ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Christene Browne is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist and librettist with over 30 years experience in the film and television industry. Her work which most often deals with marginalized communities has been sold and screened all over the world. Browne is the first Black woman to direct and write a dramatic feature film in Canada. She recently completed a short, animated documentary on famed novelist Austin Clarke and her third novel, a science fiction allegory that deals with climate change and race. She is currently developing, an experimental animated film, her first opera, and teaching at Ryerson University. Browne lived in Regent from 1970 to 1985 and made her first documentaries there as part of the Regent Park Video Workshop in the 80’s.
Moze Mossanen is a director, writer and producer who has created a body of popular and critically acclaimed work that have included a unique blend of drama, documentary, music and performance. These films include “Dance for Modern Times (winner of the Chris Award); “Year of the Lion” (winner of three Gemini Awards and the Jury Prize at the Yorkton Film Festival); “Roxana” (winner of two Golden Sheaf awards, the CSC Award for Cinematography and two Gemini Awards); and “Nureyev” (winner of the Golden Sheaf Award and two Gemini awards, including one for Best Direction for Moze). His 2013 doc, “Unsung”, a documentary about the world of show choirs, won the Canadian Screen Award in 2015. His most recent feature doc, “You Are Here”, about the actual people who inspired the current worldwide hit, “Come From Away”, was released on HBO Canada in September 2018. The film won the Audience Award at CineFest in October 2018 and two CSA Awards including Best Documentary in March 2019. The film was also released in over 800 theatres across the United States in September 2019.
Grant McLean (April 7, 1921 – December 19, 2002) was a Canadian film director and producer. For most of his professional career he worked with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), serving as its acting Commissioner for a period during the 1960s.
An alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre Directors’ Lab, Charles Officer began his filmmaking career with a series of award-winning short films that screened at festivals around the world. His debut fiction feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, premiered at TIFF 2008, was released theatrically by Mongrel Media and earned 10 Genie nominations. His feature documentary debut, Mighty Jerome, won four Leo Awards in 2011 and an Emmy Award in 2012 for Best Historical Documentary.
Officer directed Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story for the eight-episode documentary series Engraved on a Nation (2014 CSA for Best Documentary Series). In 2017, the CBC’s Firsthand commissioned The Skin We’re In, featuring acclaimed journalist and activist Desmond Cole. Officer’s latest feature documentary, Unarmed Verses, premiered to major acclaim in 2017 and won the Best Canadian Feature awards at Hot Docs 2017 and VIFF 2017.
He recently directed several episodes of the dramatic series 21 Thunder, which is having its international premiere on Netflix in 2018. Officer is currently in post-production on his next feature, Invisible Essence: Le Petit Prince, a cinematic meditation based on the classic novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Projects in development include the feature crime drama Akilla’s Escape and a mini-series adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s novel Son of a Smaller Hero.
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Agazi Afewerki, whose family is from Eritrea, and Mohammed Shafique, from Bangladesh, are friends. Together they made a film called The Myths About Regent Park, which set out to dispel the notion that their neighbourhood is a hotbed of crime.