One of Canada’s pre-eminent cult filmmakers, Bruce McDonald is infamous for his comment that he’d buy “a big chunk of hash” with the money he won at the Toronto International Film Festival for his debut feature Roadkill. Anyone who’s seen one of his films knows he wasn’t joking.
Roadkill was followed by the other two films in his Road Trilogy, Hard Core Logo and Highway 61. In between executive producing and directing the television series Twitch City and directing shows like Queer as Folk, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and Less Than Kind, McDonald also directed the films Dance Me Outside, Picture Claire, Claire’s Hat, The Love Crime of Gillian Guess, The Tracey Fragments, Pontypool, This Movie Is Broken, Trigger, Hard Core Logo II, and the feature documentary Music From the Big House.
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos was born in Toronto in the year 1978. He studied music as a child and eventually formed a rock and roll band, The Deadly Snakes, that would release four critically acclaimed records and tour the United States, Canada and Europe for a decade. The band broke up in 2006 and since then Maxwell has concentrated on his work in film and television.
He began acting at age 25 and has worked steadily, with stand-out performances in movies like MOUTH TO MOUTH, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL, THE TRACEY FRAGMENTS as well as several guest star and recurring roles on television programs like HAPPY TOWN and LUCKY 7 (ABC Television). For his role as Henry in THE HUSBAND, McCabe-Lokos was nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance – Male’ at the 2014 ACTRA awards.
He began writing screenplays in 2010 and THE HUSBAND is his first feature to be produced. He has and written and directed several short films, including PARIS 1919, NO NEW JOKES and THE PAVILION and is currently developing his second feature length script – PUSHING ROPE.
Daniel Bekerman is a Toronto based producer with a broad base of experience, which includes creative development, financing and service producing.
He produced the meta-detective story You Are Here, which won the Toronto Film Critics Association Jay Scott Award and opened theatrically in 2011, co-produced Citizen Gangster starring Scott Speedman, which won the best Canadian first feature award at TIFF 2011 and had a theatrical release in 2012. Completed films set for 2013 releases include The Pin, a WWII set love story, The Husband, a dark comedy directed by Bruce McDonald staring Maxwell McCabe-Lokos and Inglorious Basterd’s August Diehl.
Projects currently being packaged include Bang Bang Baby, a musical directed by Cannes Residency alumni Jeffrey St. Jules, Beyond Apollo, a sci-fi starring Bill Pullman and Ali Larter and The Witch, a co-production with New York based Parts and Labour. He is currently financing In The Lost Lands, which is based on a book by Game of Thrones author George RR Martin.
Daniel’s line producing and production managing credits include Red Lights starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy, Foxfire directed by Oscar nominee and Palme d’Or winner Laurent Cantet, The Whistleblower, starring Rachel Weisz and Defendor starring Woody Harrelson.
Daniel was one of 12 producers selected for TIFF Studio in 2012, and has recently participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, TIFF Producer’s Lab and the Rotterdam Producer’s Lab.
Award-winning producer Cher Hawrysh has played a key-role in the production of 100’s of hours of independent, studio, and network productions.
Career highlights include working directly with Master of Horror, Stephen King, on Kingdom Hospital and running the grassroots campaign and self-distribution of Velcrow Ripper’s feature documentary Scared Sacred in 2005. She was a co-producer on the post-apocalyptic sci-fi The Colony directed by Jeff Renfroe, staring Kevin Zegers, Laurence Fishburne and Bill Paxton; released by eOne in the spring of 2013.
Her feature documentary credits include Genie Award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper’s Scared Sacred, and Fierce Light. The global documentaries featured interviews with the Dali Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Thich Nhat Hanh; and played festivals, theatrically and on television around the globe. Official festival selections include, TIFF, IDFA and HOT DOCS. The Toronto International Film Festival awarded Scared Sacred a special jury prize and Fierce Light received a Special Jury Prize and Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
In addition to her strong creative background, Cher is a sought after business affairs professional who acts as a consultant on the financing and business of independent films in the U.S. and Canada.
Cher is an alumnus of the inaugural TIFF Studio program, Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) International Co-Production training program, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), the UCLA Professional Program in Producing, and the WIFT-Schulich School of Business Media Leadership Program.
Through her company Phenomenal Films, Cher is committed to producing unique independent films for a global audience.