Idalina Leandro – Producer / Director / Writer
Idalina is an award winning producer and director with 10 years of experience in film and television. She has produced, directed and written several films, documentaries, music videos and television programs in North America and across Europe.
As a meisner trained actor and accomplished photographer, she took ownership of her own career in 2008 when she founded and became the artistic director of Nightshade Productions, an independent film production company in London, England. There, she produced her first short film, Invaded, which travelled the festival circuit in England and Portugal.
After leaving England in 2010, Idalina founded another production company, A Film Company, where she produced her first documentary, All She Wrote Anthology. The film follows several female graffiti artists from around the world, and is currently distributed by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Center, and available to stream on Opprimetv.com. The five part anthology also aired on FIBE TV 1, a platform dedicated to promoting the work of Toronto-based artists.
In addition to pursuing independent projects, Idalina has produced and directed a variety of television projects that have been supported by the Canadian Media Fund. Her television experience includes working on Future Legends, My Job Rocks, and The Underground Music Scene. On each of her projects, Idalina was responsible for producing digital components including websites, applications, and virtual reality applications.
Sara Cabrera – Aragon / Producer / Editor
Award winning editor, Sara Cabrera-Aragon was born and raised in Toronto. Having grown up in a city filled with diversity she has always been drawn to the stories people have to tell. With 6 years of experience in the film and television industry Sara has found great satisfaction in working to share those stories.
A graduate from the Film and Media program at Queen’s University, Sara had the opportunity to [/one_half_last] develop her artistic skills under the guidance of previous art directors and filmmakers. Early on she found a passion for visual storytelling through video editing. In 2011 she edited her first short documentary ‘El Camino a Cambio’, about a local organization in Nicaragua advocating for change. Since then Sara has worked as an editor on a variety of projects ranging from documentaries to music videos. For the past two years Sara has worked as a video editor at a production company that produces television shows for the Canadian Media Fund. Most notably she was an editor on the second season of the television series ‘Future Legends’, a documentary series featuring Donovan Bailey and Dwayne De Rosario as hosts. Her work has been broadcast on television and shown in various film festivals around the world. Most recently Sara edited a feature documentary titled ‘3 Seconds Divorce’, with award winning director Shazia Javed, about Muslim women fighting for a ban on oral divorce in India. ‘3 Seconds Divorce’ was an official selection at the Mumbai International Film Festival in 2018.
Sara intends to continue working on projects that push boundaries and create human connections. With a love for storytelling and images she hopes to lend new perspectives to those out there willing to watch and listen.
Morgana Mckenzie / Cinematographer
Morgana McKenzie is an award-winning director and cinematographer. Her short films have screened at over 100 festivals and won over 35 awards. Her music video “Atlas World” won nine awards including Best Director and Canada 150 Award for Best Film from the young filmmaker division of TIFF (Next Wave), and her short film “Ellie” won Best Fiction Film from the young filmmaker division of TIFF in 2016.
In 2015 Morgana finished two short films. “We All Go the Same“, a narrative music video for the song of the same name by Radical Face, screened at over forty festivals and won ten awards including Best Music Video, Best Cinematography, and Best Makeup.
Morgana was awarded Best Director Under 25 at the 2015 Ottawa Independent Video Awards, and Best Emerging Female Filmmaker award at NFFTY 2014 (National Film Festival for Talented Youth).
Alisa Erlikh / Sound Recordist
Having explored every aspect of audio engineering over the last 4 years, Alisa has come to love sound for film. Performing both location sound and audio post duties has given her opportunities to oversee sound for projects from set to screen. Having some experience as a producer and director has also allowed her to become familiar with the overall process of film making, thus letting her merge seamlessly with the rest of the crew.
Marisa Sittheeamorn / Production Assistant/ Research
Originally hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, Marisa Sittheeamorn recently graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a dual degree in Rhetoric, Film, and Screen Studies, and Politics. At school, Marisa extensively studied identity politics, women’s issues, social movements, film and rhetorical theory, and served as a board member at the inaugural Bates Film Festival – an experience which triggered her desire to pursue a career in film following graduation. During her last semester, Marisa produced a short film, interviewing students and showcasing their experiences with consent and the Title IX policies on her college campus.
Marisa was previously an intern at the United Nations in New York, where she worked on the United Nations’ global campaign against homophobia and transphobia. Having lived, studied, and worked in Bangkok, Cape Town, New York, Maine, and Toronto, Marisa believes in the power of visual storytelling to find commonality among the most varying of cultures, and to represent marginalized voices. With human rights and social justice at her core, Marisa is faithful in the power of film to shape our everyday lives, and bring people together on an international scale. She is excited to be developing her skills and learning from the creative forces behind Her Film Company on An Open Conversation.