Born in Latvia, Elizabeth Lazebnik migrated with her family to numerous countries before settling in Canada, where she has lived for the past 22 years. Lazebnik holds an MFA in Film Production from York University and has been making films for over 17 years, with screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival (Belonging, 2008; Safe Room, 2012; and Liompa, 2018), Festival du nouveau cinema, Female Eye Film Festival and Inside Out, among other notable festivals. In 2017 she won the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Media Arts, administered by the Ontario Arts Council. Be Still, about the pioneer surrealist Canadian photographer Hannah Maynard, marks Lazebnik’s feature film debut.
In 2018, Sara Blake founded Ceroma Films, a boutique production company making critically acclaimed, award winning content for the Canadian and global audience. She focuses primarily on debut director-driven arthouse content that is fresh and unexpected. Blake’s producing credits include the award-winning feature film Raf (TIFF ’19, TFF ’19, VIFF ’19, MDFF ’20) and a collection of shorts: award winning Deady Freddy (OIAF, Aesthetica, VIFF ‘19), Vimeo Staff Pick Cosmic (Palm Springs ’20), Loretta’s Flowers (Edinburgh International Film Festival, VIFF ’18) and Medical Drama (Clermont-Ferrand, VIFF ’18). Blake’s projects have been supported through Telefilm Canada, the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts. She was a nominee for the 2019 CMPA (Canadian Media Producers Association) Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award and is part of Cohort One of the Banff Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media. She is in development on the feature Invasions (OMDC IFF 2018; IFP Week 2019), Abyssal Plain and Eddie (JETS 2021).
Director of Photography
Suzanne Friesen is an award-winning, Polish-Canadian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Vancouver, B.C. She works as a director of photography on independent and commercial industry productions, while writing and developing her own directed films. Friesen is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s Theatre and Film Department, where she teaches cinematography.
Sophie Jarvis’ design portfolio includes narrative films, music videos, commercials and photoshoots. Her work is notable for its range, from high-concept stylization to grounded realism. An alumna of the prestigious Berlinale Talents program, she trained with internationally renowned designer Alex McDowell of the World Building Institute. She aligns herself with their philosophy that “all stories emerge logically and intuitively from the worlds that create them.” This viewpoint is the basis of Jarvis’ research-driven approach. Notable works include The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open, Never Steady Never Still and Luk’Luk’I.
Stephanie Ostler is a clothing and costume designer based in Vancouver. She launched Devil May Wear in 2003. After years of creating clothing for her company, she became drawn to film and TV. She started with smaller projects such as music videos for the local group You Say Party, We Say Die, costuming for interviewer and musician Nardwuar and sewing garments for shows like Arrow, before taking on larger roles in the costume department. Though there are many similarities between designing clothing for a collection and creating a closet for a character, it’s the differences that keep Stephanie excited to come up with new designs.
Editor, Music Composer
Joshua Hemming is a composer and sound designer based in Toronto, Canada. He began composing in 1993, using his Macintosh computer, and has been involved in a wide variety of music projects since, including scoring and sound design for more than 50 films, animations, web series and television shows. He is best known for his work on Elizabeth Lazebnik’s dramatic short, Liompa (2014).