Carrie Cutforth
CARRIE CUTFORTH CURRICULUM VITAE

CREATIVE PRODUCER, WRITER

SUMMARY

  • Producer for digital, interactive, screen content and live events
  • Innovative storyteller, big-picture strategist, and systems thinker
  • Agnostic cross-platform writer with an audience development focus
  • Internationally regarded expert on web series and transmedia storytelling
  • Grant/Funding writer (interactive/web series) that understands new media funding landscape in Canada

PRODUCER

 

SCREEN CONTENT

2018/19          Producer: Bulletproof: A Lesbians’ Guide to Surviving the Plot (Documentary Feature)
2012/13          Associate Producer: Talent Hounds (Hop To It)

 

INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING

2018                Creator: Tarped by a 3some (Visual Novel)
2014                Creator/Producer: Spy Slutz (Web)
2012/13           Transmedia Producer: Talent Hounds, Hop To It
2012/13           Project Manager/Editor: All Your Fates (Transmedia, Digital Serialized Novel)
2012                Creator/Producer: Work With No Pants (ARG)
2010                 Producer: Textapublication (Mobile Poetry Project)
2010                 Producer: Ripple (Mobile Poetry Project)

 

LIVE EVENTS

2014                Co-Producer/Chief Financial Officer: TO Webfest 2014, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Live event)
2012                Co-Organizer/Host: Masterclass with Jon Reiss, Transmedia 101, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Live event)
2012                Ground Team Lead Organizer: Toronto ARGFest 2012, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Live event)
2010                Associate Producer: Poetry Village, 2010 Junction Arts Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Live event)
2008                Curator: Krisp & Verklempt, Faking It, OCAD, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Exhibition)
2007                Curator: Dood, Transit Space, OCAD, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Exhibition)
2007                Curator: Hybridized Dolls & Drolls, XPACE, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Exhibition)
2007                Curator: Pajama Party, Faking It, OCAD, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Exhibition)
2007                Curator: Façade, Faking It, OCAD, Canada (Exhibition)
2007                Curator: publiNations Hyperspace, OCAD, Canada (Exhibition)

CONSULTING PRODUCER

2013                Consulting Producer and Crowdfunding Manager: All Possible Worlds, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Film)
2013                Consulting Producer: ASSET, Irradiated Panda (Web Series)
2011                Consultant: Veil Nanoscience, Immersive Fiction (ARG)

GRANT & FUNDING WRITER

FOR INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS

2019     Canada Arts Council: Bulletproof: A Lesbians’ Guide to Surviving the Plot

2018     Toronto Arts Council: Media Artists — Individual: Bulletproof: A Lesbians’ Guide to Surviving the Plot

2013     IPF: Web Drama Series Program: ASSET (Irradiated Panda)

2012     Bell Fund: Contributed writing to interactive portion of successful Talent Hounds application (Hop To It)

 

FOR COMMUNITY BUILDING INITIATIVES

2014     OMDC             Industry Development Program: TO WebFest 2014

2014     IPF                   Professional Development Program: TO WebFest 2014

2014     OMDC             IDM Industry Research Grant: “Industry Profile of the Independent Web Series Creators of Canada,” (IWCC)

WRITER

Writer:  “The Way Out — A Recollection of My Life as a Bisexual Jehovah’s Witness,” Medium. Sep. 2, 2017

Writer: “Forgiveness is Overrated: The Second Coming of Kesha,” Medium. July 11, 2017

Writer: “How to Stop, Drop, and Roll in Mental Crisis,” The Establishment. July 14, 2017

Writer: “In Search of: One Male Ally to Hold My Hand for Social Media Photo-Op,” Medium. Mar. 2017

Contributor: “Feminism 101: What It’s Like Being Treated Differently Because You’re a Woman,” Grok Nation. Feb. 2017\

Contributor: “Feminism 101: What’s Dating as a Feminist Actually Like,” Grok Nation. Feb. 2017

Writer: “Go Unfuck Yourself: Manual on Jargon for Digital Marketers,” Medium. Jan. 2017

Writer: “How to Help the Cause when You need Help Yourself,” The Establishment, Nov. 2016.Republished by Everyday Feminism. Feb. 2017

Writer: “How to Melt Your Bathtub Without Really Trying,”  Maximum Middle Age. Jul. 2016

Writer: “Google Officially Knows Far Too Much About My Vagina,” Maximum Middle Age. Jun. 2016

Writer: “My One Minute Rape Story,” The Establishment. May 2016

Contributor: “Ask a Raging Feminist: What’s your theme song?” She Knows. Jun. 2015

Writer: “Over 40 with Zero Fucks to Give,” Medium. Dec. 2014

Writer: “Playback Canadian Film & TV Hall of Fame: Andra Sheffer,” Playback Magazine. Dec. 2014 (Online and Print editions)

Writer:  “Guest Post: Top 5 Web Series Tips,” JonReiss.com. May 2014

Writer: “Marketing a Digital Project Shouldn’t be an Afterthought,” STREAM Daily. Feb. 2014

Writer: “Run a Campaign Like a Horserace (and Why You  Should),” New Hive. Jan. 2014

Writer: “How to Get Money From People Like a Machiavellian,” New Hive. Jan. 2014

Writer: “2014: A Year In Review From The Future,” New Hive. Jan. 2014

Writer: “Are Bitcoins the New Pogs,” New Hive. Dec. 2013

Writer: “10 Genius Tactics of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries Crowdfunding Campaign,” TCM Resource Kit. 2013 (Online case study)

Writer: All Your Fates — all chapters for part one and three. 2012-13 (Digital Serialized Novel)

Writer: [Del]’s Diary for the Veil Nanoscience ARG by Immersive Fiction. 2011 (Novella)

Writer: “A Conversation with IPF Web Series Producers Part 1 & Part 2,” Web Series Today, 2011

Writer: “Subverting the Canadian National Artefacts,” Line Break. 2009 (Print)

Writer: BlogTO Arts Columnist for BlogTO.com. 2009

Writer: “Where It’s at: Mapping Toronto’s Creative Clusters,” Rocket Science. 2008 (Print)

Writer: “Interview with Vid Ingelevics,” Rocket Science. 2008 (Print)

Writer: “My Imaginary Best Kids,” Sounds Like Canada. (CBCRadio1), 2006 (Radio)

SPEAKER

Speaker: Mainstreaming Marginalized Voices, Storyworld, Catalyst Festival, Duluth, Minnesota, Oct 10, 2019

Guest Lecturer: Participatory Fiction, Experimental Writing, OCAD U, Mar. 1, 2019

Panelist: Digital Marketing: A Campaign Beyond a Post, Ontario Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, TD, Toronto, Dec 3, 2018

Speaker: Centering Voices from the Margins & Mainstreaming Underserved Audiences, Storyworld 3.0, Los Angeles, May 20, 2018

Guest Lecturer: Participatory Fiction, Hybrid Media Writing, OCAD U, Jan. 17th, 2018

Moderator of the Q&A sessions for TO WebFest 2017, Friday May 26 for the following screenings:

    • Hope & Struggle
    • Piqued My Interest
    • Unique & Unusual

Guest Speaker at Launch Announcement Party of OCAD University’s Creative Writing BFA, DFI Lounge, OCAD University, Toronto, March 24, 2017

Guest Lecturer: Participatory Fiction, Experimental Fiction, OCAD U, Jan. 18th, 2016

Panelist: We’re Broads, They’re Chicks, Let’s Make Change! Webinar, Nov. 22 2015

Panelist: Drive People to your WebSeries, Conducttr Webinar, Mar. 3 2015

Panelist: Web Series, IP Program, Centennial College, Dec. 9 2014

Special Speaker: Interact: TV on The Web, Interactive Ontario, Aug. 13, 2014

Moderator: So You Want to Crowdfund, TO Webfest, May 11, 2014

Speaker: Game-changers: New Ventures in Distribution, Ontario Writer’s Conference, May 2014

Moderator: Building a Business Model for Web Series, Playback Summit, Apr. 30 2014

Guest Lecturer: Experimental Writing, OCAD U, Jan. 15, 2014

Guest Lecturer: Advance Television Writing & Transmedia class, York University, Nov. 2013

Host: Screening of Beat Girl Premier, MM2013, Nov. 2013

Panel Moderator: Canuck Webseries Showcase, MM2013, Nov. 2013

Story/Performance Workshop Facilitator: Story This! DIY Days in Toronto, Nov. 2013

Co-Host: Not so Friendly Family Hour, Social Media Week with the IWCC, Sep. 2013

Special Guest: Tranvergance’s Storyhackathon, LA, Aug. 2013

Special Guest: Town Hall Meeting, Transmedia LA, LA, Aug. 2013

Guest Lecturer: Interactive Narrative, OCAD U, Anthea Foyer, Aug. 2013

Panelist: The Business of Transmedia Canada, at Transmedia LA, LA, Feb. 2013

Special Guest: Guidestone’s Meetup, 2012

Panel Moderator: X-Collaboration + Other Co-Creative Synergies, MM2012, Vancouver, 2012

Speaker at the Master of Digital Media on Transmedia in Toronto program, Centre of Digital Media, University of BC, Vancouver, 2012

Speaker: Second global Transmedia Meetup of Meetups at Storyworld, L.A., 2012

Speaker: Read at Own Risk: Emergent Narrative Forms & Wattpad, Transmedia 101, 2012

Panel Moderator: From Player to Puppet Master, ARGFest, Toronto, 2012

Panelist: The Big Talk at OCAD University, Toronto, 2012

Presented: The Karada at Storyworld’s Inproduction Showcase, San Francisco, 2011

Guest Lecturer: Expanding Narrative: Transmedia/ARGs for Experimental Writing, OCADU, 2010

Guest Lecturer: Metaphor for Creative Writing One, OCAD University, 2010

Guest Lecturer: From Concept to Tear Down, Professional Practice, OCAD, 2009

Guest Lecturer: Urban Art & Advertising, Bright Lights Big City, OCAD, 2008

Guest Panelist: The Role of The Art Critic, ArtSPEAK Series, Gallery 1313, 2007

SERVICE TO COMMUNITY

WEB SERIES

Independent Web Series Creators of Canada

    • Co-Founder/Treasurer: 2011 – 2014
    • Executive Director: 2013-2014
      • Forged formation of a non-profit professional national association for web series creators and acted as inaugural Executive Director.
      • Spearheaded a research industry study: an economic profile of Web Series creators in Ontario.
    • Interim Board Member: Nov. 2016-Aug 2017

TO WebFest

    • Inaugural Co-Producer/Chief Financial Officer 2014
    • Juror: 2017, 2016

Toronto Web Series Community Meetups: Co-hosted numerous meetups 2011-2014

Coming Soon Trailer Fest: Host & Organizer 2013-2015

 

INTERACTIVE

Canadian Screen Awards: Juror, Cross-Platform 2016, 2015

Transmedia 101

    • Co-Founder/Host: A local monthly meetup group that hosted a variety of speakers on topics of interest to the transmedia community and transmedia curious 2011-2013

Transmedia Meetup of Meetups: Chair/Co-organizer of a meeting of approximately seventy transmedia professionals from around the world at the Storyworld Conference

Transmedia Europe Alliance: Adviser Dec 2011-April 2012

Stream Daily: Advisory Board Member 2014-2016

IAWTV Awards: Transmedia Category Chair and Adviser 2015

Merging Media: Mentor for The Pitch 360 Competition for both Merging Media’s MM2013 and MM2012

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks from One Muse/James Carter for digital project NY_Heart Stories: LES (Part One).

Dedicated Thanks in So I Might Be A Vampire, a novel by Rodney V. Smith

REFERENCED IN

Brandon Hunter, Lindsay. “This is not a threat: Conspiracy For Good,” International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. (Vol. 11, Iss. 2) 2015

Gordon, Ruthanna. Alternate Reality Games For Behavioral and Social Science Research.  (ETC Press) Feb 27. 2015

Merlo, Seth. Narrative, Story, Intersubjectivity: Formulating a Continuum for Examining Transmedia Storytelling. (Murdoch University) 2014 pg. 28

Haldenby, Trevor, Bringing the Future to Life. Sept. 2013 pg 58-60

O’ Flynn, Siobhan. “Case Study: Designing For Attention: Transmedia’s New Narrative Practices Part 2,” (Slideshare) Jun. 2013.

Geiger, Kristin. “Broad City vs. Girls: Ein Vergleich von Web- und TV-Serien,” Web Video Cultures. June 7, 2014.

PRESS COVERAGE

“Carrie Cutforth and the OG IWCC,” CreatorTown Podcast. Nov. 6th, 2017

Chadwick-Hussein, Darren. “12 Must Attend Events for Web Series Creators,” Raindance Blog. Feb. 2015

“Interview with Carrie Cutforth,” Katie Chats. Sep. 2014

“Webvee Guide Interviews TO WebFest (pre-fest),” Host Jeff Siniawsky. Webveeguide. May 2014

“Webvee Guide Interviews Regan Latimer and Carrie Cutforth,” with Host Daniela Dilorio. Webveeguide. May 2014

“Vic & Rachel at TO WebFest: Regan Latimer and Carrie Cutforth Interview,” Vic & Rachel. May 2014.

Raush, Dominik. “When Creators Work Together,” Max It Magazine. May 2014

ZsebÖk, Simon. “Web + Series = Storytelling 2.0,” Viewster. May 2014

Playback Staff. “Transmedia: Bloody good business? Part 2,” Playback Magazine. Feb. 2014

Staffans, Simon. “What does 2014 hold for Cross-Platform Content?” MIPBlog. Jan. 2014

Staffans, Simon. “Interview with Carrie Cutforth-Young,” One Year in Now Media. Dec. 2013

Halton Empire Staff, “Indie Style File: Carrie Cutforth-Young,” Halton Empire. Dec. 2013

Staffans, Simon. “What can TV learn from Online Producers,” MIPBlog. Nov. 2013

“Carrie Cutforth-Young Uses This,” The Setup. Sept. 2013

“Episode 111 with Guest Carrie Cutforth-Young,” Interview with Host Nic Baisley. FilmSnobbery Live! Aug. 2013

“I Haven’t Had a Vacation in Eleven Years,” Interview with Hosts Steve Peters and J.C. Hutchins, StoryForward Podcast. May 2013.

Astle, Randy. “Digital Publishing for Filmmakers: The Karada and The Silent History,” FilmMaker Magazine. Mar. 2013

Andersen, M.J. “2012 Year in Review,” ARGNet. Dec. 2012

Wattpad Staff. “The Karada Comes To Wattpad,” Wattpad’s Feature Blog. Sep. 26, 2012

Nord, Liz.  “Three Things To Know About Yourself Before Hiring A Transmedia Designer,” POV’s Documentary Blog, PBS. Aug. 14, 2012

Johnson, Lucas. “Creative Voice: Carrie Cutforth,” Silverstring Media. Dec. 2011

Bentley, David. “Heroes writer creating interactive TV series and digital comic The Karada,” IMDB News. Oct. 2011

“New Interactive TV Series,” The Geek Files. Oct. 2011

“Get Ready for New Transmedia Series: The Karada,” Movie Viral. Oct. 2011

Stuart, Keith. “Heroes writer to create new transmedia series: The Karada,” The Guardian.  Sep. 2011

Smith, Steve. “Transmedia Thriller To Join ‘Heroes” Scribe with ARG Producer,” MediaPost.  Sep. 2011

Swedlow, Tracy. “Interactive TV News Roundup,” Interactive TV Today. Sep 2011

“Heroes Writer takes on New Transmedia Series,” The Geek Syndicate. Sep 2011

Djref, Kristin. “Tea4Two letar sponsorer till interaktiv thriller,” Dagensmedia. Sep 2011

Andersen, Michael. “2011: Year in Review,”  ARGNet. Sep 2011

Polson, Willow. “The Karada will be Melting Heads,” Urban Fantasy News. Sep 2011

Vasta, Sameer. “Review of “Hybridized: Dolls and Drolls,” BLOGTO. Sep 30 2006

LITERARY READINGS & PERFORMANCES

PussyCat Lounge, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 18, 2017
Biphoria Hamilton: Voices of Resistance Festival, Hamiltion, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 22, 2017
Painting with Words, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2012
Passionate Women and Words, Poetry Village, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 12, 2010
OCAD Writers, Poetry Village, Junction Arts Festival,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Sept. 12, 2010
I Saw I Was, OCAD University,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 16, 2010
Hear My Words, Feel my Words, Mark my Words, Ellington’s Music Café,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Jun. 13, 2010
Reading Through, OCAD University,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Apr. 8, 2010
Through the Writing Class, The Trane Studio,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 17, 2009
Spokes & Words, OCAD University,  Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Mar. 27, 2009
Stunt Doubles, Ellington’s Café, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 30 2008
Voices, Versions, and Visions, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Apr 11 2007

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • CMPA Transmedia Mentorship Program Oct. 2012-Apr. 2013
  • Participated in MEIC’s Mobile Camp, 2012
  • Participant in Celebrate the Web as Art Director for Web Series Pilot: The Ghostening, May 2012
  • Participated in Storycode’s Story Hack, the World’s First Transmedia hackathon in New York, 2012
  • Participant in MEIC’S MAP (Mobile App Accelerator Program), 2012
  • Producer’s Certificate from Raindance Org

EDUCATION

Bachelors of Fine Arts: Criticism and Curatorial Practice 2008, Thesis: Lactivision (Digital Project); Double Minor in English and Digital & Media Studies, OCAD University 2009

 

OCAD AWARDS:

Runner-Up in 401 Richmond Prize, Jun 2008
CRCP Faculty Award, Jun 2008
George A. Reid Award, Jun 2007
Volunteer Certificate of Recognition, OCAD, Jun 2007
Dr. Eugene A. Poggetto Award, Jun 2006
Provincial Chapter of Ontario IODE Tuition Award, Jun 2005

 

SERVICE TO THE OCAD COMMUNITY:

Graduation Blender, OCAD, Feb 4, 2008
The OCAD Mobile Lab Portage Design Charrette, Oct 26-28 2007
Hiring Committee for Assistant Dean of Liberal Studies, OCAD, Jun 5 2007
Juror: Gallery 76 Award, May 8 2007
Hyperspace Graduation Committee, OCAD, Feb-April 2007
Academic Standards Policy Committee, OCAD, Feb 2007
OCAD Student Forum, Nov 26 2006
Assistant Editor, Rocket Science 1.1., Summer 2006