Chelsey Reist was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. For fourteen years,
Chelsey studied and trained in strict Cecchetti Jazz Technique, Jazz Performance
and Modern Dance at the elite West Edmonton Ballet Academy. Having competed in
numerous dance competitions throughout her life for Jazz, Ballet, Modern and even
Bollywood, Chelsey continues her training today.
Chelsey was fortunate enough to experience other cultures and countries as her parents
held world travel to be of high importance. Some of the places Chelsey travelled included:
Bermuda, the Bahamas, Aruba, Montego Bay, the Florida Keys, the Cayman Islands, Jamaica,
Mexico, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, and throughout the United States.
When Chelsey started working part time at a law firm it didnít take long before realizing
that working indoors was not where she was meant to be! The news of film and stage
production, the opportunity to be part of something artistic, to live in a city known to
support the liberal arts, and the promise of rain brought Chelsey to Vancouver in 2005
without ever having visited.
Her feet had barely touched the ground before she enrolled in the Acting for the Camera
and Acting for Stage & Screen program at Capilano University. On summer breaks Chelsey
used her spare time to travel. In 2008 Chelsey left on what was supposed to be a three week
trip, but couldn't bear to give up backpacking and returned over two months later from
Southeast Asia. Starting off with two companions but completing the majority of her trip
independently, Chelsey travelled with no concrete plans and nothing but a backpack
throughout Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong.
It was with great excitement and eagerness that Chelsey was invited to embark on a
new journey with Discovering Great Towns. Combined with her on-camera experience
and her lust for travel, led by emotionality and an inquisitive nature, Chelsey is ever
eager to experience the journey ahead and discover the unique and exciting towns and people
along the way.
While having worked in both fiction and non-fiction genres for over 15 years,
Kate Green has been able to focus her talents and experience as both Producer and Director
to create well-rounded, intriguing quality programming. Kateís range of work from
documentaries like Raid the North
Extreme (GLOBAL) to comedic short films like Crosswords, and working
as an assistant director on the reality television series Crash Test Mommy
(SLICE NETWORK), or as a Story Coordinator for Omni Films Lifestyle, have only
strengthened her ability to shape and create stories that engage the viewer.
As Producer and Writer on Seasons 13 & 14 of The New Driverís Seat
(CITY TV & CHUM), an automotive review show, and as Director and Producer
on the high action Canadian Rally Championships (CITY TV & CHUM),
Kate also brings a unique understanding to the production and creation of
live action reality and automotive television.
Kate is a proud graduate of the UBC Entertainment Administration Program,
Malaspina Universityís Technical Theatre Program and Gastown Actors' Studio.
In 2008 Kate was elected to the Board of Directors of Women in Film & Television
Vancouver and in 2009 elected to the Executive Board as Vice President.
Kate's ability to produce quality entertainment on time and on budget, regardless
of the genre, is due to her passion and enthusiasm for each project and the story
that it tells.
After he finished shooting for CBCís hit reality show The Week
The Women Went, Tommy Douglas was excited to join the Discovering Great Towns
crew as Director of Photography.
Tommy is a professional cinematographer, camera operator and Steadicam operator with
over 10 years of experience. During his career, Tommy has shot dozens of documentaries,
music videos, commercials, television series and feature-length and short films.
Having had the opportunity to shoot in many countries across the globe, Tommyís
passion for cinematography has seen him DOP-ing everything from music videos in
central Spain to documentaries in the jungles of Vietnam. Born in Toronto, Ontario,
Tommy moved to the West Coast after gaining his honours degree in commerce and working
as a television commercial producer for 2 years in Montreal, which is where he honed
his shooting skills. Tommy has always brought a sense of style and tone to his
photography and shooting that captures the imagination and gives the viewer
visual eye candy for the soul.
Born in Toronto, Marie grew up in Kamloops, BC and later moved to Vancouver to
pursue a career in Production Management and Coordination for film and television.
She completed her studies in both Film Production and Visual Art & Design in 2008.
Since graduation, Marie has honed her skills both as a production coordinator and in the
creative development process, working primarily on travel shows such as
Wings Over Canada and Discovering Great Towns.