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Phil's professional background is a huge asset in his work promoting the motion picture industry in BC. Before taking up the role of Business Representative, Phil worked in all aspects of theatre, including management and direction. He worked for over 20 years as a lighting specialist on large-scale live and corporate events and high-budget feature films. Phil has a Master’s Degree in Theatre, a BA in Communications, and has taught graduate studies in theatre and communications.
Spanning 20 years, Crystal began her career in the production office as a member of 891. Following her production office work, she played a pivotal role in productions as an ICG 669 Senior Unit Publicist.
Crystal has managed all aspects of publicity on the ground, from interviewing cast, executives, and crew to writing and producing promotional content and representing the industry at Comicon events. Crystal brings this impressive cross-section of film and television industry experience to her role as Assistant Business Representative at IATSE Local 891. Crystal brings the culmination of her experience and skill to producing, directing and writing in her downtime, when not chasing after her four-month German Shepherd and 3-year-old son.
Originally from New Zealand, Hillary brings a range of experience (and a funny accent) to the Apple Box Talks team.
Starting out in Television, Hillary has experience both in front of, and behind the camera, as well as time spent working in theatre and live concerts.
After moving to Canada in 2005, Hillary worked in a variety of fields and brings more than 15 years of experience from the not for profit, municipal and health care sectors; joining IATSE891 in the role of Assistant Business Representative.
With a life long love of film and a desire to give back, Hillary is proud to be part of the team working to demystify the film industry, recruit new workers, and champion causes that will continue to build a safe, diverse, inclusive industry that will be a thriving part of BC for years to come.