TRFF Artists:

Vanessa Crosbie Ramsay – TRFF Coordinator & Media Artist

Vanessa Crosbie Ramsay is a filmmaker and visual/media artist. Her short films have screened at festivals in Canada and internationally. Her work centres on women’s identity and experience, the creative process, the role of artists in movements for progressive change, and diverse representation. Highlighting issues of feminism, social equality, and amplifying marginalized voices are constant goals. Her practice is multi-disciplinary and includes film/video, storytelling, visual art, site-specific installation, collage, and community engagement. Vanessa is an Artist-Educator with The Royal Conservatory, and the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, sharing her passion for media and visual art with hundreds of students each year. She has created several successful community initiatives, presenting participants of all ages with opportunities to explore art and flourish through self-expression. Vanessa is a founding member of the DAV(e) Collective.


Jessica Lea Fleming – TRFF Producer

Jessica Lea Fleming is of Métis (Wendat, Anishinaabe and French) and Scottish descent, from Penetanguishene, Ontario. She is a writer, dramaturge, producer, director and arts manager based in Hamilton and Toronto. Jessica currently works as the Operations Manager for the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, as the Georgian Bay Community Liaison for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, and as a Producer for Factory Media Centre’s Traditional Recipes: Food and Filmmaking project. Jessica recently completed post-production on her first short film Scales, and hopes to premiere it at festivals this year!


Devin Bateson – TRFF Media Artist

Devin Bateson is a filmmaker and a comedian. If you ask him to tell you a joke it will bother him. If you ask him to make you a film he will ask you for money. He may just ask you for money anyways. Devin is part of the award winning sketch troupe “Aunt Francis” which have been featured on the Funny or Die homepage. Aunt Francis also won the Local Filmmakers Award from the Hamilton Comedy Film Festival 2015 for their film “Break Up Lake”. They won some grant money for the film and are releasing their next short film soon. He does not like to be taken too seriously and is surprisingly not a big fan of cats (the musical or the animal).


Michael Laicini – TRFF Media Artist

Michael Laicini is a multiple award-winning Producer, Director, Editor and Writer with several years of experience in the film industry. He has created dramatic short films, documentaries, a 26 episode horror web-series, commercials and most recently a feature length film in Los Angeles. Because of the film’s innovative concept some have labeled this feature as “the next Blair Witch…” His horror web-series “WHO IS MR. TOM?” was recently voted “the third best horror web-series” on the Internet and has found a loving fan base – Michael receives artwork and emails from fans almost every week featuring characters from the series.  WHO IS MR. TOM? has been positively reviewed by various popular horror centric blogs including Fangoria, DreadCentral and 1428 Elm St. His short films BEWARE PICKPOCKET and DETECTIVE MARK WATERS have gone onto multiple award-winning successes in festivals across the world where they’ve received numerous grand jury and people’s choice awards.


Annette Gerard – TRFF Photographer

As a graduate of Sheridan College, Illustration program with a major in advertising (minor in editorial), Annette has been an award winning creator of a variety of North America’s brands for over 30 years. She taught graphics (Adobe Indesign and Web Management) at Mohawk College to day students and also went to night school herself, getting her Applied Photography and After Effects certificate. Since last June, she now works full time at her new start up company called CreativeFever. CreativeFever is a branding & design agency and digital content provider. She enjoys creating conceptual imagery using Photoshop and is working on mastering the entire Adobe Master Collection. Her passion is telling the story of food, whatever the format, package design, graphics, photography, video or capturing cultural food events like TRFF.