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#REALLIFEpics Testimonial

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REALLIFEpics is an online connection and coaching program for female filmmakers who are socially conscious to come together, to learn from each other, and support one another to build a strong community together. It’s dedicated to help guide emerging new filmmakers towards success. Its founder, Kulbinder Saran Caldwell a certified life coach, is committed to empowering women who aren’t often represented in the media and to encourage them to tell their stories. By combining her passion for diversity and filmmaking, Kulbinder is driven to provide unconditional support and to illustrate the demand for more diverse stories on the big screen.

 

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REALLIFEpics is also a support network where collaboration and community are key. Each member is encouraged to become part of our monthly film club, to attend networking events and to connect with one another to build on their strengths.

#REALLIFEladiesWorkTogether is a movement that proves when female filmmakers work together and hire one another, good things happen.

CEO PROFILE: KULBINDER SARAN CALDWELL, CPC

Over the years, REALLIFE Pictures helped launch the careers of many directors  including Stephano Barberis  – now one of the top Country music video directors in Canada. Being responsible for the business end of things, I always believed in supporting the filmmaker as much as possible by creating an environment of respect, support and enthusiasm to have the best product on the screen. Now, I have evolved it into REALLIFEpics which takes the same values and applies it to not only the filmmakers that I represent but to  women of colour filmmakers all around the world. I wish you every success and I will be here to cheer you on!

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Kulbinder Saran Caldwell founded REALLIFE Pictures, an award-winning music video production company in Vancouver, BC. The company has recently expanded into REALLIFEpics, a coaching program that helps young female filmmakers, particularly Women of Colour, who want to bring their stories to the big screen. She is currently in development on Debra and Mona as Producer with

Writer/Director Gloria Ui Young Kim, 2016 WIDC’s Feature Film award-winner and 2017 Five in Focus Director; Brown Girl Begins as Co-Producer and Crowdfunding Campaign Manager (over $40,000 raised) with Director Sharon Lewis; Anarkali web series, as Co-Producer with Filmmaker Rakhi Mutta; and Producer of The Legend of Linova, an animated kids web series in  Development. As the word spreads about the unique approach Kulbinder takes with her directors, there are more and more talented female filmmakers with their passion projects wanting to work with her. With the goal in mind to train the filmmakers of tomorrow who help meet the goals of Canadian funders as they work towards gender parity – the future looks very bright indeed!

MEMBER PROFILE: CASSANDRA NASSO, SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

Cassandra Nasso is a recent Film Studies graduate from Ryerson University. She produced her fourth year thesis film Big Apple, a 1930s crime-drama period piece about two brothers set in Manhattan during the prohibition era. She aspires to work in the film industry with a newfound interest in the social media and digital marketing spectrum.

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WHY REALLIFEpics?

REALLIFEpics has been a wonderful door to walk through. I have been a member since January 2017 and I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to join. I have been a part of a lot of new and exciting experiences since I’ve joined that wouldn’t have been possible if I wasn’t a member.  Working with Kulbinder has taught me more than I could imagine and really has shown me an insight to the industry where I want to start my career. I have been able to meet and connect with different  women from different ages and various backgrounds and I think this is the best  part of being a member. Being new to the industry and the real world, these women, especially Kulbinder, have introduced me to so much in such a small amount of time.

Kulbinder has been such a positive influence in my life through her  coaching and by giving me an opportunity to work at REALLIFE Pictures Inc. These experiences have already helped me grow as a person and as a professional. I look forward to the experiences, people and opportunities that are yet to come.”

MEMBER PROFILE: WHITNEY KITCHUR, SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST

Whitney Kitchur is a Producer, Story Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist/Community Manager for The Dead North, a Canadian zombie horror web series. In addition to that, she is a Game Quality Assurance Tester at NVIDIA and a Professional Freelancer on UpWork. Her freelance work includes copywriting, ghostwriting, and article writing so far but she is open to dabbling in all kinds of writing.

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Whitney is also a member of REALLIFEpics, which is a coaching program within the production company REALLIFE Pictures Inc. REALLIFEpics has developed into a community of strong, compassionate, independent women who share a passion for diversity in creative industries. Whitney works with the founder and CEO, Kulbinder Saran Caldwell, as a Digital Marketing Strategist for the program, its members and their projects.

Whitney does a little bit of everything. From computer science to fine art, she is a Jill of all Trades. She has over ten years of combined experience in technology, media and telecommunication industries. She is highly organized and efficient in fast-paced multitasking environments, and is able to prioritize effectively to accomplish objectives with creativity, enthusiasm and hu

MEMBER PROFILE: MEGAN LAURSEN, DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Megan Laursen is a new director/producer with a passion for character-driven projects. From directing two stage plays Again (2016) and Ruby Red Keds (2015) for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival to her experience in writing and stage acting,  she is  an enthusiastic storyteller. As a student at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, her  primary focus is Media Production where she is able to express herself through a vast array of media. She has a strong vision for her upcoming web series in development, The Dead North, which she will be directing and producing.

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WHY REALLIFEpics?

“The first thing that drew me to REALLIFEpics  was the sense of community I felt. When I met the REALLIFEladies, I told them I  was struggling with someone talking down to me on set, and I received overwhelming support and didn’t feel alone. Each lady had their story about the challenges they’ve faced and how they picked themselves up again to move  forward. With the strength of a supportive community around me, I got to skip the part where I was knocked down and instead approach the entire situation with a glass-half-full attitude. That’s the thing — with this coaching program, you can talk to people who have been there, done that — and learn from them.

That’s the second thing that captivated me about REALLIFEpics — the opportunity for growth. As a new director making her transition from theatre to film, it’s difficult to find producers that will give you a chance to expand on your skills. However, REALLIFEpics offered me the opportunity to work on a  goal of mine; building up a director’s reel, and working with other professionals.”

HOW HAS REALLIFEpics MADE AN IMPACT ON YOU?

REALLIFEpics has empowered me to  #SPEAKUPANDLISTEN and had made me more confident in my skills in directing  and producing. By working closely with Kulbinder, I have received one-on-one coaching and have been assigned tasks that have helped me with building my research skills, getting connected with other filmmakers, filling out funding  applications and getting the opportunity work as an Producer’s Assistant at REALLIFE Pictures Inc. as a part-time job to put on my resume. I’ve only been a  member for approximately 3 months, and it’s already opened so many doors for I feel that with my foot in the door, I now have a head start in my career.

“Over the years, REALLIFE Pictures helped launch the careers of many directors  including Stephano Barberis  – now one of the top Country music video directors in Canada. Being responsible for the business end of things, I always believed in supporting the filmmaker as much as possible by creating an environment of respect, support and enthusiasm to have the best product on the screen. Now, I have evolved it into REALLIFEpics which takes the same values and applies it to not only the filmmakers that I represent but to  women of colour filmmakers all around the world. I wish you every success and I will be here to cheer you on!”

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REALLIFEpics has been a wonderful door to walk through. I have been a member since January 2017 and I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made to join. I have been a part of a lot of new and exciting experiences since I’ve joined that wouldn’t have been possible if I wasn’t a member.  Working with Kulbinder has taught me more than I could imagine and really has shown me an insight to the industry where I want to start my career. I have been able to meet and connect with different  women from different ages and various backgrounds and I think this is the best  part of being a member. Being new to the industry and the real world, these women, especially Kulbinder, have introduced me to so much in such a small amount of time.

Kulbinder has been such a positive influence in my life through her  coaching and by giving me an opportunity to work at REALLIFE Pictures Inc. These experiences have already helped me grow as a person and as a professional. I look forward to the experiences, people and opportunities that are yet to come.

CASSANDRA NASSO

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR

The first thing that drew me to REALLIFEpics  was the sense of community I felt. When I met the REALLIFEladies, I told them I  was struggling with someone talking down to me on set, and I received overwhelming support and didn’t feel alone. Each lady had their story about the challenges they’ve faced and how they picked themselves up again to move  forward. With the strength of a supportive community around me, I got to skip the part where I was knocked down and instead approach the entire situation with a glass-half-full attitude. That’s the thing — with this coaching program, you can talk to people who have been there, done that — and learn from them.

That’s the second thing that captivated me about REALLIFEpics — the opportunity for growth. As a new director making her transition from theatre to film, it’s difficult to find producers that will give you a chance to expand on your skills. However, REALLIFEpicsoffered me the opportunity to work on a  goal of mine; building up a director’s reel, and working with other professionals.

MEGAN LAURSEN

DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

Members

Alicia Faye Lewis

Cassandra Nasso

Cher Obediah

Emma Heywood

Gloria Ui Young Kim

Janine Fung

Jupiter J. Makins

Kulbinder Saran Caldwell

Lindsay Ogus

Loreica Peralta

Megan Laursen

Muna Diera

Sarah Chahley

Scott Caldwell

Sierra Nutkevitch

Svjetlana Jaklenec

Tommy King

Whitney Kitchur