Biography

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Rina Fraticelli

Executive Director, Women in View

Email: rina@womeninview.ca

Rina Fraticelli is the Executive Director of Women in View and SexMoneyMedia. She brings to this position a wealth of experience in the Canadian arts as a filmmaker, teacher, writer, translator, dramaturge, publisher and policy advisor. Over the last 35 years, she has produced several national festivals, conferences, and meetings addressing a broad range of issues touching on the status of women, including DocFemmes, Women and the Law in Quebec, Firewords, and FemCab; and served as consultant to numerous arts and culture organizations across Canada. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Rina was recognized as one of Canada’s leading dramaturges, fostering a generation of distinctly Canadian playwriting in the 80s. She was part of the founding editorial collective of the feminist literary journal, Fireweed. Her teaching experience includes Loyola College (now Concordia University), Universite de Montreal, University of Toronto and the Banff Centre.

As an independent documentary director, producer and writer Rina Fraticelli’s credits include the Genie -award-winning Fiction and Other Truths: a film about Jane Rule, directed by Lynne Fernie and Aerlyn Weissman. Through her company Wild Zone Films, she produced Changing Ground and Years From Here, two films about the powerful encounter of the Sto:lo Nation of the Fraser Valley with the Maisin people of Papua New Guinea directed by John Walker; and Celesta Found and The Lynching of Louis Sam directed by David McIlwraith .

As Executive Producer of Studio D, the NFB’s ground-breaking women’s studio, she oversaw the production of such landmark films as Forbidden Love, The Company of Strangers, and developed innovative projects such as Women at the Well, a film series by and about Canadian Black women by Dionne Brand. She also created Five Feminist Minutes and with Sylvia Hamilton, New Initiatives in Film, a five-year program for Native women and women of colour.

More recently, she was Executive Producer of the Pacific and Yukon Studio of the NFB from 2002-2006 where she oversaw a series of reforms including a far-reaching programme to remove barriers to filmmakers with disabilities. She is currently serving as Executive Director of Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, overseeing a multidisciplinary festival within the 2010 Cultural Olympiad; and launching Canada’s first season of theatre audio described for the sight-impaired.

She was policy advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Culture and Communications and the City of Toronto. She is the author of the influential study, The Status of Women in Canadian Theatre and recently published a book chapter titled, “Would I Ever Like to Work: The Working Mothers Films and the Construction of Community,” in Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2010).

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