A veteran of the Canadian film and television industry, Emmy award winning producer Ed Barreveld honed his filmmaking skills at the National Film Board. In 2000 he co-founded Storyline Entertainment and since 2004 he has been Storyline’s sole principal, creating an international profile for the company with auteur driven social/political point of view documentaries and distinctive history programming.
Barreveld has worked with some of Canada’s finest filmmakers and has forged partnerships with co-producers and investors in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Greece, France, Chile and the US creating a critically acclaimed body of work broadcast internationally and shown at festivals such as Tribeca, Hot Docs, IDFA, TIFF collecting honours, including Gemini, Canadian Screen and Emmy awards. In 2013 and 2014 Realscreen named Storyline Entertainment a Top 100 global producer of non-fiction.
In 2015 Storyline released THE DEEPER THEY BURY ME, a web based interactive project produced for the NFB. In 2016 Storyline released the documentary SHADOW GIRL, a treaty co-production with Chile and an interactive project LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS: THE GRAND STAGE. Barreveld is currently producing TAKE LIGHT and DOLPHIN MAN, a treaty co-production with France and Greece. His most recent film, LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS, opened the 2016 Hot Docs International Film Festival. The festival also awarded him with the Don Haig Award for his creative vision, entrepreneurship and for his track record in mentoring emerging filmmakers.
Shasha Nakhai is a filmmaker based out of Toronto with Compy Films and Storyline Entertainment. Her award-winning films have screened at festivals and aired on TV worldwide, been released on iTunes, gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week.
Her last film with partner Rich Williamson, FRAME 394, was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short and was part of the CBC’s new Digital Doc Shorts initiative. It had its world premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Film Festival, and went on to win Best Canadian Short at NorthwestFest, Best Documentary Short at the Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Sidewalk Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the New Orleans Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Charleston Film Festival. It was named one of TIFF’s Top 10 Films of 2016, and was nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards.
Shasha was 1 of 8 emerging producers selected for the DOC Institute’s Breakthrough Program in 2015, and was awarded Telefilm Canada’s Pay It Forward Prize as part of the Hot Docs Film Festival’s Don Haig Award. TAKE LIGHT is her first feature documentary.
She also has a deep love for interactive storytelling, working as a brand ambassador for PlayStation for 8 years, and having been selected as the inaugural recipient of WIFT's Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship program. She recently collaborated with DimensionGate on her first virtual reality project, TAKE LIGHT VR.
Having graduated from Ryerson University's Broadcast Journalism program, Shasha was born in the Philippines, grew up in Nigeria and came to Canada as an international student in 2003.
An emerging talent in the world of film scoring, Los Angeles-based composer Rob Teehan's debut instrumental album COME HOME (2015) is a cinematic bouquet of jazz, folk, classical, and world music reflecting an adventurous spirit and an open ear.
Rob's current and recent film projects include the feature documentaries ENDO WHAT? (USA), THIS IS GAY PROPAGANDA: LGBT RIGHTS AND THE WAR IN UKRAINE (Canada), THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL (USA), FRAME 394, FLOR DE LA MAR (Canada/Venezuela), LIFE AS A COIN (Italy/Croatia), and THE UNSINKABLE CAPTAIN JOHN (Canada). Rob participated in the highly competitive Slaight Music Residency at the Canadian Film Centre, the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, and the Berlinale Talent Campus.
Before transitioning into film and relocating to Los Angeles, Rob spent a decade or so studying and working in just about every style of music under the sun in his native Toronto - earning two degrees as a classical tuba player with chops to burn, but soon switching to sousaphone to pound out aggressive bass lines for soul/rock songstress SAIDAH BABA TALIBAH and for his brother, Toronto singer/songwriter NICK TEEHAN. At the same time he co-founded traditional New Orleans jazz-inspired outfits THE BOXCAR BOYS and the HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND, and soon after joined with Toronto's beloved 16-piece "Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super Band" the LEMON BUCKET ORKESTRA, who whisked him on a whirlwind series of tours through the villages and mountains of Eastern Europe, across Canada, and beyond.
Among his many industry awards are four JUNO nominations including 2010's Classical Composition of the Year, for which he remains the youngest nominee in the history of the category.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / EDITOR
Rich Williamson graduated from Ryerson University in 2008 focusing on cinematography and editing. He has since worked as a freelancer, shooting and cutting films, corporate videos, trailers and TV programs for well-known brands and companies, as well as fellow independent filmmakers.
As a director, his work blends the best of fiction and documentary technique together with a focus on social-issue subjects. His award-winning short films including FRAME 394, THE SUGAR BOWL, JOE and UNSINKABLE have screened at festivals worldwide including the Hot Docs, IDFA, LA Shorts, Atlanta, New Orleans, St Louis, Hot Springs, Sidewalk, Big Sky, and Aljazeera Film Festivals.
His work has aired on TV, been released on iTunes, gone viral, and been featured on the CBC, Bravo, Al Jazeera, Short of the Week, The Hollywood Reporter, AV Club, Slashfilm, Screenrant, Gizmodo, Mashable, Collider and Nerdist. Rich participated in the Reykjavik International Film Festival’s 2013 Talent Lab and completed the Canadian Film Centre’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program in 2015.
His latest film, FRAME 394, is part of the inaugural round of the CBC’s Digital Doc Shorts initiative. It had its world premiere at the 2016 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, and went on to win Best Canadian Short at NorthwestFest, Best Documentary Short at the Academy Award-qualifying Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival, Best Documentary Short at the Sidewalk Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the New Orleans Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Charleston Film Festival. It was named one of TIFF’s Top 10 Films of 2016, and was nominated for 2 Canadian Screen Awards.