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MATT GALLAGHER

DIRECTOR/ CO -PRODUCER

Matt Gallagher, an award-winning director with over 15 years experience, is currently in pre-production on a feature-length documentary for History Television called History Geeks.

He recently completed the feature doc Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell for the History Television. The documentary Matt directed in 2006, also for History Television, Vimy: Carved in Stone, was nominated for a Gemini award for best history documentary.

In 2004 his documentary First and Last, a Remembrance Day special for CBC Television, premiered to much critical acclaim. Matt was nominated for a 2002 Gemini award for best direction for his TVO documentary Tyler's Barrel. Tyler’s Barrel, which chronicles one man's obsession with Niagara Falls, was featured at Input 2003 in Denmark, had its festival premiere at Hot Docs and screened at the Atlantic Film Festival along with Falling From the Sky, a documentary he directed in 2002 for CBC Newsworld's Rough Cuts. 

In 2000, Matt took his camera to the streets of Detroit where he shot and directed Cass, a documentary that was showcased at Hot Docs and was awarded Best Short Documentary and Best of the Festival at the Yorkton Film Festival.  Cass was also nominated for the 2000 Chalmers Award for best documentary.

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Matt started his career directing for the series Street Cents on the CBC. During Matt's tenure at Street Cents the series received two Gemini’s for best youth program.  He moved to Halifax in 1996 to write and direct two seasons of commercial parodies.  He went on to direct The Bette Show in 1997, a six episode sketch comedy series for the CBC shot on location and in studio. In 2000 he moved to Toronto.


CORNELIA PRINCIPE

PRODUCER

Cornelia is currently producing History Geeks, a feature-length documentary about people obsessed with the past for History Television. And is an Associate Producer on the Hot Docs 2008 opening night film Flight 182produced and directed by Sturla Gunnarsson and produced by David York..

Cornelia recently co-produced Diamond Road. This three-part documentary series and 90-minute feature was shot around the world and follows the diamond pipeline from mine to market. Produced for TVOntario, History Television, Discovery Times and Arte/ZDF, Produced by Bob Lang of Kensington Communications and Co-directed by award-winning filmmakers Nisha Pahuja and Manfred Becker, Diamond Road premiered at IDFA 2007.

From 2004-2005 Cornelia was Head of Development at Associated Producers, a multi-award winning documentary production company based in Toronto. The company's President is multi-award-winning filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici.

Other credits include: Producer for PTV Productions on the series Ex Factor (2003) for W Network and for Discovery Health (USA) and documentary series Resolutions (2003) for Discovery Health and The Life Channel, Directed and Co-produced the one-off documentary Poverty, Chastity, Obedience, (2002) with Producer Andrea Nemtin in co-production with the NFB for TVOntario, Co-produced Divorce What I See (2001) with Producer/ Director Sun-Kyung Yi which premiered at Hot Docs 2001, and worked with Emmy award-winning Producer/ Director Shelley Saywell on several of her acclaimed documentaries including: A Child’s Century of War(2002) and Legacy of Terror (1999).

From 1993-1997 Cornelia was the Associate Producer for TVO's documentary unit responsible for the social-political documentary strands The View From Here and Human Edge.


MICHAEL ALLCOCK

WRITER

Born in Montreal, Michael has been working in film and television for nearly 10 years. His first documentary, Cass, was showcased at Hot Docs 2000 and won both the Best Short Documentary and Best of the Festival award at the Yorkton Film Festival.  Cass was also nominated for the 2000 Chalmers Award for best documentary.

In 2001, Michael wrote Tyler's Barrel, which screened at Hot Docs, the Atlantic Film Festival, and Input 2003 in Denmark.  The following year, he wrote Punk X for CBC Newsworld’s Roughcuts (Atlantic Film Festival 2002).

Between 2003 and 2006, Michael wrote and story edited the Remembrance Day documentary special First and Last, and the 3-hour series Canada’s War in Colour, both for CBC.

More recently, Michael wrote the History Channel special Vimy Ridge: From Heaven to Hell, two episodes of the PBS series The Secret Files of the Inquisition, and the TVO doc The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger.

Michael is currently completing work on the documentary special Pagan Christ for CBC. He is the series writer for Global TV’s 8-part series Final 24 and is in pre-production on a Gala Film documentary for Discovery Canada.

 

NICK HECTOR

EDITOR

Award winning documentary film editor Nick Hector has edited a wide variety of film and television.  A nine-time Gemini / Gemeaux nominee, Nick has cut more than 90 films since 1986, many of which have garnered awards at international festivals.

In this past decade Nick has collaborated with legendary filmmaker Allan King exclusively cutting all of his films in his return to the documentary. One of these films, Dying at Grace, was recently described by the Toronto International Film Festival as “one of the best films ever made in this country”.

Nick’s work has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Prague, Singapore, Phoenix, Montreal, Sydney, Palm Springs, Hot Docs and many more.

He won Gemini’s for his work on Chronique d’un genocide announce and Dying at Grace and has edited the award winning films Le pays interdit, Nuit et silence, Drowning in Dreams, Hand of Fate, Crimes of the Heart and Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and company. Nick has also co-produced several films including El Chogui, War Surgeon.

 

MARSHALL A. SFALCIN

SUBJECT

Marshall was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1970.  A self-taught filmmaker, Marshall has been writing, producing, directing and independent movies and television shows since 2001 and has done freelance production work for TV channels such as, TVO, CBC, and the History Channel.

In 2004 Marshall began producing the hit cable TV series, Ten Dollar Tales, alongside his brother and co-creator, Christian Aldo.  In 2007, Ten Dollar Tales won the Windsor International Film Festival’s, 24 Hour Flick Fest’s best film award.

To date, Marshall Sfalcin has produced over eighteen episodes of Ten Dollar Tales, three feature films and dozens of television commercials in and around the Windsor/Detroit area.  He currently lives with his partner and newborn daughter in Windsor, Ontario.

 

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