Idalina Leandro – Producer / Director / Writer
Idalina is an award winning producer and director with 10 years of experience in film and TV, she has produced, directed and written several films, documentaries, music videos and TV programs in North America and Europe.
Meisner Trained actor and accomplished photographer, she took her career in her own hands in 2008 when she co-founded and became the artistic director of Nightshade Productions,
After leaving England in 2010, Idalina created another production company called A Film Company. AFC’s first project was a documentary titled All She Wrote Anthology, about female graffiti artists around the world that has since been aired on Opprimetv.com. A short 5 part series of All She Wrote was also aired on FIBE TV 1, which focused on Toronto based female artists.
Idalina has most recently produced and directed several TV projects, which were all been funded by the Canadian Media Fund. This includes two seasons of the documentary series Future Legends, which focuses on young athletes and features Donovan Bailey and Dwayne DeRosario as hosts. She has also produced digital components for each of these TV series which include websites, apps and VR apps.
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
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).
Trisha Harris / Sound Recordist
Trisha Harris is a professional Location Sound Mixer with over 6 years of experience in the film, television and documentary industry. She is a freelance mixer for her company Soundchick Inc. as well as a member of IATSE 873. Her most recent work includes mixing forsuch TV Series like Designated Survivor Season 2 and Taken. Independent movies such as Almost Adults and The Rainbow Kid and hot docs selected documentary, Mermaids.She has also work on Corporate & Non Profit projects such as the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Booby Ball, Sick Kids, PanAm Games, TSN, CBC, ABC, MLSE, Bell Media, TD Bank, Samsung, Nissan, Maple Leaf, and more.
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.