Meet Our Team

The Live Documentary, a recent evolution in expanded cinema, has emerged at festivals including Sundance and Hot Docs, combining narration and music performed on stage, with documentary film projected on screen. Audiences are invited to watch, listen, think and alter historical storytelling as we know it.

KIM NELSON

Writer/Director/Editor

ROBERT NELSON

Writer/Historian/Narrator

BRENT LEE

Composer/Max Programmer

SVJETLANA OPPEN

Director of Photography

ALYSHA BAKER

Production Support

NICK HECTOR

Editor

CYRUS SUNDAR SINGH

Filmmaker

VITO GIOVANNETTI

Web Design

KIM NELSON

Kim Nelson is a filmmaker, an Associate Professor, and Director of the Humanities Research Group, at the University of Windsor. 

Her documentaries have screened at film festivals in the United States and Canada, as well as being shown on university campuses in Canada and Europe.

 Her work has been funded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Windsor Endowment of the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her latest project, 130 Year Road Trip Live, premiered at the Windsor International Film Festival in 2016.

ROBERT NELSON

Robert L. Nelson is an Associate Professor and Head of History at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. His revised Cambridge dissertation appeared in 2011 as German Soldier Newspapers of the First World War.

He has won fellowships from the Killam Trust, the Humboldt Foundation, and was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the City University of New York, Graduate Center.

He has also been awarded the University of Windsor’s highest honours in both teaching and research, the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contributions to University Teaching and the UWindsor Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity.

BRENT LEE

Brent Lee is an Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Windsor. He is also a composer, media artist, and musician whose work explores the relationships between sound, image, and technology, especially through multimedia performance.

He has created more than one hundred works, ranging from orchestral music to interactive media pieces to film soundtracks. An active instrumentalist, he has performed in many countries with groups such as the Noiseborder Ensemble, blackhole-factory, and Modus vivendi.

His most recent project is entitled Homstal, and brings together composition, improvisation, saxophone performance, videography, and Max programming. 

SVJETLANA OPPEN

Svjetlana Oppen has a BA in Communications, Media and Film, a BSc in Computer Science and is currently an MFA Candidate in the University of Windsor’s Film and Media Arts program in the School of Creative Arts. Svjetlana has extensive experience in film and video production, both academically and commercially.

Her works as a Director of Photography include narrative and documentary films such as: 130 Year Road Trip Live (2017), On Girls (short narrative 2016), The Card (short narrative 2016), Through Their Eyes (feature documentary 2015), What Is Home (feature documentary 2012). Svjetlana’s research ranges from social justice awareness to the complexities of the fragmented national identities of immigrants, with emphasis on personal memories, collective memories, and nostalgia. She currently resides as Technical Director of the Windsor International Film Festival where she overseas all aspects of film projection, data asset, and technical staff training. 

ALYSHA BAKER

Alysha Baker is an MFA candidate in Film and Media Arts in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. She has dedicated countless hours on numerous film sets and photography shoots across Canada and the US. Alysha is a skilled cinematographer, gaffer andeditor.

Her professional work includes best girl electric for Boys vs. Girls (feature film 2019) and production assistant for The Clergy (feature documentary 2019). Alysha currently works as a videographer and editor for a Youtuber (Clutterbug 2018). She is a technician for the Windsor International Film Festival and Student Ambassador of the University of Windsor’s Humanities Research Group, as well as being a valued team member of the Live Doc Project.

NICK HECTOR

Nick Hector is a filmmaker and educator with more than thirty years of experience. He has worked at the industry’s highest level with such celebrated film-artists as Allan King, Naomi Klein, Alfonso Nick Hector is a filmmaker and educator with more than thirty years of experience. He has worked at the industry’s highest level with such celebrated film-artists as Allan King, Naomi Klein, Alfonso Cuarón, Jennifer Baichwal, and Sturla Gunnarsson.


Nick has edited or produced more than 150 documentary films and programs across North & Central America, Europe, Asia, and Africa with combined budgets exceeding $80 million. He began his career in television journalism and soon specialized in long-form documentary, particularly cinéma-vérité. Nick’s work has been screened at most major international festivals and include 2 films on Criterion, 3 Top Ten Canadian films, 5 films at MoMA, 11 atTIFF, and 15 at HotDocs.

He has been nominated for 29 major film awards and the winner of ten; including Canadian Screen, HotDocs, Directors Guild of Canada, Canadian Cinema Editors and Gemini Awards. Nick recently joined the Cinema Arts faculty at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts.

CYRUS SUNDAR SINGH

Cyrus is an AcademiCreActivist: a Gemini Award-winning filmmaker, composer,singer-songwriter, poet, author and change-maker currently pursuing a PhD in Communications & Culture. Cyrus’ directorial debut Film Club won both a Gemini and the NFB’s Reel Diversity Award; his writings are published in peer-reviewed journals and poetry anthologies; his on-location productions have taken him around the world including: India, Israel, Spain, Haiti, Jamaica, and Sri Lanka.

On the foundation of his successful sixteen-year documentary/storytelling career, he conceived and successfully explored the new site-specific live-documentary genre, Performing the Documentary,with back-to-back world-premieres at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival:Brothers In The Kitchen in 2016; Africville in Black and White in 2017 and in 2018 at the Atlantic Film Festival. Cyrus’ credits as a composer on award-winning films include:Moving Day (Genie); Twisted Sheets (Gemini nominee), Film Club (Gemini); Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India (GoldPlaque@INTERCOM, Chicago; Worldfest, Houston).

VITO GIOVANNETTI

Vito Giovannetti is a Tech Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of Treasured (a Toronto-based provider of interactive virtual estates which help families showcase their history).

Vito is a Schulich Alumni (BBA 2015 and winner of the Peterson Family Gold Medal in Entrepreneurial Studies) & has been a crucial co-collaborator in the in the growth of The Schulich Startups Program, helping secure funding, alumni engagement and supporting the companies throughout Schulich’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

He is also Chapter Head of SEAA – Schulich Entrepreneurial Alumni Association. As the Head of SEAA he is also the Moderator of The Schulich Idea Jam (which he first launched independently in 2015 as a peer to peer ideation session. 

During the Summer of 2019 he served as a Bootcamp Instructor with LaunchYU (York University’s Accelerator Program) where he is a dynamic presenter and pitch strategist. Vito has vision for helping Canadians value their family history and engage with broader community to celebrate these stories.