He has been called “An Architect of Creativity”, Stanley A. Papulkas has always been a storyteller – first with words, then with pictures. Inducted into the Canada’s Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2017 and after multiple award-winning projects, Stan’s goal has remained the same: to make a difference within the broadcast industry by allowing people to tell their stories.
Born and raised in Toronto from parents who immigrated from Florina, Greece, Stanley’s success came early. At the age of 18, and still in high school, he produced a 30-minute program titled “Mime ‘79” about Monarch Park’s Pantomime Club. The program was so well received, that Scarborough Cable distributed it to different cable networks across Canada.
As a student of the Radio and Television program at Centennial College, his organizational and leadership skills did not go unrecognized. Stan was hired to take full control of the campus radio station which had been devastated by poor management. Within two weeks, CKCC was fully staffed and operational offering campus news, information, and entertainment for the 4 campuses of Centennial College across the City of Toronto.
Stan was also quick to realize that every Canadian, no matter where they came from or what language they spoke, had a story to tell, and he wanted to be the one that would help them tell it. He joined CFMT Multilingual Television in 1981 and made an immediate impact to their language programming. For the next 30 years, Stan would be the creator of all magazine language programs not under the news umbrella. He created more than one hundred programs,
Today, Stan has turned his focus to Canadian independent productions and the creation of Hydra Films Inc, a Film and Television production company. Stan is now able to use his entire imagination as a storyteller in developing feature films, documentaries, television comedy series, and a 13-part television series promoting Independent Film Makers and their work!
Never one to sit still, Stanley has multiple projects on the go. He has completed three feature film scripts:
1. The Calling: A supernatural thriller about a woman who is receiving transmissions from her dead mother, beckoning to go back to the house she once lived as a child.
2. True Regret: Inspired by a true story. A child abduction and the torment the parents go through to find their child.
3. The Dedication: A romantic comedy about two people who loved each other, but didn’t know it until twenty years later. The man then goes on a journey to find his true and only love.
The most recent completed project is Highway 13. It is a supernatural thriller about a highway in Alberta Canada. It’s the summer of 1962, Alex and Glenda have been travelling a long time, totally unaware of the road they are on is referred to as “The Bermuda Triangle of the North“. Over the last 100 years, people have been disappearing along Highway 13 in Alberta. What awaits them may not necessarily be from this dimension. The Trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgId_0X7Qs4&t=2s
Denes I Utre(Today & Tomorrow) is a documentary that pays homage to the very first immigrants who came to Canada from Macedonia to begin a new life. Communities and associations were created to give those immigrants a comfort zone. Is today any different. Today and Tomorrow profiles the Macedonian people living in Northern Alberta, trying to organize a community organization like those that did over 100 years ago.
(Note: This documentary was ten years in the making. When this project was initiated in 2011, there was only a handful of Macedonians living in Alberta, but since then, more and more immigrants are arriving and settling in Edmonton and Calgary).
Unfortunately, very few people in Alberta even know what a Macedonian is. The hope is that this documentary not only honors the first immigrants, but also showcases the rich culture and history Macedonians have to the rest of the world.