Nadine Pequeneza is best known for her observational films offering unique access to character-driven stories about social justice. Her awards and nominations include: a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Documentary, seven CSA and Gemini nominations, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, a Golden Sheaf from the Yorkton Film Festival, and a Silver Gavel honourable mention from the American Bar Association. Most recently Pequeneza produced and directed: Road to Mercy, Up In Arms, and Inside Disaster. Her award-winning film, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, premiered on the acclaimed PBS series POV and garnered three Canadian Screen Award nominations: best directing, best writing and the Donald Brittain best social/political documentary. 15 to Life won the CSA for best writing in 2016. Nadine is a Fledgling Fellow and Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada.
Sarah Bachinski has been editing documentaries for the past fifteen years. She has worked with Canada's top directors and producers, including Matt Gallagher, Scott Harper, Ann Shin and Steven Silver. In 2002, Sarah received a Gemini nomination (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards) for best editing on a documentary program for The Last Just Man (dir. Steven Silver). Sarah most recently edited Undercover Jihadi directed by Barry Stevens for TVO (2017) and Road to Mercy directed and produced by Nadine Pequeneza for CBC Firsthand (2016). Sarah is an alumnus of Concordia University's filmmaking program and the Canadian Film Centre's Director's Lab.
STAN BARUA CSC
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Stan Barua CSC is a versatile cinematographer who is as comfortable with lyrical cinema, bold television and crisp commercials as with tough documentaries. His extensive experience as Director of Photography spans over 20 years’ diverse work with European, North and Latin American, as well as African directors, producers and crews across five continents. Stan’s skill with digital cinematography, film and HDTV camera systems comes with calm and detailed collaboration with all departments of production to realize artistically and technically challenging, award-winning stories – without stylistic limits. Stan has won multiple awards for his dramatic, documentary and commercial work including: Best Photography in Docudrama from the Canadian Society Of Cinematographers and 4 Gemini nominations and a Canadian Screen Award nomination for his photography. Stan holds an MA in Cinematography degree from the Lodz Polish Film School, speaks fluent Swahili, is happily married with children and is based in Canada.
Alex Khaskin received his undergraduate education at Glinka’s School for The Musically Gifted (piano and conducting), before studying composition and conducting at The St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Alex worked as guest conductor for the Radio and Television Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Lenfilm Stage Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. Inspired to seek a career as a film composer, he attended master classes by the famous Russian film and classical composer Andrei Petrov. From 1985 until his immigration to Canada in 1993, Alex scored 14 theatrical and television films and documentaries in Russia. Since settling in his Toronto studio, Alex has composed music for over 50 hours of documentary and narrative productions.