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“This is a beautifully wrought film.”
- Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun
"a touching exploration"
- Katie Clandy, AnE Vibe
“"Who is Korean?," the director wonders. This film is a gripping, and very moving, exploration of the answer.”
- Montreal Gazette
MIN SOOK LEE
Min Sook Lee is a writer, broadcaster and an award winning documentary film director/producer.
In 2006 she released the short docu-poem Borderless, a film about undocumented workers in Canada. Borderless has screened internationally at festivals in Asia and North America. Her feature documentary, Hogtown: The Politics of Policing was awarded Best Feature-length Canadian Documentary at the 2005 Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival. Her first feature El Contrato, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and broadcast on TVO, was nominated for the Gemini award for Best Social/Political Documentary in 2005. El Contrato has screened at international festivals and was awarded the Best Documentary Award from the Ibero American Film Festival in 2003. Min Sook was also presented with the Cesar E. Chavez Black Eagle Award for El Contrato’s impact on the rights of migrant workers.
Min Sook has just released the feature length documentary Tiger Spirit, a reunification road trip through the two Koreas which premiers at Hot Docs 2008. In 2008 she will also release the documentary Badge of Pride, the story of queer cops in Canada.
Ed Barreveld began his career in film and television at the Ontario Studio of the National Film Board of Canada. He has been an independent filmmaker since 1996, line producing documentaries for broadcasters such as the CBC, BBC, A&E, and TVAsahi.
In 2000, Barreveld co-founded production company Storyline Entertainment Inc. and produced the award winning feature documentaries Aftermath: The Remnants of War followed by Shipbreakers. Since 2003, Barreveld has been the sole principal of Storyline Entertainment.
Barreveld's Storyline Entertainment projects, Hitler’s Canadians and The Secret of the Snake Goddess aired in 2007. Other productions include Bruce & Me, an Australian - Canadian co-production, A Whale of a Tale and the shorts Dem Bones and Age of Iron. His new feature documentary Tiger Spirit will premiere at Hot Docs 2008 and It’s a Teen’s World: Wired for Sex, Lies and Power is slated for release in 2009.
Anita Lee is a drama and documentary producer whose work includes the international co-production Proteus, the Genie award-winning The Art of Woo and Dinner at the Edge, which won a Gemini award, the Chris Award for Best Performing Arts Film and garnered five Gemini nominations. Her experimental short film, A Hunter Called Memory, screened at TIFF, Sundance, Clermont-Ferrand and the Sheffield Documentary Festival. Since joining the NFB, Lee spear-headed the NFB’s first interactive drama Late Fragment in collaboration with the Canadian Film Centre.
Ricardo Acosta immigrated to Canada from his native Cuba in 1993. Before coming to Toronto, he studied and worked with the world renowned Cuban Film Institute in Havana. For the past twelve years Ricardo has edited both documentary and dramatic films, which have been shown around the world.
His outstanding work has contributed to the making of several award-winning films including: Shooting Indians, A Journey With Jeffrey Thomas directed by Ali Kazimi (Genie Award nomination for Best Short Documentary); Unbound directed by Claudia Morgado (Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Short Film); Spirits of Havana produced by the NFB (Genie Award nomination for Best Documentary); The Take directed by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis (Gemini nomination for The Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program & for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series); and Runaway Groom directed by Ali Kazimi (Gemini Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program).
Ricardo was chosen to be a fellow by the Sundance Institute in 2006 for the Documentary Film Editing and Story Laboratory.
STAN BARUA CSC
Director of Photography
An honors graduate of the renowned Polish National Film School’s MA in Cinematography program, Stan’s artistic background includes traditional African and classical European musical training and performance, as well as graphic and studio art. He is fluent in English, Swahili and Polish. Stan Barua has woven his unusual perspective into a refined world of enigmatic elegance and affected realism - one without stylistic limits
His credits include Baba’s House (Best Canadian Short Drama, Golden Sheaf Award for Cinematography, Eastman Kodak Cinematography Award, Gold Special Jury Award, Gemini nominations for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series and for Best Short Drama), Rain (Best Atlantic Canada Short Drama), Paliposahauliwa (Warsaw Terra Award for Best Cinematography), Raisin’ Kane (Best Canadian Documentary, HBO Documentary Prize), Journey to Justice (Best Documentary Reel Black Awards, Gemini nomination for Best History Documentary), Film Club (Gemini Canada Award), and The TO Variety Show (Gemini nominations for Best Photography in a Variety Program or Series and for Best Comedy, Variety or Arts Program or Series).
MIKE GRIPPO CSC
Director of Photography
Michael Grippo is an award winning Toronto based freelance Director of Photography with 25 years experience worldwide. He is trilingual and a specialist in: documentaries, commercials, dramatic recreations and broadcast television. Accustomed to extensive travel under extreme conditions, he has witnessed and recorded over 100 network documentaries on five continents.
He has shot on location in North America, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Kenya, Somalia, East and West Germany, Poland, Hungary, France, Holland, Italy, England, Ireland, South Korea, Singapore, China, Viet Nam, Japan, Austria, the Philippines, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza and The West Bank, India, The Balkans, Haiti, Russia and the High Arctic.
Documentaries he has worked on include two Storyline Entertainment productions: Aftermath: The Remnants of War and Hitler’s Canadians. He has shot all the documentary films of director Shelley Saywell, including: A Child’s Century of War (shortlisted for an Academy Award), Crimes of Honour (Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, Columbus Int’l Film Festival Chris Award, Gemini Donald Britain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program). He’s also shot House Calls - NFB (Gemini Donald Britain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program) and was awarded a Gemini for Best Cinematography on Faith Without Fear.
Director of Photography
Over a dozen years of feature documentary filmmaking, Mark Ellam has brought his unique cinematic vision to reality. Highlights include THE TAKE by Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (American Film Institute best feature documentary), BIG SUGAR (Prix Gemeaux & Golden Sheaf Award for best documentary – going undercover to shoot Haitian plantation workers suffering under conditions of slavery), EMPZ 4 LIFE (Allan King's film on Black youth in a high-risk community - nominated for both Best Cinematography and the Donald Brittain Award at the Gemini Awards of 2007), A Promise To The Dead (Peter Raymont's film shortlisted for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary) and SECURE FREEDOM (Alexandre Trudeau's CTV doc about Security Certificates and Canada's stance on the War on Terror).
Recent large-scale recreations have included Galafilm's THE GREAT WAR, an epic period docu-drama for the CBC, and Barna Alper's MEDAK POCKET, reenacting Canada's peacekeeping battles in Croatia.
Currently, Mark is associate director and cinematographer on The Basement Tapes: the first open source documentary produced for theatrical release by the National Film Board of Canada, the Doc Channel and EYESTEELFILM.
Since scoring his first film I've Heard the Mermaid's Singing directed by Patricia Rozema in 1987, Mark Korven has become one of Canada’s most in demand and unique film composers. He has been nominated for 8 Genies and 11 Geminis. He won a Genie for Curtis’s Charm directed by John L’Ecuyer and a Gemini for A Scattering of Seeds, as well as 2 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival awards.
He has scored 9 feature films including the science fiction thriller Cube, and many well known documentaries including the devasting account of the Rwandan genocide Shake Hands with the Devil: the Journey of Romeo Dallaire.
Recent work includes the series Dark Years produced by Barna Alper, and the feature length documentary The Journey of Ariel Dorfman and the CBC drama series The Border, both produced by White Pine Pictures.
Mark is also a well known multi-instrumentalist, recording with instruments from around the world such as the Armenian Duduk, the Indian Sarangi, and the Swedish Nyckelharpa.
See www.markkorven.com for sound and video clips.
Location Sound Recordist
Sanjay Mehta started his career in recording sound at the age of 15
working for an Oscar winning Sound Recordist on feature films.
Since then his love of sound and travelling has taken him from the
sound stages of Toronto to the far corners of the planet working on
documentary films. He has won Gemini awards for his work on Primitive
Entertainment's " McLuhan's Wake" and Rhombus Media's " Beethoven's
Hair." Recent travels have taken him to DPRK (North Korea) , and the
Russian Far East working on Storyline Entertainment's "Tiger Spirit."
When not calibrating his ears listening to vinyl records, Sanjay can
be found printing photos in the darkroom.
Joohyun Kwon immigrated from Korea and makes documentaries about the Korean Community in Toronto.