Michelle D’Alessandro Hatt – Actor/ Writer/ Director/ Producer

Michelle is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and actor based in Toronto.

Brave Little Army, her directorial debut, was made with an all-female crew under her shingle, Black Lab Film Company. Since premiering at the St. John’s Women’s International Film Festival in 2018, Brave Little Army has been an official selection of over 40 festivals, including the Canadian Film FestivalFantasia International Film Festival, and the Oscar-qualifying Bogota Short Film FestivalBrave Little Army has won multiple awards, notably Best Short at Voce Spettacolo Film Festival (Matera, Italy), a Special Jury Mention at Festival Courts d’un Soir (Montreal, Canada), and Jury Awards at both Lady Filmmakers Festival (Los Angeles, USA) and Chinh India Kids Festival (New Delhi, India).

Michelle’s screenplay for the next film in her trilogy, Brave Rebel Army, was a semi-finalist in the 2021 short script competition at Lady Filmmakers Festival and Best Short Drama Screenplay Nominee at Atlanta Women’s Film Festival (2022). Brave Rebel Army is going to camera in 2023 with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Michelle’s plays have been produced at Summerworks Theatre Festival, the New Ideas Festival and Toronto Fringe Festival. She has been an invited member of the Tarragon Theatre Playwrights Unit, and was the recipient of a Theatre Ontario playwriting mentorship with the prolific Linda Griffiths.

As an actor, Michelle has enjoyed lending her voice to countless brands, including Cadillac, Swarovski, Dove, Keurig, Coppertone, Fisher-Price, Peoples, and Jacob’s Creek Wines. Favourite on-camera credits include playing Tom Noonan’s muse in Tom Works Nights, the starring role of Lisa Fuillerat in the true story of her escape from an abusive husband in Forbidden: Dying for Love, and 1950s cannibal housewife Martha in the award-winning Guess Who’s Not Coming to Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner?  

Michelle is proud to be a voting member of the Canadian Screen Academy, and a member of Women in Film & Television Toronto. She has served on the selection committee for Berlin Feminist Film Week and as a judge for the Nova Star Awards.

For professional development, Michelle has participated in the Film Industry Forum at St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival, Directing Masterclass at the Canadian Film Festival, the Director’s Foundation Certificate course at Raindance Canada, Writing Episodic Television at University of Toronto, and Screenwriting Masterclass with Scott Myers.

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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)

Sydney Cowper – Editor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

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.


Housewife (formerly known as 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, Housewife 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. 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).

Rosali Annikie – Actor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Rosali had her first audition at the young age of six, ever since then she has had a passion for this industry. In 2015 she began training at Talent Inc Canada, where she took various workshops and classes. In 2018 she received the title Best Female Overall Actress at Talent Inc. Shortly after, she booked two voiceovers and the role as K in Brave Little Army. Since then she has filmed numerous voiceovers and commercials. Most recently she can be heard in Lollipets Instructional Guide. Rosali loves the aesthetic of Brave Little Army, making it her favourite project.


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.


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. Karlee will make her directorial debut in 2019 with her comedy horror short, The Scritching Hour, co-produced by Black Lab Film Company.

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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.”

Lyla Elliott – Actor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Lyla participated in her first local play in 2016 and realized right away that she had found a passion.  Within the year she had signed with an agent and was on her way. In addition to being a part of Brave Little Army,  Lyla modelled and was in a commercial for Plan International’s  “I am Girl” campaign.  Over the past year she has also acted in two episodes of CBC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show, and an episode of Star Trek – Discovery.  She has a supporting role in the upcoming Hallmark Christmas movie – Return to Christmas Creek.   She took on a principal role in a children’s pilot called Fairyland and just recently completed filming her first part in  a major motion picture, It – Chapter 2. The past year and half has been exciting one for Lyla, but her part in Brave Little Army remains her favourite!


Steph Boyko – Second Assistant Camera – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Steph is an honours graduate from Vancouver Film School where she specialized in both cinematography and producing. She is an all around filmmaker and traveller striving to challenge the way people see the world with her work. She has experience working on set with camera, continuity, production, and art. She is also an accomplished landscape and travel photographer. She has most recently turned her attention and devotion to producing, with hopes to continue bringing more diversity and equal opportunity to both subject matter on the screen, and to cast and crew behind the scenes. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)


Faith Vanderwerf – Actor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Faith has a passion for performing and is so excited to play the role of Dee in Brave Little Army. She has been singing, acting and dancing since she was 4 years old. While most of her experience has been in musical theatre productions, including Drayton Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Honk!, and Fame, Faith also has tv, voice over and commercial experience. She is proud that her first film role is in an all female production reflecting the true power of friendship which triumphs through even the most challenging of life events.


Debora Siegel – Costume Designer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Debora has a passion for being on set and telling a story through inventive design and contemporary expression. She has successfully supported many films and multi media productions with her technical expertise in building visual imagery through costume design. Holding diplomas from both Central Saint Martins University and George Brown College, she has worked as a Project Manager and Costume Supervisor. Deborah is eager to cultivate her practical experience, drive, interpersonal and design capabilities within the film industry.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)


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)

Ashley Hallihan – Casting Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Ashley Hallihan is an established Casting Director with her fingers on the pulse of the Toronto film industry, with projects spanning feature films, television, music videos, commercials, and everything in between.


Carine Zahner – Key Grip – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

After her visual art studies in Beijing, Carine moved to Canada to focus on her interest in film, lighting and photography.  She has since worked in G&E and camera for projects ranging from sketches to features, commercials to network TV, music videos to documentaries. This year, she is graduating from York’s BFA Film Production program with specialized honours in Cinematography. Her stories surround people of colour, women, and social minorities that still need to be heard by the masses. (Photo Credit: Sarah Zanon)

Emily Varg – First Assistant Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Emily Varg is a Swedish assistant director, producer and marketer based in Toronto. Since finishing her thesis film “Technically Love”(2016) Emily has worked on numerous projects in Canada and Sweden including the short films “The Pits”(director Shetu Modi), “Mors lilla Olle”(directors Andreas Samuelson and Nader Pahlevani) and “Brave Little Army”(director Michelle D’Alessandro Hatt). She is currently finishing the feature VR science-fiction film “An Issue of Structure, Episode 7” set to premiere at Skövde Art house on September 14. 

Janal Bechthold – Composer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Janal’s compositional style is diverse and innovative as she tends to combine musical elements and styles in a natural manner. Her comfort using non-traditional textures and tambres within her music makes for a fresh and intriguing sound. As an integral part of film and television projects, Janal’s music has appeared in numerous film festivals and broadcast both domestic and internationally.

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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.


Deanna Sciortino – Costume Designer – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Deanna Sciortino studied at the Ryerson Theatre School to gain a BFA with a specialty in costumes to begin her career as a Costume Designer. Over the years she has worked in the independent market designing low budget features and television shows including the 3rd and 4th seasons of Annedroides. While designing, she has also worked other areas of the costume department from stitching, to breakdown, and background coordinating. All this was to move closer to her newly gained membership within IATSE 873, where she hopes to be designing, bringing more Canadian designers to the forefront of film and television.  wardrobe, wardrobe supervisor, and onset wardrobe.


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)


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.

Laura Bower – Script Supervisor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Laura Bower is a Toronto based picture editor who has been editing professionally since 2015. She got her start on the Emmy Award winning children’s series, Odd Squad, created by Tim McKeon and Adam Peltzman, and has since worked on various other genres. Bower also enjoys working on set as a script supervisor when she can, helping to inform and shape the edit from behind camera.

Amanda Cheung – Actor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

As an actor, model and dancer, Amanda approaches everything with a smile and a positive attitude. Amanda’s interest in acting began after being awarded a dance scholarship that provided the opportunity to train and visit production studios in Hollywood California. Within the next few months she signed with an agent and booked her first role as LU in Brave Little Army. Amanda has since worked on several commercials and print advertisements. Although Amanda has had a busy year, Brave Little Army remains her favourite project and is very proud of having been part of an all female production and cherishes the friendships that evolved.

Emma Thornley – Production Coordinator – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Emma Thornley is an emerging producer with a focus on developing feminist, intersectional and/or queer projects. She is a recent graduate of York University’s film production program. In addition to freelancing, Emma is currently working as Executive Director of The Future of Film Showcase, and producing “The Canadian Film Podcast”, available on Podbean, Google Play, iTunes and Soundcloud.


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.


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.

Samuel Matukas – Actor – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

Samuel Matukas is a very outgoing and charismatic person. This is his first ever real movie production. Sam has been acting for 2 years now and is already in love in how wonderful it is. Sam has been in many theater productions including, Peter Pan, True colors and more. Sam was so excited to land the role of Boy in Brave Little Army. Sam hopes to become bigger in the movie industry and meet more amazing people, just like the cast in Brave Little Army. 


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)

Rachel Chaves – Third Assistant Director – BRAVE LITTLE ARMY

A graduate of York University, Rachel is a talent agent at Applause Bickerton Model and Talent, as well as a freelance photographer specializing in travel and production stills.

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.


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.


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”:


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

Steve Kasan is an actor, writer, illustrator in Toronto with acting experience on camera with some notable roles in the award winning “Lifechanger”, time travel web series “Out of Time” from Bajan filmmaker Rodney V. Smith, starring in the festival winning “The Silencer” from the booming Ottawa film community. A principle role in an episode of “See No Evil”, and, recently in award winning filmmaker, Michelle D’Alessandro Hatt’s “Brave Little Army”. IMDB profile: Credit: Sarah Zanon)



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