Aloud, Beni Harper, cinematography, Davida Gragor, Evert Houston, film, Gay Play Day, Michael Jari Davidson, Patricia Chica, PJ Hammond, Queer Ideas, Ron Leach, Tina McCulloch
TINA McCULLOCH (L&S Productions – Producer/Screenwriter)
Tina is a theatre producer, playwright, and screenwriter. Her first short film screenplay, Chances, was adapted from her original stage script, The View from Here, and premiered at the inaugural Female Eye Film Festival in 2002. She has produced a number of plays for the Alumnae Theatre Company in Toronto, as well as independent projects in SummerWorks and Fringe festivals, and nine of her short plays have been produced on stage in local festival settings. Aloud is based on her stage play The Object of Her Attraction, which is the “meet cute” of Laurie and Suzanne. This first installment of Laurie and Suzanne’s romance played out on stage at the first Gay Play Day festival in 2012. Part Two of their ongoing love story returned to the Gay Play Day festival the following year. Further episodes with these characters are in development as a web series. Or possibly a feature film. In the fall of 2013, the screenplay for Aloud was selected to participate in Queer Ideas, a screenplay development/mentoring series produced by Ron Leach and Evert Houston. Tina is immensely grateful to them, and to mentor Patricia Chica.
PJ HAMMOND (L&S Productions – Director/Co-Producer)
PJ is a graduate of George Brown College’s Theatre Performance program. A stage director since her debut in 2001 of the Alumnae Theatre Company’s Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson, she more recently directed and dramaturged the stage version of Aloud (The Object of Her Attraction), as well as Let’s Spend Our Lives Together, Maybe, the first two stories in Laurie and Suzanne’s saga. PJ served on the board of the Alumnae Theatre Company for more than a decade, and spent several years as Treasurer of the organization. She single-handedly produced its New Ideas Festival in 2003, and was Executive Producer of the company for four years. Aloud is her short film directorial debut, and PJ is looking forward to developing Laurie and Suzanne’s romance further on screen.
MICHAEL JARI DAVIDSON (Cinematographer)
After graduating with Distinction from Western University, Toronto-born cinematographer Michael Jari Davidson built a strong reputation with his work ethic, creative eye, and tenacious spirit. Film scholar Chicka Kinoshita, Ph.D (Chicago) calls Davidson’s cinematography in the film The Resurrection an example of “stunning lighting and composition that evokes Vermeer”. It is through this connection to a rich lineage of image makers that Michael works in his passionate dedication to the art and craft of cinematography. Michael has lensed seven feature films, including Anything Goes, released in Canada by eOne, over twenty-five short films, as well as more than thirty music videos and commercials, shooting for industry leaders such as Legendary Pictures, LLC (stunt previs for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim), Netflix/Gaumont (cinephotography on Hemlock Grove, Season 2, episode 207), Activision (Call of Duty: Operation Kingfish), and record labels such as Capitol, Columbia, and Warner Brothers. Fangoria Magazine calls Michael’s cinematography in the film Familiar “gorgeous”. Michael’s work has been highlighted in magazines such as Canadian Cinematographer and Kodak’s InCamera, as well as broadcast on Super Channel and MuchMusic. In March, 2010, Michael was named as a Director Ex-Officio of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, serving for four years. In August 2010, Michael was welcomed to the membership as a Director of Photography in I.A.T.S.E. 667, the International Cinematographers Guild. www.michaeljaridavidson.com.
BENI HARPER (Sound Recordist)
Toronto-based Beni Harper is an Audio Engineer, specializing in commercials, film, TV and musical recording/mixing. On set, he packs an impressive equipment kit which is used to capture crystal-clear audio. In post production, he is a Sound Designer, Foley Artist, Dialogue Editor, and Mixing Engineer.
Beni has been involved with audio engineering for over a decade. Starting off with digital music production and composition, Beni began teaching himself the fundamentals of sound editing and audio theory in 2004. After years of pursuing experiential knowledge, he enrolled and graduated from Recording Arts Canada in 2011 with honours. Since then he has gone on to record, mix and manipulate sound professionally for corporate videos (Cosette, BMW, IZ Adaptive Clothing/B Corp.), commercials (Scotiabank, Gatorade, Mini Cooper/Chrysler), web series (The Hot Flash, The Writers’ Block), and other media. www.beniharper.wix.com/audio
DAVIDA GRAGOR (Makeup Artist)
Davida has been making people “beautiful” or “bruised” for the past 14 years. Starting as an assistant makeup artist on feature films (such as Bruce McDonald’s zombie tale Pontypool), she quickly moved to the head of her department, key-ing her first movie at age 17. Davida specializes in short format, music videos and commercials. Although calling herself a “semi-retired” makeup artist, she still works on fashion shows, and is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne.