Joe Mari is a filmmaker that was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His directorial debut, ‘Stealin’ Home’, was one of a handful of Canadian short films to be showcased at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Since screening at Cannes, Joe has split his time working between New York and Toronto. Joe has been fortunate enough to have collaborated with some of the film industry’s most talented individuals, including; Sundance alumni filmmaker Carmine Famiglietti (Ibs), Joe D’Onofrio (Goodfellas), Katherine Narducci (Sopranos), Carla Collins (Carlawood), Gino Cafarelli (Big Fan) and Michael Canzoniero (Don Peyote). Currently, Joe is adapting his short film ‘Pizza Bagel’ into a feature length film that will reunite former SCTV and SNL cast members for the first time in decades.
Michael Pillarella is an emerging young actor from Toronto, Canada. While still early in his career, Michael has already worked along side some of Canada’s most recognized stars. Michael gained notoriety early on starring in the award winning film Stealin’ Home, which premiered at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival. Michael’s work has taken him all over North America, including being casted as the lead in Gino Cafarelli’s (Boardwalk Empire, Big Fan) pilot/presentation for Franny Lew, which was filmed in Queens, New York. In addition to acting, Michael co-wrote and executive produced the critically acclaimed short film Pizza Bagel, which he is currently developing into a feature and slated to star alongside Tony Rosato (SCTV, SNL).
Lucas and Adrian Rezza are two Italian-Canadian brothers from Vaughan, Ontario. They have burst onto the music scene in the last three years through crafting big sounds for the likes of Obie Trice, Bone Crusher, Krazy Bone, Divine Brown, DMC, Maestro Fresh Wes and Reema Major. Their production is fiercely loyal to the sounds of their youth, yet possesses ambitious new “schoolisms”. The Rezza’s musical influences range in diversity from jazz, soul, opera, blues and even traditional Italian folk music. They are truly sonic journeymen that let their music lead the way.
Tyrone Power Jr. comes from a long line of actors, to put it mildly. His great-great grandfather was a theater actor in the early 1800s, his grandfather co-starred opposite John Wayne in 1930 and his father was Fox’s top star from 1938 until the 1950s. Ty grew up in Mexico, studied and worked in New York and now lives in Malibu with his wife - comedienne, actress and author Carla Collins. In addition to acting in feature films and television shows, Ty is a screenwriter, producer and musician – not to mention an excellent chef.
Son of Italian-American immigrants, Gino was born and raised in Queens, NY. He started his professional career in 2000 as co-producer on the film Chooch, which he acted in as well. Gino would soon find himself casted as Vinny Pitts in an episode of The Sopranos, directed by Oscar nominee Mike Figgis. In 2006, Gino was hand picked by Robert DeNiro to play Joe Pesci’s bodyguard in The Good Shepherd. That same year Gino also acted in Artie Lange's Beer League, The Wedding Marconi, and Lbs.
While residing in Los Angeles, Gino posted his very first acting reel to YouTube, and was subsequently discovered by Robert Siegel - writer of the Oscar nominated film The Wrestler. Siegel offered Gino the supporting lead role of “Jeff Aufiero”, a fast talking attorney, opposite actor/comedian Patton Oswalt. Big Fan received critical acclaim, and premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in U.S. Dramatic Competition. The film was later nominated for ‘Best Pic’ at the Gotham Awards. Recently, Gino Guest-Starred on CBS's Blue Bloods, ABC's Castle and wrapped on the riveting short film Family on Board with Eric Roberts.
Michael Pillarella is an emerging young actor from Toronto, Canada. While still early in his career, Michael has already worked along side some of Canada's most recognized stars. Michael's work has screened at the 64th Festival de Cannes as well as the AOF Film Festival in California. In addition to acting, Michael is the co-writer and executive producer of Pizza Bagel.
Alona is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School in New York, a school founded by William H Macy and David Mamet. Atlantic allowed her to learn from the greatest mentors and teachers and to hone her skills as an actor and ensemble member. Since returning to Toronto she has spent her time immersing herself in the local film industry. 2011 was a busy year for Alona, working with Roulette Pictures on Pizza Bagel, with director Murray Foster (bandmember of Great Big Sea) on his passion project You Gotta Say Cocksure and on the series Temp Jobs.
Alona looks forward to sinking her teeth into 2012, as she beings production on Closure, her first feature with Dimeworth Films, writing her own projects and generally taking over the world.
Carla Collins is an award-winning comedian, actress, television host and writer. A gifted stand-up, she has been hailed by the Canadian press as “The Queen of Comedy” and performs all over the United States and Canada. Carla’s hysterical television series Carlawood is now airing on TVtropolis and the Global Reality Channel in Canada. She has performed at Just for Laughs, the Los Angeles Comedy Festival and the Vancouver Comedy Festival. Carla currently appears in the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival television special Does this Joke Make Me Look Fat.
Carla has appeared on a number of Canadian TV shows including; Entertainment Tonight, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Paradise Falls and Chez Carla. Carla’s first book Angels, Vampires and Douche Bags is touted as the world’s first comedic motivational tome. This bestselling book has received unanimous glowing reviews.
Carla is also a contributor for More Magazine and The Huffington Post. She was the first woman in Canada to anchor a major market morning radio show on Toronto’s Mix 99.9. Carla currently lives in Malibu with her actor husband and rescue wonder dogs Miles and Dr. Zira. Carla practices yoga, Kabbalah and consults with a psychic colon therapist. She is now officially one stint in rehab away from becoming a complete Hollywood cliché.
Upon graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Justin has worked with a multitude of directors and production companies such as Black Fawn Films, Green Destiny Films, Miz Monday Productions, Possibility Films and Vitality Media Productions. He has shot over a dozen music videos for artists such as Anna Cyzon, Desperate Union, and Andrew Jackson, short films such as Naked Fury, slated to be shot as a feature length film in 2011 and In Search of the Celestial: The Art of Rudolf Bikkers. He has also shot multiple feature films such as Bail Enforcers, directed by Patrick McBrearty, staring Trish Stratus and Vacillate by award winning director Heather Tobin. Justin spends his time away from the camera caring for his dog Groucho, which also happens to be Canada’s largest canine.
Kirill Belousov was born in Russia, Moscow in 1981 and raised in a musically inclined family. Kirill is a huge enthusiast of sound recoding and sound effects design. Over the last several years Kirill has worked along side Stephen McHattiem, Dave Foley and Kevin Nash and many others on numerous productions.
Adam attended school in Canada at Sheridan College for their internationally known illustration program. It was at school where he was introduced to the exciting and growing world of motion-graphics animation. This was around the time Adam first saw Jerry Levitan's Oscar nominated short I Met The Walrus. Levitan’s film served as a catalyst for Adam’s creative output and provided the inspiration he needed to animate a portion of Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, which currently has over a quarter of a million hits on Youtube. In his spare time Adam likes to search the internet to try and find the great unknown bands before they are in the latest batch of car commercials.
You can see some of Adam's work at www.adamwinnik.com
Located in the heart of Toronto's Film District, Post City Sound is a full-service film and television post-production company with Dolby™, THX™, and SMPTE™ certified digital mixing capabilities for Theatrical, HD, and Broadcast releases. Offering professional post-production services in a world-class facility, Post City Sound caters to a boutique clientele requiring a highly personalized and collaborative approach to filmmaking. With a focus on sound - editorial, design, composition, and mixing - and affiliations with the very best talent in our industry, Post City Sound offers experience that is second to none in shaping sound and mastering a soundtrack for film and television for the worldwide market. The facility is home to multi-award winning sound editors, re-recording mixers, and a vibrant and energetic group of industry professionals dedicated to high-quality soundtracks.
Pino formed his first post-production company, ph Level Productions in 1998. In 2000, Pino joined the sound department of Deluxe Toronto to oversee the integration of Digital Workstations into their traditional analog film mixing stages. Together, the team launched some of Canada’s first premiere digital mixing theatres.
Pino holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and co-founded Post City Sound, a leading audio post-production facility whose credits include the worldwide hit series Little Mosque on the Prairie, the critically-acclaimed series Call Me Fitz – a Genie Award winner for Best Sound, the Genie Award-Winning series Durham County, and many other award-winning film and television titles.
Allen has 30 years experience in Toronto’s film and television post-production community, and a long history with some of Canada’s biggest post-services facilities including Mirrophonic Sound, Pathe Sound, and Film House/Deluxe Toronto. With 11 nominations and 5 Gemini Awards for Best Sound, including one most recently awarded for the hit series Call Me Fitz, Allen has mixed feature films and many of Canada’s biggest and most successful television series including Street Legal, Due South, La Femme Nikita, Mutant X, Goosebumps, Total Recall and many big budget American series shot in Toronto including ESPN’s Playmakers, ABC’s Monk and CBS’s Veritas.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., is the leading provider of a broad range of entertainment industry services and technologies to major Hollywood Studios and an international client base.
The company began operations in 1915 out of the camera department of the Fox Film Corporation in Fort Lee, NJ. Over the years Deluxe became best known through the familiar "Color by Deluxe" trademark when the lab helped filmmakers create the magic of film by adjusting the color and density of the picture in the laboratory timing department. Today, Deluxe is the industry leader in color film processing and 35mm prints for theatrical exhibition.
Deluxe has been preparing for the transition from analog to digital over the last several years. Today, half of our business is from new digital technologies for post production, theatrical exhibition and home entertainment. We expect that the digital technologies we have been developing and acquiring will co-exist with film for the foreseeable future.