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Filmmakers

leahLEAH JOHNSTON (Writer/Director) is an actor, director and photographic artist hailing from Nova Scotia, Canada. Drawing from her extensive background in visual art and performance, Leah made her foray into filmmaking in 2013, writing, directing, producing and starring in her no-budget short film ‘Another Man,‘ which has screened at Montreal World Film Festival Atlantic Film Festival and St. John’s Int’l Women’s Film Festival. It won both the jury’s and audience’s choice award for Best Short at the Parrsboro Film Festival. Her second short, Some Things Won’t Sleep, received the NSI Drama Prize and has been screened at festivals across the continent such as Montreal World Film Festival, Canadian Film Fest, Love Your Shorts Fest, Parrsboro Film Festival, Island Media Arts Festival and the CBC Shorts Gala at Atlantic Film Festival. Most recently, Leah received the Linda Joy Award for her upcoming film, My Younger Older Sister, which will go to camera in 2015.

Leah holds a BFA in Drama from New York University and has since gone on to be featured as an actress on such television shows as ‘As the World Turns’ and ‘Gossip Girl’. Her photographic works have been shown in galleries such as The Hive, NorbertEllen and Gallery Godo as well as a variety of photography magazines around the world. For more information, please visit leahjohnston.com

 

andreANDRÉ PETTIGREW (Producer) is a producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received a BBA in International Business from Bishop’s University and has worked in several different fields. After traveling and living in various cities throughout Canada and Europe, he moved back to Nova Scotia in 2010 where he began working in the local film industry.

Over the past few years, he has gained extensive experience from working on various productions in different departments. Applying what he has learned from his time on set and in the production office, he produced his first short film, Some Things Won’t Sleep, through the National Screen Institute Drama Prize. He is currently producing his second short film, The Hold Up, through the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op FILM 5 Program.

For more information about his production company, visit foglightproductions.com

 

christopherCHRISTOPHER BALL c.s.c. (Cinematographer) began his film career at the age of nine when he discovered a home movie camera in his parent’s attic. Several thousand feet of film and fourteen years later, he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto with a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree. Since then, his work as a Cinematographer and Camera Operator has taken him to Europe, the Caribbean and across Canada and he has developed a specialty for Arctic, adventure and aerial photography.

Christopher has shot eight theatrical feature films and one which he shot and co-produced. He has also worked as a cinematographer, producer, assistant director and director on award winning dramas, TV series, documentaries, commercials, short films and music videos. Christopher’s body of work has toured numerous festivals, aired on HBO, TMN, CBC, VISION TV and several foreign broadcasters and played in theatres worldwide.

Awards for Christopher’s work include:Gemini Nomination for Best Photography in a Documentary for “Diet of Souls”, four William F. White Cinematography Awards, and Best Cinematography New York Independent Film Festival for the feature, “Black Swan”, to name a few. Feature films include: BUNKER 6,*CHARLIE ZONE, GROWING OP, A STONE’S THROW, WHOLE NEW THING, BLACK SWAN, *STOLEN HEART, TOO MUCH SEX.

 

alanALAN MACLEOD (Production Designer)- Alan P. MacLeod began his film career on Bill MacGillvray’s seminal film “Life Classes” and found his niche in set decoration on CBC Television’s infamous sketch comedy series “CODCO”. Since then, his work has encompassed features, series, American MOWs, and numerous independent regional shorts. He is noted for creating naturalistic, layered worlds emanating from the interior lives of the characters. Examples of his teams’ efforts can be seen here: http://picasaweb.google.com/abadalan

Alan has been honoured with three Atlantic Film Festival Craft Awards for Production Design (Thom Fitzgerald’s “Beefcake”; Shandi Mitchell’s “Baba’s House” and Michael Melski’s “Growing Op”), as well as a Gemini Award nomination for the television series “Pit Pony.”

When not working in film, Alan composes music and songs for placement with film projects and performing artists. His latest cd “After New York” is available on line and via http://alanmacleod.ca/.

 

shawnSHAWN BECKWITH (Editor)- Shawn Beckwith is an editor and filmmaker based out of Nova Scotia, Canada. A graduate of the Canadian Film Editors lab, Shawn enjoys spending his days working with fun creative people and brewing craft beer.

In recent years, he has filled up his glass with as many varieties and styles of films as he can, such as Kevin Fraser’s “Twenty Eight Feet: Life on a Little Tiny Boat”, Angus Swantee’s “Torturous” and Andrew Bush’s “Everyone’s Famous”. These projects have found success screening at many festivals around the world. Shawn looks forward to growing as an editor for many years to come.

For more information, please visit postbeckwith.com

 

chrisCHRISTOPHER BARNETT (Composer) is a composer and multidisciplinary artist living in New York. His work utilizes a hybrid of forms, including film scoring, chamber-pop composition, experimental film production, theater and live art installation. His work has been presented around the country, most notably at Here Arts Center, Theater for the New City, The American Theatre of Actors, The Hotel Café and Sidewalk Café.

Chris is co-founder and resident composer for Manic and Muse Productions, Inc., co-curating the Los Angeles premiere of the theatrical exhibit American Dollhouse in Feb 2010.

He is currently generating content for self-produced records and experimental film through his independent production company. His website can be found at: www.delusionist.com