2018 – 19 Board of Directors,
Friends of Film Society of Powell River

  • Chair: Guy Pocklington
  • Vice Chair: Claudia Medina
  • Treasurer: Peg Campbell
  • Secretary: Heather Allen
  • Director: Margaret Gardiner
  • Director: Jason Schreurs
  • Director: Tony Papa
  • Director: Dianne Maynard
  • Director: Tai Uhlmann
  • Director: Steve Short
  • Director: Carol Regnier
  • Past Chair / City Council Representative: Carole Ann Leishman


Gary ShillingGary Shilling, Executive Director

Gary is actively engaged in the cultural community of Powell River. A marketing and communications professional – he applies his practical knowledge to all aspects of the artistic visioning, financial stability, and organizational readiness of the Friends of Film Society of Powell River and their annual Film Festival. In assuming the responsibilities of Executive Director for the Society, Gary is focussed on strengthening the role that film plays in the cultural and economic fabric of Powell River.


Kim headshot 2Kim Barton-Bridges, Festival Coordinator

Kim, her husband and three daughters moved to Powell River in 1998 from Vancouver.  Their youngest daughter started university last year, so while they are officially empty-nesters, they remain at the beck and call of their three furry kids.  Her volunteer pursuits include positions with the PR Hospice Society and the BC Ferries Advisory Committee for our region.  She loves the quiet, coastal lifestyle and the various arts and cultural events for which this community has earned a solid reputation.


Tai Ulhmann, Youth Camp Coordinator

Tai Uhlmann has been working in the film and television industry for the past 20 years and has directed both short and feature length documentaries including the cult classic, “For The Love of Dolly”, about Dolly Parton’s most fervent fans. Her work has been screened internationally, is available on Netflix and has been written about in the New York Times, Variety, BUST Magazine, the Village Voice and the novel Starstruck. Tai recently co-directed the timely and evocative feature documentary, The End of the Road, which premiered at PRFF, was on the international film festival circuit and aired on CBC in 2018.

Caitlin Bryant, Community Engagement Coordinator

Caitlin Bryant has 15 years experience in the arts and entertainment industries. She has produced multi-disciplinary art events such as Expose Yourself, here in Powell River. Worked with film festivals such as VIFF and taken community engagement roles in various arts and culture projects. Her more recent community development education and experience give her a ground up perspective on community and arts organizing. She’s very excited to be working with the Powell River Film Festival in 2019! Caitlin sits on the Board for the Powell River Arts Council, and is Vice-President of the PR Museum and Archives Board.

Ann Nelson, Administrator

Ann has been the owner/operator/steward of the 1928 Patricia Theatre in the National Historic District of the Powell River Townsite since 2002, and has lived and worked in Powell River since 1977.  She has been active in the business and artistic community for all of those years, having created and delivered the Basic Entrepreneurship Training program for what was then Malaspina College, operated her own businesses, managed/consulted for many others and represented the business community on various municipal committees and organizations. Her life experience is firmly rooted in the Pacific Northwest and she is committed to sharing her passion for her home with the world, and using her broader world experiences to benefit the managed growth of the Sunshine Coast.