Heather Ann Haynes

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United States of America
Senior International Programmer - Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival

Heather is a Senior International Programmer for Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, where she has worked for twelve years. She is an International Programmer for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival, the largest Indigenous film festival in the world, and a recommender for Chicken and Egg Productions, which supports emerging female film directors. In addition to her programming work, Heather has produced three award- winning feature documentaries: Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary, Super Amigos, and City Idol and is in pre-production of a hybrid documentary with Dana Claxto and Jeneen Feri Nijootli and in development of a narrative feature.  In 2012, she founded Culture Storm a production company that supports artists across disciplines. Through Culture Storm she has worked with artists including Ryan McMahon, James Luna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Pocha Nostra, and Cliff Cardinal. She co-produced, with Setsune Fashion Incubator, the exhibition Indian Giver and co- produced Tomson Highway’s Songs in the Key of Cree with Denise Bolduc and Patricia Cano.  Recently she produced the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto in the Spring of 2018 with collective partners Artistic Director, Sage Paul Cardinal and Development Director, Kerry Swanson. IFWTO is a multi-platform fashion week of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles, celebrated through runway, workshops, panels and an International marketplace.  Heather is the founder and former curator of Toronto Free Gallery, a non-profit arts space that ran from 2004 to 2012, and was dedicated to exhibiting works that focused on social, cultural and urban issues relevant to current times.  

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