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 was nominated for best documentary at the LA Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles. The film is now 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 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.
Morgana Mckenzie / Cinematographer
Morgana McKenzie is an award winning cinematographer and director based in Toronto. Her short films have garnered over 40 awards from international festivals, including Best Director and the Canada 150 award for Best Film from TIFF Jump Cuts Next Wave. Most recently, Morgana received two nominations from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers for her work on “Wild” (Dramatic Short Cinematography), and “Lost Time” (Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography). As a cinematographer and colorist, Morgana is currently working on a number of narrative and documentary projects in Toronto, Kentucky, and Los Angeles.
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.
Kelly Harvey-Myluka / Production Assistant/ Research
Kelly is an emerging actor/filmmaker based in Toronto. After graduating from Humber College’s Acting For Film & Television program in 2016, Kelly found herself on both sides of the camera. She has been driven to develop more skills and experience to work on film sets and create her own content. She has worked as a PA & AD on a variety of projects from webseries’ to short films to music videos.
Nikita Takkar / Research
Nikita is a researcher and journalist based in Toronto. With every piece of content she creates, her goal is to find a story and tell it in an engaging way. She is able to combine her experience in academic research along with her passion for creating exciting programming that captivates audiences. Nikita’s goal is to create content that connects audiences with one another.
She is a graduate of Columbia University, and has worked for BBC World News & VICE Media. In conjunction with her work, Nikita also works on raising awareness about LBGTQ2+ issues.