A renowned writer, director and producer whose decorated career has spanned film, TV, radio and live performance, Marie Clements is a Métis/Dene filmmaker and the founder of MCM, a production company specializing in the development, creation and production of innovative works of media that ignite an Indigenous and intercultural reality. Her multi-award-winning films have screened internationally at Cannes, TIFF, MOMA, VIFF, the Whistler Film Festival, the American Indian Film Festival and the imagineNATIVE Film Festival.
Marie’s current slate includes the NFB documentary feature Lay Down Your Heart and the feature film and five-part, hour-long drama Bones of Crows for CBC, Radio-Canada, and APTN. Her dramatic feature debut, Red Snow, received numerous awards, including Most Popular Canadian Feature at VIFF, Best Canadian Feature at EIFF, Best Achievement in Film at LA Skins Fest in Los Angeles, Best Director at the American Indian Film Festival and Best Production, Best Director, and Best Writer at the Women in Film & TV Festival.
Marie’s 2017 feature music documentary The Road Forward, produced by the NFB, premiered at Hot Docs, opened the DOXA Documentary Film Festival, closed the imagineNATIVE Film Festival and received multiple awards for production, directing and screenwriting. The Road Forward has screened at more than 300 venues in North America.
Aside from her many film credits, nominations and awards, Marie has personally been honoured with nominations from the Writers Guild and the Directors Guild of Canada. She is a recipient of the WFF Women on Top Award and the WIFTV Spotlight Impact Award, and is a 2019 Telefilm Canada Birks Diamond Tribute to Women in Film recipient.
Trish Dolman, founded Screen Siren Pictures in 1997 and is a leading Western Canadian feature film, documentary, television, and digital media producer and director. With more than 30 feature film, television and documentary credits over her career, her projects have won acclaim, awards and have screened at various marquee international festivals.
Trish’s recent credits include 5-part limited series/feature film hybrid Bones of Crows from award-winning filmmaker and playwright Marie Clements, for the CBC, Société Radio-Canada, APTN, and Elevation Pictures; British Columbia — An Untold History, a landmark documentary series told from diverse and pluralistic perspectives which premiered to great acclaim on Knowledge Network in 2021, received 5 CSA nominations, won 5 Leo Awards and a BC History Society award; French Exit, a feature film adaptation of the novel by Canadian author Patrick DeWitt, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges for Sony Classics and Sony Worldwide that earned Pfeiffer a Golden Globe nomination in 2021 along with a Canadian Screen Awards win for Best Actress; the feature documentary The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (premiere at TIFF 2020, winner of Vancouver Critics Circle Award for Best BC Documentary); Citizen Bio, a feature-length documentary she directed about the subculture of biohacking (Showtime Networks); Indian Horse, an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, which was the most successful English-Canadian theatrical release of 2018; and Canada In A Day, for which Trish won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Director, Documentary, executive produced by Ridley Scott and inspired by Kevin Macdonald’s Life in a Day.
In 2003, Trish was the youngest recipient of Women in Film & Video Vancouver’s Woman of the Year Award and received Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin’s La Grande Dame Woman of Distinction. In 2010 she was named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia by the Vancouver Sun. In 2019, she received the Douglas Dales Industry Builder award from Sim Video and was nominated for the 2021 Indiescreen CMPA Established Producer award and for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards.
In the film business since 1983, Christine Haebler started off in production on various big budget US studio films. She then moved into producing in 1995 and earned a Best Motion Picture Genie nomination for Hard Core Logo. The film was picked up by Quentin Tarantino for distribution through Miramax. She teamed up with Trish Dolman and Screen Siren Pictures to produce Daydream Nation (2010) starring Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas and Andie MacDowell, followed by Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014) with Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno and Stellan Skarsgård.
She developed and produced the multi-award-winning feature film Indian Horse (2018), an adaptation of Richard Wagamese’s own award-winning novel. The film was executive produced by Clint Eastwood. Christine also produced the 10-part TV mini-series Terminal City for Channel 4 and the 5-part kids miniseries Clue for Hasbro. She recently produced French Exit, the feature adaptation of Canadian author Patrick DeWitt’s acclaimed novel with Elevation Pictures and Sony Pictures Classics, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedges. She produced Dev Patel’s directorial debut that he also stars in for Netflix entitled Monkey Man, which will be released in Dec 2022.
Sam Grana is an award-winning film and television producer, screenwriter, and actor. Earlier in his career, he helped pioneer the National Film Board of Canada’s foray into ‘alternative drama’ documentary fiction filmmaking. He was nominated for Genie Awards (Canada’s Oscars) for his supporting performance in 90 Days (1985) and for writing and producing Train of Dreams (1987). His 1992 mini-series, The Boys of St. Vincent, was nominated for 9 Gemini Awards (Canada’s Emmys) and won 7, including Best Dramatic Mini-Series, and Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series, for which Sam shared the honours. The Boys of St. Vincent also won the Grand Prize at the then Banff Television Festival, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award. He has continued producing compelling and acclaimed film and television for both the English and French markets in Canada since through his production company Grana Productions.
Leena Minifie (Tsimshian/British) is a film, television, impact producer and digital strategist in Vancouver, BC. Notable projects include Bones of Crows; a four-part series and interactive digital timeline for British Columbia - An Untold History, and one-hour investigative documentary The Reckoning: Secrets Unearthed by Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc. Leena produced an interactive web art Sense of Home (Best New Media ImagineNative 2012), and ?E?anx ‘The Cave’ (Sundance Festival 2011, TIFF Top Ten 2011). Her company Stories First designed strategy and roll-out for online or impact marketing campaigns including Indian Horse, The Grizzlies, Monkey Beach, The New Corporation: An Unfortunately Necessary Sequel, Night Raiders, and Run Woman Run. Leena is both a BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women and Bell Reelworld Producer’s Program fellow. She recently acquired the rights to adapt the Canada Reads-winning novel, Jonny Appleseed.
Kerriann Cardinal, Metis on her mother's side, is from Fort McMurray, Alberta and has been honoured to live on the unceded territory of xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. She is currently one of the producing partners for a documentary TV series, Water Worlds, for APTN and recently worked on Bones of Crows as an Associate Producer. Some other productions she worked on include The Empress, Until Branches Bend and Moosemeat & Marmalade. Kerriann recently received funding from the Indigenous Screen Office for development on a documentary feature film in which she is honoured to produce with an amazing group of women.
Enthralled by both documentary and narrative film-making, cinematographer Vince Arvidson uses one medium to inform the other. The urgency and spontaneity of documentary enlivens dramatic storytelling while patiently crafted cinematic frames elevate documentary photography.
From the Canadian Arctic to Kurdish Iraq, from Chiapas, Mexico to Acholi, Uganda, Vince’s eye is drawn to patterns in the complex, to stories that illuminate the human condition. No matter the project, collaboration is central to his approach. Vince’s work has shown at festivals around the world and won numerous awards, including Audience Favourite and Best Cinematography. It has aired on Discovery Channel, Super Channel, Spike TV, MTV, TSN and CityTV.
Maxime is a Montreal based editor who honed his craft working with legendary Quebecois director Jean-Marc Vallée. Maxime started out as an assistant editor on Demolition (2015) and then as an editor on Vallee’s multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies (2017-2019) where he received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Limited Series or a Movie. Subsequently he collaborated with Vallée on HBO’s Sharp Objects (2018) where he received his second Emmy nomination for Picture Editing. Maxime continues to push the boundaries of editing and he recently described completing Marie Clements' epic Bones of Crows as "the most important project of my career.” Maxime studied filmmaking at UQAM in Montreal.
Building worlds is what drives James Philpott’s design work. He is an award winning Production Designer based out of Vancouver. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History from U of T, James worked in the fashion industry for several years before completing a degree in Architecture at UBC. He has integrated all these disciplines into his work over the past 30 years as a production designer. He is most noted for his work on the award winning series Smallville and The 100 with his work on Smallville receiving several Leo awards.
James Philpott is known for his meticulous and grand world building. He believes that a fully realized world sets the tone of a story and facilitates more immersive acting performances. James blends his background in aesthetics with thorough technical grounding in Construction and VFX. He understands that production design is the art of building the world that a story is told in.
Working on Bones of Crows was an incredible honour for James. He is grateful to have the opportunity to bring Marie's powerful story to life and to collaborate and learn from the Indigenous communities involved on the project.
Jesse Zubot is a composer, musician, producer and virtuoso violinist whose praxis spans multiple genres and transcends contextualization. As a film composer he has won acclaim for his innovative scores on several award-winning films including Monkey Beach, which premiered at TIFF 2020 Industry Selects and was the opening gala film for VIFF 2020, multi-award winning feature Indian Horse, Academy Award nominated director Kim Nguyen's feature film Two Lovers and a Bear (Tatiana Maslany, Dane DeHaan), director Nettie Wild's feature documentary Koneline: Our Land Beautiful, and Hector and the Search for Happiness (co-composer Dan Mangan) starring Simon Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard and Rosamund Pike.
Zubot is a 4-time Juno Award winning musician with experimentalist throat singer Tanya Tagaq (2015), avant-rock band Fond of Tigers (2011), chamber folk-jazz ensemble The Great Uncles of the Revolution (2004) and roots instrumentalists Zubot & Dawson (2003). In recent years, Zubot has become an in demand record producer having produced the Polaris Music Prize and Juno winning album Animism by Tanya Tagaq as well as her 2016 critically acclaimed Polaris Music Prize shortlisted album Retribution. Zubot was named ‘Producer of the Year’ at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards and was nominated for ‘Producer of the Year’ at that same year's Juno Awards.
Zubot has worked extensively in the improvised and creative music world with the likes of Steve Reich, Evan Parker, Gordon Grdina’s Haram, Eugene Chadbourne, Francois Houle, Mats Gustafsson, Marc Ribot, Jason Sharp, Matthew Bourne, Fred Frith, Eyvind Kang, Ken Vandermark, Peggy Lee, Nels Cline and many others. In 2005 Zubot started Drip Audio ("...one of the most original musical operations in the country." - CBC Arts Online), a record label dedicated to creative music. Drip Audio now has 44 releases under its umbrella by musicians from Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York and the UK. Zubot is also sought after in the contemporary/commercial music world and has been a guest musician working with artists such as Dan Mangan, Destroyer, Mira Calix, Hawksley Workman, Sandro Perri, Veda Hille, Mother Mother, Frog Eyes, Jon
Bryant, Stars and many others. Zubot has composed and arranged music for modern dance as well as for symphonies such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia. A recent highlight was the presentation of the modern dance production Body Scan (Su-Feh Lee, Benoit Lachambre) at the prestigious Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, which featured his musical score.
Wayne Lavallee is an actor, musician, score composer of film and dance who received 3 Leo Awards nominations for his original music scores for the award winning NFB documentaries The Road Forward, Holy Angels and the feature motion picture Red Snow written and directed by Marie Clements. He is inspired to create music that is rooted in his Indigenous culture, a hybrid of unique modern sounds with old world sounds that evoke the ancient spirit within.
Wayne Lavallee is an award-winning recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer of Métis heritage who lives in Vancouver, Canada. Lavallee is a 2 time Juno nominee, Canadian Folk Music Award winner for Best Indigenous songwriter, also winning multi Canadian Indigenous Music Awards. Lavallee’s last album brought his music to international audiences through the Dixiefrog record label in France, where Wayne toured garnering glowing reviews along the way: "The voice of Wayne Lavallee taps into his mystical roots... an album that is supernatural and enchanting” (The Review BCR); "This Canadian songwriter goes well beyond with songs like ‘Sacred Journey’ and ‘Star Spangled Sensation’... Just superb!” (Guitarist Magazine).
“Suz” is a post-production and VFX veteran working across Film and HETV.
With over two decades of experience Suz has been on the front lines as technology, workflows, creative tools and the industry itself have evolved. Starting their career operating a camera and then eventually moving into working at world class Post Production & VFX Studios as an Executive Leader, responsible for talent teams upwards of 500+ and nurturing deep client relationships with every major Studio and Streamer. Suz is an innovative thinker, has a skilled eye for visual storytelling, creative and business instincts, and a keen collaborator.
Most recently, Suz joined Bones of Crows as Post-Production Producer. Bones of Crows is a 5 part Mini-Series and Feature Film by award winning Writer/Director Marie Clements.
Suz is also a co-founder and former chair of the Post Production Alliance of Vancouver, has served on the executive board with the Motion Picture Production Association of British Columbia and led the effort to lobby government in successfully including post production in the tax incentive programs for the creative Industries. An active member of the MPPIA equity and inclusion committee. A recipient of the WIFTV - Wayne Black Service Award – which honours a womxn or gender diverse person for their continued “behind the scenes” contribution within the film and tv community
Suz holds a double major BA in political science and environmental studies from UVIC, a certificate in transpersonal psychology for group facilitation and leadership as well as a graduate of the film production programs at Vancouver Film School and Trebas Institute.
Suz currently lives on the West Coast of Canada and holds US/Can dual citizenship. Suz cares deeply about social justice, the planet and advocating for it’s marginalized inhabitants. Suz is currently honing their scriptwriting skills as an emerging writer/filmmaker.