Writer/Director Maurey Loeffler hails from Leroy, Saskatchewan, Canada and practiced architecture before moving to Toronto to pursue filmmaking.
Maurey started as an actor and studied at Cindy Tanas’ Acting Studio. He also studied Communications and Film Studies at York University before completing a Television Production program at Seneca@York. While at Seneca, Maurey won the Susan Anton Clark Memorial Award for writing as well as the Michael Monty Memorial Award for achievement in visual storytelling. His thesis project, Malcontents, won best screenplay, best picture, best sound and Jeff Franco won best actor for his portrayal of Davis. Maurey has also been 1st Assistant director on two feature films and numerous shorts, including over twenty Canadian Film Centre shorts.
Maurey’s last short film ‘Pooka’, starring Katie Boland, Megan Follows, Chris Owens and Tasha Lawrence won a Golden Sheaf for Best Drama at the 2011 Yorkton Film Festival. Maurey also has a strong slate of features and TV series that he is shopping around, including his next short film ‘Washed in the Blood’.
Producer Adrianna Crifo began her career in the film industry working at the InternationalCinematographer’s Guild as Membership Services and Training Coordinator. This positionallowed her to visit Toronto film sets, observing and learning the hierarchy of not only thecamera department but of an entire film crew set. Adrianna has also spent time as AssistantProducer at Pirate Radio & Television, a commercial post audio house and a couple of yearsat an Independent Music Publisher.
Moving to Hungry Eyes Film & Television as Business Affairs Manager gaveher the opportunity to work on such projects as TV Series “She’s The Mayor”,documentaries “Brick by Brick” and “Badge of Pride” as well several development projects.Currently working at White Pine Pictures in Business Affairs, Adrianna continues to honeher business and analytical skills at the same time having the opportunity to work with somegreat filmmakers.
On the independent producing side, Adrianna is currently producing Maurey Loeffler’supcoming short film “Washed in the Blood” to be shot in Saskatchewan in late summerof 2011 as well as director Elif Isikozlu’s short “Two” to be shot in early July 2011. Indevelopment, “The Park” is a TV Series written by Bryan Ratushniak, a 20-year veteranof the Toronto Fire Department and a documentary series about a misfit staple in a smallOntario town, directed and written by Wes While and Chad Nunn.
Adrianna also offers Business Affairs services to Independent production companies.
With more than ten years experience in the film and television industry, Shayne’s extensive on set credits include such projects as Canada’s most successful narrative comedy series Corner Gas (Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller), Terry Gilliam’s Tideland (Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly), Lullaby For Pi (Forest Whitaker, Rupert Friend), Downloading Nancy (Maria Bello, Jason Patric), Hybrid (Oded Fehr) and The Messengers(Kristen Stewart, John Corbett) which opened number one at the box office in North America in 2007.
Shayne was recently selected along with an elite group of production technicians to travel to Des Moines, Iowa to work on the feature film Ticket Out (Ray Liotta, Billy Burke). This was his second invitation to the United States for work. In 2004 Shayne was hired to organize a project in Ocala, Florida. The project documented a young Canadian equestrian rider and the training of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Equestrian team on the road to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Shayne along with his industry colleague created Trilight Entertainment which recently completed filming Bruce McDonald’s Hard Core Logo Part 2. In 2005 while working at Renegade Motion Pictures he helped produce a television series for the Space Channel entitled Beyond. Beyond aired on the Space Channel for four seasons and in September 2009 was released on Video On Demand to over 30 million homes in the USA.
Shayne recently sat on the board of directors for the Saskatchewan District Council of the Director’s Guild of Canada as the Vice Chair and the Membership and Training Chair. He co-created the Trainee Assistant Director Course, which provides training to up and coming Assistant Directors.
Shayne has won three Director’s Guild Awards for Best Team Achievement in a Television Series.
After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001, Holly went to work for Minds Eye Entertainment, one of the largest independent production companies in Canada, where she began to perfect her business affairs acumen.
With nearly a decade of diverse film and television production experience, Holly is practiced in the areas of development, production coordination, production management, publicity and business affairs.
For four years Holly served as the key business affairs executive at Stephen Onda Productions working on a number of projects that include Downloading Nancy (Mario Bello, Jason Patric) which premiered to enthusiastic audiences in 2008 at the renowned Sundance Film Festival and director Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance (Julia Ormond, Bill Pullman) which screened as an official selection at the 2008 Cannes Festival.
As an independent contractor Holly worked on Sleepwalking (Charlize Theron, Dennis Hopper) with the Academy Award-winning actor Charlize Theron’s production company Denver and Delilah and Vancouver-based Infinity Films (Capote, Just Friends). As well, she worked on the US feature film Ticket Out (Ray Liotta, Billy Burke) and Canada-France co-production Lullaby for Pi (Rupert Friend, Forest Whitaker).
Under her company Trilight Entertainment Inc., she recently produced Bruce MacDonald’s Hard Core Logo Part II (Bruce MacDonald, Julian Richings) the highly anticipated sequel to his infamous cult classic hit Hard Core Logo starring Hugh Dillon.
Her extensive television credits include the most-watched scripted series in Canada Corner Gas (Brent Butt, Gabrielle Miller) seen in over 30 countries, APTN’s award winning series Moccassin Flats (Jennifer Podemski, Lorne Cardinal) and the critically acclaimed Canadian mini-series Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story (Michael Therriault, Kristin Booth).
Her comprehensive understanding of the production services tax credit programs make her a valuable asset from financing to delivery.
Holly is a member of the board of directors of the Directors Guild of Canada (Saskatchewan District Council) and was the recipient of the Directors Guild of Canada award for team achievement in 2007 and 2009. She also sits on the board of directors for SMPIA (Saskatchewan Motion Picture Industry Association).
Migrated to Canada from Iran in 1999, Kiarash studied Film and Television Production at Humber College in Toronto.
Kiarash has been a busy freelance cinematographer and stills photographer whose body of work encompasses everything between the two worlds of documentary and fiction.
For the most part of his career Kiarash has been on the road, traveling across the globe capturing some of the most intriguing subjects on camera. He is fluent with all modern camera systems and uses them in telling new stories a little differently each time he peers through his viewfinder.
Douglas September has five full-length albums to his credit, all of which have met with strong critical review. His sound is unique and engaging, slightly hard to define with roots in folk but use of electronics and sampling. He was once described as a ‘post-apocalyptic country/metal balladeer’ and it stuck. Originally from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, this Canadian musician is known for his innovative musical style that blends folk and blues with a caustic modern commentary. His music has been likened to Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley, and Tom Waits.
While signed with US label Gold Circle, he was fortunate to have collaborated with many talented and inspirational musicians, such as Michael Shrieve (Santana), Bill Frisell (Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois), David Torn (David Bowie, David Sylvian), Robby Aceto (Tom Tom Club, David Sylvian), Rich Depaolo (Patti Whitten), Wayne Horvitz (John Zorn, William Burroughs), and Steve Lindsey (Leonard Cohen). These experiences have culminated into the artist he is today; a diverse singer/songwriter and great entertainer.
“A tech-savvy Toronto troubadour … Douglas September lies somewhere between Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and some kind of ambient-electronic messiah who hasn’t stepped forward yet. Some of September’s songs feature only acoustic guitar and a raspy voice delivering spare, eerie lyrics; others are filled to the brim with aggressive tech and electric guitar as fuzzy as Hendrix … The man seems to love luddite folk and technology equally … expect a captivating set.” – Jacob Sundstrom, BeaconPass, New York.
“Among many other things, this Toronto-based singer-songwriter is responsible for one of the most striking Bob Dylan covers ever recorded: an alternately sleek and ghostly take on “Girl From the North Country”, featuring a death-rattle vocal that makes Dylan’s rasp sound like a production number from Glee. This track [In your mind (you ain’t coming back)] from album No. 5 envelops those weathered vocals in an aural background that evokes Daniel Lanois one moment and a Depression-era folk tune the next. Startling stuff.“- John Sakamota, Toronto Star
“…bristling with promise, passion, and nascent brilliance…” – Uncut Magazine, United Kingdom
”…Blood on the Tracks” for the next millennium. Don’t let this one slip by unnoticed. With the most dynamic daunting backing band for a newcomer in recent memory… Douglas September stands tall for his music…” – Kent Zimmerman, The Gavin Report.
“…a potent lyricist…” – Guitar Player Magazine
Gary Varro is a curator, visual artist and designer based in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1996, he established Queer City Cinema, a lesbian and gay film and video festival, which continues as the international biennial media arts festival of Regina and includes a touring component (to various urban centres across Canada). Now known as the Biennial International Queer Arts Festival of Regina, the 8th installment of the festival opens today and continues until June 19. It features visual art, sound art, performance art, and film screenings.
As a visual artist, Gary has exhibited his installation artwork locally, provincially, and nationally, and has appeared in numerous performance artworks within the last fifteen years. In the film industry, he works as an art director and production designer.
After making films through his teens, Matt decided to pursue his interest in computers. Convinced that it was the safer road, he started several companies and worked as a sought after software engineering expert.
Realizing that there’s risk in everything we do, and seeing the impending convergence of film and technology, Matt decided the time was right to pursue his first love, film making. Drawing on his passion for classic stories such as “Le Morte D’Arthur” and Greek Mythology, he is always looking for stories that connect us through universal insights.
An eternal optimist, his work reflects the themes of change, renewal and growth. Please enjoy the shorts in the “Films” section representing Matt’s short film work.
He’s studied Directing with Judith Weston (Los Angeles), Michael Mabbot (Toronto) and acting with Theresa Sears and David Switzer.
He recently completed his MFA in Directing at the American Film Insitute (AFI Conservatory).