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Shandi Mitchell, Writer and Director

Shandi Mitchell is an author and filmmaker. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in English and Theatre. Her award-winning short films have been featured at festivals across North America. Mitchell worked as an Assistant Director on theatrical features Growing Op, Poor Boys Game and The Hanging Garden. She directed Atlantic Film Festival darling Tell Me, and Baba’s House, a half-hour film nominated for two Gemini Awards and winner of Best Drama, Best Script and Best Cinematography at the Atlantic, Yorkton and Huston Film Festivals. In 2008, she was awarded the Canada Council’s Victor Martin-Lynch Staunton Endowment in Media Arts for The Disappeared. 


Her debut novel Under This Unbroken Sky was simultaneously published by Penguin Canada, Weidenfeld & Nicolson (UK) and Harper Collins (US) in August 2009. It has sold in nine countries, including translation rights for Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch and Italian, and won numerous awards including the 2012 Kobzar Literary Award, the 2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (first novel, Canada and the Caribbean) and the 2010 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Prize.

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Christopher Porter, Director of Photography

Christopher Porter is a highly regarded gaffer (Down By Law, Breaking the Waves, The Tango Lesson, The Pledge, Brokeback Mountain, to name but a few) who over the past four years has turned his hand and his eye to cinematography as the DOP on films like Just Buried, ZedCrew (Cannes Film Festival), and Whirligig.

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Christopher Cooper, Editor 

Christopher Cooper has been editing feature films, documentaries and television series since 1985. His feature work for Hollywood studios includes Brain Candy (Paramount Studios) and The Wrong Guy (Disney and Hand Made Films). For his work on the documentary Diary Of A Teen Smoker and the comedy series The Kids In The Hall, Cooper earned numerous Cable Ace and Gemini award nominations. Recent credits include Charlie Zone, and the comedy series Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour featuring the players from The Trailer Park Boys.

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Allan Scarth, Sound Designer

Allan Scarth has been a sound professional in film and television for over twenty-five years. A graduate from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1981, during his time there he collaborated with New York artists Dara Birnbaum and Dan Graham. In 1982 he mixed a live performance of New York’s Sonic Youth on their first visit to Canada. Allan then moved to Toronto to work in the industry for nine years. In 1991, he returned to Halifax working at Salter Street Films and later Power Post. During these years Allan worked extensively on This Hour has 22 Minutes, CODCO, Lexx, Buried on Sunday and Paint Cans. Recent film credits include Blackbird, A Drummer’s Dream and Charlie Zone.

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Alan MacLeod, Set Decorator

Alan MacLeod’s first feature film as a Decorator was on Beefcake in 1997. It screened Sundance and won the Craft Award for Decorating at the Atlantic Film Festival. In 1999, he was nominated for a Gemini Award for his work on the Pit Pony series. Alan won his second award for Shandi Mitchell’s short film Baba’s House. Recent production credits include Production Designer for The Fiddler’s Reel, Charlie Zone and Snow, and Art Department for Blackbird. When not working on productions, Alan consults, produces, records, writes and co-writes songs.

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Jeanie Kimber, Costume Designer

Jeanie Kimber was born and raised in New York, and attended a professional fashion school in Manhattan. After becoming one of 10 winners of a national design contest sponsored by Glamour Magazine and Vogue-Butterick Patterns, Women’s Wear Daily named her one of the top young designers in America.  Jeanie worked as a fashion designer for several years before moving to NS.

In 1990, while working as wardrobe supervisor for the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, she was hired as Extras Wardrobe Coordinator on a NS feature Mary Silliman’s War. Soon after, Kimber became a Costume Designer, and spent the next 21 years designing American and Canadian film and television, including feature films, many television MOW and two TV series. In 1998, Jeanie was nominated for a Gemini for Best Costume Design for her work in the Pit Pony.

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Captain William “Bill” Flower, Marine Coordinator

Bill is an enterprising mariner and fisherman from Blue Rocks Nova Scotia who has earned himself the reputation as one of the top film Marine Coordinators on the Eastern Seaboard and beyond for his work on such films as K-19: The Widowmaker, The Pilot’s Wife, Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion, Sea Wolf (2009) and Moby Dick (2010).

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Sheila Lane, Casting Director

Sheila Lane has been casting actors in feature films and television series in Nova Scotia since the mid 1990s.  In 2006 she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Casting for the film Canada Russia ’72. Her film credits include a wide variety of projects: The Shipping News, The Trailer Park Boys, Hobo with a Shotgun, Charlie Zone and Copperhead.  Televisions series include Black Harbour, Lexx: The Dark Zone, Haven, Call Me Fitz and Mr. D.  When Lane is not working on film projects she follows her second love, the sea. She has traveled thousands of miles on sailing ships of all kinds from the Arctic  to the Pacific oceans.

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Ralph Holt, Producer

While with Telefilm Canada, Ralph green-lit Telefilm’s financing of and oversaw its interest in many feature films including The Hanging Garden, Rare Birds, Trailer Park Boys: The Movie, Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Shake Hands with the Devil and Poor Boys Game.

Walter Forsyth, Producer

Walter Forsyth produced the web series Everyone’s Famous, the short In the Waiting Room and wrote and directed the shorts Walls and The Luckiest Most Unlucky Man in the World all in 2013. He produced the viral video How to Be Alone and created award winning films including The June Bug Symphony, LSD 25 and the Scott Pilgrim music video that spawned the feature film. His documentaries include After Frank, 30 Takes, Nova Scotia Folk Art and the feature Cubers. He has won the TIFF Pitch This! Award and a Sundance Doc Fund Award.

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Karen Franklin, Producer

Karen Franklin is a business affairs specialist, having worked for Telefilm Canada for 18 years. Her most recent films are The Bang Bang Club and Edwin Boyd. Karen started her career in the industry as a film booker for Cineplex Odeon Corporation.

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Gilles Belanger, Producer

Sadly, Gilles Belanger passed away in December 2015. Gilles was a veteran Nova Scotian producer, line producer and production manager having worked on Hobo with a Shogun and many other feature films including; The Corridor, Poor Boys Game, K 19 The Widowmaker, Noah’s Arc, The Bay of Love and Sorrows, The Hanging Garden, Love and Death on Long Island and The Real Howard Spitz.