Stephen Hayes grew up in Peterborough, Ontario. In 1985 he enrolled at The University of Waterloo, and graduated with a BFA in Film Studies. Since the early 90's he has worked in Television and Film Production. His screen credits include:
Saw 5, The Love Guru, La Femme Nikita, Honey, Cinderella Man, and Killshot.
In 2005 Amarcord Productions was formed to realize the dream of writing and producing independent feature films from the working class city of Hamilton. Production recently wrapped of his first independent feature: "Lucky 7". The screenplay was nominated for best original screenplay at the 2007 Queens International Film Festival in NYC.
As well Stephen was a judge for the 2011 HMMF Festival.
Since 1997 he has produced and hosted a weekly radio show called Soundtrack, that features film scores, interviews, and information on the independent film scene. Stephen is currently working on the NBC series Covert Affairs and developing a sequel script: "Fallen Angels".
Tara Boire is an award-winning producer specializing in high-quality fiction and non-fiction films. Currently, her short film THE WAKING for Bravo!Fact and feature film "Lucky 7" are on the festival circuit. Work produced by Tara has appeared on CBC, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Superchannel, TMN and in cinemas across Canada and the world.
Recent projects include: SONG OF SLOMON for the Canadian Film Centre and has screened at The Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Dallas, and numerous other festivals. ULYSSES was an official selection for Montreal World Film Festival, Toronto Italian Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, and Torino International Film Festival. Other works include CROSSING, DRAMA QUEEN, and BIRTHDAY all of which have toured the festival circuit.
Tara is currently in development on several projects including: PLEONASTIC, a feature-length high definition film about a Korean Canadian man who is trapped in a bizarre time warp; JUSTICE?, a feature length comparative documentary exploring the 20 year anniversary of alternative forms of sentencing vs. the Canadian criminal courts; and "Fallen Angels", a sequel to "Lucky 7".
Tara has won a Best International Film Award at the Chroma International Film Festival in Mexico, an Audience Choice award at the Vancouver Videopoetry Festival and the Bronze Award in Comedy from WorldFest Houston. SONG OF SLOMON was also nominated for a Best Comedy - Golden Sheaf at the Yorkton International Film Festival.
Gabi has worked in the film industry since 2001 with a particular focus on lighting. Gabi has, for example, worked with the Berlin lighting group "The Flying Lights", a very talented group of gaffers who do high quality projects from all over the world. For Gabi, it was the perfect collaboration to learn from those Masters of Light. "The Flying Lights" set the bar for Gabi's perception and creation of shadow and light for her visual career. But that was just the beginnig: other conferences and workshops, such as the Cinematography Masterclass in Budapest, with Master DP Vilmos Zsigmond A.S.C. (Black Dahlia, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Deer Hunter etc.) continued to shape Gabi's skills in Cinematography. One of her favourite aspects about creating the visuals is how to use lighting, how to enhance it in order to create the atmosphere and the mood that fits best for each indivual project. All to reinforce and tighten up the story telling. Be it natural lighting or stylized, she knows how to.
Gabi is based in Montreal, even though travel feels natural after all those years. She's also a filmmaker and, together with her husband and sound engineer Emory Murchison, she started their company "Hot Smoked Pictures" in 2008. They have produced award-winning short films such as "Cry Baby" and the documentary "Musically Medicated".
Her work as a Director of Photography and filmmaker was nominated and awarded "Best Cinematography& Best Lighting" as well as "Best Film" on several occasions, for example, "Les Prix Gemeaux" (Quebec Gemini Awards), "Brooklyn Film Festival KidsFilmFest" and the "Montreal World Film Festival". For a full list of awards and nominations please see her Résumé.
Gabi also has experience in teaching film-making to younger students for example at the non-profit organisation "Wapikoni Mobile" where she had fun with indigenous teenagers and kids. She also volunteered at the Los Angeles Film School to train some students in Cinematography. Gabi's work has been shown all over the globe in festivals and on TV, and she invites you to check some of it out on her website.
Hot Smoked Pictures
With over 20 years of experience in the Art Department and Set Decoration Department, Norma has worked on a diverse range of productions from the new Sci-Fi thriller Phase One to 1999's New Waterford Girl. Norma recently won an Emmy Award for her role of Set Decorator on the TV production Grey Gardens.
Pamela Bayne was born in Glasgow, Scotland, where she graduated top of her class in Glasgow University's Film & Television Program. After working as a documentary editor in Scotland, Pamela emigrated to Canada where she has been working as an editor for the last decade. In 2006 Pamela attended the Canadian Film Centre Editor's Lab where she got to hone her dramatic editing skills.
Films Pamela has cut have played TIFF, The Berlin International Film Festival, The World Wide Short Film Festival among other international festivals (Australia, San Francisco and LA), and have been included in the Glasgow Best of the Festival program. They have also aired on CBC and currently Air Canada has two of her projects in it's in flight roster.
Nathan Fleet has countless credits to his name as a composer and director of television and movies. With over a decade of experience working in movies and a lifetime of music knowledge, Fleet brings a unique understanding of these elements to his projects. Fleet's projects have gone on to be screened at festivals around the world. In Let Him Be, Fleet's job was to create arrangements and guitar parts that would emulate what a John Lennon song might sound like today.
In Air Knob, Fleet's latest comedic short film, his music replaces dialogue as neighbours compete in an epic air-guitar battle. Air Knob has been received globally to wide acclaim and recently sold to the Sundance Channel and Movieola in Canada.
Nathan's Credits Include:
Best Film (Air Knob at Hamilton Music and Film Festival)
Best Music (Air Knob at the Wildsound Film Fest)
Cineradio top 20 (Fvoyer soundtrack)
Blue Pick Media
Marya has worked for Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, HBO Films, FOX productions (to name a few) as a costume designer, buyer and costume supervisor. In addition to this she also runs a studio with her sister that features cast-off clothing and wardrobe from Hollywood films shot in Toronto.
Marya is currently work on the hit NBC television series "Covert Affairs".