Cast & Crew

Cast

Helen Shaver
Helen Shaver

Helen Shaver

"Pearl" Visit IMDB page

Helen Shaver first appeared on the silver screen at 22 years old, starring in a series of award-winning Canadian films with herself winning Best Supporting Actress for Who Has Seen the Wind and Best Actress for In Praise of Older Women.

Hollywood took note and in 1977 she co-starred in the original Amityville Horror directed by Stuart Rosenberg. Larry Gelbart's United States, Martin Scorsese's The Color of Money, John Schlesinger's The Believers, Donna Deitch's Desert Hearts, Andrew Fleming's The Craft, and Philip Borsos' Bethune: The Making of a Hero broadened her education. Having taken time off to pursue directing interests, Helen returns to the big screen as an actor starring in the independent features Birthday Cake and Down River.

It was Martin Scorsese who first suggested Helen direct. Working with him and other such greats as Steven Spielberg, Robert Rodriguez, Sam Peckinpah and Brian De Palma, Helen amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the collaborative world of cinematic storytelling.

Helen Shaver has built a lasting legacy both behind and in front of the camera. She has directed hundreds of hours of television ranging from Law & Order: SVU to The Outer Limits. Her film Summer's End, a Showtime feature starring James Earl Jones, won multiple Emmy awards for Best Picture, Best Actor and Helen was nominated for her direction.

Her producing credits include The Firm for NBC, Judging Amy for CBS, Showtime's Due East starring Cybill Shepherd and Robert Forster and the independent feature We All Fall Down, for which she also received a Best Supporting Actress award.

Gabrielle Miller
Gabrielle Miller

Gabrielle Miller

"Fawn" Visit IMDB page

Gabrielle Miller has been a professional actor for 20 years and has appeared in over 75 film and television roles. She recently recorded on City's Mother Up!, a 13-episode, half-hour adult animated comedy series starring Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives). It will debut in fall 2013 as part of City's prime-time line-up and be available exclusively in the U.S. on the free, ad-supported Hulu. Other recent highlights include her role in the feature, Down River set for release in September 2013 and also starring Helen Shaver (The Color of Money, Desert Hearts) as well as Guest Starring in CBS's Person of Interest and Showtime's popular series Lost Girl, CTV's The Listener and Satisfaction.

In 2012 Gabrielle was busy filming a recurring role on Call Me Fitz as well as filming lead roles in 3 films; Carl Bessai's Sisters&Brothers, Hallmark's Trading Christmas directed by Michael Scott and the Mike Clattenberg-directed Moving Day for which she was nominated for a 2013 Canada Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Gabrielle is probably best known for her lead role on the groundbreaking number one Canadian comedy series Corner Gas (6 seasons). Combined, Gabrielle has garnered 12 Gemini and Leo Award nominations for her work over the years and has won 3 Leos and 2 Geminis. Aside from her love for her craft Gabrielle is also a spokesperson for Vela Microboard a non-profit organization that supports people living with disabilities having autonomy and choice in their lives.

Jennifer Spence
Jennifer Spence

Jennifer Spence

"Aki" Visit IMDB page

Jennifer was born and raised in Toronto but spent the first year of her life sailing around the Caribbean with her folks. It was by a fountain in Montserrat, attached to her Dad's back in a baby carrier, that she met John Lennon when he remarked on the fact that he too had a half Japanese baby. Upon graduating from high school, she studied in the acting program at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal. Then after spending some time traveling overseas, Jennifer settled in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia where she began her career in film and television.

She has had recurring roles on the Emmy-nominated USA Network series 'The 4400', FOX's 'Killer Instinct', and CBC's Gemini award-winning 'Da Vinci's Inquest'. She guest starred opposite Hank Azaria in Showtime's award-winning 'Huff' and has had supporting roles in several movies of the week, among them 'Write and Wrong' with Kirstie Alley. Other memorable projects include guest starring on CBC's 'Northern Town' (in which she was required to run through the snowy streets of Dawson City, Yukon in a bikini), guest starring in Syfy's Emmy-nominated 'Eureka' (which involved her drowning in a car) and her series regular role on the second season of Logo's GLAAD Media Awards-nominated 'Exes & Ohs' playing the wise-cracking bisexual barista Devin.

Jennifer is also known for her portrayal of the brainy and secretly libidinous Dr. Lisa Park on Syfy's Stargate Universe for which she was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series two years in a row. She was recently seen guest starring on the CW's Supernatural, AMC's Emmy-nominated The Killing and FOX's Alcatraz. She is presently gearing up to resume her series regular role on the multiple award-winning Continuum, which is about to start production on its third season. It is a role for which she was also nominated for a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series. Continuum is one of Canada's highest rated series, the first two seasons of which repeatedly air on Syfy in the USA, and has been sold to 100 other countries around the world.

Colleen Rennison
Colleen Rennison

Colleen Rennison

"Harper" Visit IMDB page

Colleen Rennison began her acting career with a role in the Canadian indie film Max in 1994. This was closely followed by appearances in a handful of television movies and a guest-starring role on the television series The Outer Limits. Carpool, starring Tom Arnold, David Paymer and Rachael Leigh Cook, was her first major American feature.

Shortly after, she landed a role in the John Dahl-directed Unforgettable with Ray Liotta and Linda Fiorentino, followed by The Story of Us (1999), directed by Rob Reiner and featuring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer, in which she portrays their daughter Erin. Her next major role was playing Mona Hibbard as a young girl in the film Beautiful, directed by Sally Field, also starring Joey Lauren Adams and Kathleen Turner.

Rennison continued to work on more Canadian projects such as the short lived but critically acclaimed These Arms of Mine for CBC, which landed her a Gemini Award nomination, and Coreen Mayrs' independent film, A Feeling Called Glory for which Rennison won a Gemini in 2001, making her the youngest ever winner at 13 years of age. In 2005, Chris Haddock, who was familiar with her work, hand-selected her to play a variation of Kelly Ellard (convicted killer of Reena Virk) for a recurring role in Da Vinci's City Hall. Most recently Rennison has appeared in the films American Venus, Boot Camp with Mila Kunis, and What Goes Up starring Hilary Duff, Steve Coogan and Molly Shannon.

Jay Brazeau
Jay Brazeau

Jay Brazeau

"Larry" Visit IMDB page

Jay Brazeau's credits are extensive and span almost every entertainment medium from acting on stage and in film, television, radio plays, animated features and series, to writing and directing.

Feature acting credits include: The Watchmen, A Guy Thing, Insomnia, Head Over Heels, Double Jeopardy, We're No Angels, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ratko, Far Cry, Blonde and Blonder, Christmas Cottage, Kissed, The Prisoner of Zelda, Kitchen Party, Presumed Dead, Slam Dunk Ernest, Gold Diggers, Little Women and Andre. Miniseries include Masters of Horror and Steven Spielberg's Taken. He was the recipient of the 2007 Film Critics Award in recognition of his significant body of film work. He also has his own place on the British Columbia Walk of Fame.

Amongst his many TV roles, Brazeau did three seasons of the CTV hit series Cold Squad and was nominated for a Gemini Award for his work on the series Stargate SG-1.

Ali Liebert
Ali Liebert

Ali Liebert

"Molly" Visit IMDB page

Ali Liebert is a talented and versatile actress who has quickly become one of Canada's brightest rising stars. Ali's portrayal of Betty McRae in Global TV's original hit series Bomb Girls gained her back to back 'Best Supporting Performance in a Dramatic Series' nominations for the 2012 and the 2013 Leo Awards. Bomb Girls is a period drama set in and around a munitions plant during World War II. Ali co-stars with Meg Tilly and Jodi Balfour.

Since Ali begun her professional career, she has added over 50 credits to her name, including guest appearances on Hellcats, Human Target, Fringe, Dead Like Me, The L Word and Psych. She has recurred on Harpers Island, Intelligence, Young Blades, Killer Instinct and Kyle XY. Her film credits include Sook-Yin Lee's Year of the Carnivore and Ben Ratner's Down River. In 2011, Ali had two films that premiered at TIFF - Afghan Luke (Mike Clattenburg) and Sisters and Brothers (Carl Bessai). In 2012, Ali again took TIFF by storm with the feature film Foxfire (based on the Joyce Carol Oates novel) which was written and directed by French filmmaker Laurent Cantet for Paris-based Memento Films International. In 2011, Ali was honored to work alongside Academy Award Nominee Michael Clark and Emmy Award Nominee Loretta Devine in the dramatic feature In the Hive.

Ali's other passion is her film production company, Sociable Films, which was founded in 2011 by Ali, actor and writer Nicholas Carella and director Michelle Ouellet. The trio were unified by similar creative goals and a desire to 'make movies sociably.' They have recently completed their first film, Afterparty (due for release in 2013).

Teach Grant
Teach Grant

Teach Grant

"Todd" Visit IMDB page

Teach Grant was born in Toronto, Ontario and began working in television at the age of 11 as a voice actor on OWL TV. Throughout high school, Teach became more involved in theatre and eventually went on to study at the University of Ottawa and at Carleton where he studied Theatre Arts and Psychology. In 1996 Teach moved out to Vancouver to further pursue an acting career in film. Once in Vancouver, Teach began to work as a regular performer with The Looking Glass Theater and founded his own black box theater company, 'Over The Line Little Theater' where he directed and acted in a series of plays. Soon thereafter, Teach landed his first feature film lead in Limp in 1997 and has since logged over 50 film and television acting credits. Known primarily as a journeyman actor in Vancouver, Teach has long been involved at the developmental level for a number of television and film projects as a writer and has written and directed a collection of short films on both 35mm and digital media. He founded Recka Recka Films in 2008 and his feature film debut as writer/director Down Here has officially been selected to be programmed at the 2013 Whistler Film Festival. Currently, Teach is playing a recurring character in Warner Brother's The Hundred, soon to air on the CW Network. -Represented by: Kathy Carpenter at KC Talent in Vancouver. - kathyc@canadafilm.com

Peter Flemming
Peter Flemming

Peter Flemming

"Peter" Visit IMDB page

Peter's a Maritimer, (a what?!).... who arrived in Vancouver in the late 90's from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has worked in numerous films and television series in lead and guest star roles. One of his favourite characters was playing Agent Barrett on Stargate SG1 for 6 seasons.

Brian Markinson
Brian Markinson

Brian Markinson

"Otto" Visit IMDB page

Brian Markinson is veteran of over 200 television and film roles. He got his start in the New York theatre, where he appeared on and off Broadway. Recent TV includes, Mad Men, The Killing, Continuum and the upcoming miniseries Fargo and Klondike. He will also appear in the upcoming feature film Godzilla. Brian has worked extensively with directors Mike Nichols in such films as Angels in America and Primary Colors, and with Woody Allen in Sweet and Lowdown, Small Time Crooks and Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

Crew

Ben Ratner

Writer/Director View BioView IMDB

Ben Ratner

Writer/Director

Ben Ratner is a multiple award-winning actor, writer and director. He is best known for starring in internationally acclaimed Canadian films such as Sisters & Brothers, Fathers & Sons, Mount Pleasant, and Last Wedding. He also wrote, directed and co-starred in the feature film Moving Malcolm, which was awarded a First Film Special Distinction at The 2003 Montreal World Film Festival and won several awards at festivals in Canada, the United States and Europe. For television, he has over 75 credits, most recently guest-starring on Hell On Wheels, Flashpoint, Arctic Air, Endgame, The Haunting Hour, and Eureka. He was also a series regular on the popular television series Da Vinci's City Hall and Kingdom Hospital.

As a director, in addition to Moving Malcolm, Ratner has helmed the popular series Robson Arms for CTV. He recently wrote and directed the feature film Down River, set to premiere in the fall of 2013.

Theatre acting highlights include Dinner with Friends, American Buffalo, for which he received a Jessie Award nomination, The Red Address, and Italian American Reconciliation. He also directed the Canadian Premiere of Christopher Shinn's Dying City.

A protege of internationally renowned acting teacher and author (The Power of the Actor) Ivana Chubbuck, Ratner is a teacher to many of Canada's top actors, and currently offers on-going scene-study classes at his Haven Studio in Vancouver. He also teaches acting workshops in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and Los Angeles.

James Brown

Producer View BioView IMDB

James Brown

Producer

James Brown is a Vancouver based producer whose most recent feature producer credits include 'Bad City' (2014) an hilarious throwback to 70s era Blaxploitation films starring Dustin Milligan, Amanda Crew, Aaron Brooks and Reece Thompson, 'Down River' (2013) starring Helen Shaver, Gabrielle Miller, Jennifer Spence and Colleen Rennison, and 'Sisters&Brothers' (2011) starring Cory Monteith (Glee), Dustin Milligan, Ben Ratner and many others. The film debuted at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win six 2012 Leo Awards including Best Picture.

James is also a Co-Producer on the upcoming Entertainment One release 'No Clue' (2013) starring Brent Butt, Amy Smart and David Koechner. Previously he produced the short films The Mechanic, and Warrior II. James holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University in Ottawa, ON and a diploma in Motion Picture Production from Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC.

James co-owns the company Mostly Harmless Productions with writer/director Michael Grand. MHP produced the successful web-series White Collar Poet starring David Lewis (Donovan’s Echo) which was nominated for a 2012 Leo Award for Best Webseries. MHP currently has a diverse slate of both feature narratives and documentaries in development.

Rob Wenzek

Editor View BioView IMDB

Rob Wenzek

Editor

Rob Wenzek is a full-time faculty member at The Art Institute of Vancouver, where he teaches music video direction, documentary production, screenwriting, directing and editing. He has directed the award-winning short films Out of the Blue and Therapy, and most recently, Fred and Ginger. He created and directed the CBC pilot Johnny the Argyle Sock, starring Fred Ewanuick, and he co-created the NSI Totally Television-winning comedy series Uncorked with Jason Margolis. His work as an editor includes documentaries for Knowledge Network, Global Television and APTN. He has also edited many multi screen projection shows which are currently playing around the world including the NASA production of 'Blast Off' for Space Center Houston.

Rob is the editor of the feature film Down River which features some of Canada's top acting talent including Gabrielle Miller and Helen Shaver. Rob recently sold the option for the screenplay Ben & Jerry which he co-wrote with Fred Ewanuick to Kevin Tierney, producer of Good Cop Bon Cop and The Trotsky. Production is slated for 2013. With what little free time Rob has, he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and daughter, and 'ripping it up' on guitar.

Larry Lynn

Director of Photography View BioView IMDB

Larry Lynn

Director of Photography

Larry Lynn is an award-winning cinematographer and filmmaker who has worked extensively in both film and television since 1976. His cinematography on the feature film Histoire de Pen earned him a Genie award nomination and a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award. While mentoring youth in custody and making his latest doc Kids in Jail, Lynn directed 2 short fiction films with the subjects of his film Kids in Jail: Broken House (2006) and A Gesture (2009). Both films were nominated for several awards at the Yorkton Short Film Festival while Broken House won the Leo Award for Best Short Drama. In 2005, he was awarded the Local Hero Award by the City of Burnaby for his work with incarcerated youth. Presently, Lynn is in the seminary, studying to become a Roman Catholic priest.

Avi Federgreen

Domestic Sales Agent View Bio

Avi Federgreen

Domestic Sales Agent

Avi Federgreen's nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry feature many highlights, from music videos to TV series to full-length feature films.

Federgreen's current releases include Empire of Dirt directed by Michael McGowan, Random Acts of Romance directed by Katrin Bowen, the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature Dead Before Dawn directed by April Mullen, and the documentary 30 Ghosts directed by Sean Cisterna.

Federgreen's other producing credits include Still Mine, Score: A Hockey Musical, Moon Point, I'm Yours, George Ryga's HUNGRY HILLS, One Week, High Life, Leslie, My Name Is Evil, and the documentary As Slow as Possible.

In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT. The company services not just up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, but also those making independent films in a lower budget bracket who have otherwise virtually no chance to shine in a market of big studios, distributors and exhibitors.

Robbie Little

US/International Sales Agent View Bio

Robbie Little

US/International Sales Agent

The Little Film Company . owned by Robbie and Ellen Little . is a worldwide motion picture sales and marketing company which also finances, executive produces and distributes independent motion pictures. In addition, The Little Film Company also consults for diverse media companies.
Robbie and Ellen have played a role in financing, producing and/or selling and distributing over 300 films, including such titles as: Waking Ned Devine (directed by Kirk Jones), Evelyn (directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Pierce Brosnan), Marleen Gorris's Antonia's Line, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Virginia Woolf.s Mrs. Dalloway starring Vanessa Redgrave and Between Strangers, directed by Eduardo Ponti (starring Sophia Loren). Other films include Julian Schnabel.s Before Night Falls; Ian McKellen.s adaptation of Shakespeare.s Richard III (directed by Richard Loncraine) and John Sayles.s The Secret of Roan Inish. The Littles also served as Executive Producers on Julie Taymor.s screen adaptation of Shakespeare.s Titus (Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Lange), John Turturro.s Illuminata (Susan Sarandon, John Turturro), Trading Mom (Sissy Spacek) and The Prophecy film franchise (Christopher Walken). They have championed first films from directors like Roland Emmerich (Ghost Chase and Moon 44), Tamra Davis (Guncrazy, with Drew Barrymore), Hal Hartley (The Unbelievable Truth), Scott Elliot (A Map of the World, starring Sigourney Weaver and Julianne Moore) and Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters). In addition, Ellen developed and produced The Boys from County Clare (directed by John Irvin, starring Andrea Corr and Colm Meaney) and exec-produced The Snow Walker (written and directed by Charles Martin Smith, starring Barry Pepper).