Toronto-based writer and director Earthwyn (born April 1, 1987) has been independently producing and providing freelance services for film and television for the past 10 years. Formally trained as an Urban Designer, Earthwyn brought his strong design background and professional public speaking abilities to the realm of film in 2010, when he became the owner and founding member of 1987 Productions. Since then, Earthwyn has written and directed 4 short films, including the film “Metro,” for which he took home the prize for Best Picture at the Toronto 24 Hour Film Challenge, and now works as an Assistant Director with the Director’s Guild of Canada. “Sugar Cube” marks the debut of Earthwyn’s first animated short film, and is sure to astound audiences with its whimsical animation styles and thought-provoking storyline.
David F. Mewa is a highly sought after Director and Cinematographer from Toronto, Ontario whose style and detail has garnered international attention. In addition to producing 2 Seasons of the CBC Music show “Backstage Pass,” David has produced “Muziki Ni” for the US-based network The Africa Channel, The Urban Art Department for Youtube as well as a deck of other shows in various stages of development. His other credits include HGTV lifestyle television, spots for HBO.com and L’Oreal Paris, and a slew of music video credits and accolades including a 2009 Much Music Video Award nomination for “Best Rap video,” Canada’s STYLUS award for “Video of the Year” as well as the “Best Music Video” honor at the LOS ANGELES ARTHOUSE FILM FEST.
BRIAN GREGORY is an established, independent filmmaker, born and raised in TORONTO, CANADA. In 2012, while studying at the New York Film Academy, Brian bared the markings of a true visionary for his work on the production of “Une Expérience,” where he won the “1st Overall Film” at the Campus MovieFest Film Competition and took home the prestigious award for “Best Cinematography” at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Since then, Brian has become a seasoned filmmaker, accumulating a variety of credits all around the World. Brian has worked with household names including Kevin Hart, Andre Igoudala (3X NBA Champion), Fabolous and Ryan Leslie and his work has been featured on multiple media platforms including, Much Music, MTV, BET, GQ Magazine and NY1.
Early in his career, Jason worked as a Production Manager and Assistant Director with TWOTHREEFIVE films and TheNE, where he brought visuals to screen for world-renowned artists such as Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Kardinal Offishall, Bow Wow, Belly and Beenie Man (to name a few) and accrued over 50 music video credits to his name. In addition, Jason has served as the lead Producer for Manifesto TV for three years, has Produced Television for CBC’s Exhibitionists and has designed community programs for major film festivals in Toronto such as Hot Docs and TIFF. Jason is currently the founder of Pure Percent Inc. and has developed content for leading brands such as AMEX, Virgin Mobile, Boston Pizza, TED, and Samsung.
Executive Producer Aaron Key has over a decade of Audio Post experience under his belt. Initially beginning his career as an Audio Engineer, Aaron quickly transitioned into the role of Producer, and has spent the last few years overseeing logistics for film, television and digital projects in the Long Format Department of Pirate Studios in Toronto, Ontario. His impressive client list includes CBC, CTV, MTV, Bravo, Cineflix and DHX Media, just to name a few.
Yves Middleton is a Filmmaker and Sound Designer from Toronto, Ontario. Since joining the industry in 2013, Yves has been actively involved in the Toronto film circuit, racking up numerous credits which include; Key Assistant Sound Designer/Editor on the feature film “Kingdom Come” by Matchbox Pictures and Assistant Director on The Airplane Boys music video for “Imagination.” Yves is a passionate creator whose attention to detail and love for film make him one of the rising stars in the Toronto film business.
Kyle has worked as a professional audio engineer for the past 8 years but has roots in the studio environment, stemming from his younger days as a musician. As a musician, Kyle was given the opportunity to play all over the world and work with award-winning producers such as Garth Richardson and Eric Ratz, but ultimately put his music career on hold, to attend a Media Arts program at Sheridan College where he majored in post-production audio techniques. In his final year, Kyle received the award for Best Sound for one of his senior year films and was hired as a Sound Engineer immediately upon graduation. Kyle now works as a Sound Designer for Pirate Toronto, a highly decorated post audio house, where he mixes and record engineers for a wide variety of clients and media formats.
After joining the Pirate Studios team in Toronto, Ontario as an Audio Engineer in 2011, Ian has worked on commercial campaigns for clients ranging from automotive companies such as Volvo, Mazda and Audi to public service creative including Until The Last Child, The Canadian Cancer Society and Kids Up Front. Ian has also been involved with sound design for television productions such as Wild Things With Dominic Monaghan, Fear Thy Neighbor and Daily Planet. He is an active composer and mix engineer, who currently works with established and emerging music acts in the Toronto area.
Kira May is an experimental vocal loop artist and visual artist from Toronto, Ontario. Her work uses the textural and emotive possibilities of the voice to explore the complex relationship between the spirit and body. Since the release of her debut EP Health in 2014, Kira has received recognition from the Ontario Arts Council and FACTOR in support of her work, and composed the theme song for the CBC radio series Stripped. Her song “Never Broke A Bone” off of her debut EP Health is used in the film Sugar Cube to haunting effect and serves as the only spoken words in the entire film.