Jimmy Malecki is an award winning photographer and filmmaker from Seattle, Washington,  and has called the Northern Rivers home for the past 22 years.  He started using his camera to tell stories at the 2009 Repco Rally in the Tweed and Kyogle Shires, interviewing event patrons and protesters. This is when he realised the power of citizen journalism and peaceful protest to achieve positive outcomes for the community.  His recent work with writer and producer Susanna Freymark, ‘Tinnie Heroes’ won the Flicker Fest 2023 Byron All Shorts audience award for best short film this year and has been received warmly around the region.