The Writing Room

Aisha Porter-Christie

Aisha Porter-Christie’s award-wining short films have screened at festivals worldwide. A graduate of Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media, and Columbia University’s Film MFA program in New York, she has worked in various areas of the entertainment industry and was featured in Playback Magazine as one of Canada’s “Top Ten Grads to Watch”. In 2012, she won the Emmy Internship in Television Writing and was later hired as a webisode writer for the Syfy Network series DEFIANCE. She is currently Story Coordinator on Space’s ORPHAN BLACK.

Faisal Lutchmedial

Faisal won the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program in 2012 and served as a Story Editor for the CTV series The Listener, Season 4. His short film Useless Things (2009, 16 min) won the WGC English Script Prize at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal, and was followed up by Mr. Crab (2012, 9 min), which aired nationally on CBC’s Short Film Face Off. In documentary Faisal directed the third world labour rights feature My Cultural Divide (2006, 75 min) which played in festivals around the world, and edited the Canadian Screen Award nominee “Burgundy Jazz”, a Radio-Canada interactive and multiplatform project.

RJ Lackie

RJ LACKIE is a webseries producer and screenwriter, as well as a partner at production company CYCLE 66. As a creator, his credits include Smokebomb Entertainment’s INHUMAN CONDITION, Corus Entertainment’s forthcoming A4O (with Sarah Shelson), and Cycle 66’s THE SOLILOQUIES OF SANTIAGO. He has also written for YouTube personality Kaitlyn Alexander’s webseries COUPLE-ISH, and his Cycle 66 webseries DORIAN GRAY was recently selected for funding by the Cogeco Program Development Fund. RJ is online at Twitter (@rjlackie) and Tumblr (@rjlackie).

Natalia Guled

A 90’s baby, Natalia Guled barely remembers a time before the internet was part of daily life. Despite growing up with its distractions, she managed to earn a BA in English at the University of Toronto, where a creative writing course Griffin Poetry Prize winner A. F. Moritz changed her life. Deciding to pursue screenwriting, she developed her short film, Saskia, through Women On Screen’s Short Film Incubator. She then wrote her first pilot, The Well, during U of T’s Writing Episodic Television with Deb Nathan. Her second pilot, Confidence, will be completed this winter during her residency at the Bell Media Diverse Screenwriter’s Program. She maintains a healthy fear of social media to this day.

Ana Sani

Ana Sani is a voice actor, actor and web-series filmmaker. Her recent acting credits include Rainbow Entertainment’s MIA AND ME 2, Corus Entertainment’s MYSTICONS, Geoff Lapaire’s PURE PWNAGE and Sinking Ship’s ODD SQUAD. Ana wrote and directed the pilot for MOBA Girls, a web-series about 5 women trying to make it into the pro-leagues of the video game world. The show is still in development with hopes of releasing Spring, 2016. Ana is currently developing an animation series, and writing a feature screenplay about the intricacies of the immigration system into Canada in the late 80’s. She is excited to take on the role of Writers’ Assistant for IRL the Series! Her interests and areas of knowledge include video games, the integration of diversity in the entertainment industry, political theory, Disney (the golden years), comics/graphic novels and YouTube culture.