Angad Bhalla - Writer/Director/DOP
Drawn to film for its ability to have an emotional impact, Bhalla chooses projects that highlight voices we rarely hear. After spending months with Indian villagers who had been resisting an alumina project backed by the Canadian company Alcan, he produced his first independent project U.A.I.L. Go Back. It was used widely as an organizing tool to pressure Alcan over its involvement.
He has since worked on videos for groups including Human Rights Watch and the Global March Against Child Labour. His short documentary on the lives of Indian street artists, Writings on the Wall garnered awards at Worldfest Houston and the Columbus Film and Video Festival. It was broadcast nationally on Canada’s Bravo! Network, Indias NDTV, and internationally on Al Jazeera English.
Herman’s House is Bhalla’s first feature documentary. The award-winning film was selected for selected for broadcast in 2013 by the prestigious PBS series POV, received the support of the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute, and played at True/False, Full Frame and Hot Docs. He is currently a Soros Justice Fellow, working to get Herman’s House out into the world, and is in production with the National Film Board of Canada on a companion interactive documentary Inside Herman’s House. He also works part-time as a community organizer for immigrant rights.
Lisa Valencia-Svensson - Producer
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is a Toronto based documentary film producer. She has been working at the award-winning production company Storyline Entertainment since 2007.
Herman’s House is also Valencia-Svensson’s first feature documentary. The award-winning film was selected for selected for broadcast in 2013 by the prestigious PBS series POV, received the support of the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute, and played at True/False, Full Frame and Hot Docs. She also produced Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers, and associate produced numerous films including The World Before Her (POV 2013, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2012, Best Documentary Tribeca 2012) and The Market (IDFA 2010). She is currently in production with the National Film Board of Canada on the interactive documentary Inside Herman’s House, and producing the documentary feature Shadow Girl.
She has a background in finance, community media, and research work. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
Ed Barreveld - Executive Producer
One of Canada’s top documentary producers, Storyline Entertainment’s CEO Ed Barreveld is a veteran of the Canadian film and television industry who honed his filmmaking skills at the National Film Board of Canada. In 2000 he co-founded Storyline Entertainment, focusing on point of view, auteur driven documentaries and history programming.
Barreveld’s films have been sold to broadcasters globally, have shown at major festivals such as Tribeca, Hot Docs, IDFA, and TIFF, and have garnered many awards. His most recent film The World Before Her has played at over 50 film festivals world wide, won Best Feature Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs, was included in the TIFF Canada’s Top Ten Films list for 2012, and along with Herman’s House was selected for broadcast in 2013 on POV.
In 2012 Barreveld also produced the history based documentaries The Real Sherlock Holmes and The Real Inglorious Bastards. Barreveld has several projects in development. In 2013 Storyline will release Inside Herman’s House, a web based interactive project.
Loring McAlpin - Executive Producer
Loring is an artist and media producer based in New York City. A founding member of the AIDS Activist art collective Gran Fury, has created public art projects and individual gallery shows, exhibiting in the United States and Europe. Work with Gran Fury included producing radio and television spots for The American Center in Paris, and Creative Time in New York, as well as with major museums in America and in Europe. Transitioning from the art world into documentary and film, he was the associate producer on Ira Sachs first feature The Delta. Oral history work has included work with the ACT UP Oral History Project (where many years ago he formed ACT UP NYCs Prison Issues subcommittee) as well as radio documentaries with Kate Bland for Just Radio/BBC Radio 2.
Ricardo Acosta - Editor
Ricardo Acosta immigrated to Canada from his native Cuba in 1993. Before coming to Toronto, he studied and worked at the world renowned Cuban Film Institute in Havana. He has edited both documentary and dramatic films which have been shown around the world. His outstanding work has contributed to the making of several award-winning and award-nominated films including: Shooting Indians, A Journey With Jeffrey Thomas directed by Ali Kazimi, Unbound directed by Claudia Morgado, Spirits of Havana produced by the NFB, The Take directed by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis, Runaway Groom directed by Ali Kazimi and Tiger Spirit directed by Min Sook Lee. He has twice been chosen to participate as a fellow in Sundance Institute Labs. He just completed editing the film Herman’s House, directed by Angad Bhalla and supported by the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative and the Sundance Institute.
Iris Ng - DOP
Iris Ng is recognized as a versatile cinematographer, who for over a decade has collaborated with award-winning filmmakers and artists such as Min Sook Lee, Sarah Polley, Shelley Saywell, Liz Marshall, Rama Rau, Morgan Spurlock, Luis Jacob, and Oliver Husain. During this time, she has shot over forty projects in many facets of the industry, from narrative, art, and documentary films to commercials, music videos, and episodic television which have given her the opportunity to work in Asia, Africa, Europe, and across North America.
Her work has been screened in festivals and installations around the world including Liz Marshall’s The Ghosts In Our Machine, Min Sook Lee’s My Toxic Baby, and the award-winning films The Market directed by Rama Rau, and Stories We Tell directed by Sarah Polley.
Ken Myhr - Composer
Ken’s musical life began listening to his father play jazz stride piano and sing barbershop. After a few lessons he taught himself to play electric guitar and spent his early life making a lot of noise whenever and wherever possible. This lead to performing on concert stages worldwide from The Royal Albert Hall to the David Letterman Show. More recently he has created scores for over 90 films including Love, Hate &Propoganda (CBC), Geologic Journey (The Nature of Things), My Toxic Baby (Storyline), Diamond Road (Kensington), earning a Golden Sheaf Award and multiple Gemini Nominations in the process. For more info go to www.kenmyhr.com.
Nicolas Brault - Animation
Born in Montréal in 1975, Nicolas Brault holds a degree in graphic design from the Université du Québec à Montréal. After making two student films using a graphics tablet (Lœil, 1999, and Vermino, 2000), he won the 2000 edition of the National Film Board of Canadas Cinéaste recherché(e) competition, which enabled him to direct the film Antagonia. Antagonia was screened at the Clermont-Ferrand film festival and at CINAMINA in Portugal, where it picked up an award. Brault then turned his attention to Inuit culture with his short Îlot (2003), as well to African oral traditions, with Hungu (2008). In his most recent film, Le cirque(2010), a Folimage-ONF co-production, Brault touches on memories surrounding the death of his mother. After collaborating on several projects combining animation and live action, he is currently developing a film that unites bodily motion and pixilation.
AXYZ - VFX
axyz is a full service post-production house for commercials, television series and films. It is comprised of interconnected divisions: editing, 2D and 3D animation, matte painting and compositing; each department working both independently and in support of one another, broadening the scope for creative solutions to the most challenging of projects. Since 1995, axyz has established itself as one of the most powerful forces in the post-production industry with a prestigious list of clients and an award-winning body of work.
Dan Hatch - Architectural Rendering
Daniel Hatch is an architect, builder, illustrator, and animator based in Chicago, IL. He received his Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati in 2005 and has since been involved in a wide variety of for-profit and non-profit projects that as often as possible are focused on sustainability and social responsibility.
Tom Hillman - Stop Motion Animation
Tom Hillman serves as Director of Ghost Fx at Renegade Motion Picture Corporation. Mr. Hillman is a self-taught multifaceted artist. Using his innovative cutting edge design principles, he has given unique style to over 150 productions in the last ten years that he has animated, produced, or directed going to air on television and film.
Before Ghost FX, Hillman opened his first company in 1994 and since has won an array of awards from Gold and Silver International BDA’s (Broadcast Design Awards), Graphic Design Exchange, and the Best Canadian Station ID spot in 2000. Hillman has directed visual effects for a Disney television special (Tough to be a Bug), two international short films for Bravo, two years of the Canadian Juno Awards, and two feature films (The Covenant and Battle Queen 2020).
Daniel Pellerin - Sound Design
Daniel Pellerin is one of Canada’s finest recording and re-recording mixer/engineers, sound designers and music supervisors. He has worked with a who’s who of Canadian filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, Clement Virgo, James Cameron, Shelley Saywell, Min Sook Lee, Michael Kot, Ron Mann and Bruce MacDonald. He has been nominated for 10 Genie Awards of which he has won three (Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter, Istvan Szabo’s Sunshine and Clement Virgo’s Love Come Down). He has been nominated for 16 Gemini Awards, for which he has won two (Musicians in Exile and Under the Piano). He has worked extensively with Storyline Entertainment and he was the supervising mixer for Min Sook Lee’s Tiger Spirit and My Toxic Baby.
Amit Bhalla - Production Coordinator
Amit Bhalla joined Storyline in 2011 as an Assistant Editor on Herman’s House. He graduated in 2009 from Yale University where he studied film, theatre and sculpture. Before Herman’s House, he co-wrote and produced a play, The Privilege of Death, for the Doctorow Center for the Arts.
Shasha Nakhai - Production Coordinator
Shasha Nakhai joined Storyline in January 2011. Having graduated from Ryerson University’s Broadcast Journalism program, she has completed stints with Summerhill Entertainment, CBC Radio, CKLN fm and Africa Independent Television. Shasha came to Canada as an international student from Nigeria in 2003 and now resides in Toronto.
Her first documentary film, Baby Not Mine (2009) won awards at the Human Rights DocFest and Montreal World Film Festival. Her short documentaries including The Sugar Bowl (2011), Joe (2012) and Unsinkable (2012) have screened at the Hot Docs Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.