FILMMAKERS

NGARDY CONTEH GEORGE co-director/editor/producer

As a Sierra Leonean-Canadian, Ngardy Conteh George always wants to tell stories of the African Diaspora.  As a director she has achieved this with Soldiers for the Streets, a short documentary for the NFB, broadcast on CBC Television and Literature Alive, a documentary series featuring Caribbean-Canadian authors broadcast on Bravo!.  She is also an accomplished video editor working on various documentaries and television shows including I Want to Be a Desi 2 (documentary short, Dir. Allan Tong), Something Beautiful (half-hour documentary on development in Kenya), Cypher for AUX TV, Arts & Minds for Bravo!, The Rhyming Chef Barbuda, Food & Drink TV and The Marilyn Denis Show for CTV.  She is a former scholarship athlete and graduate of the University of New Orleans.

 

ALLAN TONG co-director/writer/producer

Allan is a Toronto filmmaker who wrote and directed the shorts Little Mao and I Want To Be a Desi, which Bravo aired after enjoying award-winning festival runs. His short drama, Grange Avenue (2008) also played festivals and was broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Previously, Allan apprenticed as a documentary director and producer at the National Film Board of Canada. He has served as an office manager, post-production manager and associate producer at documentary production companies. His articles about cinema regularly appear in the IFP’s Filmmaker magazine, and he has programmed for several film festivals. Allan is writing scripted television after recently completing the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters Program.

 

KATARINA SOUKUP, producer

Katarina is an independent producer who brings with her ten years as documentary and multimedia producer with the internationally acclaimed filmmakers behind the Canadian cinema classic Atanarjuat The Fast Runner (Camera d’or Cannes 2001). While at Isuma, she produced and co-wrote the documentary Kiviaq versus Canada (2006) with renowned filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk. Soukup founded Catbird Productions in 2006, producing the documentaries Umiaq Skin Boat (Hot Docs 2008) and Where The Children Dwell (2009) by award-winning director Jobie Weetaluktuk, and Tusarnituuq! Nagano In The Land Of The Inuit (2009) by Felix Lajeunesse, which aired on Radio-Canada, ARTV, APTN, and SVT-Sweden. Recent Catbird titles include Lost Rivers (Radio-Canada, ARTV, CBC Documentary, Icarus Films, Terranoa), Come Worry with Us! (SuperChannel, les Films du 3 Mars) by award-winning filmmaker Helene Klodawsky, as well as the acclaimed web documentary Burgundy Jazz (Radio-Canada).

 

TIFFANY BEAUDIN co-editor

Tiffany is a Toronto-based film and video editor. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Editors’ Lab, her past work includes the Genie-nominated short Big Girl, the documentary, Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project, and the first ever Franco-Ontarian feature comedy La Sacrée.

 

CAMERON ESLER  co-editor

Cameron has directed, shot and edited many award-winning documentaries by crafting poetic, emotional and compelling stories.  Burning Water (2010) was broadcast on CBC-TV and won the Global Issues award at the Yorkton Film Festival.  Between Midnight and the Rooster’s Crow (2005) was named the Best Canadian Film at the 2005 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival among other awards at several international festivals.  Buzkashi (2012), Small Wonders (2010) and Super Amigos (2007) have also won prizes around the world.

 

COLIN AKOON  cinematographer

Colin is an award winning Cinematographer with over 10 years of experience. Colin has a BFA from Ryerson University Image Arts – Film Program. For his thesis project Colin awarded the CSC best student cinematography for the short film, Crime of the Century. Colin spent several years as an IATSE 667 camera assistant working on countless feature film and television productions. Colin continued his education in cinematography at the American Film Institute Conservatory program in Los Angeles. Colin has shot commercials for Canadian Tire, Bell Alliant, Metrolinx, The Bay. Colin’s most recent cinematography credits include the short film The Incident at Paradise Bay with BAFTA awarding winning director Lorne Hiltser, and the feature film Together Alone with award-winning director Mateo Guez.

 

KOBÈNA ACQUAAH-HARRISON composer

Kobèna is an award-wining multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer originally from Ghana. He is widely recognized in the media, arts and entertainment community as a creator of music, instruments and special events for radio, TV, film, dance and theatre. His music is an unpredictable weave of ancient grooves and urban traditions. Kobe has worked with Divine Brown, Deborah Cox, Alicia Keys and other national and international figures. This former CKLN radio host, AfroFest President/ Artistic Director also founded Michèzo! festival and is currently Director of Cultural Development at Abandze Embassy, Toronto.