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Tracy Wright is a face many recognize, though they may not immediately recall her name. One of Canada’s most accomplished actors from theatre, film and television, Tracy declined the spotlight in favour of immersing herself profoundly into complex character roles. She was a founding member of the renowned Toronto-based experimental theatre group the Augusta Co. with Don McKellar and Daniel Brooks, with whom she co-created six groundbreaking productions, including "Indulgence" and "86: An Autopsy". Most recently she appeared to great acclaim in the Da Da Kamera production "A Beautiful View", which also toured in Canada and the U.S. Tracy’s film credits include Bruce McDonald’s "Highway 61", Patricia Rozema’s "When Night is Falling", Atom Egoyan’s "Sarabande", Jeremy Podeswa’s "The Five Senses", Bruce McCulloch’s "Dog Park" and "Superstar", Don McKellar’s "Childstar" and "Last Night", and the extremely successful indie-release of 2005, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" by Miranda July. Television appearances include"Twitch City", "Dice", "The Kids in the Hall", and "It’s Me Gerald".

In December of 2009, Wright was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, to which she succumbed on June 24th, 2010, a mere six months later - profound loss for her family, friends, and a worldwide community of fans who held great respect for the actress’s unflinching vulnerability, intelligence, and talent. Before she passed away she made one more film, with director Bruce McDonald – "Trigger" – written by friend Daniel MacIvor, and co-starring Molly Parker and her husband Don McKellar. Her performances in "You Are Here", "Trigger", and the many films she made before she became ill, including definitive performances in Miranda July’s "Me and You and Everyone We Know" and Reg Harkema’s "Monkey Warfare", are her legacy.

Daniel Cockburn first learned about film through his high-school job as a video store clerk in his home town of Tweed, ON. He has been producing short experimental videos for 10 years, which have shown at over 80 festivals and galleries worldwide; a retrospective screening is currently touring internationally. He was one of three directors worldwide selected for the 2009 DAAD-Berlin filmmaker residency, and will is a participant in the Toronto International Film Festival's 2010 Talent Lab. Daniel has several film projects in development as well as artist projects: including an installation with Brenda Goldstein called "Disaster Animals", and a docu-fiction about film criticism; critics/filmmakers interested in participating can email: criticalmass.movie@gmail.com
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Daniel Bekerman's recent producing credits include “You Are Here” which Variety called a “Charming Charlie Kaufman-like Metafictional Puzzler” and was named one of twelve must see films at the Toronto International Film Festival. “Brother Frank” is a naturalistic drama shot on 35mm in the late stages of post-production. “An Inconvenient Youth” is a youth/environmental issues doc shooting around the globe for which Daniel has partnered with the Los Angeles-based foundation Creative Visions. Projects in development include the international co-production “The House of Wittgenstein”, “The Berliner Complex” a psychological thriller, “Mathilde” a contained intense drama and “Super Species”, a doc series Daniel is developing based on a book of the same name.

Daniel’s intention is to create films that will excite, challenge, and respect the intelligence of a broad audience.

RD Reid holds one half of a Masters degree in English Literature and, aside from being an award-winning writer, has been a professional film, television and stage actor for thirty-nine years. Films and television shows in which he has appeared have been nominated for and won Oscars, Golden Globes, Genies, Geminis and International Television Awards: final proof that the educational system in this country does not work.

Anand Rajaram is artistic director for @N@f@N@ (www.onofono.ca) and for the South Asian theatre company, diaspoRadicals, which produced the Dishoom! festival in May 2009. Past theatre credits include work with VideoCabaret, CORPUS, Puppetmongers, Odyssey Mask Theatre, CanStage, The Second City and Stratford Festival. Recent film and tv credits include,two animated series: The Dating Guy and Crash Canyon, the indie features,You Are Here, Suck, Silent But Deadly, and The Good Friday, and a recurring role on Majority Rules. He sometimes teaches shadow puppetry and has a B.A in Theatre from the University of Waterloo. He is in training to be a pilot, a shaman and a raw food chef and holds a record for fastest nori eating.

Nadia Litz is an award winning actress, starring in films that have had traveled to festivals around the world including Cannes, SXSW, Boston and China. After her debut in "The Five Senses" Maclean’s magazine voted her “One to Watch” for the millenium. In 2007 she won the Vancouver’s film critics award with Don McKellar for "Monkey Warfare". After graduating from a film theory degree at York University in 2008, she was accepted into Berlinale Talent Campus 2009, where she studied under Tilda Swinton and Janusz Kaminski. Months after her return she was accepted as Director –In-Residence at the prestigious Canadian Film Center. Her directorial debut "How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You!" makes its world premiere at TIFF 2010.

Millie Tom is a Toronto-based Casting Director with more than 10 years of experience casting series, shorts and feature films. Tom has proudly cast Canadian Independent feature films such as, "Red Coat Justice; You are Here; You Might as Well Live; It All Happened Incredibly Fast". She also served as the Toronto Casting Director for the CBC Mini-series, "Dragon Boys". Tom worked with renown Casting Director, Robin D. Cook, RDC Casting on such feature films as: "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World; The Lookout; The Incredible Hulk (2008);" and the soon to be released, "Devil" and star-studded "Red".

Duff Smith is an editor living in Toronto. He studied religion at Concordia University before moving to Toronto in 2005 to begin his editing career. He has worked on various television and film projects and is currently editing Bruce McDonald’s sequel to “Hard Core Logo”.

Rick Hyslop is a Toronto based musician and composer working in film, theatre and modern dance. As a media artist he creates sonic arrays for installations by other artists as well as exploring his own work in the realm of mixed media and sound sculpture.
www.rickhyslop.com

Cabot McNenly has shot a wide range of material, culminating in his first feature film, You Are Here, shot in Toronto fall 2008. Since then, he has shot numerous shorts and 2 more feature films including 'Running Mates' starring Henry Winkler, Graham Greene and DJ Qualls. Cabot is currently on location in India for pre production on his 4th feature film, Little Terrors, starring Om Puri. (September 2010) cabotdp.com

Naz Goshtasbpour has been a production designer since 2006.  In 2007, Naz designed the independent feature “Rock, Paper, Scissors” which won the audience choice award at Cambridge Film Festival in 2008. She also designed a short film titled “A Small Thing,” that won Best Canadian short drama at the imaginative film festival in 2008. In the fall of 2009 Naz designed the feature comedy, "Running Mates", starring Henry Winkler and Graham Greene. Most recently, she completed the feature titled “High Chicago” with Colin Salmon and Karen LeBlanc. She is currently working on another feature film titled “The Orinthology of Ron Spencer” starring Dave Foley.

Fred Brennan has become one of Canada’s preeminent dialogue and supervising sound editors in a career that has spanned thirty five years,. He has worked on many Canadian feature films, major international co-productions and hundreds of hours television. His many awards include Genies and Geminis, recognition by The Director’s Guild of Canada and the Motion Picture Sound Editor’s Guild in Los Angeles.

Olivia Sementsova is a Toronto based costume designer with a love for the visual arts, in addition to costume design she also paints and illustates. She grew up in Toronto, was born in Vladivostok, Russia and received her education in Vancouver. For more information please visit olivia-s-costume.webs.com.

Brenda Goldstein is a film, video and installation artist who also writes criticism, and programs experimental film. Her short films and videos have screened at Canadian and International Festivals and Galleries in Germany, the United States, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania.

Her writing and an artist’s project have appeared in numerous Canadian art Magazines. She directed the experimental theatre piece "Pleasure Addicts", the culmination of a year-long collaborative effort with local artists, which was presented by FADO and the Toronto Free Gallery in May of 2009. This spring Internationally renowned Contemporary Art Centre, Mercer Union presented a solo show of her just-completed work, "Hereafter" A 35mm film and slide installation. She is currently developing two new installation projects, "Valuable" and "Disaster Animals" with Daniel Cockburn.
brendagoldstein.info

Matthew Stone began his producing career with the Bravo! FACT shorts, "The Unspoken Promise" and the award-winning "The Secret Miracle". He moved into feature films as an executive producer on "That Beautiful Somewhere", which won best foreign film at the California Independent Film Festival, best international film at the Garden State Film Festival and received a Genie nomination for best original score. Since, he has been Executive Producer of the feature films "You Are Here" and "Autumn".

Stone also produces television. He is currently developing a comedy cartoon with Russell Peters, a live action series with Shawn Majumder, and the edgy "Pornhibition" with co-producer Kirsten Scollie. He is creative partners with Whitney Westwood in an agency called Westwood & Stone which places film , Television, and literary properties, as well as management and marketing of creative talent. Stone also owns a dry cleaner and a espresso bar for some reason.