Executive & Artistic Director
Jim Sinclair has been curating Canadian and international films for more than thirty years. Born in Edmonton, he earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) at the University of Alberta before moving to Vancouver to pursue graduate studies in film at the University of British Columbia. He joined The Cinematheque in 1987, became its Executive Director in 1991, and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s activities and curating its year-round program of film exhibitions. He has served on numerous film festival, government arts council, and film industry awards juries. In 2011, France bestowed the honour “Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters” on Sinclair for his work promoting French and European cinema in British Columbia.
Acting Managing Director
Ben is a seasoned non-profit manager specialized in the arts. Since 2017, he has focused on interim leadership and transition management with Vancouver non-profits. He also consults with organizations on strategic planning, board development, and operational assessment. He spent a decade working in higher education and holds a PhD in English Literature & Cultural Studies from the University of California. Ben is thrilled to work with the team at this beloved Vancouver institution.
Managing Director (on leave)
Kate is an experienced Arts & Culture Manager with a passion for strategic business management within the non-profit sector including strategic planning, financials and budgeting, human resources, special events, fundraising, and grant-writing. She has a background working with many non-profit and for-profit creative organizations and enjoys a deep appreciation for cinema. Kate has been with The Cinematheque since 2012; her favourite series presented since joining the organization was the Hou Hsiao-hsien retrospective in 2015.
Operations & Programming Associate
Shaun holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria and an MA in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. He has published essays on Jean-Luc Godard and Harmony Korine. At The Cinematheque, Shaun has programmed retrospectives on the films of Lucrecia Martel, Kelly Reichardt, Nicolas Roeg, and Claire Denis, among others. In 2015, he curated the screening series and art exhibition “Traces That Resemble Us,” and in 2016, the thematic series “This is Going to Hurt: A Cinema of Cruelty.”
Communications & Marketing Manager
Lizzie has a background in human-centred design and has worked with a range of public sector, non-profit, and cultural organizations to improve the audience experience and to tell the organization’s stories in new and creative ways. She is responsible for community and media engagement and designing the public facing assets of the organization. Talk to Lizzie about community partnerships, being added to The Cinematheque’s media list, and the various advertising opportunities that The Cinematheque has to offer.
Venue Operations Manager
Linton holds a BFA in Visual Art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He oversees all daily front of house operations, including but not limited to supervising and coordinating our team of exceptional theatre managers and volunteers, facilitating venue rental requests and general upkeep and maintenance of our lobby and theatre spaces. Linton has been with The Cinematheque since 2012.
Al has a background in mechanical engineering and became involved with film projection and production through the UBC Film Society. His projection background runs the gamut from a 16 screen Cineplex to the challenges of the old 3D IMAX cinema at Canada Place. At The Cinematheque, Al is responsible for everything hitting the screen right side up, in the correct shape, in focus, and hopefully at just the right volume. While enjoying the ease and flexibility of digital, there is still nothing like a nice sharp 35mm print; and Al revels in passing on film handling skills to new generations of projectionists.
Learning & Outreach Manager
Chelsea manages on and off-site learning programs for The Cinematheque. She has collaborated on a range of programs and events aimed at engaging her community with all aspects of film culture. Chelsea holds a PhD from the University of Glasgow and has over eight years of experience teaching film studies in the UK and across the Lower Mainland. She was the recipient of the 2017 SCMS Student Writing Award and her winning essay, “Objectivity, Speculative Realism, and the Cinematic Apparatus,” was published in Cinema Journal. Her first book, Limit Cinema: Transgression and the Nonhuman in Contemporary Global Film, will be published in 2021.
Learning & Outreach Coordinator
Shaghayegh Haghdoust is an Iranian filmmaker, artist, and educator based in Vancouver. She has a BA in Digital Film and Television from Limkokwing University and a BFA in Film, Video, and Integrated Media from Emily Carr University. She was Program Leader for The Cinematheque’s UBC camps and a co-founder and organizer for MENA Film Festival. Shagha has produced short documentaries on multicultural identities and immigration, and seeks to deepen her understanding of global and social issues through filmmaking. She also works as a freelance cinematographer, editor, and researcher.
Learning & Outreach Coordinator
Thea is a filmmaker and photographer who graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Film Production at the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. She enjoys producing film projects related to her main interests in film which are Asian-Canadianism and religion. At The Cinematheque, Thea works to garner a growing sense of film appreciation in Vancouver by facilitating various filmmaking workshops and other educational projects in film.