Occupation: theatre/film technician; currently technical coordinator of The Women’s Film Festival
Home town: North Vancouver, BC
Musical preferences: jazz, alternative, “pretty much anything people throw at me I enjoy.”
Zodiac sign: Virgo
Words of wisdom: “It’s only temporary.”
The story: Like most people behind the scenes on any production, Trish keeps things rolling by completing endless tasks that are somewhat invisible to audiences. As a freelancer in the film and theatre industry, she’s worked on NIFCO (Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative) shoots, 2006’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Shakespeare by the Sea Theatre Festivals, and right now, The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival.
Her curiosity about our province and a sense that this coast of Canada might be more fun, resulted in a move here in 2003. “I moved here from Vancouver because I wanted to come to Newfoundland, and Grenfell seemed like a reasonable excuse!”
After doing stagecraft at Grenfell, she ended up working with Pope Productions. “I’d never done film before in my life; I had no idea what it entailed…it was a ‘baptism by fire’ entry, but it was really cool and I got to know everybody in the arts community, so that led to other things.”
“It’s been a very fluid, organic process of moving in a positive direction. I had a feeling that this would be a good space, and so I came here, and it was, and everything’s just worked out.”
For this festival, Trish has enjoyed meeting people in the industry broadly through her task of “dealing with all the filmmakers and what they need technically.” And as the onsite technician for the ‘film forum’ workshops at The Masonic Temple, she’s also looking forward to taking a few notes when she’s not running a projector.
Trish says she enjoys the sense of networking that comes with having your hands in a bit of everything.
“I’ve got these really long arms that are part of a really nice big web.”
— Emilie Bourque