The Crew

Alison Reid Director/Producer
Richard Beattie Writer
Paul Zimic Executive Producer
David J. Woods Executive Producer
James Mou Producer
Stephen Adams Producer
Brian Harper Cinematographer
Mark Arcieri Editor
Bob Sher Production Designer
Leslie Kavanaugh Costume Designer
Robert Carli Composer

Alison Reid, DirectorALISON REID (Director/Producer) makes her feature film directorial debut with “The Baby Formula.”

 

Reid won the 2007 Crystal Award, presented by the DGC, for Emerging Director.

Alison was born in Toronto, Canada and raised on a farm an hour east of the city. She is recognized as a veteran stunt coordinator with over 200 credits including features such as “Blindness,” “Saw II, III & IV.” After second unit directing on several television shows including Showtime’s “DC 911: Time of Crisis” and USA Network’s series “The War Next Door,” Alison made her short film directorial debut with “Succubus” which she also co-wrote and produced. “Succubus” screened at over 50 festivals worldwide, and is currently being broadcast in several countries. (2006, 14min 25 sec)

Reid was one of six women chosen to participate in the “Women in the Director’s Chair Workshop” at Banff Centre for the Arts in 2001; she is also a producer alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre.

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RICHARD BEATTIE (Writer) was born August 1, 1962 just a stone’s throw from Bountiful B.C. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UBC (1985).

 

Beattie has worked as a screenwriter in the Canadian film business for twenty years, primarily out of Toronto. He is also a playwright, novelist and short-story writer.

He has no interests and no hobbies. Except comic books. He likes those.

He currently lives in Vancourver, British Columbia with his wife Carmel and six-year-old son Ronan, who is, at this writing, running down the hall with a carving knife in his hand.

He is laughing.

Beattie has a dozen credits ranging from the psychological drama Cold Comfort, adapted from the stage and for which he won a Genie award, to Prom Night 4, to the children’s adventure Grizzly Falls, to the romantic comedy Almost Heaven currently shooting in Scotland.

Beattie is awaiting the publication of his first novel.

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PAUL ZIMIC (Executive Producer) is President of Grindstone Media Inc.paulzimic091

 

Paul Zimic began his work in the movie business at the age of 14 working as an usher in his hometown movie theatre. He graduated from studying Communications at the University of Windsor and took a job in Toronto buying television advertising on behalf of film distributor Twentieth Century Fox. Over the next 10 years, Zimic enriched his passion for movies by coordinating the international sales department for Alliance Independent Films and later moved to Communications Manager at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and eventually Associate Publisher with the infamous industry trade magazine Playback. Zimic witnessed the true capacity of television while selling advertising and sponsorships for the CBC during the 2004 Summer Olympics Games. In November 2004 Paul Zimic formed Grindstone Media, a film and television production and distribution company.

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DAVID J WOODS (Executive Producer) is President of DJ Woods Entertainment.

 

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JAMES MOU (Producer) Since 1983 when he began his career as a Unit Manager in Hong Kong, James has had an exciting film career that spans across Asia and Canada. As a prolific Production Manager and Line Producer in various countries around the world, almost every one of his projects have been completed on budget and on time. Skillful in budgeting, scheduling, casting and corporate sponsorships, he has been much sort after – resulting in his participation of more than 50 feature films, hundreds of television episodes, numerous short films and commercials.

 

Residing in Toronto since 1996, James has successfully garnished an impressive reputation as an extremely efficient and collaborative Production Manager and Line Producer. He has been hired across Canada and on numerous international co-production projects with countries such as USA, UK, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Taiwan and Vietnam to name a few.

James has developed lifelong friendships in the Far East with the likes of Jackie Chan (Rush Hour 1, 2 & 3), Sammo Hung (Martial Law) and Wo-Ping Yuen (The Matrix 1, 2 & 3) and many other prominent film industry personalities across the globe. He also has a good relationship with major film studios including Golden Harvest Group, China Film Group and others.

In 2004, James produced a 20 episode prime time television series entitled “Student Abroad” in Ontario for CCTV (China Central Television) the government funded national television network of China. Recently he produced a feature film in Toronto entitled “The Baby Formula” currently in post-production with support from Telefilm Canada. He is also developing several projects to be co-produced with China and Czech Republic.

Someone who is totally committed to tying up loose ends James has taken upon himself to be much involved in the post-production and distribution processes. One of his notable attributes is his love of passing his skills to burgeoning filmmakers in whose successes he delights as he monitors their progress.

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STEPHEN ADAMS (Producer) has been a professional actor in Canada for over twenty-five years and has performed in many theatres across the country, including the prestigious Shaw Festival. Some of his numerous film and television works include “Affliction,” “Hollywoodland,” “The Dead Zone,” “Possible Worlds,” “Truth,” “Stardom,” “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” “Blue Butterfly,” “Savage Messiah,” “IMAX:Ultimate G’s,” “X-files,” “Wiseguy” and “Nuremberg.” Stephen has written,  and directed several short films and co-produced the short film “Succubus” with Alison and James. Stephen is currently in the process of writing and developing his feature length script “Sissiboo” with Alison Reid, who will also be directing it.

He is the past President of ACTRA B.C. and a former Board member of the B.C.M.P.A. (British Columbia Motion Picture Association) and at MAIN FILM, an indie co-op in Montreal, Quebec. He currently sits on the board of directors at LIFT, an independent filmmaker’s co-op in Toronto. Stephen teaches/coaches actors and directors working with actors across Canada and has studied filmmaking/screenwriting at George Brown College, MAIN FILM, The Summer Institute of Film and Television (SIFT) and UCLA’s On-line Screenwriting Program.

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BRIAN HARPER (Cinematographer) has decades of experience in commercial, theatrical film and television production. In his 30+ years in the industry he has accumulated experience as a film editor in broadcast television, as a principal technical assistant to three Oscar-winning cameramen, and as a Cinematographer on numerous television series, movies and commercials. Brian has a BA in Communication Arts from Loyola College, University of Montreal.

 

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MARK ARCIERI (Editor) -Mark Arcieri has been in the Film Biz for over 15 years. His career began by editing the news and feature documentaries at Northern Cable and for MCTV, a CTV affiliate in Timmins, Ontario. Mark made the move to Toronto and began a job immediately at D.A.V.E. (Dave Audio Video and Effects) for 2 years. After gaining the experience he needed, Mark decided to go freelance and it was one of the best decisions he ever made. People started to acknowledge his eye for details and his creativity which led him to work as an assistant editor and editor on over 120 hours of television on such shows as “Twitch City”, “Cover Me”, “Black Harbour”, and “The Rez” and editing award-winning shows such as “The Seventh Generation”, “The Famous Jett Jackson” and “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. In 2004 Mark worked with Apple Computers and Digital Film Tree in California to build and use one of the world’s first Apple Xsan Networks using Final Cut Pro on the ESPN series “Tilt”. Mark has also consulted for the A&E series “Random One”, in setting up their edit systems and work flow; other consulting works include the feature film “300”, Tom Green’s “Prankstar”, and various TV series. Mark also enjoys working on independent productions when his time allows, lending his skills to up and coming filmmakers.

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BOB SHER (Production Designer) – Bob Sher has been in the film business since 1979. He first started out as a carpenter building sets for seven years and then moved up to Construction Co-coordinator, which he did for 10 years. His background of dealing with budgets, reading blueprints, organizing with other departments in executing set construction was a natural progression into the art department. Bob joined the Directors Guild of Canada in 1996 as an art director. In a few short years, Bob entered the world of production design where he can apply all the skills he’s learned throughout his career. Bob was born in Los Angeles, California and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Toronto in 1977.

 

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LESLIE KAVANAUGH (Costume Designer) – Leslie Kavanagh has been working in film and television for the past 12 years. She has been in the Wardrobe department on popular films such as “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle,” “Saw II, III, IV, and V,” “How She Move” and “Land of the Dead.” Her television credits include being Wardrobe Supervisor on “Across the River to Motor City,” “Perfect Strangers” and Showtime’s “Leap Years.” Leslie has designed the costumes for episodes of “Blueprint For Disater,” Mario Moriera’s film “Bedwetter” and Alison Reid’s feature film “The Baby Formula.”

 

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Robert Carli (Composer) is one of Canada’s busiest and in-demand music composers for film and television. Since scoring his first film in 1998, his music has received numerous industry awards and nominations, including 8 Gemini nominations, and Gemini Awards for Best Dramatic Series (2006) and Best Documentary (2004). He is the recipient of the 2007 SOCAN Award for domestic television. Most recently, Robert composed the score for the 13 episode first season of Shaftesbury Films’ “The Murdoch Mysteries,” and the indie comedy feature “Breakfast With Scot.”

 

The diversity of Robert’s music can be attributed in part to his years of experience as a performer of musical styles ranging from avante garde and classical, to jazz and rock. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in composition, he began performing as saxophonist with The Toronto Symphony, The National Ballet of Canada and The Esprit Orchestra. He has toured with rock bands and jazz groups across North America and throughout Europe, and he has worked with such artists as the Barenaked Ladies, Julie Andrews, David Byrne , Bob Newhart, Polaris Prize winner Owen Pallett, and soprano Mary Lou Fallis.

Additionally, Robert teaches saxophone at the University of Toronto, has written a Scale and Technique Book for saxophone, and has authored several music related articles for industry periodicals.

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