LIFT Welcomes New Additional Staff – June 2022


Incoming Special Projects Coordinator Helen Lee (L) and Commissioning and Mentorship Coordinator Robert Lee (R)

June 27, 2022

Welcome to Special Projects Coordinator Helen Lee and Commissioning and Mentorship Coordinator Robert Lee

Thanks to the Digital Now initiative of the Canada Council for the Arts and additional project funding, we are happy to announce two new staff coming out of our call for a Special Projects Coordinator: Helen Lee and Robert Lee (no relation). Helen joins us as our Special Projects Coordinator, working on developing a meeting to discuss analogue filmmaking and collaboration in the aftermath of the pandemic. Robert joins as our Commissioning and Mentorship Coordinator, shepherding our Transformations Cross Generational Commission Project through to its fruition. Further announcements about these projects to come next month.

“It is a sincere honour to be joining LIFT, an organization so integral to the history of independent filmmaking in Toronto and in Canada more generally. In my role as Special Projects Coordinator I am thrilled to be able to contribute to meaningful projects that will promote the art of film to audiences and filmmakers in our local and international community.”
—Helen Lee

Helen Lee is a film archivist and writer currently based in Toronto. She is passionate about experimental analogue film practices and developing archival methodologies that center accessibility and artistic intention. Helen received a BA from the University of King’s College, Halifax, in 2018 and has since worked at various arts organizations such as C Magazine, Vtape and the Toronto International Film Festival. She will complete her MA at Toronto Metropolitan University in Film Preservation and Collections Management in 2022.

“I feel very fortunate to be joining LIFT as the Commissioning and Mentorship Coordinator, and to be part of an artist-run organization dedicated to facilitating access to equipment, education and supporting independent filmmakers.”
—Robert Lee

Robert Lee is a media artist, writer, translator and programmer based in Toronto.