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Lunch & Learn Panelists

ModeratorPevere Photo

Geoff Pevere

Geoff Pevere is currently the Program Director of the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival in Toronto. He is a former movie critic with the Toronto Star and columnist with the Globe and Mail, and the author of several books on film and popular culture. Pevere has also taught extensively at several Canadian colleges and universities.


Hugh Gibson, Directorsdfsd

A graduate of York University (BFA: Film), Gibson participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus (’05), TIFF’ s Talent Lab (’06) and TIFF STUDIO (’12). Selected credits include writing/directing the acclaimed short drama, Hogtown Blues (’04: TIFF, Bilbao: Audience Award), and producing short doc A Tomb with a View (’ 14: TIFF, VIFF). He produced A Place Called Los Pereyra (’09, IDFA, RIDM, BAFICI), which screened extensively in Latin America and Canada. The Stairs is his feature debut as director.

@MidLampFilms @TheStairsDoc


Raffi Balian, Project Coordinator at South Riverdale Community Health Centrewfwef

Raffi coordinates COUNTERfit, a major harm reduction program, and was an advisor on the film.

You can read more about his work here.



Roxanne SmithRoxanne (2)

Featured in the film, Roxanne has been a sex worker for decades and is now a social worker. Her witty, wicked sense of humour masks her daily struggles with a dark, painful past. Like the others who are featured in the film (Marty and Greg), she works in harm reduction in Toronto’s Regent Park area.


More panelists to be added shortly