that is known and that will unfold is welcomed with loving kindness and skilled guidance toward a vision of an abundant, healthy life.

I hold a Master’s of Divinity Degree from the University of Toronto and I am a Certified Multiple Addictions Therapist/Certified Sex Addictions Therapist .  I hold a certificate in Rational Living Therapy from the National Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (NACBT).  As a Trauma therapist committed to healing trauma I am trained in Brainspotting and I am currently in the process of completing my certification in Somatic Experiencing.

Arthur Lockhart

Arthur Lockhart

M.Ed, Professor of Justice Studies within the Police Foundations Program at Humber College, Toronto, Ontario

Arthur has held the past positions of: Chair of the School of Social and Community Services at Humber College, Coordinator of Advance Justice Studies Post Graduate Certificate Program at Humber College, Chair of Board of Directors: The Gatehouse, Chair of Board of Directors of Communities Advancing Valued Environments, Senior Development Manager of Ministry of Correctional Services of Ontario.He is the founder of the registered charitable organization The Gatehouse (www.thegatehouse.org): a community-based home assisting people victimized by child abuse.He is also the founder of the registered charitable organization; Communities Advancing Valued Environments (www.communitycave.com).Arthur also founded The Canadian Student Institute for Building Community (www.csicommunity.com).

Mark Mueller

Mark Mueller

BA, MLIS

Mark is the subject librarian for the Bachelor of Education program at Tyndale University College. He holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Mark has been facilitating the phase one adult support groups at the Gatehouse in Toronto since 2012. He has also coordinated action research projects and provided research support for the Gatehouse Network International since 2013. Over the past two years Mark has helped the Gatehouse build partnerships with A Breeze of Hope in Bolivia and SNAP in the United States of Canada. He is a lifelong learner who loves great literature, hiking and learning about things that “matter”.

Lydia Schaverien

Lydia Schaverien

Lydia is the co-founder and CEO of BoldWorks bringing over 20 years of sales and marketing experience working on premier international brands in both Canada and the US. She has a proven track record of leading multi-channel programs on a national basis and has been awarded 2 Elsies by the LCBO for partnership. She has a passion for continuous learning, including WSET Diploma and a degree in Business Management and Communications from Ryerson University. Lydia is an avid adventure traveler and experience seeker volunteering on projects working to protect endangered species, such as Leatherback sea turtles, Whale Sharks, and Gorillas.  As part of her urban lifestyle she loves to discover quality brands becoming an advocate for entrepreneurs with an ethical philosophy.

Mark Trenton

Mark Trenton is a founding member of the volunteer led and run A Midsummer Night’s Run, Toronto’s Premiere evening 30K/15K/5K road race in the eastern beaches and waterfront. Mark took over as race director in year two and directed the growth and development of AMNR from a singular 650 participant race to a multiple race event with 2,900 participants. Learning the value of planning and asking for help, Mark developed an amazing team of core volunteers who helped achieve the vision of staging a professional quality road race, while raising funds and awareness for children with Arthritis.  In nine years, AMNR has raised over $325,000 for the Department of Rheumatology at SickKids Hospital.

Crew

 

Additional Camera Operators

 

Andrea Blakey

Andrea Blakey

Guina Dutra

Guina Dutra

Steven Mirasola

Steven Mirasola

Mark Totti

Mark Totti

Jan Keck

Jan Keck

Corinne Dunphy

Corinne Dunphy

Tim Kirkwood

Tim Kirkwood

Matt Segriff

Matt Segriff

Tim Chute

Parker Palmer

Additional Audio Recordists

 

Lukus Benoit

Lukus Benoit

Sohrab Rezai

Sohrab Rezai

Additional Stills Photography

 

Jane Wang Hui

Music

 

Ashton Price

Ashton Price

Crowd Wise (Crowdfunding)

 

Aline Lilwall

Aline Lilwall

Artist and Funding Specialist

Hello! I would like to tell you a bit about myself and my background.

Growing up I was involved with an International youth group for girls (I.O.R.G.) where fundraising for local and national charities was a main focus of the organization. This was the start of my fundraising experience. Since then I have organized and ran charity golf tournaments in my professional and personal life. In my previous job I gained experience working with a company that wrote municipal and provincial grants for festivals. Through this work I gained a lot of experience networking through meetings and social media. Prior to grant writing my background includes working at a bank, working as a payroll administer and accounting, as well as managing a Law Firm. These steps in my professional life gave me the experience to help manage and work in fundraising.

This year is my first year attending Hot Docs; it has been an amazing experience. I have felt overwhelmed at times with how much that goes on in our world that I and many others may have not known or learned about. Documentaries are the resource for this information. I have learned that many, if not all, of the recent documentaries have used crowdfunding. I am excited to be a part of a team that will help present and future documentaries get made. Through my experience at Hot Docs I have come to believe that this industry needs to grow and we need more documentary films educating people of all ages on the facts of our world and getting that information out to the general public.

I enjoy painting, photography, playing guitar and ukulele, and growing as an artist. Through Rebecca, my sister-in-law (amazing artist!) I have learned more about how the arts is an area that is always in need of support financially. Crowdfunding is a great resource for artists and I hope we can help get more art out there for people to enjoy and gain awareness.

Rebecca Niblett

Rebecca Niblett

Artist and Social Media/Promotions Specialist

My name is Rebecca. My educational and professional history can best be described as eclectic. I studied Psychology in University achieving a Bachelor of science. Then I spent time travelling to South Korea and teaching English and at various jobs back home in Canada. I decided to go back to school for a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with a focus on Environmental Education. Following that I taught Environmental Ed and then switched to volunteer management, building a volunteer program for a small rural nature centre. After finishing there I decided I wanted to go back to school again. I ended up taking a year-long Visual and Creative Arts Diploma. And – no surprise to anyone who knows me – I decided not to specialize in a specific art form but instead to learn as many as I could possibly squeeze into my time there.

In between I spend as much time as I can watching documentary films, doing arts and crafts, and volunteering with a variety of social justice, film, and environmental groups. One of the volunteer activities I often do is to run Social Media and blogging for various organizations. I learned this work by being the only person at a variety of workplaces who was willing to create and run social media. Eventually I got involved with working on a crowdfunding campaign (I finally got to the point!) for an independent documentary film, Murphy’s Law. The director/subject of the film was too busy filming and biking across Ireland to run the campaign and the associated social media. My partner, Kirk, was helping on the film, so I stepped up and took over the social media and other aspects of the campaign. It went great! I had a lot of fun, and we were wildly successful. I won’t claim all the responsibility for that success – but I know that I contributed by doing things the filmmakers couldn’t because they were too busy, or because they felt intimidated by the social media and online aspects of the campaign. And, since then, Kirk and I have been talking about doing more crowdfunding. We feel like there is no help for small artistic and film projects to get the crowdfunding they need while still working full time on their project. And, that is where we want to help!

Kirk Lilwall

Kirk Lilwall

Filmmaker and Campaign Manager

It was at the 2011 edition of the Hot Docs film festival that I first took an interest in crowd funding. As someone who was interested in making docs and telling my own stories, I had been looking into this method of fund raising but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. While I had been a contributor to a few campaigns, I didn’t have a clue where to start when it came to funding a project of my own. Then, I went to a screening, and things changed.

After seeing You’ve Been Trumped one evening, I noticed that the director had thanked his Indiegogo supporters in the credits. I waited around after the Q & A session and approached the director of the film, Anthony Baxter. He was very generous with his time and he filled me in on some of the details of running a successful campaign over the next ten minutes that helped me immensely.

It was using that knowledge and more that I had gained over the next couple years that I ended helping run a successful campaign a few years later for the documentary Murphy’s Law. Together with the filmmaker and my partner, Rebecca, we ran a campaign that managed to successfully raise the funds we needed.

We did a lot of things right on that campaign and we learned as we went along that there were other skills and tricks that we could have done that would’ve possibly made the campaign even more successful. Now, armed with experience and knowledge, Rebecca and I started to discuss the possibility of offering our services to other creative folks, be they filmmakers wanting to raise funds for their films or visual artists wanting to raise funds for a gallery opening, we thought we could help do some of the heavy work involved with these campaigns, allowing the artists to focus on their art.

This idea germinated for a while when, one afternoon I was describing it to my sister and realized she would be a valuable asset to our team. She had spent a couple years working for a grant writing company and knows not only grant writing but the delicate art of networking as well. Together the three of us got to work and came up with this small business idea.

What we most want to achieve through this venture is to help artists tackle this sometimes daunting task of running a crowd funding campaign, making it easier for them to get their art in front of the audiences that they want to reach. We hope that working together with creatives like ourselves, we can continue to grow as artists while contributing to the growth of the artistic communities around us.

I found a quote that I think fits what we are trying to do. It comes from John F. Kennedy:

If art is to nourish the roots of our culture,
society must set the artist free to
follow their vision wherever it takes them.

We want to set the artists free to follow their vision while we do all of the things we can to run a successful campaign on their behalf.