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Jill Andrew

Jill Andrew, BITE ME! Festival & YouthZone Founder & Director

Jill Andrew, CYW, BEd, MA, PhD (student candidate) is an award-winning journalist and currently pens the "Last Word" lifestyle column in the t.o. night newspaper. She is also the producer of Curvy Catwalk Fashion Fundraiser, Dining with Dames Girls Leadership & Empowerment Program and is a Student Equity Advisor. Jill created BITE ME! Monologues: a body image writing/acting series and Precious Bodies, Priceless Minds workshops and keynotes on body awareness, critical media literacy & representation, equity and women’s issues in schooling, careers and relationships. Jill has appeared on City TV, OMNI, CTVglobemedia, ET Canada, CBC, CHRY and print in Metro, Star, Sun, NOW, Vervegirl etc. Jill has been both the national Michele Landsberg Media Activism Award and the Endless Possibilities African-Canadian Women's Awards recipient. In 2010 Jill was 1 of 120 Canadian women selected by then Governor General Michaëlle Jean to participate in Jean and Canada's first ever Governor General's Conference on Women's Security at Rideau Hall.  In her off time Jill loves to talk to strangers on the TTC, is obsessed with lottery scratch tickets, cats and one day hopes to be joggling a talk show, a girls success institute simultaneously while running a million dollar cat sanctuary (say that 3 times!). Jill’s a kid at heart! She's got too many movies she loves to list a favourite but Dirty Dancing is definitely near the top. "No body puts baby in a corner!"

For more information visit www.jillandrewmedia.com

Aisha Fairclough

Aisha Fairclough, BITE ME! Festival Programming Co-Director

Aisha Fairclough, with a background in Anthropology and Communications from York University, is a Toronto based filmmaker and casting producer. She has worked on television series for Food Network Canada, Slice, TVO, Much Music, CTV, CBC and TLC International. In addition to casting for reality based television, she has researched for several documentaries including the documentary Clubland which received rave reviews at the 2009 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. In 2008 she was selected as one of the Reel World Film Festival’s ”Emerging 20” and directed and produced a short PSA for Pride Toronto. Aisha provides consultations for production companies seeking equitable casting reflective of our countries diverse demographic. Her current projects include Unqualified Beauty a documentary on gender-bending, Body Stories and Hip Hop and the Gay Community.

Ashley DeMartini

Ashley DeMartini, 2010-2011 BITE ME! YouthZone Co-Facilitator, Film Selection Committee Member

Ashley DeMartini has lived in Toronto for the past two years, before 2009 she travelled and worked in Kenya and Tanzania.  She is currently at York University completing a Masters of Education. She works at the NFB Mediatheque as a workshop facilitator.  Ashley began working with BITE ME! in its inaugural year and looks forward to the 2011 season.

Ai Rei Dooh-Tousignant

Ai Rei Dooh-Tousignant, 2010 BITE ME! YouthZone Co-Facilitator, Film Selection Committee Member

Bio Coming Soon!

Tina Reid

Tina Reid, 2010-2011 Film Selection Committee Member

Tina Reid is a graduate from York University with a double honors BA in Kinesiology and Communication. She is passionate about nutrition, health, fitness, body issues and the role they play in our daily lives—particularly in terms of body acceptance, self love and the diversity of images and representation.

Claudia Sicondolfo

Claudia Sicondolfo, 2010-2011 Film Selection Committee Member

Following a Double Honours B.A. from Carleton University in English and Film Studies,  Claudia Sicondolfo is currently a Master's candidate at York University in the Cinema and Media Studies program. Claudia's research focuses include sexuality, urban and community studies, in which she excitedly applies to her programming choices for Bite Me! Currently completing a University Teaching Practicum at York University, Claudia also carries with her an unprecedented need to teach and engage various communities within diverse learning environments. She has been delivering and contributing to the animation and documentary workshop program at the National Film Board's Mediatheque since September 2007. She also has over 10 years experience Stage Managing community theatre for both adults and children alike. An avid cinephile and festival goer, Claudia has worked for the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival and actively tries to attend as many of the 300+ film festivals in Toronto as she can possibly fit in! 

Chaka Reid

Chaka Reid, 2010-2011 Film Selection Committee Member

Journalist and fiction writer, Chaka V. Reid, is completing her M.A. in Cinema and Media studies & CERLAC diploma at York University. Currently,with The National Film Board of Canada,  she has worked with the Toronto International Film Festival, and her writing has appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine SA, Elle Canada, and NOW.

Carrie Cox

Carrie Cox, 2011 BITE ME! YouthZone Co-Facilitator

Carrie Cox is an elementary teacher with the Toronto District School Board and PhD Candidate in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  She is a self-esteem and healthy body image workshop facilitator who works with students, teacher candidates and teachers to work towards a shift of radical body acceptance, and has appeared in various local, provincial and national media as an eating disorders and body image advocate.



2010 BITE ME! Toronto International Body Image Film & Arts Festival