PAULINE CLAGUE – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Pauline is a Yaegl women from the North Coast of New South Wales. She entered into the Industry in 1994 through the Indigenous Drama Initiative producing “Round Up”. Since then she has produced Documentaries and Dramas and been Series Producer for various initiatives and worked for ABC, SBS and NITV.
Known for her extensive work in championing and producing the works of Australia’s emerging and Indigenous filmmakers. Pauline has spent the last twenty years helping to develop and mentor other filmmakers and their voices. Pauline was the Series Producer for ABC’s Messagestick from 2000-2004. Pauline was the Indigenous training officer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School from 2009 to 2013, developing more than 35 courses around Australia and training 650 Indigenous people in Film, Television and Radio. During this time she was also a board member for Arts Law Centre of Australia. She is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, especially in the emerging areas.
In 2013 she took up the position of Commissioning Editor and Head of Internal Productions at NITV. Pauline has created a major landmark initiative, Our Stories, Our Way, Everyday which works with 60 Indigenous companies around Australia to produce 120 documentaries from Remote, Regional and Emerging Filmmakers each year. This is currently in its third series. She completed her time as Commissioning Editor at NITV in March 2015. Moving back into the freelance work she has been a line producer for TV shows, a Director for Corporate videos, an EP and Creator of Native Slam, a Programmer for imagineNATIVE in Canada and Founder of a foundation to create a Indigenous Media Hub and is currently developing Documentary and Feature Scripts. In 2015 she won the Stanley Hawes Award 2015 for Contribution to Australian Documentaries.
MEDIKA THORPE – EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Medika is a Gunai and Gureng Gureng woman from Melbourne, Victoria. She grew up in and around Sydney being immersed in the Indigenous Arts scene as a young child.
Medika is very passionate for the Arts and has worked in many different Indigenous organizations in Australia and Canada. Medika started as a dancer, facilitating youth dance workshops travelling around regional and remote communities in Australia and appearing on Logie-nominated youth TV program Move It Mob Style and just recently appeared on Express Yourself which aired on NITV in June 2016.
Her background in the performing arts led her to work with Vibe Australia as the Community Engagement Manager and at NITV (National Indigenous Television) as the Production Coordinator for the Indigenous News & Current Affairs Team. Medika recently returned back to Australia after spending two years living and working in Toronto, Canada as the Guest Services Manager for imagineNATIVE, the World’s Largest Indigenous Film Festival.
STAFF FROM 2016
GILLIAN MOODY – GUEST SERVICES COORDINATOR
Gillian Moody (Ardler/McLeod) is a Wodi Wodi woman from Wreck Bay on the South Coast of NSW who grew up and resides in Sydney. A filmmaker with over 20 years of experience working with Indigenous stories, Gillian is well respected for her industry knowledge and advocacy for Indigenous film.
In 2014 Gillian left her employment as an Investment & Development Manager in the Indigenous Department of Screen Australia to pursue her own interests in filmmaking.During her eight years at Screen Australia/AFC she oversaw development and production of some of the most successful Indigenous screen projects across short films, documentaries, television drama series and feature films in collaboration with ABC, SBS and State funding agencies.
From 1997-2007, Gillian worked with the SBS Indigenous Media Unit across series documentary programs, light entertainment & cultural affairs programs, one off documentaries and special event programming. Her industry experience began through a Indigenous training course at the AFTRS in 1993 under the leadership of Uncle Lester Bostock. Gillian has nurtured numerous up and coming Indigenous Producers, Writers and Directors through her work at Screen Australia, SBS and through Initiatives with Metroscreen and the AFTRS.
Gillian’s festival experience has seen her both attend local and international film festivals and work as a collaborator on local festivals in Sydney during her work at Screen Australia. In 2015 Gillian continued her working relationship with Screen Australia and the Sydney Film Festival as consultant coordinator of attending filmmakers and events for the Screen:Black program.
2016 saw Gillian working in Perth as Series Producer on Documentary TV Series ‘Family Rules’ due to air on NITV in early 2017. As a producer Gillian is currently collaborating and in development across TV and Feature Drama projects.
VICKI GUTIERREZ – VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Vicki Gutierrez studied Communication and Cultural Studies at Wollongong University and started her career in publishing and editing. Most recently Vicki was the Production Manager of the Sydney Latin American Film Festival and is currently the Production Coordinator for Flickerfest in Bondi in addition to her role as Volunteer Coordinator for Winda. She is passionated about developing audience engagement and promoting diversity in the Sydney cultural landscape.
STEVEN SATOUR – ONLINE COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
Steven Satour is Yankunytjatjara/ Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal from Central Australia. He is a digital entrepreneur and founder of Iwara Travel. Australia’s first one stop shop for Indigenous tourism experiences.
Storytelling and tourism runs deep within his family with people like his kadja’s (sons) Cassidy and Reggie Uluru, traditional lore men and custodians of Uluru – Australia’s spiritual heart.
This connection to country is a driving force in his belief that to change perceptions, whether conscious or unconscious, will come from firsthand experience with Indigenous people. Working to ensure Indigenous culture is maintained and stimulates social change.
As Founder and Chief Experience Officer of Iwara Travel, Steven is being an agent of change. Using tourism, a social and economic phenomenon, as an engine of economic progress and a social force.