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Fonna-Tasha

Producer &
Project Manager

 
 
 
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You have a creative vision.
I want to help you get there.

 

Working best in arts and media-focused teams, I bring my 5+ years of experience of implementing collaborative media projects, conferences, speaking tours, and film productions. As an accomplished community leader, I have experience planning and executing over 45 unique events and managing project budgets exceeding $50,000.

 
 
Fonna you have been an amazing soul and cheerleader throughout the project. I would not have gone far without you, in fact, I might have quit, thank you for lending your equipment, providing moral support, and space. You have been one of the hearts of this project.
— Aniqa Rahman, Behind the Dust Artist
Thank you so much for your care and attention to detail throughout the project. It’s been such a pleasure reading your thorough reports and gaining some extra insights into the journey - your team is lucky to have you!
— Chris Lee, Inspirit Foundation's Manager of Grants + Media Impact Funding
You help.
There’s no other word for the work you do.
— Slimthick Monroe, Model and Public Figure
Thank you for being Fonna lol. People that have worked with you know. You do the things so thoroughly and with so much care it echoes into so many facets of production. You save lives!
— Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Film Director
I’m blessed that my bff & work wife Fonna is the exceptional project manager she is who shared SMART goals with me.
— Tumaini
Last of my #WCW, this lovely Femme of Color Fonna (said like Phone Ahh). She is an awesome community builder networking between so many organizations and initiatives. She is a community archivist documenting Queer and Trans art and culture through photography and video. She is also an amazing assistant to both myself and the Mr. and she makes everything more possible.
— Kim Katrin Milan, Educator and Cultural Curator

Select Projects

 
  virgins! the series: web-series pilot   virgins! is a comedy series that follows four 20-something-year-old women as they awkwardly navigate adulthood as millennials and love & relationships as virgins. Set in the multicultural hub of Toronto, Canada, their experiences are contextualized through their cultural duality as East Africans – Ethiopian, Eritrean, Somali & Sudanese – and Canadians.  Role: Producer Year: 2017-2018

virgins! the series: web-series pilot

virgins! is a comedy series that follows four 20-something-year-old women as they awkwardly navigate adulthood as millennials and love & relationships as virgins. Set in the multicultural hub of Toronto, Canada, their experiences are contextualized through their cultural duality as East Africans – Ethiopian, Eritrean, Somali & Sudanese – and Canadians.

Role: Producer
Year: 2017-2018

  Behind the Dust, a project of This is Worldtown   The Behind the Dust series is a portal into a world that is curated and created by Women of Colour, showing the possibilities of imagining beyond convention, and “behind the dust” of inflammatory and one-dimensional portrayals of communities under fire. As a collective, the media-makers are Muslim, Indigenous, Black, Women of Colour conveying in-depth visual stories about their communities, celebrating the fullness of experience in all its layers. What does it mean to visiblize these experiences? How are we learning from the past and creating for the future?  Role: Digital Media Project Coordinator Year: 2017 - 2018

Behind the Dust, a project of This is Worldtown

The Behind the Dust series is a portal into a world that is curated and created by Women of Colour, showing the possibilities of imagining beyond convention, and “behind the dust” of inflammatory and one-dimensional portrayals of communities under fire. As a collective, the media-makers are Muslim, Indigenous, Black, Women of Colour conveying in-depth visual stories about their communities, celebrating the fullness of experience in all its layers. What does it mean to visiblize these experiences? How are we learning from the past and creating for the future?

Role: Digital Media Project Coordinator
Year: 2017 - 2018

  Creative Connect, a project of Nia Centre for the Arts   Creative Connect (CC) is a professional development project for early career artists seeking capacity building and career opportunities in the creative business sector. The project utilizes a customized approach to the development of mentorship opportunities, apprenticeships, job shadowing, income generation and internships in creative fields. Participants combine a diverse range of professional development opportunities with professional workplace experiences and mentorships from workplace professionals in the creative fields.  Role: Project Coordinator Year: 2016

Creative Connect, a project of Nia Centre for the Arts

Creative Connect (CC) is a professional development project for early career artists seeking capacity building and career opportunities in the creative business sector. The project utilizes a customized approach to the development of mentorship opportunities, apprenticeships, job shadowing, income generation and internships in creative fields. Participants combine a diverse range of professional development opportunities with professional workplace experiences and mentorships from workplace professionals in the creative fields.

Role: Project Coordinator
Year: 2016

  The Turning Tables: Documentary Impact Campaign Tour   The Turning Tables tour is designed to bridge the gap in accessibility between Indigenous Youth and role models like Joshua DePerry, aka Classic Roots, an up-and-coming music producer and DJ who blends Indigenous sounds with modern techno and house music. The communities we intend to visit include remote areas with lack of resources such as Webequie, areas suffering from mass youth suicide such as Attawapiskat, as well as a number of First Nation reservations who have expressed interest in hosting Classic Roots but have not had the funds available to make it happen. Bringing subjects from the film specifically to these communities to speak further than the film and engage directly with these youth will provide a deeper connection to the underlying message - that dreams are attainable and there is support to achieve them. The Turning Tables Tour is designed to address four key objectives; to strengthen Indigenous culture and community, inspire creative confidence, create a positive environment for youth, and encourage self-expression. We intend to reach these objectives through various art-based workshops, including film, photography, music and dance.  Role: Travel Coordinator Year: 2018 - 2019

The Turning Tables: Documentary Impact Campaign Tour

The Turning Tables tour is designed to bridge the gap in accessibility between Indigenous Youth and role models like Joshua DePerry, aka Classic Roots, an up-and-coming music producer and DJ who blends Indigenous sounds with modern techno and house music. The communities we intend to visit include remote areas with lack of resources such as Webequie, areas suffering from mass youth suicide such as Attawapiskat, as well as a number of First Nation reservations who have expressed interest in hosting Classic Roots but have not had the funds available to make it happen. Bringing subjects from the film specifically to these communities to speak further than the film and engage directly with these youth will provide a deeper connection to the underlying message - that dreams are attainable and there is support to achieve them. The Turning Tables Tour is designed to address four key objectives; to strengthen Indigenous culture and community, inspire creative confidence, create a positive environment for youth, and encourage self-expression. We intend to reach these objectives through various art-based workshops, including film, photography, music and dance.

Role: Travel Coordinator
Year: 2018 - 2019

  Leaving Evidence: Making Maps Not Monuments, a project of The People Project   Leaving Evidence is a multi-disciplinary community archiving program of The People Project. Leaving Evidence is a collective of Queer & Trans grassroots artists (predominantly self-taught, community educated artists) 29 and under, each skilled in one of our identified mediums (I.e. video editing, sound production, etc.), and all are interested in expanding their repertoire by learning from each other. Leaving Evidence gives each artist the opportunity to explore and be mentored new art practices. Individuals in the group are both professional artists and community members, depending on the context.  Role: Project Coordinator & Workshop Leader Year: 2014

Leaving Evidence: Making Maps Not Monuments, a project of The People Project

Leaving Evidence is a multi-disciplinary community archiving program of The People Project. Leaving Evidence is a collective of Queer & Trans grassroots artists (predominantly self-taught, community educated artists) 29 and under, each skilled in one of our identified mediums (I.e. video editing, sound production, etc.), and all are interested in expanding their repertoire by learning from each other. Leaving Evidence gives each artist the opportunity to explore and be mentored new art practices. Individuals in the group are both professional artists and community members, depending on the context.

Role: Project Coordinator & Workshop Leader
Year: 2014