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					KIER-LA JANISSE
Tel: 204.998.5578
Email: bigsmashproductions@gmail.com


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS:

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Film Programming

- Head Programmer for Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Downtown, voted “Best
Theatre in America” by Entertainment Weekly (www.originalalamo.com), 2003-2007

- Programmer for SF Indie Fest 2007-present (www.sfindie.com)

- Special Projects Programmer and Cinematheque Assistant for The Winnipeg Film
Group, which entailed programming the Film Group’s larger-scale events such as
GIMME SOME TRUTH: THE WINNIPEG DOCUMENTARY PROJECT, PLASTIC
PAPER: WINNIPEG’S ANIMATION FESTIVAL, and the CABIN FEVER! RETRO KIDS
FILM SERIES. (www.winnipegfilmgroup.com) 2008.

- Independent Film Programmer/Exhibitor under the moniker Big Smash! Productions,
2008-present

- Created and curated the award-winning weekly music-film series “Music Mondays” at
the Alamo Drafthouse (www.myspace.com/alamomusicmonday), 2003-2007

- Created and curated Vancouver’s CINEMUERTE INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM
FESTIVAL (www.cinemuerte.com), 1999-2005

- Created and curated the BIG SMASH! Music-on-Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada
(2006), and a weekly satellite series at the Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque in
Winnipeg, Canada, 2007-2008.

- Consulted on programming for various festivals, including SXSW Film Festival (Austin),
Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal), Boston Fantasy Film Festival and Dead by Dawn
(Edinburgh). Also served on jury for SXSW in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Further Programming credits available upon request.

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Event and Guest Coordinating

- Spearheaded and arranged appearances by Tab Hunter, Farley Granger, The Mentors,
Neil Hagerty (Royal Trux), Joe Dallesandro, Tracy & the Plastics, Herschell Gordon
Lewis, Chuck Norris, Traci Lords, Ann Savage, The Barbarian Brothers, James Duval,
Ian McLagan (Small Faces), Bill Plympton, John Saxon, Jon Gries, Susan Tyrrell, Paul
Williams, the cast of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, Eric Bogosian, Eli Wallach,
James Ellroy, Curtis Armstrong, Irvine Welsh, the cast of THE WARRIORS, the cast of
DEGRASSI, Jorg Buttgereit, Jean Rollin, Alex Cox, the cast of YACHT ROCK and
others. (Austin TX, and Vancouver, BC, 1999-2007)

- GIMME SOME TRUTH: THE WINNIPEG DOCUMENTARY PROJECT – Creation and
coordination of a four day documentary conference, which included programming films
and arranging for artist fees and travel for visiting filmmakers including Les Blank, Steve
James, Allan King, Kirby Dick and Nettie Wild, among others. (Winnipeg, MB, 2008)

- SEND + RECEIVE: A FESTIVAL OF SOUND – negotiating artist contracts and
administrative logistics for annual Sound Art Festival (Winnipeg, MB, 2008-present)

- ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, FREAKS AND GEEKS and VERONICA MARS:
Negotiated with Fox and Warner Bros’ respective legal depts. to mount unprecedented
theatrical screenings of these cult TV shows, each with several cast members in person.
(Austin, TX, 2005-2007)

 - TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE REUNION - arranged use of the original Victorian
house from the 1973 film for screening, and 5 cast members in person (Kingsland, TX,
2004)

- CULT MOVIE PANEL – Vancouver International Film Festival 2002. Commissioned to
moderate and organize a panel on the making of “cult films”, arranged for Tobe Hooper
and Curtis Harrington in person. (Vancouver, BC, 2002)



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Writing

A VIOLENT PROFESSIONAL: The Films of Luciano Rossi. FAB Press, London UK.
Author.

RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE, Toronto Canada, Contributing Writer.

FANGORIA MAGAZINE, New York USA. Contributing Writer.

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE, New York, USA, Contributing Writer.

SCARECROW VIDEO GUIDE, Seattle USA. Contributing writer.

CINEMUERTE MAGAZINE, Vancouver Canada. Editor and Writer.

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Video Editing

BUBBLEGUM MUSIC IS THE NAKED TRUTH! - Feature Documentary. Based on the
book by Kim Cooper and David Smay (eds.).

METALSTORM: THE SCANDINAVIAN BLACK METAL WARS - Feature-length
compilation.

MY AUTUMN'S DONE COME: THE LEE HAZLEWOOD STORY - Feature-length
compilation.

A REASONABLE GUIDE TO HORRIBLE NOISE - Feature-length compilation about
Harsh Noise

METAL MACHINE MUZIK: THE KRAUTROCK STORY - Feature-length compilation

I WAS A TEENAGE QUINCY PUNK - Feature-length compilation

YOU'RE BREAKIN' MY HEART: THE MUSIC OF HARRY NILSSON - Feature length
compilation

Note: These compilations were made as original in-house programming for the Music
Monday series at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, TX, but have played at
numerous festivals and theatres worldwide.

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Additional Skills

- Film booking with both studios and independents

- Graphic design using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

- Video editing using Adobe Premiere Pro

- html web maintenance

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Work History

Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque (Wpg, Canada) – Special Projects Programmer –
2008 (previously Cinematheque Assistant 2007-2008)

Send + Receive: A Festival of Sound (Wpg, Canada) – Administrative Coordinator –
April 2008-present

Into the Music Record Store (Wpg, Canada) – Clerk – December 2007-present

Original Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (Austin TX) - Head Film Programmer - 2003 – 2007

Fantastic Fest (Austin, TX) – Film Programmer – 2005 – 2007

Black Dog Video (Vancouver, BC) – Clerk/Buyer – 1997-2003

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Education
Langara College, Vancouver BC – Classical Studies Diploma – 1998

University of British Columbia - Medieval Studies Major 1999-2002

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References available upon request.

				
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