THE FILM

Synopsis

Female-founded clean technology company treks for 20 hours non-stop in the dead of winter to explore the impacts of rapid gentrification on the urban and natural environments of Waterloo Region.

 

The film, which showcases beautiful HD footage shot during the Waterloo Region Crossing 2018 trek, also shares the perspectives of key community members and influencers discussing the state of our region, where things are going, and how we can set an example as leaders in social compassion while building our reputation in the fast-paced industry of innovative technologies.

Film Status: In Production

This Project Has One Purpose

It's a call to action, not only to better understand each other, but to empower each other.

That's the kind of community I want to be part of.

Waterloo Region Crossing

We can't begin to express our gratitude for the people who have come together and offered up their services and talents to make this film a reality. 

Trek Crew
Ashley DeMarte
Livescape Founder & CEO 
Tessa Jennison
Trek Leader, Adventure racer 
Lily the Malamute
Trek mascot, Adventure dog
Dave Wall
P. Eng, Product manager at Livescape
Brad Baumber
Adventure racing safety and logistics coordinator, Ornge Paramedic, Firefighter 
Mitch Mommaerts, 
SOC, IA667, Camera/ Steadicam/Gimbal Operator, 
EP, Producer in TV/Film 
Bo Urbina
Assistant Editor, Film-maker, MEC crew 
Cam Wind
Film-maker, Drone operator 
Perspectives Crew
Elizabeth Clarke
Region Councillor, CEO of the YWCA
Duff
Lifelong Kitchener Resident
Mike Farwell
Host of The Mike Farwell Show on 570 News
Kate Fraser
Shelter Frontline Worker
Joseph Fung
CEO of Kiite
Joe Mancini
Founder of The Working Centre
Nicole McCallum
Social Entrepreneur,
Tech Founder, Environmental Advocate
Rod Regier
Commissioner of Planning, Development, and Legislative Services at Region of Waterloo
Paul Salvini
CEO of the Accelerator Centre, GRCA Foundation Board member
Samantha Stoner
Tent City Community Member
Alex Szalflarska
Coordinator of Hold The Line, Community advocate
Charles Whitlock
Director and past President of the Grand Valley Trails Association
Lyndon Horsfall
WRX Editor, Colourist, Dragongem Productions
Torin Langen
WRX Credits Editor, Candle Flame Films
Michael Malko
Camera Operator, Lighting
Aaron McFerran
WRX DOP, Film-maker, Lucid Intent 
Co-Directors
Terre Chartrand
Director, Executive Producer  
Terre Chartrand is a non-status Algonquin and French-Canadian artist living in Waterloo Region who has a background in theatre, visual arts, technology, and science. Her diverse career has included everything from teaching in a french languages secondary school to working as a research assistant in crop science. Included in her accomplishments are the founding and artistic direction of a collective show that takes over an entire floor of THEMUSEUM in Kitchener, the founding and artistic direction of an inter-arts collective who have seen several shows including IMPACT – an international contemporary and movement theatre festival. 
 
Terre is a recipient of an Waterloo Region Arts Award in the open jury category for her commitment to advocacy for the arts in her community, and has received in the past both a Waterloo Region Arts Fund and an Ontario Arts Council grant for projects of her devising. Terre has a polytechnic three-year degree in Computer Science from St. Clair College and has pursued a life long interest in education with a near complete double degree in Communication Studies and Cultural Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Tessa Jennison
Director, Producer, Creator of Waterloo Region Crossing
Tessa Jennison is a community advocate, artist, and adventure enthusiast. Tessa's passion for community led to the conceptualization of Waterloo Region Crossing. By sharing the idea and surrounding herself with skilled and motivated team, the group was able to plan and execute the first cross-regional trek in 2018. In addition to this feat, they captured essence of the journey in the Waterloo Region Crossing documentary film, as a means to call others to action and encourage community engagement. 
Tessa has been recognized as one of Waterloo Region's "Top 40 Under 40" for her work in community and arts advocacy, and for her efforts in working with local politicians to recognize and protect culturally significant spaces. She is also the recipient of a Waterloo Region Arts Award in the music category. 
Tessa is a four-time competitor in the Adventure Racing World Series, and ran for a seat as a Kitchener city councillor in the 2014 municipal elections. She has a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from The University of Waterloo.

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