About Us

Lorna Boschman at Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Awards. Photo Tim Matheson.

Director and Workshop Leader: Lorna Boschman

Through EastVan Digital Stories, Lorna works with community-facing groups, from credit unions to non-profits to membership-driven associations – to co-create short digital stories that demonstrate how these groups serve their members, clients, and donors. Lorna is usually the first point of contact for all contract work, and leads our team of collaborators.

From 2012-16, Lorna Boschman worked closely with Dr. Mary Bryson on Cancer’s Margins, an arts- and community-based research study. The national research team looked at how LBGT2Q people who have been diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer have accessed care, are supported while in treatment, and communicated health knowledge.

In October 2016, Lorna Boschman was chosen by a jury of her peers as the Vancouver’s Mayor’s Arts Awards 2016 honouree in Film & New Media.

 

Moira Simpson, cinematographer.

Cinematographer and Workshop Mentor: Moira Simpson

Moira Simpson works as an award-winning freelance director, cinematographer and editor of documentaries. Her career spans more than 30 years and encompasses many National Film Board, independent and television docs. Her work in film, video and new media is informed by a belief that film can be a powerful impetus for social justice. Simpson is drawn to projects featuring women who are change-makers. She has taught filmmaking at Emily Carr, SFU and UBC and has given filmmaking and digital storytelling workshops across Canada and the Arctic, as well as in Nairobi, Kenya. For 5 years Moira (Mo), along with Catrina Longmuir, gave week long digital storytelling workshops each spring to youth in the Kootenays.
Although still passionately committed to making docs, Mo has recently been enjoying working on short dance and art-aktion performance pieces, often with performance artist, Margaret Dragu. Mo joins the EastVan Digital Stories team to work to shoot short projects and collaborate on digital storytelling workshops.

Sebnem Ozpeta, cinematographer.

Cinematographer and Workshop Mentor: Sebnem Ozpeta

Sebnem Ozpeta is a Vancouver-based visual artist, video editor, and videographer. She studied graphic design in Turkey, where she was born and raised. She also completed the digital film program at The Art Institute of Vancouver. She has produced short films and video installations that have been screened and exhibited in festivals in Europe, Canada and Turkey.
For more than 10 years, she has collaborated with artists, performers, storytellers, dancers and filmmakers.More recently she has applied her video skills and her experience in storytelling by mentoring youth as part of the Digital Story Telling project (in collaboration with Lisa G. Nielsen).
Sebnem curated Dinka Pignon’s retrospective exhibition “You are Invited” at VIVO Media Arts Centre and co-curated the Digital Carnival and Margaret Dragu’s M. DRAGU’s MUSEUM for the Your Kontinent Media Arts Festival.
“I believe that everybody has a story and we all want to share our stories. Visual storytelling is only one of them. My projects focus on different aspects of ‘loss’, ‘isolation’, and ‘adaptation’ in cultural diversity.” Sebnem joins the EastVan Digital Stories team to work to shoot short projects and collaborate on digital storytelling workshops.

Leanne Boschman at Machu Picchu

Photographer/Cinematographer: Leanne Boschman

Since 2009, Leanne has been on an epic road trip, documenting and photographing; living, learning and volunteering in 20 countries, eating strange food and meeting interesting people. Read more about Leanne’s travels:
Leanne’s Great Big Adventure 2009-10
Leanne’s African Adventure  2012

Leanne is a professional photographer and will be co-cinematographer for Finding Ray Johnson, a story about meeting her new cousin through genetic testing. The feature length documentary will be co-directed by Lorna Boschman, her sister, and our new cousin, Australian writer/musician April Smallwood.