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Board of Directors
Marc Serpa Francoeur (treasurer)
Stuart Henderson (interim chair)
Angus Leech (vice-chair)
Marc Serpa Francoeur
Marc Serpa Francoeur is an Azorean-Canadian documentary filmmaker whose work builds on lifelong interests in immigration, diversity, and social justice issues. Co-founder of Lost Time Media with Robinder Uppal, they have produced a wide range of linear and interactive documentaries since 2013, including The World in Ten Blocks (2016), a feature-length interactive documentary that premiered at Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest, and launched episodically in partnership with The Globe and Mail. Recent films include The Head & the Hand (2018), which DOC NYC listed as a top contender for the Oscars’ Documentary Short category. In 2020, they released the feature-length documentary No Visible Trauma, the culmination of a five-year investigation into police brutality and accountability issues in their hometown of Calgary, which premiered at Vancouver IFF and DOK.fest München. Love in the Time of Fentanyl (2022), a feature-length documentary produced in partnership with ITVS and the support of the Sundance Institute, premiered at Vancouver’s DOXA, where it won the main juried prize. The film had its U.S. Premiere at DOC NYC and broadcast on PBS’s Independent Lens in early 2023. Lost Time Media was recently selected in the inaugural round of the Netflix-supported Hot Docs Incubator program.
Stuart Henderson is President of 90th Parallel Productions, Ltd, one of Canada’s longest-running documentary film companies. Since its founding in 1987, 90th has distinguished itself again and again with a focus on premium content for discerning audiences. The result is dozens of award-winning films over 30+ years.
A creative producer, Henderson is currently overseeing a slate of documentary films ranging from broadcast hours to anthology series to feature-length projects.
Recent films he has produced include the feature film The Long Weekend for TVO (Director: Catie Lamer, 2022), the CBC film The Climate Baby Dilemma (Director: Vicki Lean, 2022), the TIFF People’s Choice Award-winning Inconvenient Indian (Director: Michelle Latimer, 2020); Food for the Rest of Us (Director: Caroline Cox, 2020), Be Afraid: The Science of Fear (Director: Roberto Verdecchia, 2019); Invisible Essence: The Little Prince (Director: Charles Officer, 2018); The Skin We’re In (Director: Charles Officer, 2017); My First 150 Days (Director: Diana Dai, 2017).
He is currently the executive producer and showrunner of We’re All Gonna Die, a CRAVE doc series hosted by Jay Baruchel now into its second season, the CBC film Butt… Seriously (Dir. Liam O’Rinn, 2023), an untitled investigative CBC film (Dir: Habiba Nosheen, 2024), and the CRAVE feature documentary Post-Natural (Director: Brett Story & Ben Travers, 2024).
Henderson has worked as the creative consultant for actress Rachel McAdams, features editor at PopMatters.com, section editor at Exclaim.ca, and a syndicated Pop Culture columnist with CBC Radio One. He is currently the chair of the board for POV Magazine.
Henderson has previously worked as a professor of cultural history at several top research institutions. He has a PhD from Queen’s University, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at York and McMaster Universities. His doctoral thesis was awarded the John Bullen prize from the Canadian Historical Association for best dissertation of the year, 2009. He is the author of the multiple award-winning book Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s.
Chrisann Hessing is a documentary filmmaker and impact producer based in Toronto. She has produced award-winning short films that have screened at Hot Docs, RIDM, Global Impact Film Festival and the London Asian Film Festival. Her work has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council, Inspirit Foundation, BravoFACT! Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent and Telefilm Canada.
Chrisann’s short film, Turning Tables, won Best Short Documentary at the 43rd American Indian Film Festival, and has screened in over 30 film festivals internationally.
Her debut feature, We Will Be Brave, premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival and won Audience Choice Feature Film at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival in 2023.
She is passionate about using visual storytelling as a tool to educate, raise awareness, and inspire positive change. Currently, Chrisann works as an Associate Impact Producer at Ring Five Impact Docs, a boutique impact producing and grassroots distribution company based in Toronto.