Zain Abdulla is a proud woman of colour and McGill law student. Prior to law school, she earned a BA in International Relations and Human Rights and a MA in Human Rights Law. Dedicated to intersectional feminism and access to justice, Zain has worked with numerous non-profit organisations committed to social justice in Vancouver, including the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and West Coast LEAF. At McGill, Zain dedicates time to supporting the Legal Information Clinic as well as Atira Women’s Resource Society. She’s grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside passionate, like-minded folks.
Acclaimed Canadian theatre actor and director, Nancy Palk was raised in Winnipeg and London, Ontario. She graduated from Queen’s University in 1977, and from the National Theatre School of Canada (where she was mentored by Douglas Rain) in 1979.
Nancy is an acclaimed Canadian theatre actor and director, who plays the role of Du in Catch and Release. She’s also the founding member and resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company, for whom she has acted in a wide range of plays and roles, often playing exceptional and challenging mothers. Her recent theatre credits include: Angels in America Parts I and II (2014); The Crucible (2014); A Tender Thing (2014, with her husband Joseph Ziegler); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (2013); Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2012, with Ziegler) ; You Can’t Take it With You (2012); and The Glass Menagerie (2011).
A sought-after film and television presence, Nancy has worked on series from The Wonderful World of Disney to Queer as Folk and Suits. Fans of the popular crime drama Rogue, starring Tandie Newton, will recognize Nancy as “Betsy”, a role she played from 2015 to 2016.
Dominique Cardona & Laurie Colbert
Winners of multiple awards, directors Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert create crowd-pleasing yet complex films about women. Their heartfelt and accessible style can be seen in their feature films MARGARITA (Palm Springs International Film Festival – Gay! La (Hers), Inside/Out Audience Award), the touching story of two women whose passion reaches across a cultural and class divide, and FINN’S GIRL (Outfest – Outstanding Emerging Talent Award). Their short film BELOW THE BELT (Berlin International Film Festival, TIFF, Genie nomination) was heralded by Cinemascope as “The story of first love, captured perfectly in all its naiveté and confusion, runs headlong into the more cynical realities of adult relations as mother and daughter catch each other in equally compromising positions.”
Catch & Release will be available on itunes Canada on July 14th.