Kootenay Film Festival Team

Siloën Daley

Kootenay Film Festival Director
Siloën Daley has supported the art of cinema for over twenty years as a filmmaker, curator, and presenter. In 2010 she founded Carbon Arc Cinema, the only independent cinema in Nova Scotia's capital, as well as the AnimationFestival of Halifax. Daley has managed numerous events with 1000s in attendance, including the screening of a 35mm feature film with live introduction and Q&A following the screening--simultaneously broadcast to40 cinemas across Canada, and all of Jason Reitman's Live Read event's in Toronto which include projection, lighting and music cues, and a dozen actors. Daley has attended major film festivals and conferences in NorthAmerica and Europe, shown her films internationally, and mentored and taught numerous emerging filmmakers. The pandemic helped to inspire a return to her childhood home of Nelson, British Columbia where she is proud to join the team at the Civic Theatre Society and continue supporting independent cinema.

Jason Asbell

Kootenay Film Festival Programmer
Jason Asbell brings a wealth of experience from film curation, production, presentation, and teaching film workshops. A graduate of the SimonFraser University film program, Jason has had his experimental work screened internationally in film festivals in Canada, US, France and Germany. Since moving to Nelson, Jason has been the instructor/mentor for the SeniorDirector’s seat of Watershed’s summer film production camps. As the ProgrammingDirector for The Civic Theatre over the last seven years, he has programmed, presented and curated a diverse array of alternative programming, including independent, festival, indigenous, rural, and dance-screen presentations, livestream and speaker events, and joint curation with many groups and associations. He is a driving force behind the development of the Kootenay Screen Based Industry Initiative, and conceptualised the 1/Day, 1/Roll Super 8Youth Film Challenge, and many other local film creation and development events supporting our regions’ professional and nascent filmmakers.

Lynn Trinh

Kootenay Screen-Based Industry Regional Program Manager
Lynn Trinh is the Kootenay Screen-Based Industry (KSBI) Regional ProgramManager and is working to develop and support a thriving industry of filmmakers and diverse, locally-produced content. She has lived in the Kootenay region since 2014 and continues to fuel her creative passions and be involved in the community of Nelson, BC as a filmmaker, photographer, and graphic designer. She has studied Media, Information and Technoculture at Western University (London,ON);  Digital Video, Photography andMusic Production at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia); and Digital Arts and New Media at Selkirk College (Nelson, BC). Prior to her role at the CivicTheatre, Lynn worked as the Digital Media and Content Lead at Shambhala MusicFestival, as well as the Digital Marketing Lead at the Kootenay Co-op. Lynn has a strong passion for fostering culture, community, diversity, environmental awareness, and authentic storytelling through film and the digital arts. Her short documentary on Asian youth and their experiences living in Nelson, recently screened at the Capitol Theatre, fueling conversation about cultural diversity. She recently worked with Yellowstone to Yukon ConservationInitiative as their Digital Videography and Storytelling Intern in 2020, where she produced five short films that educate viewers on the Upper Columbia region and its unique ecological importance. Her current and future projects in 2021include filming a short film to support the local Save Cottonwood Lake initiative, and working with Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society, to film a short documentary on their Osprey Nest Monitoring project.

Eleanor Stacey

Executive Director
Eleanor is the Executive Director of The Civic Theatre. She has heldpositions of Executive Director of the Greater Vancouver Professional TheatreAlliance, Director of Development at The Cultch in East Vancouver, Director ofDevelopment at Classic Stage Company (New York), and fundraising andadministrative positions at Theatre Communications Group (TCG), New York CityOpera and The Roundabout Theatre. She was the founder and administrator of asummer theatre program in Anguilla, BWI, where she wrote and directed plays andmusicals involving a total of more than 500 local youth. Eleanor is a graduateof Mount Allison University and holds an MFA in Arts Administration fromBrooklyn College (CUNY). She is a Rotarian, a member of the City of Nelson’sCultural Development Committee (CDC), chair of the CDC’s Equity, Diversity andInclusion working group, and a board member of Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism,The Only Animal (theatre company), and Artemis Arts (Portland, OR).