David W. Craig | Producer, Writer, Director
Based in Toronto and Pictou County, David Craig is a co-founder of the independent documentary film company Site Media Inc., and a producer on all its films. Site Media’s last film, Strange and Familiar: Architecture on Fogo Island, won Best Atlantic Documentary at the 2015 Atlantic Film Festival and screened around the world. Before heading to Toronto to work at the Ontario Arts Council and Telefilm Canada, he started his career in film in Halifax working on William D. MacGillivray’s Life Classes, one of the first feature films to be made in Atlantic Canada.
Ann Bernier | Producer
Ann Bernier has over three decades of experience as a professional in the screen industry in Canada. She was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc., which produced such award winning co-production films as: Margaret’s Museum starring Helena Bonham Carter; Love and Death on Long Island starring John Hurt and Jason Priestly; and New Waterford Girl. While there, she produced The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and the Canada/France co-production Folle Embellie. She is a producer on John Walker’s last three feature documentaries including his most recent Assholes: A Theory, for documentary Channel. Ann also worked at Telefilm Canada as an executive where she oversaw film and television development projects and later the new media fund. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners for two years with the UK and Ibero-America. For the past 5 years, she has been on the selection committee for Canada’s official selection of the Academy Awards Foreign language film.
Ann is a great supporter of emerging talent and spends time mentoring upcoming filmmakers and producers. She is also the recipient of the 2017 WIFT-AT Wave Award recognizing her significant body of work. She and her partner Chris Zimmer run Vertical Productions Inc. and are developing a number of projects including two television drama series, the animation feature film Koati, and a feature film, Monica’s News.
Kevin Fraser | Cinematographer
Kevin A Fraser directs and shoots documentary films and also works as a cinematographer of commercial and feature narrative work. Kevin has shot commercials for clients including Toyota, Marvel, Tim Hortons, Sport Chek, GoodLife, and a handful of tourism boards. Films Kevin has directed include two TV hour length documentaries: More Blood, More Heart (distributed by Mongrel) and The Haunted Truth about Haven (distributed by eOne). The last two short documentaries he made both earned nominations for the Canadian Society of Cinematographers award for “Best Documentary Cinematographer”. Kevin has had the great pleasure of making moving images in every Canadian Province and over 25 countries while traveling with collaborators he is fortunate enough to call friends.
Peter Giffen | Editor
Peter Giffen is a film professional with 23 years of experience. An Editor/story editor of countless Award-winning documentaries, corporate films, TV series, commercials as well as digital media content for Canadian and US brands. Has also worked professionally in many other aspects of the business serving as producer, director, post supervisor, and business owner.
He started Editfarm in Halifax in 1997 and is a proud member of the film and television community in Nova Scotia. His passion has always been telling stories with pictures and though the technology and tools have changed, his love for editing, technology, and post-production remains strong. Post-production software used: Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro, Resolve, After Effects, Photoshop.
Ohad Benchetrit and Justin Small | Composers
As founding members of critically acclaimed Toronto based band Do Make Say Think, Ohad Benchetrit and Justin Small have been creating engaging and epic music together for over fifteen years. As composers, their focus has always centered around artistic integrity, passion, and spirited experimentation.
Cinematic in nature, Do Make Say Think has been featured in such award-winning films as The Corporation, Scared Sacred, Everything’s Gone Green, and the Oscar-winning Syrianna. The band has also had the honour of doing live scores for silent film masterpieces including the 1919 film Tales of the Uncanny in 2009 and most recently for TIFF Bell Lightbox’s presentation of Eric Von Stroheim’s 1924 film Greed.
Ohad and Justin have composed original score for feature films A Simple Curve, Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo 2, Jay Cheal’s Beauty Day, an Art Gallery of Ontario curated installation piece for the 2007 nuit blache, and a remix for the film Walk All Over Me. In addition, Justin has sound-tracked a documentary for the CBC titled Annie Pootiotook.
As a member of Broken Social Scene, Ohad has also had the opportunity to score Bruce MacDonald’s The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess and The Tracey Fragments, Snow Cake directed by Marc Evans and more recently, Day Dream Nation by Michael Goldbach. An accomplished engineer and producer, in 2007 Ohad produced Kevin Drew’s critically acclaimed debut solo album Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew…Spirit If.