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Michelle D’Alessandro Hatt – ACTOR / WRITER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER

As an actor, Michelle’s recent work includes the award-winning comedy Guess Who’s Not Coming to Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner? (2015) and the dramatic short, Friends on Facebook (2017). She has appeared in numerous independent films that have screened at festivals worldwide and on the Sundance Channel. As a producer, Michelle has co-produced several theatre productions and over 50 video productions. BRAVE LITTLE ARMY is her directorial debut. (Photo Credit: LV Imagery)

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Gayle Ye – Cinematographer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

An award-winning filmmaker with work screened internationally at the Cannes Court Metrage and Toronto International Short Film Festival, Gayle recently lensed a comedy series for CBC and a documentary in Myanmar for World Vision Canada. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon) www.gayleye.com

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Sydney Cowper – Editor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Sydney  is a Toronto based Video Editor, originally from Norfolk County, Ontario. She first discovered editing when she was 12 years old and fell in love with the creativity and “movie magic” that editing allows. Sydney graduated from Sheridan College’s Media Arts program, with honors, focusing on Editing and Grip/Electric practices.  She is now a member of the DGC and an Associate member of the CCE. The relationship between the pace and emotion in Sydney’s work is influenced by her 12 years training as a pianist. www.sydneycowper.com

 

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Moscow Apartment – Soundtrack – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Winners of the Best Young Songwriters award at the 2017 Toronto Independent Music Awards, the Under 18 award in the 2018 Canadian Songwriting Competition, and the Best Young Performer award at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards, Moscow Apartment is driven by a mixture of sweet harmonies and belted refrains, acoustic shimmer and electric crunch, and the clever wordplay of multi-instrumentalists and versatile vocalists Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla. The heart of their work is mature and exquisite songcraft, drawing on a source beyond their fifteen and sixteen years, but still linked to the dreams and worries of youth. Woven through with honeyed harmonies, their songs easily slip and shift through folk, pop, and punk to create a distinct kind of indie folk rock that moves your feet even as it catches in your throat. Following an initial creative explosion in 2017, momentum keeps building for the young duo: they made their Horseshoe Tavern debut as a part of Dan Burke/exclaim! magazine’s Class of 2018 series, and are thrilled to be working under the seasoned management of Jeff Rogers (Handsome Boy Records, Crash Test Dummies, Pursuit of Happiness, Lowest of the Low). This summer, new audiences across the country and the border will be let in on the secret many in Toronto already know, as Moscow Apartment tour western Canada supporting the Good Lovelies, and play in New York opening for Ron Hawkins. They’re also preparing to release the first single from their forthcoming LP in June 2018. www.moscowapartment.ca

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Elana Emer – First Assistant Camera – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A cinematographer based in Toronto and the GTA, holding a BFA in film production from York University. With work ranging from short dramas and documentaries to experimental cinema, Elana’s shooting style, reflecting in both her film and photography work, is intimate and candid, with an emphasis on character, colour, and mood. www.elanaemer.com

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Karlee Morse – Key MUA & Prosthetics Makeup Designer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A make-up artist specializing in prosthetic creation and application, Karlee has a keen interest in pushing the limits of practical effects to achieve fantastic but feasible looks. She has created Emmy award-winning work (Outstanding Make-up, Odd Squad – “Happy Halfiversary”, 2016) and her work has been featured in television, film, commercials, music videos and theatre. Past clients include Disney, Blizzard Entertainment, Ubisoft, and Telus. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon) www.karleemorse.com

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Sarah Zanon – Set Still Photographer/Poster Design – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Sarah Zanon is a Toronto based photographer and graphic designer, with a degree in Graphic Design from OCAD University and is currently working in the film industry.  Viewing the world through her camera eyepiece, she is inspired by all forms of art.  Her range of work in both photography and graphic design is very diverse—constantly exploring and discovering new aspects and gathering inspiration.”

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Steph Boyko – Second Assistant Camera – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Bio coming soon. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Debora Siegel – Costume Designer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Bio coming soon. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Khanh Tudo – Gaffer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Most of Khanh’s work is in narrative and documentary cinematography, and occasionally she works with experimental film and installation art. Having been a part of collectives such as Invisible Footprints, Insomniac Film Festival and Trying Our Best Club, Khanh’s work focuses on collaborative, intersectional feminist processes. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Ashley Hallihan – Casting Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY
Ashley Hallihan is a Casting Director and Producer with her fingers on the pulse of the Toronto film industry. She has worked extensively in features, television, music videos, commercials, and everything in between. Having acted as Associate Producer on Charlie Hamilton’s ‘ Dances with Film’s 2016 Award Winning short film “Next Stop”, she’s just leaving her mark on the industry. Ashley has taken Hallihan Casting from ‘local upstart’ to ‘trusted Toronto mainstay’ over the past three years, and she’s done so through her commitment to teamwork and collaboration. More than just sourcing talent, Hallihan Casting matches the right people with the right projects, thinking beyond the audition room and considering the cooperation and trust inherent in taking any film from concept to screen. Ashley invests herself fully in every aspect of the industry, working with creatives to find the perfect match and assist them in realizing their vision. Serving as a juror at the Canadian Screen Awards, a regular judge at the Toronto Monologue Slam, she keeps her eyes open and is always seeking the next perfect fit for a project. The value of this can be seen in the casting for the upcoming Feature films “Strange But True” (with Producer Fred Berger ‘La La Land) and ‘Paper Year’ (with Rebbeca Addleman, ‘New Girl’). http://ashleynicole06.wixsite.com/hallihan-casting

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Carine Zahner – Key Grip – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Bio coming soon. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Janal Bechthold – Composer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY
Janal Bechthold is a composer for film, TV, games, and interactive media, having worked on numerous scores including horror noir feature Art of Obsession, documentary Gods In Shackles, videogame The Rival Books of Aster, and interactive graphic novels, Dystopia 2153 and 80 Degrees North. Her music for television has been broadcast on CBC/SRC-Radio Canada, CTV, TSN, Discovery, and TV5 international among others! In addition to being a participant in the Canadian Music Centre’s 2018 electronic music incubator EQ, she is the recipient of the 2016 Chris Dedrick Music Fund Award for Live Musicians in Media Soundtracks. Janal has served on the Board of Directors of the Screen Composers Guild of Canada since 2012 and spearheaded the SCGC’s recent research report, “Gender in the Canadian Screen Composing Industry”. www.marcandomusic.com

 

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Emily Varg – First Assistant Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A Swedish writer and producer, based out of Toronto, Canada, Emily has produced music videos, short films, commercials and voice overs both in Canada and Sweden. She is also the co-founder of Fits & Starts, a communications agency designed to specifically help independent filmmakers with marketing and crowdfunding campaigns.

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Bridget Tang – Sound Recordist/Mixer/Editor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, Bridget combines her auditory experience with her interest in storytelling to form her career in sound recording, editing, and mixing for film and television. www.bridgettang.com

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Deanna Sciortino – Costume Designer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Deanna has several years of experience, knowledge and training in both costume design and styling. She is a costume designer who has experience as a stitcher, key wardrobe, wardrobe supervisor, and onset wardrobe. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon) www.deannasciortino.com

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Asmaa Er Rouhi – Swing – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Asmaa is an emerging filmmaker and an artist based in Toronto. She’s been involved in numerous creative art projects around the city with Vibe Arts, including large murals, creative photography classes and Vibe Arts Fest. She’s also been a critical success to many short films and commercials produced at Humber College. Asmaa is currently building her production company – Fast Freddy Films with Spencer Williams and Dallas Dominique. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Alicia Hodgins – Art Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Alicia Hodgins is an artist, specializing in Set Decoration and Properties in film and television.  Attention to detail is her strong suit; she has an appreciation for the finer points, and personal touches.  She takes great pride in her work, as is evidenced in her Emmy-nominated set dressing. Her fabrication background gives her an edge when it comes to quick thinking and problem-solving on set. Her inability to sit still combined with her chronic addiction to caffeine drives her builds, and advances her art.

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Laura Bower – Script Supervisor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Bio coming soon. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Steph Pringle – Makeup Artist – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A graduate of Sheridan College’s Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props graduate program, Steph is influenced by her background in photography and painting; she envisions her work in relation to the frame and the shot, the relationship with the viewer, and a purposeful intention behind every decision. https://sppringle.wixsite.com/stephpringfx

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Natasha Ponce – Assistant Art Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Toronto-based set decorator/assistant art director Natasha is a graduate of The Toronto Film School and studied Graphic Design for three years at George Brown College. Her favourite genres are fantasy and horror and she has two stories in the works, both very heavy in set dec!

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Cynthia Crofoot – Second Assistant Director/Casting Assistant – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Cynthia has made her mark in Toronto’s entertainment industry with a professional acting career spanning more that 25 years. She has trained with several of Canada’s best for both acting and voice, and her credits include 50 leading and principal roles with performances garnering 6 Best Actress and 4 Acting Excellence awards. Also a writer and producer, Cynthia has a feature film, BRACEWATER – which she will also star in – currently in development and going to camera in 2018. www.cynthiacrofoot.com

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Emma Zulkoskey – Wardrobe Assistant – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A graduate of the Ryerson School of Performance, Emma is a Toronto basedcostumer. She has worked the past five seasons as a dresser and stitcher in professional theatre and is eager to explore the world of film. This summer she is coordinating costumes for an indie web series as well as taking time off to travel. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Kathleen Turner – Casting Assistant – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Kathleen graduated from Ryerson’s Radio and Television: Media Production program in 2017. Her thesis was an award-winning animated action comedy for kids, called “Zo’s Code”. Since graduating, Kathleen has worked at an acting school, a talent agency, in casting, and she is currently Production Coordinator at Corner Store Films. She is an aspiring Children’s Programming Producer, and loves the excitement and amazement of living in a world dominated by children’s imaginations.

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Samantha Kaine – Consulting Producer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Samantha is an independent producer of film and television and founder of Red11 Productions. Currently she is in residence at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre’s 2018 Producers’ Lab Program. Samantha is developing her first feature film entitled: Lose To Win. Previously, Samantha has produced several short films, including the dramatic short, The Women of Alpine Road and Executive Produced the comedy Willing to LieBoth films are currently circulating the film festival markets. In 2013, Samantha produced the six-part docu-series entitled: Offbeat Roads – The Danakil Diaries for BlueAnt Media’s Travel and Escape channel and is now being sold internationally by EOne Entertainment. Samantha is member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, ACTRA, WIFT and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. She operates out of Toronto, Canada.

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Cleo Brown – Consulting Producer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Cleo is a freelance Script Supervisor and Director with a Degree in anthropology from U of T and a Certificate in Film from Ryerson University. She’s worked on short and feature films. This is her first short film as Writer/Director. She won the Hamish Kippen award for Excellence in Arts from Ryerson University in 2015 for two short films including this one, “The Printer”:  https://vimeo.com/137280126

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Emily Andrews – Consulting Producer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Emily currently  has a number of feature film projects and TV series in development. She remains active as an actor and producer in Canadian theatre, both independently and through her own company.

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Steve Kasan – Actor/Fight Choreographer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Bio coming soon. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

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Robitaille – WAGGER / FETCHER / ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Robitaille has an extensive background in leaping into the unknown and going after what he wants. In addition to being the inspiration and model for the Black Lab Film Co. logo, he assists with script development and production duties.