Michelle’s short animated film Choke premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received the Special Jury Honorable Mention for Best International Short Film before going on to screen at such festivals as Rotterdam, Edinburgh International and Oberhausen. Choke was nominated for a 2012 Genie Award, and named among Canada’s Top Ten films of 2011 by the Toronto International Film Festival.
Previously, Michelle produced the documentary Jackpot (Gemini Nomination: Donald Britton Award). She is currently collaborating with acclaimed filmmaker Peter Mettler to develop a feature film about Canada’s only female dangerous offender. Her short film The Underground received the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize and is slated for release in Spring 2014. Michelle is the recipient of Reelworld Festival’s Trailblazer Award (2013), a Yorkton Festival: Golden Sheaf Award for Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker, and the 2008 National Astral Media Award presented by Women In Film & Television Canada. She is currently participating in the Toronto Film Festival’s inaugural STUDIO Producer’s Program.
Nida Marji is a Toronto based producer. Her current producing credits include the documentary film Flying Solo (CBC), L’Adolimentation (TV5 Québec Canada) and seasons 1 through 4 of the series J’aime les mots(TV5 Québec Canada). She recently completed line producing her first narrative feature, KHOYA, for writer/director Sami Khan.
In addition to producing, Nida’s company WONDER JAR provides business affairs services to filmmakers and production companies. Her services were contracted on the dramatic film Let Him Be and several award-winning documentaries including Jackpot, Radical Dreamer: The Passionate Journey of Graham Spry, Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma, A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman and Lost Adventures of Childhood.
Kye Meechan is an editor, originally from Vancouver and now based in Toronto. An alumni of the Canadian Film Centre, he has edited a number of award-winning short films, including Lisa Jackson’s PARKDALE and Ana Valine’s HOW EUNICE GOT HER BABY, which have screened at film festivals around the world as well as airing on CBC, Bravo! and the Sundance Channel.
Most recently, Kye worked with director James Genn on the feature film OLD STOCK, starring Noah Reid (Score: A Hockey Musical) and Melanie Leishman (Todd and the Book of Pure Evil). OLD STOCK is distributed by E1 Entertainment and slated for theatrical release in 2013. Later this year, Kye will also be editing Maxime Desmons’ debut feature film WHAT WE HAVE.
Film composer and music producer Vikas Kohli has fought super-villains while becoming the first composer to receive a Trailblazer Award from the ReelWorld Film Festival. He grilled a samosa while becoming the first composer to receive a Voice Achievers Award. He ate the samosa while receiving a MARTY award from the Mississauga Arts Council.
Scoring highlights include: Bollywood features, such as Mission Istaanbul and Tom, Dick & Harry Rock Again; documentaries, such as MallaMall and My Father, The Terrorist?; award-winning shorts such as The Bee, and I Do. Do I?; and comedies such as Rattan and Wild Goose Daddy.
For the past 11 years Chris has focused on creative feature and television documentaries as well as inventive dramas for broadcasters such as National Geographic, CBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, and HBO.
The works of note include the feature Tina in Mexico (Golden Sheaf award for best cinematography), Jackpot (Gemini Nomination Best POV Doc & Golden Sheaf Award Winner), and Four Season’s Mosaic (Gemini nomination in cinematography). His NFB backed film 9 Months 6 Blocks premiered at HotDocs in 2005 and received an honorable mention for best direction. The work he has done with Oscar nominated director Hubert Davis, including the feature film Invisible City which premiered and won best Canadian Feature at HotDocs 2009, as well as numerous shorts. Currently Chris is finishing his thesis film Seven Persons to be released later this year.
Jason started volunteering in the Toronto film industry in 1999 as a boom operator and began recording sound for short films soon after. Since 2002, Jason has recorded sound for the feature length documentary films Dying at Grace by Allan King, The Take by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (nominated for a Best Sound Gemini), Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company by Allan King (nominated for a Best Sound Gemini), EMPz for Life by Allan King, Inside Hana’s Suitcase (Rhombus Media) by Larry Weinstein and The Young Romantic (Rhombus Media) by Barbara Willis Sweete). In early 2008, Jason traveled with The Stephen Lewis Foundation and director/cinematographer Liz Marshall to South Africa and Swaziland to document the Canadian grandmothers trip to Africa.
Jason has worked on numerous award-winning documentaries, including Water On The Table by Liz Marshall, Dish by Maya Gallus, and The World Before Her by Nisha Pahuja.