Clarke Mackey has wanted to make his own films since he first saw Nobody Waved Goodbye at the age of thirteen. Two years later, he made his first film — a half-hour drama about adolescence — which won second prize at the NFB’s Amateur Filmmaker’s Competition and was shown on the CBC.

Clarke has gone on to forge a stellar career as a director, cinematographer, editor, producer and writer whose award-winning projects have ranged from directing episodes of Degrassi Junior High to directing and producing feature films and working with interactive multimedia. He is the founder and director of Cinema Kingston as well as a programmer and board member for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. He is also the head of the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s, where he has taught for the past twenty years.