MIKE MUNN – PICTURE EDITOR
Acclaimed for both his dramatic and documentary editing, Mike Munn began his career with the Toronto ‘new wave’, editing features for Bruce McDonald (Roadkill), Srinivas Krishna (Masala and Lulu) and Peter Mettler (Tectonic Plates and Picture of Light). He went on to cut numerous features for Canadian and international directors, including John Greyson (Law of Enclosures), Richard Kwietniowski (Owning Mahowny), Daniel MacIvor (Past Perfect and Wilby Wonderful), Nisha Ganatra (Cake) and Bruce McCulloch (Comeback Season). As well, Mike has edited several award-winning documentaries, including Stories We Tell for director Sarah Polley, and Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage for directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen. Throughout his very productive career, Mike has continued to regularly consult on independent projects and to seek opportunities to collaborate with creative filmmakers, whether they are firmly established or just starting out. Mike’s work has been recognized formally through award nominations as well as being highlighted in film reviews from around the world. His versatility and filmic sensibility allow him to bring a unique vision and precision to both drama and documentary projects.
PHIL STRONG, MUSIC COMPOSER
An award-winning composer and sound designer, Phil Strong is distinguished by the variety of genres in which he works: film, dance, theatre, musical performance, art installation and educational outreach. He has over 26 credits as a film composer and is a two-time Gemini Award winner. Phil’s original soundtrack for the award-winning feature documentary The Messenger (2015) was one of the key elements of the film’s worldwide success. His combined sound design and musical score for Ali Kazimi’s Continuous Journey was awarded the Golden Sheaf award at the Yorkton Film Festival for ‘Best Music’. Phil earned a Gemini Award for his music in the acclaimed documentary, Cat Ladies, and shared another Gemini with partner Laurel MacDonald for the soundtrack to Moze Mossanen’s dance film Year of the Lion. Currently Phil and his co-composer partner Thomas Hoy are nominated for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award in the ‘Best Original Music, Non-Fiction’ category for Little India: Village of Dreams. The duo are also collaborating on the Smitten By Giraffes soundtrack. Phil has produced albums for several recording artists, and contributes to collections of sound and music, and releases soundtracks from his film scores and dance productions. Lusciana’s Lullaby produced for Laurel MacDonald, became Echoes Radio’s Best album of 2005. Storas, which Phil produced and arranged for Mary Jane Lamond, earned an East Coast Music Award for Best Solo Album (2006). Phil headed up a Film Sound & Music course for 10 years and is now involved in outreach recording and production at University of Toronto School. Phil especially loves working in documentary and artistically rich films, which reveal intimate views and insights into the universe, contributing to our knowledge, appreciation and wonder of it all.
THOMS HOY, MUSIC COMPOSER
Thomas Hoy is a Toronto-based composer working in film, theatre, dance and concert music. Equal parts classical composer and pop musician, Thomas brings a classic elegance and a modern edge to every project. Thomas was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for his work on director Nina Beveridge’s Little India: Village of Dreams. Past film work also includes Pat Mills’ Don’t Talk to Irene, Ali Kazimi’s Random Acts of Legacy, Rebeccah Love’s Acres and Richard Fung’s Re:Orientations. He is also a graduate of the apprenticeship program with the Screen Composer’s Guild of Canada (SCGC). In 2014, he completed his music degree with a specialization in composition at Dalhousie/King’s College in Halifax, NS. There, he gained experience composing and arranging everything from a full symphony orchestra to a solo viola.
DALE HILDEBRAND – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Dale Hildebrand is a multi-award winning DOP and filmmaker who loves to create visually captivating stories that convey both passion and compassion. After producing a series of action films for Universal Pictures and a variety of Canadian production companies, Dale began to focus on his independent productions, and telling stories in a voice uniquely his own. His documentaries have had international releases. Having traveled the world, and inspired by diverse cultures from around the planet, Dale’s project Peace won the Banff Television HDTV Pitchfest, and one of his latest productions, TO in 24 won, has been nominated, or is an official selection to 28 film festivals around the globe (including numerous Best Cinematographer awards, Best Picture awards, a Gemini Award and three Gemini nominations). When Dale is not working on long format productions his focus is on branding and commercial work. Dale has an ongoing roster of clients ranging from NHK (Japan), Discovery (USA), MuchMusic, OMNI TV, Rogers, United Nations, UNICEF, Children’s Aid Society, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, Canadian Association for Community Living, Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, BASF, Unilever, Dairy, Farmers of Canada, Stop Violence Against Women, Canadian Association for Mental Health, Bell Canada, Ontario Tourism and many more.
IRIS NG – ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Iris Ng is a cinematographer with over a decade of experience collaborating with award-winning filmmakers and artists. Her credits encompass art, narrative films, documentary series, commercials, and music videos, with a focus on long-form documentaries including Stories We Tell directed by Sarah Polley (Best Canadian Film – Toronto Film Critics Association, Best Documentary – Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and Best Non-Fiction Film – New York Film Critics Circle), Herman’s House directed by Angad Bhalla (Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Program), The Ghosts in our Machine directed by Liz Marshall (Best Canadian Feature – Planet In Focus International Film and Video Festival), and most recently, a portion of the 10-part Netflix documentary series Making a Murder; Storyline Entertainment’s League of Exotique Dancers; and Yap Films’ Loretta Lynn: Still a Mountain Girl for the PBS series American Masters. She has also lensed films directed by Min Sook Lee, Fredrik Gertten, Michael McNamara, Vikram Jayanti, Martha Burns, Fisher Stevens, and artists Chris Curreri, Richard Fung and Oliver Husain.