Vladimir Kabelik - Writer, Director, Producer
A graduate from FAMU, Czechoslovakia, Kabelik worked as a writer/director for Kratky Film studio in Prague and Czech TV. Upon his arrival in Canada he re-entered the documentary scene with projects made for CBC-Nature of Things and CBC-Man Alive.
His other Canadian credits include TVO, Vision TV, SCN, Access Alberta, the Knowledge Network and OMNI TV. Vladimir produced two acclaimed television series: Music From Castles and Chateaux and Tender Souls, and many independent documentaries including Glass From the Attic, Boris, Kundalini, So Far From Home and Beautifully Broken. At Sheridan College he teaches a stream of documentary production courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Peter Star - Executive Producer
Peter Starr's career with the National Film Board of Canada spanned over 28 years, 70 films, numerous international awards including an Oscar® nomination in 2005 and an Emmy nomination in 2006 for HARDWOOD, directed by Hubert Davis.
Peter began as a film editor in Montreal, working with such notable directors as John Spotton, Colin Low, Donald Brittain and Roman Kroitor. As a NFB Ontario Centre producer, Peter was nominated for 4 Gemini Awards — for EAST SIDE SHOWDOWN, DREAM TOWER, NO PLACE CALLED HOME and the multi-award winning AFTERMATH: THE REMNANTS OF WAR. Peter also garnered three Genie nominations for Best Feature Documentary for THE HERD, SPIRITS OF HAVANA and MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (Genie for Best Feature Documentary in 2007). Other acclaimed productions include SPEAKERS FOR THE DEAD, named Best Documentary at the Reel Black Awards, TANGO IN A COLD CITY , DREAM MACHINE, and many other internationally acclaimed documentaries.
Before leaving the NFB to develop independent dramatic feature films, in the fall of 2005, Starr completed and oversaw several Canadian and international co-productions - including SHIPBREAKERS (Gemini winner for Best Cinematography), a visually stunning high-definition look at the vast Indian ship graveyards in Alang. Starr recently acted as Executive Producer on Richie Mehta’s independent feature drama, AMAL, shot in New Delhi in the fall of 2006 with a fall 2007 premier at the Toronto International Film Festival. To date film has won 27 awards internationally and received 6 Genie nominations, including Best Film and Best Director.
Starr has served as juror for both Genie and Gemini Awards and the International Emmy Awards.
Marc Cohen - Producer, Production Manager
Marc is a Toronto based producer who has extensive experience in both the financial and creative aspects of film and television production. Mr. Cohen is a graduate from of the Sheridan College, A.T.V.F. program as well as the York University Master of Fine Arts program in film and video production. His credits include “Here & There”, “Unveiled”, “UFOs Angels & Gods”, “So Far From Home”, “A House Divided” and, most recently, “Beautifully Broken”.
Michael Savoie - DOP
Michael is a multi award-winning Cinematographer with innumerable television documentaries credits. His credits include the four time Gemini winning doc. Claude Jutra - An Unfinished Story. Emmy Award winning “To Sell A War” and Peabody Award Winning 'Born In Africa'.
Michael is now Directing as well as Shooting. In 2010 he directed Des McAnuff A Life In Stages”. He is preparing to Produce and Direct 'The Adventurers Of Dr. Crackhead'.
Michael Burshtyn - Editor
Michael started as an editor with Toronto 1 and later cut for Entertainment Tonight Canada and Global Television. He also became a Senior Editor at Post Producers Digital where he was instrumental in helping to develop and edit several series for MuchMoreMusic. Lately he has been cutting more long-form documentaries including 'So Far From Home' with much of the same team a few years back.
He has extensive expertise working with graphics in Photoshop and After Effects and has a background in 3D Computer Animation. Originally earning a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of Victoria, Michael subsequently attended Sheridan College's Advanced Television and Film program with a focus on editing. This allowed him to combine his creativity with his strong technical background.
Stephen Barden - sound editor
Supervising Sound Editor and Re-recording Mixer Stephen Barden is a principal member of Sound Dogs based in Toronto. Mr. Barden’s credits include Due South and La Femme Nikita. Among his first feature film credits are Hard Eight and Vincenzo Natali's Cube. A multiple Gemini and Genie Award winner, Barden garnered a DGC award for sound editing.