Award Winning Filmmaker ~Motivational Speaker ~ Author
Tina has been part of the Canadian film, television and stage scene for over 30 years as an award winning actress, writer, producer & director. She completed Ryerson University FIlm Studies and is an alumnus of Academy Award Winner Norman Jewison's CFC ( Canadian Film Centre.) Over the years, film critics have dubbed Tina "a driving force" & "visionary," creating works of "faith and healing."
Her TV directing debut "Rumi - Turning Ecstatic," had its World Broadcast Premiere on VISION TV January 2006. Since then, it has been translated into 3 languages & programmed in over 19 countries, including a special invite to the United Nations in 2007. It was the recipient of a "Best Direction Award" at the Brilliant Light Film Festival (2007) Los Angeles ,was selected for "Best of Indies .com ( 2007) and was given a THUMBS UP ! review in the San Francisco Chronicle movie section (2007).
Tina conceived, wrote and produced a half hour documentary entitled "Animating the Golden Rule" a captivating journey through the world's various faith traditions through music, rap and drama - as animated by grade 10 and 11 youth. Scarboro Foreign Missions was the Executive Producer. It premiered at the United Nations NYC & was awarded "Best Short International Film" at the Interfaith Harmony Film Festival in Los Angeles ( 2013).
Nelson Publishing, Canada's premiere textbook publisher, licensed excerpts from the film for their Teachers Resource Guide 2010 World Religion Textbook. She is co-author of "The Golden Rule Guidebook" for educators and is an accredited juror for The Coalition for Quality Children's Media.
Both projects were represented by Boutique educational distributor " CHOICES VIDEO" out of Los Angeles, CA.
Earlier short films include "Secret Survivors" 1994
(Rendezvous with Madness Festival- Official Selection)and "Grandview the Lost Years ( Golden Sheaf Award) 1992.
Tina partnered with Canadian Fashion Icon Linda Lundstrom to produce a film tribute to women, body image & fashion "Authentic Women- Real Bodies, Real Beauty, Real Lives."
Currently being released- is a Documentary she developed about the Pain Epidemic in North America
When not teaching or making films, she is an advocate on the issue of Chronic Pain www.givepainavoice.org
Tina's illustrated children' s book "Krista-link-a-la and the Size 13 Shoes" is available on Amazon. It is a witty homage to Cinderella and a celebration of her cultural heritage.
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