Kate (she/her) provides senior leadership and advocacy for The Cinematheque and is responsible for defining and implementing strategic initiatives to ensure its continued vitality. She has been with The Cinematheque since 2012, most recently serving as the managing director for seven years before becoming the executive director in 2022. She holds a BA in History from Simon Fraser University and has a background working with nonprofit and for-profit creative organizations, as well as a deep appreciation of cinema. Kate, her husband, and their two young children live on the unceded core traditional territory of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, which lies within the shared territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, Musqueam, Squamish, and Sto:lo Nations.
Currently watching: JLG
Currently reading: This is Happiness by Niall Williams
Shaun (he/him) is responsible for the artistic leadership of The Cinematheque and the curation of its year-round program of film exhibitions. A fourth-generation Japanese Canadian (Yonsei), he grew up on the Saanich Peninsula of Vancouver Island and holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Victoria and an MA in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. He joined The Cinematheque in 2012, was made the programming associate in 2016, and assumed the role of artistic director in 2022. Shaun has published essays on Canadian and international film and filmmakers, and served on festival juries for VIFF and DOXA, among others. He lives with his wife and cat on the unceded, ancestral homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Currently watching: The Curse by Fielder & Safdie
Currently reading: In Praise of Shadows by Tanizaki Junichiro
Learning & Outreach Director
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, was published in 2021.
Currently watching: The Sopranos
Currently reading: Major Labels by Kalefa Sanneh
Communication & Marketing Manager
Gerilee (she/her) creates engaging materials and messages to promote and market The Cinematheque’s public programming. She has fifteen years' experience as a publication designer and production manager, spanning different parts of the publishing industry, including association work, and trade, custom, and academic publishing. Her best days are spent riding her bike under a blue sky and warm sun and thinks there’s nothing better than live music, reading a good book on a rainy day, and watching movies in a theatre.
Currently watching: Eileen
Currently reading: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
Venue Operations Manager
Linton (he/him) 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.
Currently watching: Arch Oboler's The Twonky
Currently reading: The Nineties by Chuck Klosterman
Technical Manager & Head Projectionist
Al (he/him) 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.
Currently watching: Star Trek Strange New Worlds, Only Murders in the Building, House of Dragons
Currently reading: True Grit by Charles Portis
Emma (she/her) has been working with The Cinematheque since 2017, and helps with the coordination of print-traffic, marketing, and office management. Outside of the cinema, she is a director whose body of work includes music videos and documentaries (featured by platforms such as Spotify, GQ, and FLOOD), award-winning web series, and narrative short films. Her work has been featured in festivals in Canada and the USA. She holds a BA honours in Film and English Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK.
Currently watching: Breathless
Currently reading: The Woman In Me by Britney Spears
Learning & Outreach Coordinator
Thea (she/her) is a filmmaker, photographer, and producer with a focus on Asian-Canadianism and religion. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Film Production in the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. Thea facilitates a variety of filmmaking workshops and educational projects in the Learning & Outreach program at The Cinematheque, and works to garner a growing sense of film appreciation in Vancouver.
Currently watching: Telemarketers (Crave)
Currently reading: The Hollywood MBA by Tom Reilly
Learning & Outreach Coordinator
Sam (he/him) is a filmmaker and writer. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BFA in Film Production in the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. His projects frequently engage with theatre, dance, and the possibilities of film beyond the static cinema screen. His films and film productions have screened at the FORM Film Festival, the Polygon Gallery, and the Chilliwack International Film Festival. As a coordinator in the Learning & Outreach program at The Cinematheque, Sam facilitates the teaching of filmmaking in a variety of workshops, and hopes to encourage an exploration of interdisciplinary cinema and a general love of film in future generations.
Currently watching: Mr. & Mrs. Smith (Prime)
Currently reading: Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Michael assists with film bookings, program notes, and research. He also programs Film Club, a monthly series for younger audiences and their families. Before joining The Cinematheque, he worked as a venue manager and box office cashier at other cinemas (VIFF, Cineplex), and as a secondary English teacher in the Surrey school district, having completed his BA at the University of the Fraser Valley and BEd at Simon Fraser University. Additionally, he has contributed, as a freelance writer, to the Georgia Straight, Montecristo Magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room, and Screen Slate.
Currently reading: Jean Genet, Henry James
Film Archive Resident
Liam (he/him) is an MA student, studying in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management program at Toronto Metropolitan University. He is currently completing a six-month residency at The Cinematheque, where he is working with 16mm and 35mm materials from the West Coast Film Archive. As the Film Archive Resident, Liam is working to ensure that the film materials from the West Coast Film Archive are in optimal conditions for long-term preservation through careful inspection and attention. While at The Cinematheque, Liam is also working on his thesis research, which will focus on forgotten West Coast filmmakers. Liam also holds a BFA in Film Studies from Concordia University.
Currently watching: Truffaut's Antoine Doinel films
Currently reading: Morvern Callar by Alan Warner