Team

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Thomas Anguti Johnston, President – Writer / Director / Actor

Thomas Anguti Johnston grew up moving around the Baffin region of Nunavut and northern Quebec (Nunavik). He now resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut with his two daughters Amy and Leah. From a young age, Anguti has been involved in youth politics and development, holding positions as President of the National Inuit Youth Council and Youth Coordinator with the national Inuit organization, ITK. In 2010 Anguti got his start as actor and writer on Qanurli? and in 2014 joined the team full time to write and produce the series. Passionate about language and cultural preservation, Anguti has received the Nunavut Commissioner’s Award for Youth Development and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for Media Arts.

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Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Vice President – Producer / Writer / Director

Stacey Aglok MacDonald is originally from Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Stacey first became involved in filmmaking in 2005 as a production assistant and character on the documentary Staking The Claim: Dreams, Democracy and Canadian Inuit, which is now part of the curriculum in high schools across Nunavut. Since then Stacey has trained youth in over 20 communities across the Canadian Arctic in film and leadership and has produced workshops on Acting and Performance as well as Inuvialuit Drum Dancing. In 2012, Stacey won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Drama for the 17-minute film she produced, Throat Song and was also given the Nunavut Film emerging filmmaker award. In 2016 Stacey co-produced her first feature film, The Grizzlies. Stacey joined Qanurli? in 2012 as producer/director and much-needed female presence. Stacey currently lives in Iqaluit with her daughter.

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Joshua Qaumariaq, Secretary – Director of Photography / Editor / Composer

Joshua Qaumariaq was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Growing up he was greatly influenced by music, particularly blues, rock and soul. The multi-talented artist joined the Qanurli? team in the spring of 2012 as an editor/director, but also composes much of the music needed for a number of productions. Josh can be regularly found onscreen lending his comedic talent. Most recently Josh has been heading up the camera and graphics department of Qanukiaq Studios.

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Vinnie Karetak, Treasurer – Story Editor / Actor / Media Relations

Vinnie Karetak is originally from Arviat but has been living in Iqaluit since 2002. He has been with Qanurli since the start, playing one of the show’s principle characters. Vinnie is also a talented drum dancer and theatre actor who has performed around the world, in places like China, the Netherlands, Belgium, and of course, across Canada. He’s an avid volunteer and sits on the boards of Northern Youth Abroad and is chair of Qaggiavuut!, which works to strengthen the performing arts across the North. Witty and charismatic, Vinnie is a regular MC of public events in Iqaluit, including Toonik Tyme and Alianait. Vinnie is married and has two boys.