nimisha2-1Producer/ Director: Nimisha Mukerji

An award-winning director of film and television, Nimisha Mukerji’s work has been featured on National Geographic and VICE. Her debut feature 65_RedRoses was one of the first official selections by Oprah Winfrey for her Documentary Club on OWN. Distributed by PBS International, Ro*co and Hellocoolworld, 65_RedRoses was commissioned by the CBC and acquired by Netflix and Hulu. Mukerji’s second feature Blood Relative was produced for Knowledge Network and screened in competition at Hot Docs ’13, winning Audience Awards in Vancouver, New York and Paris before receiving 3 Canadian Screen Award nominations (Canada’s version of the Emmy’s) including Best Direction in a Documentary Program (Mukerji’s second nomination in this category). Her short narrative works include The Arrival Hour,  In The Deep and Beauty Mark (Official Selection Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Program Cannes ’13), which she co-wrote and produced. Mukerji is an alumnus of TIFF’s Talent Lab and sits on the boards of DOC National and POV Magazine. She was the  recipient of the 2015 Director’s Guild of Canada’s Mentorship Award and the 2014 Women In Film & Television Artistic Achievement Award (Vancouver). Her latest feature Tempest Storm will be releasing in 2016 and is being produced with Super Channel, ARTE and SWR for distribution by Mongrel Media.


_MG_9956Producer: Kaitlyn Regehr

Dr. Kaitlyn Regehr is an ethnographer, documentarian, and broadcaster based in London. Current projects include a documentary series in development with Simon Chinn at Lightbox Entertainment; and the launch of her first book with photographer Matilda Temperley, published by Oxford University Press later this year.

Regehr’s work has been published internationally across academic and popular media outlets including the BBC, Variety Magazine, and the LA Times. After the success of her hosting and choreographing Entertainment One’s documentary series ReVamped, Regehr went on to direct a series of large performance art installations that fused dance and film for institutions such as the Canadian Stage Company and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Regehr is an alumna of Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and King’s College London, where she wrote her doctoral thesis in performance ethnography and received a PhD in 2016.

_MG_9956Executive Producer: Patti Poskitt

With over 30 years of television experience, Patti brings to independent producers/directors and broadcasters the security of complete financing and management for their projects. Second Son Productions Inc., Patti’s company, oversees development and production through to post and delivery of the final project.
Patti’s role focuses on the creative financial supervision of production for the participating broadcaster and stakeholders as well as the critical selection and management of crew. Patti manages production scheduling, business affairs and bank financing. Other services include budget management, production cost reporting, and film tax credit and funding applications and production audit preparation.See for resumes on Patti and her team as well as the company profile.
Patti Poskitt has extensive experience in all aspects of production. A graduate of Capilano College’s rigorous Media Program, she has worked her way through the ranks in production coordination, management and all forms of producer titles. Stints in daytime television have provided Patti with strong connections to countless resources. She has numerous credits in all genres of programming, but prefers to focus on award winning one off documentaries and doc series.
Patti is the president of Second Son Productions Inc. and under this banner she devotes her expertise to collaboratively developing and creatively managing and financing television productions.


IMG_6458Executive Producer: Danielle Colby

Danielle Colby is the female co-host of the hit television series “American Pickers,” which takes it’s viewers on an antiquing adventure through the back roads of America. Her work on American Pickers reflects her real life passion for history and theatre in all it’s forms including the Art of the Peel. One of Danielle’s greatest passion projects has been closely studying the art of burlesque dance and vaudeville era costume design over the past 10 years. From this love of dance springs a loyal love for the artists of old, such as the provocative and controversial dancer Tempest Storm.

In addition to executive producing the Tempest Storm film, Danielle has worked with and been personally trained by some of the most prolific burlesque performers of our time such as Lou Lou D’vil (Finland), Athena (NOLA), The Maine Attraction (New York), Michelle L’amour (Chicago),  Miss Dolly (NOLA),  Russell Bruner (NOLA),  and many more.  Along with this Danielle has judged the most sought after awards for burlesque performers including “The Queen of Burlesque” at The Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas Nevada 2014 and she has produced many successful Burlesque Reviews of her own under the name “Dannie Diesel”, “Burlesque le’Moustache” and “The Iowa Burlesque Festival”. Currently Danielle is excited to be wrapping up production, with the rest of this incredible crew, on the documentary Tempest Storm.



IMG_6458Executive Producer: Chuck Braverman

Chuck Braverman has run his own successful production company for more than 30 years, was a senior studio executive at Sony, the Chair of the Film Department at Brooks Institute, the director of many television dramatic hour episodes and several MOW’s, and an indie feature film.

Recently Chuck was the executive producer show runner of a new multi hour series on the Discovery Channel and the co-founder and managing director of the annual Westdoc Conference for documentary and reality producers. His two new two-hour documentaries on OJ Simpson premiered on the A&E networks world wide in over 100 territories. He has a degree in Cinema from the University of Southern California, won the DGA Best Feature Documentary award, is an Academy Award nominee for another documentary, and is the Executive Producer of “The Immortalists” which premiered at SXSW in 2013.


ashleyExecutive Producer: Ashley Garib
Ashley Garib has extensive experience in the real estate industry and has operated his own successful development company for over  22 years. His lifelong love of film triggered his involvement in film making which started in 1998, when he signed on as Associate Producer of the indie film Looking for Leonard.  In 2001 he was Associate Producer of the documentary Lilith on Top, which captured the final year of the ground breaking, all-female travelling music festival – Lilith Fair.  Ashley is currently in development as Associate Producer on the feature film – The Third Order, based on the cult-classic graphic comic book; Warrior Nun Areala.


_MG_9956Cinematographer: Lindsay George
Lindsay George is an award-winning cinematographer whose work focuses on fictional films, documentaries and music videos. After a career as a professional modern dancer, George completed a degree in film production at UBC, where she met collaborators with whom she has continued to work with on a variety of award winning projects. Shortly after graduation, George received a Leo Award for work on the short film, The Porcelain Man and began her career as a professional cinematographer. She has since been recognized as one of “10 to Watch in Canadian Film” by Playback Magazine, and has received the Kodak Image Award for her work in cinematography. Her films have been official selections at multitude of film festivals, including TIFF, SXSW, VIFF, Whistler Film Festival, Fantasia, Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent at Cannes Court Mertage, and Austin  Film Festival.  More recently, she is preparing to shoot the upcoming narrative features Prodigals and Us in 9 months, slated for production in 2016. Currently, George has begun focusing on verite documentary work. She was the 2nd unit DOP on the SXSW  feature, The Sandwich Nazi and is DOP on Tempest Storm, which is being produced with ARTE (France), SWR (Germany) and Super Channel (Canada).

Image by Matilda Temperley


_MG_9956Editor: Mark Ratzlaff
Mark is an award-winning filmmaker and alumni of the Director’s Lab at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. His film, BEAUTY MARK, was selected by Telefilm Canada to screen in their ‘Not Short on Talent’ program at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It received critical acclaim on the festival circuit, and was among Vogue’s top films at the 43rd Giffoni International Film Festival (the largest children’s film festival in the world). In addition to his narrative projects, Mark was a producer, editor and cinematographer on the award-winning feature documentary BLOOD RELATIVE. The film was commissioned by Knowledge Network and premiered at Hot Docs in 2013. For his editing work on the film he received a Canadian Screen Award nomination and won the 2014 CCE Award for Best Editing in a Feature Documentary.


_MG_9956Editing Consultant: Ricardo Acosta, C.C.E
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.  Since then Ricardo has edited documentary and dramatic films, as well as factual television series, which have been shown around the world.  His outstanding work and keen sense of the human condition has contributed to the making of several award-winning and award-nominated films. The latest film – Herman’s House – directed by Angad Bhalla was nominated for The Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary & Best Picture Editing in a Documentary at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, and was winner of the Emmy for Best Art Documentary in 2014. Ricardo was chosen to be a fellow by the Sundance Institute in 2006, 2011 and 2013 and in 2014 for the prestigious  Documentary Edit and Story Lab with the films Besieged Land, Herman’s House, Marmarto and One Bullet, Afghanistan. In 2012, Ricardo was invited by the Sundance Institute to become one of the Creative Advisers for the Documentary Film Program. Ricardo just won Best Documentary Editing at the 2014 Ashland Independent Film Festival with Marmato.



johnOriginal Music Composed & Performed By: John Welsman

One of Canada’s most celebrated film and television composers, producers and arrangers, John Welsman is a two-time Canadian Screen Award recipient for Best Original Score, a five- time Gemini Award recipient (and thirteen-time nominee), and the winner of the Genie Award for  Achievement in Music for Nurse Fighter Boy.

His extensive credits include the TV series Road to Avonlea, Franklin and Friends, The Mighty Jungle, My Friend Rabbit, The Twilight Zone, and the TV movies Stolen Miracle, Murder Most Likely, and Borrowed Hearts. Documentary films include James Cameron and Simcha Jacobivici’s The Lost Tomb Of Jesus, West Wind – The Vision of Tom Thomson, Tales from the Organ Trade, and David Suzuki’s The Sacred Balance. His recent dramatic feature films include Beyond What Remains, Nurse Fighter Boy, MODRA, and A Winter Tale. In total, he has 9 theatrical features, 14 movies for television, 14 television series and over 50  documentaries to his name.Recently, he has worked on the acclaimed, award-winning documentaries West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson, and Ric Esther Bienstock’s Tales From the Organ Trade.


sianMusic Coordinator / Music Supervisor: Sian O’Byrne

Sian O’Byrne’s passion for music and the entertainment industry started early, leading to her graduation from the Arts and Entertainment Management program at Capilano University, which put her in the right path with invaluable experience at her internships with The Song Rep and Nettwerk Music Group. In late 2009, Valerie Biggin opened The Song Rep…. a music placement agency who, in a very short time, placed music in MTV, MTV Canada, FOX Sports and Slice Networks, Hallmark, A&E, and even independent films. Along with orchestral coordination while at Mushroom for major film and TV projects, it was only a matter of time before the natural progression to Music Supervision became the focus of The Song Rep. Sian has now been with The Song Rep since 2013. What she lacks in years, she makes up with new knowledge of the industry and a fresh fine-tuned ear for up-and-coming music. Over the years Sian has developed both Music Coordinator and Music Supervisor experience from various film and television projects, and developed outstanding relationships with professionals in both the music and film and television industries.

_MG_9956Digital Art Director: Jessica Scarchilli
Jessica is an Art Director with a focus on all things digital. Her work is known for its clean aesthetic and sharp design. Jessica’s design work has been recognized by various design leaders, the most recent being Adobe, House & Home Magazine and Chatelaine Magazine. She currently resides in Toronto and spends her time between breaking boundaries in the digital editorial world and focusing on her personal creative projects. To see more of her work visit:



Bob Crone
A special thank you to Bob Crone for this unique collection of unpublished archival photography.
Bob Crone traveled the globe for over 30 years with his motion picture and stills cameras, capturing local, national, and international news, people, and events. After a plane crash eliminated his desire to fly commercial airlines so frequently, Bob and his wife Vi built and operated Film House, Canada’s first complete production facility, in Toronto. With the invention of the Steadicam in 1975, Bob transitioned from photojournalism into the motion picture industry. He quickly became a sought-after Steadicam operator and moved west to Vancouver in 1988 for greater opportunities in the field. He now enjoys his retirement with his wife Vi on the West Coast.


_MG_9956Stills Photographer: Matilda Temperley

Matilda was born in 1981 on a cider farm in Somerset. She trained at the London of Tropical Medicine and worked in East Africa in Malaria control. She then turned to photography and writing and divides her time between her commercial and personal work.

In September 2015 Matilda won the Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden award (for a notable achievement in photography for those under 35) for her sell out book, ‘Under The Surface – Somerset Floods’. In November, 2015 Matilda published her second book ‘Omo – Change In The Valley’ about her work in Ethiopia for which she was a finalist in the SONY World Photo awards 2014. 2016 will see the publication of a new photo book with writer Kaitlyn Reghr on the Legends of American Burlesque, published by Oxford University Press.


_MG_9956Stills Photographer: Jessica Earnshaw

Jessica Earnshaw is a photojournalist based in New York, whose work focuses on criminal justice, healthcare and music.

Jessica has been featured in publications including The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, NBC News & Dateline, PDN Magazine, and Universal Music, MTV Buzzworthy.  In 2015, she received the prestigious Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Fellowship to photograph aging in American prisons. In 2013, she was part of NBC’s journalism team ‘In Plain Sight: Poverty In America’, which received a Peabody Award. Previously, Jessica was a junior photo editor at TIME Magazine. In 2012 she graduated from Manhattan’s International Center of Photography.


_MG_9956Researcher: Romillia Karnick
Romilla is an award-winning documentary producer based in New York. She has produced content for science documentaries, investigative programming and national news. In a previous life, Romilla was a certified science nerd, and holds a degree in Biochemistry and Chemistry. In 2014, she won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Editorial Research. Her previous work has been nominated for a Gemini in the Best Documentary Series category.



Harvey RobbinsTempest’s Manager: Harvey Robbins

Harvey Robbins is Tempest Storm’s manager. He first saw her in 1957 when he skipped school to see a flaming redhead strip on the stage of The Old Howard in Boston. Fifty years later they met on the Bettie Page-Doo-Wopp Cruise. Harvey’s group was singing. Tempest was in the audience. In poetic fashion he recalled to the audience that first meeting of the young boy who had never forgotten what he had seen. His group was singing, “You Send Me” and from the seats out of the darkness came two outstretched hands. There stood Tempest Storm. He uttered, “May I have this dance.”

Since that time Tempest has had her life recorded on vinyl by rock icon Jack White, made celebrity appearances at Burlesque Festivals in Iowa, Toronto, New York, Kansas City and Portland, Oregon, and also hosts her own Tempest Storm Las Vegas Burlesque Revue. She is on a speaker’s bureau and seeks to land her “hot buns” pants line of clothing, a publisher for her book, “The Queen of Burlesque–Unzipped,” and a TV reality show.

Harvey is president/founder of the Doo-Wopp Hall Of Fame Of America, honoring the artists and vocal groups from the 1950’s at Symp[hony Hall in Boston and has produced his Hall Of Fame concerts at The Venetian in Vegas, North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass., Foxwoods Casino, and other prestigious venues. He was an award-winning journalist while covering the Boston Celtics for many years before devoting himself full-time on a pro-bono basis to lead a tenacious battle to save historic Prowse Farm outside of Boston from the clutches of corporate development and political ambition. He was the recipient of the Audubon A Award for activism on behalf of the living environment and authored two books, “Betrayal–Michael Dukakis and the Battle To Save Historic Prowse Farm” and “If You Elect Me President”, while being called upon to expose the political betrayal during the failed presidential bid by Dukakis.

Robbins is president of The Friends of Prowse Farm, co-curating the museum the citizen group has developed on the site, and hosting charitable events, such as the Avon Breast Cancer Walks, Susan Koman Walk For The Cure, The Life Is Good Festivals, and the annual pow-wow to honor Native American culture on the land. The charitable events have now raised in excess of $29 million.


_MG_9956Intern: Francesca Fionda
Francesca joins the Tempest Team through the Hot Docs Accelerated Scholarship Program. She was selected as one of nine emerging documentary filmmakers from across Canada to take part in an intensive festival-based curriculum and an extended mentorship job training opportunity. She is excited to help tell Tempest’s unique story and join the team throughout the production process. Francesca currently works as an associate producer for Global News’ current affairs program, 16×9. She holds a Broadcast Journalism diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. Francesca won several awards for her student work in journalism, including two Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards and the BCIT Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Technologies.


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