UBCP/ACTRA Presents... Working with Professional Performers, How and Why?

Hear from a diverse panel of filmmakers about their experiences with professional performers, how it benefited their productions and the ins and outs of working with the union. 


Moderator: Joely Collins, Producer

Joely Collins is an award-winning producer and actress and has worked with major studios, broadcasters and networks. She produced the critically acclaimed web series CODED (Telus/Canal+), which is now being developed as a television series. Joely produced the coming-of- age feature film Becoming Redwood, which won the Audience Choice award at the Vancouver International Film Festival and Best Canadian Feature at the Edmonton International Film Festival. Her career as an actress earned her a Gemini Award for Best Lead Actress on the Series Madison. Enjoying working on both sides of the lens, Joely founded Million Faces, a boutique production company dedicated to creating content that matters. She is actively developing a slate of projects, including a documentary series to help empower young women and a documentary feature directed by Benjamin Ratner.



Joel McCarthy

Joel is a multi-award winning director/writer who has now completed two feature feature films, multiple short films and two popular web-series. Joel most known for his feature films; Taking My Parents to Burning Man; (feature documentary) ‘Shooting the Musical’ (controversial comedic film) as well as the short films & Why Does God Hate Me?; “I Love You So Much It’s Killing Them”. Most recently his semi-autobiographical web-series; Inconceivable; was nominated for the very prestigious Gotham Independent Film Award for & ;Breakout Short Series. Currently Joel is working as a directing teacher at Vancouver Film School, and developing Inconceivable as a long form episodic and a new feature film.


Rob Lyons
Super Creative

Rob Lyons is a Vancouver born producer/director, president of Super Creative and a brand ambassador for Panasonic Lumix cameras. Rob has been making web series since 2006 in a variety of roles and is currently the Executive Producer and Cinematographer of House Call with Dr. Yvette Lu, a new show that aims to provide practical solutions for caregivers across Canada.



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Lisa Purdy,
Notio Media

Lisa Purdy is an experienced media executive who has worked in creative development, funding, production, broadcast, digital product development, business development, brand, marketing and content distribution. She has played a leadership role in her close to 30 years in media in Canada. She founded Notio Media in 2017 to produce and consult on digital media projects and initiatives.

Formerly Director of Knowledge Kids, part of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, and the Director of BBC Kids, a national specialty channel, Lisa has also worked for CBC Television and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Recent projects include co-producing the scripted web series SPIRAL for TELUS and under the Notio Media banner, working with a range of clients – from tech companies to film festivals – on strategy and analysis. Lisa is also working on a start-up for live performances.


Troy Mundle

Actor / Director / Producer / Writer

Originally from the East Coast, Vancouver Web Fest alumn Troy Mundle is an actor, writer and filmmaker who has created, produced and acted in several projects under the UBCP ULB program: most notably Single & Dating In Vancouver, an Award winning, 14-time nominated, Internationally screened comedy webseries that took him to France in 2016; Ghost Unit, a new action-crime drama currently being pitched to networks; and La Buena, a short-film entering the film festival circuit and recently admitted into the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner. In addition to filmmaking, Troy enjoys long walks on the beach and swiping left on Tinder.