Past Guest Speakers

Michael Chwastiak

Michael Chwastiak is a producer, director, and the co-founder of Boots On The Moon Media. He has produced a wide variety of projects, including the 2018 Clio Shortlist winning visual poem, Elegy: The Long Dark, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Christopher Plummer, and the Rockzeline/StudioCanal SF mystery digital series Seraphim. As a director, he has seen festival success with the surreal circus comedy shorts, The Rebecca’s, and most recently with the one-take comic short film Life Alarm, that he co-starred in opposite Canadian actress Alysa King (Slasher, Berkshire County). Michael is also a film, TV and digital series actor with over 35 imDb credits, including roles on Murdoch Mysteries, Orphan Black, The Strain, and Reign. A late starter to the entertainment world, Michael has been an online pioneer since 1997, first as a website designer, and later as the publisher and editor of The sideroad.com. He was also a founding board member of the Routes to Roots Film Fest in Norfolk County, and a co-curator of it in its first two years.

Nathan Fleet

Nathan Fleet is an award-winning filmmaker, musician and educator from Hamilton, Ontario. He runs the 13th Annual Hamilton Film Festival and the media production company Blue Pick Media. His films have screened around the world and his music has been featured in film, television and web content. 10 years in the making, LOVE HATE CITY is his latest album release and is available on iTunes, Spotify and locally at Dr. Disc and Sunrise Records.

Alex Coombs

Alex Coombs is a Mohawk College Professor teaching within several Media Departments.  She teaches several programs such as Premiere Pro, Final Cut, AVID, Photoshop, Illustrator, Audition, at the Beginner level to an Advanced level. She's hasn't been just teaching for the past six years but she's also been actively working in the industry as Videographer, Photographer, Editor, and Creative Director.  She currently owns her own Hamilton/Canadian based company specializing in custom headwear and is currently about to open her second business specializing in Video Production.

Juno Rinaldi

Originally from Vancouver, BC, award-winning actor and playwright, Juno Rinaldi has collaborated on numerous theatrical productions across Canada. Since moving to Toronto, Rinaldi has had the pleasure of starring in the series regular role of Frankie Coyne on the International Emmy Nominated series Workin' Moms – set for a world release on Netflix later this winter. Recently, Rinaldi has appeared in such television series as Holly Hobbie (HULU), WAYNE (Youtube Red), How to Buy a Baby (CBC), Girl Underground (Lifetime). Rinaldi wrote and stars in Such a Small Thing, a short film set to be released later this year. Rinaldi has also optioned an award-winning novel by a celebrated BC writer which she is currently developing as a series.