Category Archives: The FILMMAKERS

Patricia Marie Scarlett | Executive Producer & Producer

An eighteen-year veteran of the international television industry, Patricia has developed an impressive list of clients, partners and co-producers around the world. As president and owner of Scarlett Media Inc., a television and film distribution consulting company, she has developed ongoing relationships with many international broadcasters and producers, including a longstanding relationship with the South African Broadcasting Corporation beginning with SABC support for the documentary series “The Five Minute Project” in 1997, and including pre-buys of the popular children’s series “The Adventures of The AfterMath Crew” from 1999 to the present. She also packages television projects and acts as co-executive producer on select projects.

Patricia’s early experience in the industry began at TVOntario where she worked primarily in international sales. During that time she developed and nurtured a number of valuable relationships with producers and broadcasters which have culminated in a number of significant professional achievements, including her representation of “Ataranjuat:The Fast Runner”, winner of the Camera D’Or at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival.

Stuart Samuels | Director & Producer

In 1993, Stuart produced and co-directed the award-winning VISIONS OF LIGHT: The Art of Cinematography, about the history of cinematography in motion pictures. The New York Film Critics Circle, The National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics named VISIONS the year’s best documentary while The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle awarded it four-star reviews. VISIONS OF LIGHT was the first High Definition (HDTV) feature to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival (1993), and was selected for the Edinburgh, London, Telluride, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Munich, Tokyo and Sundance Film Festivals. A survey of 40 major film critics named it “the most critically acclaimed film of 1993.”

In 1998, Stuart co-directed and co-wrote HOLLYWOODISM: Jews, Movies and the American Dream. Based on the acclaimed book by Neal Gabler, HOLLYWOODISM chronicles how Jewish immigrants founded and built Hollywood in the early twentieth century. The film garnered Stuart best director honours at Toronto’s Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and best documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Stuart began his career first in academia. He has a Ph.D from Stanford University (1967), did post-graduate work at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College) and was a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), from 1968 to 1981, where he pioneered the teaching of cultural history using feature films from around the world. In 1981 he published the book, Midnight Movies (Macmillan, 1981). Two decades later, Stuart combined his academic training with his filmmaking, by turning his book into an award-winning documentary, Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream.

Marilyn Gray | Producer, Consultant, Instructor

Marilyn Gray spent over 10 years in the industry with seven of those years in development, marketing and distribution. Marilyn is the Co-Producer on a 2 x 2 hrs miniseries for Hungry Eyes/CBC called “Guns” and the documentary “Rastafari Then and Now: A Message From Jamaica”, for Scarlett Media and Omni Television. Marilyn is also the Senior Producer on ten Episodes of the 1/2 hour magazine show “Caribbean Vibrations”, a cultural show on the carnivals, music and food of people from the Caribbean, for Omni 1 Channel in their first season in 2002. Marilyn is currently developing two feature films “Or Best Offer”, a comedy, developed with the assistance of Chum Television, the HG Fund and Movie Central, and a coming of age film “Bannock and Bratwurst”, also developed with the assistance of HG Fund, Movie Central and Telefilm Canada.

Recently, her critically acclaimed 90 minute feature length documentary “Rasta: A Soul’s Journey”, for City TV/CMF, screened at the Montreal Du Nouveau Cinéma and at the eleventh annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF), where it was the Audience Award runner up. The film will be hosted at the Rom, during Black History month in February 2012, under the title “Rasta at the Rom”. Rasta: A Soul’s Journey follows Bob and Rita Marley’s daughter’s global search of her grandparents legacy of reggae and Rastafari.

On the northern Ontario front, Marilyn is also the owner of M.E.G. Consulting, a consulting and distribution firm that trains and assist mid to large businesses, government and not for profit organizations on how to promote their company, services and products using video and multimedia.

Vladimir Czyzewski | Cinematographer

For over 30 years Vladimir has been putting his philosophy to work in his film and video assignments. His life behind the camera has taken him across Canada and throughout the world. Vladimir’s reputation as a filmmaker is the direct result of his complete and total immersion in the projects he’s involved in, contributing to all aspects of the production. As the original founder of Prisma-Light Ltd. (1982) and now Storm Film and Video, (1995) Vladimir has directed and / or filmed many memorable projects.

Demanding locations, sensitive subject matter and adverse conditions are Vladimir’s Forte. From boardrooms to back roads he remains a team player. Major Canadian and international corporations, community groups, government agencies and broadcast networks, have commissioned his work.

Gina Binetti | Editor & Line Producer

Since 1989 Gina Binetti has worked in the Canadian film industry as a Producer, Director, Picture editor and Production Manager, on commercials, feature films, television series and documentaries. As an editor, Gina has used her storytelling skills to contribute to more than thirty hours of television programming including the docudrama, Honour Before Glory which was a winner at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and received a 2002 Gemini Award.

Her two short films, Just a Day and La Trattoria on Barton Street appeared in the festival circuit. Just a Day screened at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, The Ann Arbour Film Festival and the Blue Sky Film Festival. La Trattoria on Barton Street is being broadcast on Movieola.

Gina co produced and edited the documentary Shattered Dreams for Global Television. Shattered Dreams had a successful film festival run and received the NFB Kathleen Shannon Award at the Yorkton Film Festival. She also edited the Gemini nominated documentary Embracing da Kink which won a Golden Sheaf award. Most recently, Gina co produced and edited Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a film shot in Jamaica spotlighting two garrison communities who, through community leadership, cooperation and unity, were able to stop the violence and start rebuilding and reshaping their neighborhoods.

Roger McTair | Writer

Roger McTair teaches media writing at the School of Communication Arts at Seneca @ York. He is a writer and documentary film director.

His interest in documentary film parallels his ongoing interest and participation in Canadian society. His most recent film, Journey to Justice, focuses on the role of Blacks in Canada’s civil rights movement. His films have been shown at a number of North American festivals and screenings. Journey to Justice received the Black Film and Video Network’s award for best documentary film. It was a finalist in the Best Documentary Category in the 2002 Gemini Awards, and has been shown at universities across Canada. Journey to Justice was aired on February 25th 2002 on TVO.

Roger is a Ryerson graduate, with a degree in Film Studies. He has taken additional academic credits from the University of Toronto and has participated in, and given, numerous writing workshops. He is a past-president of the Ryerson Afro-Caribbean Association.