Ann Bernier has been an independent producer since 1999. Ann was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc., which produced such award winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly, and New Waterford Girl.
She was the Canadian Producer on Dominique Cabrera’s Folle Embellie. She produced The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and the feature documentary Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey. Ann was the Executive Producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film Snow. She was co-producer on Donna Davies’ feature documentary film Fanarchy produced for TMN, HBO Canada and Epix. She was producer with John Walker on his feature documentary Quebec My Country Mon Pays for the documentary Channel and is working on John’s next film Assholes: A Theory. She and her partner Chris Zimmer are also developing a number of projects including two television series, an animation feature Koati and local feature Monica’s News.
Researcher Valerie Mansour has worked on over 35 film documentaries and television series. She uses skills learned as a print and broadcast journalist to: research film topics; help to develop storylines; locate potential interviewees; invite, and sometimes convince, interviewees to participate; conduct pre-interviews; and write research reports. She also does visual research, and writes and edits treatments. Recent credits include: researcher on Decoding Life: The Epigenetic Revolution; Body Language Decoded; Forever Young; story producer and field producer for Keeping Canada Safe and Keeping Canada Alive; researcher for A TV Renaissance. Beyond the film world, Valerie writes profiles for the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia and does freelance editing. She is editor of Nova Scotia Cookery Then and Now, published in 2017.
Robert Sandler has over 40 years of experience Executive Producing, Producing, Directing, Story Editing and Writing for ever genre of television.
Sandler’s company Creative Anarchy, was instrumental in creating the pioneering docudrama series Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science and the follow up, 72 Hours: True Crime. Among other series under this company, Sandler helmed, Extreme Clergy, My Pet’s Gone Viral, and Real Voodoo.
Prior to Creative Anarchy, Sandler was a Writer-Story Editor on the prime-time drama series Traders as well as Street Legal and in children’s television, Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, Sharon, Lois and Bram’s The Elephant Show and Canada’s first kid-com, Eric’s World.
In addition, Sandler was head writer on The Wayne and Schuster Comedy Hour, co-wrote Toller Cranston’s Dream Weaver, winner of the Golden Rose for Best International Varity Show at the Montreaux Television Festival, and Jeff Hislop’s Dancing Man which was a Gemini Nominee for Best Variety Writing. In 1987, Sandler conceived and edited Northrop Frye: On Shakespeare, which won the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction.
As Executive Producer for the NFB’s Quebec-Atlantic Studio, Annette Clarke is an accomplished producer committed to collaborating with artists to tell powerful, transformative stories. Select credits include Vive La Rose (2009, TIFF and Sundance), The Chocolate Farmer (2010, Hot Docs, RIDM), Flawed (2010, Hot Docs, Silverdocs, double honours at PSIFF, Emmy nomination), The Boxing Girls of Kabul (2011, IDFA and CSA for best documentary short), Hard Light (2012, FIFA Jury Award), Buying Sex (2013, Hot Docs), Danny (2014, Hot Docs Big Ideas series), 54 Hours (2014, Yorkton Founder’s Award), Gun Runners (2015, Hot Docs), Theater of Life (2016, Berlin), Hand. Line. Cod. (2016, TIFF) and Love, Scott (2018, Hot Docs). Annette’s current productions reflect on the human condition inside Nova Scotia prisons, along the Brazilian Amazon, on Fogo Island and through the story of a 12-year-old Yazidi boy arriving in Canada.
Jim has been recording sound for film and video since the mid-seventies, starting with The Codco Document, and The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood.
Since then he has recorded production sound for the NFB, CBC and many TV movies, series, feature films, and commercials.
He has recorded several films with John Walker including Place of the Boss: Utshimassits, Passage, and of course, Assholes: A Theory.