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TraceyTracey Deer-Director/Writer

Tracey Deer, an award-winning Mohawk filmmaker, has multiple credits to her name as a producer, writer and director in both documentary and fiction. Her work has been honored with two Gemini awards and has earned acclaim from multiple film festivals, including Hot Docs and DOXA. She has worked with the CBC, the NFB, and numerous independent production companies throughout Canada. In 2008, Playback Magazine declared her one of the 25 rising stars in the Canadian Entertainment Industry.A graduate of Dartmouth College’s Film Studies program in 2000, Tracey is living her dream of being a visual storyteller, a career goal she set when she was just twelve-years-old. “Tracey represents the next wave of Native filmmaking,” says Adam Symansky, NFB producer of Mohawk Girls and Club Native, “It isn’t based on the past so much as on Native communities taking responsibility and control of their future. That is the challenge she is putting out in her work.”

CynthiaCynthia Knight-Writer

Cynthia Knight is a writer, story editor and executive producer with experience in both feature film and television.  After graduating from the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Writers’ Program, Cynthia worked as a story editor on several factual projects including the series From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis for Global, the award-winning documentary feature RiP: A remix manifesto from EyeSteel Film, Galafilm’s docu-drama The Beat for CityTV, and helped develop the documentary feature Aglow in the Dark for the National Film Board of Canada. Moving into fiction, Cynthia worked as writer/story editor on the animated series Amos Daragon for Spectra Animation, wrote several MOWs including Storm Cell for Lifetime, has written for both seasons of the popular CBC comedy series Sophie, and has managed to pay Revenue Canada all of her back taxes. Cynthia’s foray into showrunning came on Mohawk Girls, the half-hour dramatic comedy for APTN, which is in preproduction on season 4 for APTN.

Jeff BarnabyJeff Barnaby-Director/Writer
Born and raised on the Mi’gMaq reservation of Listuguj, Quebec, Jeff Barnaby (Mi’gMaq), a consummate iconoclast, dropped the drum and the feather for sex, violence, and booze hound broken Indians, earning him the badge of ‘bad boy of Native Canadian cinema’. Having graduated in 2004 from Concordia’s film production program, he has won numerous awards and his films have been shown around the world. Rhymes for Young Ghouls won the TriBeCa 2012 Creative Promise Award for Narrative.

Sonia bonspilleSonia Bonspille- Boileau-Director/Writer

Sonia is a Mohawk filmmaker and graduate from Concordia University’s Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Her work has aired on several Canadian and international television broadcasters, and her projects have caught the attention of major film festivals around the world. Sonia won the PRIX DE LA DIVERSITÉ at the 2011 Gala des Prix Gémeaux for her documentary Last call indien. In 2014 Sonia’s first feature film Le Dep produced by Nish Media, premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic and has since made the official selection of many other prestigious festivals. She has also just completed a documentary for CBC about the impact of the 1990 Oka Crisis called The Oka Legacy with Rezolution Pictures.

stevie-croppedStevie Salas-Guitarist/Writer/Producer/Composer

RUMBLE Executive Producer, world-renowned guitarist, music, film, and television producer. Recorded, written, and produced with diverse artists: George Clinton, Mick Jagger, Public Enemy, Justin Timberlake, T.I., and Rod Stewart. A major label recording artist having sold over two million solo albums worldwide.

 

MusicDirector/consultant: American Idol 2006-2010.

 

Provided guitar score for Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

 

A Native American (Apache), was the Advisor for Contemporary Music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and co-created the music exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture”. 2009 recipient of the Native American Music Award: Lifetime Achievement.

Courtney.jpgCourtney Montour-Director 

Courtney Montour is Mohawk from Kahnawake. She works in the documentary film and new media fields exploring issues of Indigenous identity. Her first feature documentary Sex Spirit Strength (2015), premiered on APTN. She has also directed episodes for several documentary series including Mohawk Ironworkers (2016), Working It Out Together (2016), and Dream Big (2015). She currently coordinates McGill University’s Indigenous Field Studies course, held in Kahnawake.

Brittany LeborgneBrittany LeBorgne-Director/Actor

Brittany LeBorgne hails from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake on the south shore of Montreal, Quebec. Brittany is a 2012 graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Although acting is her first love (she had a starring role in Rezolution’s 2014 dramatic comedy series Mohawk Girls), she also has a passion for working behind the camera. She got her first taste as production coordinator on Rezolution’s documentary series Working It Out Together Season 2 for APTN. She has moved on to directing with APTN’s youth empowerment documentary series, Dream Big. An accomplished freelance reporter as well, Brittany is a passionate storyteller in many mediums.

WaneekHorn-Miller-cropedWaneek Horn-Miller-Host and Co-creator of Working it Out Together

Waneek Horn-Miller is a Mohawk from Kahnawake, a Mohawk territory located on the south shore of Montreal. In 1990, Waneek was behind the lines during the Oka crisis and was stabbed by a Canadian soldier on September 26th at the end of the siege. Waneek turned this life-changing experience into a way to empower her on her road to her dream of competing in the Olympic Games as she had seen fellow Mohawk Alwyn Morris do in 1984. Waneek completed her Bachelor of Political Science from Carleton University in 2006. She has traveled extensively throughout Canada and the United States speaking to native and non-native kids about her experience both in and out of sport. She currently is working with the Assembly of First Nations as the IndigenACTION Ambassador helping to develop a national Indigenous Sport, Fitness and Wellness Strategy.

michelle-cropedMichelle Smith-Executive Producer, Content

Michelle Smith is an award-winning Métis filmmaker, media artist and educator born and raised in Winnipeg. She uses diverse media and participatory strategies to explore issues around indigenous identity, cultural continuity and decolonizing practices. Her documentary work includes the Mohawk Iron Workers series (2016) and the Aboriginal language series Finding our Talk (2010); feature docsdetermiNATION songs (2009) and Turbulent Waters (2004),  experimental film Buried Traces (2010), and It was a Woman (2013) as writer. Digital media projects include www.OtaNdaYanaan.net, an interactive documentary celebrating Métis language and culture and current projects Niska, a video game about the Cree goose hunt in James Bay and Rivet Rampage, a video game based on the experience of Haudenosaunee ironworkers. She teaches Media and Communications at Dawson and John Abbott Colleges in Montreal, and coordinates the Aboriginal Studies program at John Abbott and the Dawson College Journeys program for Indigenous students. She has an MA in Media Studies from Concordia U.

NeilNeil Diamond-Director 

Neil Diamond hails from the Cree community of Waskaganish, on the coast of James Bay. He directed the award-winning Reel Injun, One More River, Cree Spoken Here, and Heavy Metal: A Mining Disaster in Northern Quebec with Rezolution Pictures. His credits also include The Last Explorer and Dab Iyiyuu. He is an award-winning photographer and co-founder of The Nation, the first news magazine to serve the Cree of northern Quebec and Ontario.

Production Team

Lisa Roth – Producer

Lisa M. Roth is a Producer and has been a part of the Rezolution Pictures team since 2007.   She is currently working on the feature documentary RUMBLE, and the documentary series Indian + Aliens 2 and Working it Out Together 3.  She fondly remembers her very beginnings with Rezolution, as AD/researcher/line producer on the documentary The Last Explorer.  When she first joined the production team, Ernie and Neil, Cree co-directors, sat her down and said with stoic poise: “We will teach you the ways…” Since that time Lisa has indeed learnt many ways and worn many hats at Rezolution, including co-producing / researching for the doc series Indians + Aliens 1, co-directing Down the Mighty River  (Gemini-nominated for Best Documentary Series) and line-producing / researching for  the feature documentaries  Reel Injun (Peabody and Gemini award winning) and Smoke Traders, as well as the series Working It Out Together, seasons 1 & 2.   She has also had the opportunity to contribute to fiction series Mohawk Girls  as Post-production Supervisor for season 1.

JakeJake KentProducer / Business & Legal Affairs

Raised in the prairies, Jake now makes his home in Montreal, where he primarily works as Producer for Minority Media and Rezolution Pictures.  Administration, contracts, grants, guilds & agencies: Bureaucracy extraordinaire for Film, Television, Web-development and Video Game production. During his first years at Rezolution, Jake was on the ground in the production process, working variously as sound recordist , camera assistant and managing equipment. Coming from a background of Production and Post, Jake is also a producer, Director & Writer in his own right for such short animated films as “Botany-Bot”, “Theckathil & the Gnomes” and “Cockroach Heaven”, screened at festivals around the world. Jake’s children’s book “Martin & Moose” is available on Amazon.com and his first Android app is slated for release in fall 2016.

ClaireClaire MacKinnonProducer / Business & Legal Affairs

Claire joined the dynamic team at Rezolution Pictures in 2012. Claire is one of the administrative pillars of the company, handling a diverse range of files including legal, insurance, funding, unions and a variety of other essential tasks. Claire brings her characteristic enthusiasm to the office every day and is excited to be a part of telling the wonderful stories that Rezolution Pictures brings to the screen.

Prior to Rezolution, Claire was the Production Coordinator of the Cree newsmagazine, the Nation, since 2004. The Nation is published by Rezolution’s sister company Beesum Communications.

MarkMark Ouimet Social Media Manager/Assistant to the Producers

Born in Montreal and raised on the First Nations reserve of Kahnawake, he has been involved with community theatre, has taught dance and performance to children, and has also had the opportunity to work behind the scenes at the production level with well established companies in both Montreal and Toronto. Since his return to Montreal in 2012, he is delighted to have found a new home with the amazing team at Rezolution Pictures. Bringing a wide range of skills and experiences in the entertainment industry with him, Mark has been instrumental in growing and maintaining Rezolution Pictures’ presence in the media and on-line, and increasing brand awareness. Liaising directly with networks, publicists, journalists, festivals, and fans, he’s immersed in the day-to-day evolution of Rezolution Pictures and helps to connect the various branches of the company to one another. Additionally, Mark serves as the assistant to the producers, helping them manage their hectic schedules, overseeing the operations in the studio, and keeping communication and work-flow moving as smoothly as possible.

Xina - NewXina CowanDigital Media Producer

Xina joined Rezolution Pictures in May 2015, and now considers the team her family. She manages the exciting realm of Digital Media, creating dynamic online spaces where Indigenous voices can shine. Xina believes in the power of Community, and sees the web as an ideal platform for building strength, connections, and new ideas. Xina is of Mohawk/Irish/Scottish descent, and has an affinity for wild, beaded earrings.

RebeccaRebecca Lessard Post Production Supervisor & Editor

Rebecca has been at Rezolution Pictures since early 2013. She grew up in Montreal and studied Communication at Concordia University. As Post-Production Coordinator, she oversees everything that happens after footage has been shot, working closely with the editor, assistant editor, sound mixer, composer and finally the online editor. As the in-house editor, she edits promotional materials such as trailers, demos and digital content, and even episodes of television shows. Lately she has also been involved in archival research and clearances. She likes that working at Rezolution means she is constantly learning on the job — in researching projects, in observing our talented extended team, and in troubleshooting technological predicaments. Outside of work, Rebecca is a founder and contributor to the Roots and Recipes project at http://rootsandrecipes.com/

AnaAna Paula Castillo MendezAssistant Editor

Ana Paula started at Rezo in September 2015. She is in charge of offloading, organizing and backing up footage, as well as finding and organizing the archives, and helping the editors and producers with anything related to the projects in terms of editing and post-production. She loves the easy-going attitude and the great passion everyone shares for the work we do. Born and raised in Venezuela, she has been living in Montreal since 2011 and has a degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Film Production. She has a passion for languages, martial arts and multiculturalism.

Accounting Team

Anne-MarieAnne-Marie Belhadj – Accounting Manager

Anne Marie joined the team at Rezo in August 2005 and has become one of the anchors of the accounting team. Since the beginning she has been involved with payroll and accounts-payable, and her role has evolved to include heading up the accounting department and managing communications with the government and banks. Her favourite thing about working at Rezo is the people; she brings her spunky, fun attitude to the office every day, and her energy fits well with such a dynamic team. She is a big David Bowie fan and has an adorable 12 year old son.

SilvySilvy KimAccounting Clerk

Silvy joined the team at Rezolution in 2014. She works in the fascination world of figures and spreadsheets of accounting. She finds Rezolution’s business principles, like flexibility and understanding, are progressive, innovative and rare.

AnneAnne KentAccounting Clerk
Anne joined Rezolution Pictures in 2009, first as an Archive Researcher for Reel Injun. Later, as an Assistant to the Producers, she sent Reel Injun out into the world to seek its fortune at film festivals, along with subsequent productions. More recently, she helps the accounting team maintain their sanity juggling Rezolution Pictures, Minority Media and Minority VR. She is also the official in-house plant wrangler for the ever-growing Rezo jungle.

Jing FeiJing Fei GaoAccounting Clerk

Jing Fei assists Linda Ludwick in all of Rezolution Pictures’ financial affairs, handling everything from payroll to account management.

Collaborators

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Beesum Communications

Beesum Communications is a creative agency and media production company based in Montreal. Our unique perspective and dedication to customer service and quality comes from our proud corporate background. We are an Aboriginal owned and operated communications company that has provided exceptional and acclaimed service to our clients for over 20 years. Since 1993 we have proudly served both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients throughout Canada and the United States. At Beesum Communications, we believe that quality, service, and price are all integral parts of any project. We work to ensure that our clients benefit in all three of these aspects, and that our final products successfully meet and surpass the needs and expectations of our valued customers. So, what does your business need?

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Rev 13 Films – Tony ManolikakisPost-Production

Tony Manolikakis is a Montreal filmmaker, colorist and post-production supervisor. Having spent years developing technology that is used in post-production and broadcasting environments all over the world, he brings a keen understanding of the high tech toolset to post-production. Tony has worked on feature films, documentaries and music videos.

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Innovate By Day – Deb Day & Team – Digital Media
Deb is an award-winning television and film director and producer with over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Using her finely-tuned communication, strategic and creative thinking skills, Deb works with talent, entrepreneurs, businesses, production companies, distributors and broadcasters to create effective digital and social media strategies and content to engage customers, clients and audiences online. Recent projects include tremendously successful campaigns for Corner Gas: The Movie, Saving Hope, Rookie Blue, Remedy, Max & Shred and Mohawk Girls.

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The Leisa Lee Group – Leisa Lee & Team – Publicist

Specializing in PR/Promotion/Marketing and Event planning, The Leisa Lee Group brings over 25 years of experience and a passion for the entertainment and popular culture industry to each of its projects. We have strong relationships with English and French media both locally and across Canada. We work with clients such as evenko (Osheaga, Heavy Montreal, Disney On Ice), Just For Laughs, DKD Events, Rezolution Pictures, Zone 3, comedian Sugar Sammy, the Ritz-Carlton hotel, The Burgundy Lion Group, Bridal Boudoir, and leather company m0851.

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Alfonso Maiorana-Cinematographer/Co-Director

Alfonso Maiorana has over two decades of experience in film and television production as a director, director of photography, and camera operator. Alfonso is currently co-director and director of photography on the internationally-financed feature documentary Rumble: the Indians Who Rocked the World. He also acted as Director of Photography for Rezolution’s dramatic comedy series Mohawk Girls (aired on APTN in 2014).

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KNGFU

Kngfu is an innovative multiplatform content producer that knows it’s how our stories are shaped that matters. Based in Montreal, the production company creates linear and interactive content for digital platforms since 2006: web series, games, webdocs, installations and apps. Kngfu’s work is dedicated to meaningful new forms of storytelling. Since its foundation, the company has been collaborating with broadcasting platforms and producers who are passionate about exploring new territories. Kngfu has meaningful things to say, and knows how to communicate them. Infusing a diversity of platforms, locations and cultures into each project, Kngfu always ventures where you don’t expect it.