Harvardwood Presents Ethics in Storytelling: Mental Health & Disability Representation in Film & TV

April 12, 2023 at 5:00pm - 6pm

When: Wednesday, April 12th @ 5pm PT/8pm ET (Virtual)

Everyone is welcome, whether or not you're affiliated with the Harvardwood Toronto Chapter. This event is free to all!

Join us for a virtual event from Harvardwood Toronto where Skye R. Regan ALB '18 will be interviewing editor Sarah Taylor and writer/ director Heather Taylor who co-produce and co-host the podcast Braaains, a podcast exploring the inner workings of our brains and how film and television portray them. As the entertainment industry moves towards greater acceptance of mental health and disability both behind-the-camera and on-screen, it’s important to consider the greater context of representation on-screen and the stories told. In this event, Sarah and Heather will share their experience as talent and storytellers in the entertainment industry, their inspiration for launching Braaains and what it took for them to start a podcast, and strategies for overcoming barriers to entry. They’ll also discuss their own mental health and disability journeys and why it’s so important for them to feel represented in the work that they create. If you have questions to ask our speakers, please send them directly to: [email protected].

Sarah Taylor is a multi-award winning editor with over twenty years of experience. She has cut a wide
range of documentaries, television programs, shorts, and feature films. Sarah strives to help shape unique stories from unheard voices. Her work has been seen in festivals around the world including Sundance, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and ImagiNative Film Festival. Sarah takes her passion for editing beyond the edit suite by moderating panels and mentoring new editors. She has led panels at events such as the Calgary International Film Festival, NorthWest Fest, and EditCon. Sarah is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and is the host of the CCE podcast The Editor’s Cut and Braaains Podcast.

Sarah's recent work includes the CBC original series PUSH that takes audiences into the inner world of the “Wheelie Peeps,” an unlikely group of friends and wheelchair users, bonded by their shared experience of navigating life on wheels and the feature length documentary The Lebanese Burger Mafia - the meaty saga of Burger Baron, a rogue fast-food chain with mysterious origins and a cult following - which is having its world premiere at Hot Docs in May 2023. www.suiteoneproductions.com


Heather Taylor is a writer/director of TV and films about complicated family relationships -- often told through a supernatural/ horror/ sci-fi lens. She is a Canadian/UK citizen, US Green Card holder, and splits her time between LA and Toronto.

As a writer, Heather was a story editor on season two of THE HARDY BOYS on Hulu and co-wrote two episodes, one of which was nominated for a WGC Award. She is the co-host of BRAAAINS, a podcast exploring the inner workings of our brains and how film and television portray them, and her narrative podcast, ANOMALY, was an official selection of the 2021 Tribeca Festival. Her second feature film, LETHAL LOVE, is streaming on Netflix.

Heather started her writing career as a playwright and is the author of three poetry collections. Former journalist and ad(wo)man, she is an idea machine and the Indiana Jones of research. Born with a non-visible disability, Heather strives to destigmatize mental illness, disabilities, and poverty in her work.

She graduated with a Masters in Screenwriting from City University, London, and was a 2022 RespectAbility Lab TV Writing Fellow. Heather is also an alum of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Program and the CFC Bell Media Prime Time TV program. She is a proud member of the WGC Feature Film Committee. See more at: HeatherATaylor.com



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