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BRETT STORY, Producer/Director 

Brett Story is a writer and independent non-fiction filmmaker based out of Toronto and New York. Her films have screened at True/False, Oberhausen, Hot Docs, the Viennale, and Dok Leipzig, among other festivals. Her first feature-length film, the award-winning Land of Destiny (2010), screened internationally and was broadcast on both Canadian and American television. Her second feature documentary, The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, the Prize for Best Canadian Documentary at the DOXA Documentary Festival, and a Special Jury Mention at the Camden International Film Festival. The film will be broadcast on PBS's Independent Lens in 2017. Her journalism and film criticism have appeared in such outlets as CBC Radio and The Nation magazine, and she is currently completing a book manuscript for the University of California Press titled The Prison out of Place. Brett holds a PhD in geography from the University of Toronto and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She was the recipient of the Documentary Organization of Canada Institute’s 2014 New Visions Award and the 2016 Governor General's Gold Medal from the University of Toronto for academic excellence. Brett is a 2016-2017 Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow.

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MAYA BANKOVIC, Director of Photography

Maya Bankovic is a Toronto-based cinematographer. She received her BFA from York University’s Department of Film & Video, where she graduated with Distinction in her specialization in cinematography. Her fiction and documentary work has screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide, including TIFF, VIFF, Hot Docs, Sundance, RIDM, AFI Silverdocs and BFI Flare. In 2010 she was invited to the Berlinale as a participating cinematographer in the festival’s Talent Campus. That same year she was awarded the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography by the Canadian Film Centre for the dance film SLIP. She is currently an Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.

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AVRÏL JACOBSON, Editor

Avrïl Jacobson is a Toronto-based editor. Her work has screened at several festivals, including Sundance Film Festival, the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has also edited programs for broadcast on CBC, TVO and OMNI Television. Recently, she edited My Prairie Home, a documentary-musical featuring Rae Spoon, which will was part of the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Other editing credits include Payback (Sundance ‘12), Ghost Noise (IDFA '10), Deadman (TIFF ’09), and Four Walls (TIFF ’07). In 2011, she received a Gemini Award for Peep Culture, a one-hour documentary about our changing relationship to privacy and new media. In 2009, Avrïl was invited to participate in the Talent Lab at the Berlinale. In 2008, she edited Spring Hurlbut’s Airborne, which was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada. Avrïl holds a BFA in Film & Video Production from York University. Her interest in editing began with an internship as assistant editor at Mercury Films, where she worked on the highly acclaimed documentary Manufactured Landscapes.

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LORI CHODOS, Associate Producer

Lori Chodos was born in Toronto, Canada. She completed her undergraduate degree at McGill, and received her MFA in film from City College of New York. She has worked at Maysles Films, and the experimental film theatre company The Wooster Group, and has created television shows for New York Public Television. She has directed and edited a number of award-winning short films. She lives between Lima, Peru, and Toronto, Canada, working as a documentarian for film and radio. She is currently working on the Toronto-based documentary, A Better Man.

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OLIVIER ALARY, Composer

A native of Toulouse, France, Olivier Alary is a Montreal-based musician and composer. After a degree in architecture, Alary moved to London to study composition. Olivier has released several albums and collaborated with numerous artists including Bjork, Cat Power and Lou Barlow amongst others. Since 2007, he has also provided soundtrack for several feature-length fiction films and documentaries, some of which have received prestigious awards and screenings worldwide (Berlinale, Sundance, TIFF, IDFA). Olivier has also composed music for several exhibitions at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. He has also collaborated with numerous visual artists including Doug Aitken and Nick Knight.

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SIMON GERVAIS, Sound Design 

Simon Gervais is a sound designer working at “Bande a part Audio” since 2006. His work covers fiction and documentary film. He’s also a doctoral student in cinema studies at Université de Montréal.

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IAN REYNOLDS, Sound Recordist 

Ian Reynolds is a Hamilton-based sound recordist who works on fiction and non-fiction film and television. His film credits include Full OutPorch Stories, and We Were Wolves.