ALISON REID is an award winning director who began her career as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. After accumulating 300 credits, she formed Free Spirit Films to produce projects diverse in genre but similar in their exploration of the human spirit. Reid received the 2007 Crystal Award for Emerging Director from DGC/WIFT. Her independent feature, The Baby Formula  (2009), sold internationally, won the Audience Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Best LGBT Film at Nashville Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Zenith at  Montreal World Film Festival. Her television directing credits include Saving Hope, Heartland and Murdoch Mysteries.


Producer JOANNE JACKSON is an award-winning documentary and television producer who has been the driving force behind many compelling, thought-provoking projects over the last 25 years. She has worked as an in-house producer and as a production executive for three networks (YTV, WTN and Discovery). Her projects have garnered eight Gemini and one Canadian Screen Award nomination. Feature documentary films include The Messenger (2015), The Big Wait (2010) and Long Haul Big Hearts (2007). The Messenger, a highly acclaimed and visually thrilling film that unravels the mystery surrounding the decline of migratory songbirds, is a Canada/France co-production. Released theatrically in the USA, UK and Canada, it has screened in over 130 US cinemas, 88 Canadian cinemas and community venues (including week long runs in several cinemas), and at many international film festivals. Accolades for The Messenger include a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination for ‘Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary’; 2015 Hot Docs ‘Top Ten Audience Choice’ film; Winner, 2015 ‘Best Conservation Program’ Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival; 2016 Best of Fest and Best Theatrical Documentary, International Wildlife Film Festival; Special Mention for ‘Best Documentary’, CinemAmbiente 2015, Italy; and Best Environmental Film Prize, 2016 Festival de l’Oiseau et de la Nature, Abbeville, France.