Toronto based director Jody Shapiro is a frequent collaborator and producer for Guy Maddin and Isabella Rossellini for many projects including: My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World, and Animals Distract Me. Jody’s directorial work includes Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno, a webby nominated series about the mating habits of insects, and the feature documentary How To Start Your Own Country, a hilarious exploration of the micro-nations that are frequently overlooked by better known and drastically larger countries. How To Start Your Own Country was an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival and IDFA.