Member Spotlight – Patricia Leger – Our 100th Member!

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Patricia Léger

Who am I?

Growing up in a bi-cultural home, I identify as both an Anglophone and an Acadian and I can honestly claim to be bilingual as I talk in my sleep in both official languages. Since childhood, nature, music, theatre, community, and the love of adventure have spurred on my personal growth.

Where am I based? Most of my adult life has been spent on the wild and wonderfully wild West Coast and part of me still lives on a little Gulf Island in British Columbia, a place I re-visit every year. Now I live in a cozy little farmhouse on a ridge overlooking the Memramcook Valley near Moncton. I returned to New Brunswick to work in the beautiful 400 seat historical theatre called Le Theatre du Monument Lefebvre, where I was artist-in-residence. In the past six years I have written and directed seven comedies for the stage there that drew record crowds.

What do I do? Like most people involved in the arts, I have earn a living wearing a number of different hats. Since 1996, I have work as an actor, vocalist, writer, theatre director and drama teacher. In 2010, I did a crash course in film by writing and directing my first short film P’tit Coeur. It was nominated for 3 awards at the Silver Wave Film Festival in 2010 and won for excellence in music composition. The experience made me appreciate the challenges and freedom of film. Now, I am excited to have a web series in development with Mozus productions. It is an eccentric and off beat comedy in which I play the lead role.

What can I do for others/what services can I provide? As an actor, I am comfortable playing comedy or drama in French or in English. I do not have a French accent, though it can be conjured up when needed. As a theatre person, I strive to play truth rather than the overly dramatic style sometimes seen on stage. If a part requires singing, I am comfortable in a variety of styles. I have sung the role of a country crooning hamburger slinger, a Greek goddess in a ballet opera and a jazz vocalist with a big band. Now I am looking for opportunities to collaborate and to work on the set with other filmmakers whether it is as an actor, or in other capacities to help inform my script writing and eventually my directing for the camera. My eclectic background has already been put to good use on a few sets where I have found locations, talent, helped with set and costumes script editing and coaching actors.

What drew me into the industry? After seeing my works on the stage, one of my plays was optioned by Simplicity Productions in Vancouver. That was the first spark of interest for me. Then in the last couple of years, I was cast in two features, The Phantoms, that is to be released this fall and Délivrance that aired on CBC last summer as well as a radio drama for Radio-Canada, a few short films, a number of educational videos, commercials and was asked to write for the screen, all in New Brunswick within a short time. This made me wonder: What would happen if I made a real effort to seek out film work?

If I had a magic wand… I would create a whole bunch of magic wands and hand them out to people doing inspiring work that enhances the human experience or that protects our ecological environment. And of course, I would keep one for myself!

Contact Patricia at patleg@nb.sympatico.ca.

MEMBER PROFILE: Kristin Santos

P1030986 MEMBER PROFILE: Kristin Santos
Who am I?

Hello fellow Filmer’s!  My name is Kristin Santos.  I have a BA in Architectural Design with a minor in Art History.  In 1987, I put myself through college at the State University of New York as a Lighting Designer for theatrical arts and caught the theatre bug early on in my career.

In 1995, I traveled to New Orleans with a group of thespians out of Provincetown to tech and design a show in New Orleans.  Little did I know that the community in New Orleans would take me in as one of their own.  After working in Lighting Design, Technical Design, Production Management and mural creation for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Big Easy Awards, House of Blues, Tipitina’s, Rhythm and Muse, A New Muse, and The New Orleans Convention Center, I procured an art studio in Silver City New Mexico in 2001 and began working my favorite gigs in New Orleans while showing my paintings on an international level.

In 2005 tragedy struck New Orleans and I found myself for the first time in my life without my usual income.  I then began a faux finishing business (Faux Pas) in New Mexico and California and moved the three trash bags worth of what was left of me in New Orleans to the high desert in California.  But I returned often to my town to help with relief work and to begin a school program from displaced children of the storm.  To add insult to injury, my house then burned down in Pioneertown during the California ridge fires that were so often sprouting up in the wilderness.

It was in 2006 that the opportunity to move to Vancouver BC came upon me and I set up shop as the Executive Administrator of Sound Perspectives.  There I worked in the Vancouver film industry in sound, costuming, PA, storyboards, casting, music videos, commercials, reality TV, and then I eventually landed a job as Production Designer for the short award winning film “Henry’s Glasses”.  The medium of film began to be my new pallet as it was a place where all of my combined skills could bear fruit.

 

Where am I based?

I am based out of the beautiful province of Prince Edward Island.  I presently travel and work in New York, New Orleans, California, and Vancouver BC. I am interested in creating local relationships in the film industry in Halifax and in the North Eastern Atlantic areas.

 

What do I do?

I am a Director, Production Manager, Production Designer, Art Director, Lighting Designer & Visual Artist which is inclusive of storyboards, murals, set painting & illustrations.  My island business is called Art PEI which is a large umbrella that encompasses all of my skills.

 

What can I do for others/what services I provide?

I am currently working on creating a music video industry in PEI with professional abilities (see Brooke Miller’s “Cannonball” long from on UTube).  I would be interested in taking work in Direction, Production Design, Lighting Design, Art Direction and Production Management in the local Atlantic areas.

 

What drew me into the industry?

The idea that I could find a medium that encompassed all of my skills and imagination.  That in film there are no limits to what one can create and produce.  I enjoy developing creative relationships with others and enabling working environments of mutual respect.

 

If I had a magic wand . . . .

I would see a sustainable industry developed here on PEI that mentored others and shared resources and relationships with the surrounding Atlantic industry.  I would like to see this industry receive international recognition, cultivate relationships from abroad, be known for it’s professionalism and quality, set a new standard for the industry in terms of fostering respect for others & create it under the umbrella of an environmentally conscious standard.