It takes a village to raise a child – In our case, the child is a festival and the village is our community of volunteers, board members, and staff!
Adrien Harpelle has spent the last 9 years performing in several punk/alternative acts. In the last year he has composed for 2 short films and produced I.R. Idiot’s debut ‘Spore’. He is a graduate of the Music Industry Arts program at Algonquin College and has since produced and released several albums and worked on numerous films.
Starting with Vox Popular in 2017 as the Festival Administrative Intern, Marcus quickly took charge of the festival and in 2018 he officially became the Festival Director. Marcus is an Honours Bachelor of Commerce graduate from Lakehead University with a major in Management Information Systems.
Marcus is also one of the co-founders of BaySafe Harm Reduction which is a non-profit grassroots organization in Thunder Bay. Outside of work Marcus is a father to a son and 5 pets, and a DJ under the alias of ICOSA.
Board of Directors
Festival Founder | Chair
Kelly Saxberg is a film producer, director, editor and cinematographer who has worked on over 100 films. She works in English, French, Spanish and Finnish. Kelly founded Bay Street Film Festival in 2005 to celebrate and screen local independent films.
She has also mentored dozens of emerging filmmakers in Thunder Bay through Flash Frame workshops and collaborative film projects since 2001.
Most recently, Kelly worked as the producer of Where the Poppies Grow: The Lakehead At War which tells the story of a local soldier in World War 1.
Martin King is an Artist and Movie Director from Thunder Bay, Ontario. Martin had art in exhibits in the Definitely Superior Art Gallery and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery. Martin King been selling art as a Commission Artist since 2011. He is also a Broadcasting and Film graduate of Confederation College. Martin also took an animation course in High School. His Directing career, started when he made his first film “Wake Up” in 2017. The movie took 2 years to make. Martin King most popular short film he made so far is God’s Park in 2018. Wapikoni produced the film for him and Martin King directed it. Mr. King also did some acting for community theater such as Death of a Salesman in 2016 and Mamma Mia in 2019.
Alyssa Kusik is a multi media expressionist artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario. A videographer, graphic artist, and painter. A graduate of two certificate programs; Introduction to Pre-Animation and for Fine Arts from Algonquin College. She is an active community member. She often collaborates with local film makers, galleries, bands and fellow artists to make animations, documentary films and music videos. Expanding her portfolio while she pursues her brand of SalsaFish Art and the arts collective: LIP Productions. Recently Ms Kusik joined the Vox Popular Media Arts Festival as a board member.
Like many non-profits, Vox Popular could not thrive without its team of dedicated volunteers helping with events year-round. Thank you for your many contributions to our festival!