Special Event Sept. 24


On Saturday, September 24, 2022, The Kingston Canadian Film Festival and Radioland Media presented an evening with veteran writer-director Clarke Mackey (Til The Cows Come Home) who shared excerpts from his new audio drama series The Makers and Shakers Society and answered questions about the show.

Clarke Mackey at The Broom Facory

Composer Kevin Bowers performed several songs from the series live on The Broom Factory’s stage.

All cast members have Kingston connections. Performers include Jackson Watt-Bowers, Vishmayaa Jeyamoorthy, Stephanie Fung, Paul Smith, Anna Sudac, Liam Karry, and Cassel Miles.

Funding for The Makers and Shakers Society was provided by the City of Kingston Arts Fund and The Community Foundation of Kingston and Area.

Clarke Mackey started writing and directing films in the late 1960s while still in high school. His first feature, The Only Thing You Know (1971) won two Canadian Film Awards and is considered by many critics to be an important film in the early development of independent cinema in this country. In the 1980s, Mackey directed several episodes of the Emmy Award-winning TV series Degrassi Junior High. His many documentaries have addressed important social issues over several decades. In 2018, Mackey was awarded a “Mayor’s Creator Award” from the City of Kingston. He is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen’s, where he taught for thirty years.