THE FILMMAKERS

JESSE MANN

DIRECTOR/EDITOR/WRITER

attended the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University in Toronto, where she focused on directing and writing. She has worked as a producer, writer, director and editor of award winning commercials, short films, music videos and documentaries, and is currently writing her first narrative feature.  Material Success is Mann’s first feature length film, which won Audience Choice for Best Film at the Canadian Film Fest in 2012, and won Best Documentary at the Toronto Independent Film Festival in 2012.

MARC SWENKER

PRODUCER

is an international award winning film producer based out of Toronto, Canada. He is a graduate of the Image Arts program at Ryerson University. In 2013, he was nominated by the Producers Guild of America for outstanding documentary producer of the year. Swenker continues to develop and produce feature content and was most recently a producer on Sleeping Giant, which was an Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2015 and River which was an Official Toronto International Film Festival 2015 selection.

AARON YEGER

PRODUCER

attended the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University, where he garnered several awards, including the Norman Jewison Filmmaker award, the Harvey Hart Directing Award and two Universal Studios scholarships. He has worked as a story producer for television and as a writer and director of films, including his feature directorial debut with A People Uncounted, for which in 2013 he was nominated by The Producers Guild of America for outstanding documentary producer of the year. Most recently he was a producer on Sleeping Giant, which was an Official Selection of Cannes Film Festival 2015.

 
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PAUL IERULLO

PRODUCER

is currently completing Chasing the King, a documentary exploring Chuck Berry’s influence in early rock and roll and recently executive produced the Emmy Award nominated Against the Wild in 2013.

STEPHEN C. WHITEHEAD

DIRECTOR OF CINEMATOGRAPHY

studied film production at Ryerson University, where he won the Technicolor award for cinematography in both 2006 and 2007. He began his professional career as a camera assistant and has worked on everything from Hollywood blockbusters and nationally aired commercials to independent films and music videos. His work has been shown at the prestigious Manaki Brothers and Camerimage cinematography festivals, and his most recent film, A People Uncounted, won best documentary at Foyle International Film Festival 2011. In 2012, he won the CSC award for best cinematography in a documentary.

JEFF BESSNER

SUPERVISING EDITOR

is an award winning editor, receiving four Gemini nominations in the past 5 years and winning one. In the field of long form editing, he has edited, The Final, winner of the Grand Jury Gold Medal of the Houston Atlanta and Sonoma Film Festival, the feature documentary on the Bernie Madoff whistle-blower entitled Chasing Madoff as well as Moze Mossanan¹s Year of the Lion for which he received the Gemini Award for Best Editing. In the field of short form editing, Jeff has been responsible for editing hundreds of television commercials and music videos, many of which have won national and international awards.

 
  MARK HOLMES MUSIC COMPOSER

 

MARK HOLMES

MUSIC COMPOSER

 
  ADAM PARSONS SOUND MIXER

 

ADAM PARSONS

SOUND MIXER

 
 
  JACOB THEISEN SOUND DESIGN

 

JACOB THEISEN

SOUND DESIGN

 
  TRISTAN ZERAFA ANIMATOR

 

TRISTAN ZERAFA

ANIMATOR