Noah Reid – Stock
An actor since the age of eight, Reid is a veteran of the small screen. He was the original voice of Franklin on the popular animated series Franklin the Turtle. After lending his voice in various other animated series (Jane and the Dragon and Pippi Longstocking), he went on to star in the television series Strange Days at Blake Holsey High. Reid played the role of Darrell Fox in Terry, about Terry Fox’s marathon of hope. Other film and television credits include Degrassi: The Next Generation, Soulfood and In Love and War. Upcoming, Noah stars in Score: A Hockey Musical, premiering as the opening film of the Toronto International Film Festival, and will play the lead in the new SyFy pilot Three Inches.
Reid holds impressive theatre credits that include roles in the world-renowned Stratford Shakeskpeare Festival, the critically acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre, Blythe Festival and Theatre Aquarius. Reid also portrayed Chip in Disney’s theatrical performance of Beauty and the Beast, which ran in Toronto and on Broadway. He was also a recipient of the prestigious John Hirsch Award given to the most promising actor in the Stratford Festival (2009).
Reid attended Etobicoke School of the Arts (Toronto), and is a graduate of the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal). He currently lives in Toronto. Reid is also classically trained in piano and casually plays the accordion.
Melanie Leishman – Patti
Gemini award winning actress Melanie Leishman can currently be seen in CTV/Space/Fearnet’s Todd and The Book of Pure Evil and lending her voice to Nelvana’s Detentionaires. Previously, she was best known for her roles in David Bezmozgis’ film Victoria Day (Sundance Film Festival 2009), Darcy’s Wild Life (NBC/Discovery Kids) and House Party (Comedy Network). Other TV credits include Being Erica (CBC/ Soapnet), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Murdoch Mysteries (City Tv). She studied at the The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
Jack Daniel Wells – Harold
Jack Daniel Wells or Danny Wells is a veteran of the screen and has appeared in such motion pictures as Magnolia, Private Benjamin, The Last Kiss and The Buddy Holly Story to name a few. He has also lent his voice to countless television shows, films and video games from Heathcliff, Caillou, Batman: The Animated Series to The Super MarioBros Super Show, BusyTown Mysteries and many many others. On the small screen, he is most recognized for his recurring role for 11 years as Charlie the bartender on The Jeffersons and playing the role of Luigi, in the live-action segments of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! Some selected starring roles on television include Murder She Wrote, The A-Team, Happy Days, Kojak, CHiPs, Sanford and Son, Flashpoint, and Blue Mountain State. Originally from Montreal, Danny lived and worked for many years in Los Angeles before making Toronto his home.
Corinne Conley – Gloria
Corinne has worked extensively in Canada and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., Corinne landed her first professional role as ingenue lead in Paul Green’s historic outdoor drama “The Common Glory”, in Williamsburg, Va.
On to N.Y.C. where she became a member of the National Classic Theatre–taking Shakespeare to schools and colleges throughout the U.S. On that tour, she met and married fellow actor Bonar Stuart from Montreal and her career soon flourished in Canada.
In Toronto, Corinne became a leading performer on live TV shows and dramas. She is featured in the CBC retrospective “Live To Air” in clips from Arthur Haily’s “Flight Into Danger”, the first big CBC drama success, and clips from many appearances with Wayne and Shuster—she was Cleopatra to their Antony and Ceasar. She has a long history of revue beginning with “Spring Thaw”, and culminating as star of “Jubilee” at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, and in London’s West End in the Canadian revue “Clap Hands”. After her Broadway debut in Robertson Davies’ “Love and Libel”, directed by Tyrone Guthrie,
In Hollywood, she sharpened her comedic talents working with Sid Ceasar, Dean Martin and Jonathan Winters and in numerous sitcoms (“Hogan’s Heroes”, “That Girl” with Marlo Thomas, “The New Dick Van Dyke Show”, “Sanford and Son”). Favourite series were “Dear Detective” (co-starring with Brenda Vacarro), “Hollywood Wives” and “Quincy”. Corinne played “Phyllis Anderson Curtis” on “Days of Our Lives” for seven years.
Returning to Toronto and to the theatre, she has appeared at Can Stage, the Winter Garden Theatre, the Tarragon, and others in variety of roles (“Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”, Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women”, and her one woman show, “Magda’s Beauty Secret”).
On TV, she co-starred with Julie Andrews in “Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime.” Recent appearances have been have been on “Haven” (adapted from Stephen King’s Colorada Kid), NBC’s “Against The Wall” and “What’s Up Warthogs”. Favourite films include “Outrageous Fortune”, “Salt Water Moose”, and the iconic French film “Ti-Coq” with Gratian Gelinas.
Meghan Heffern – Dahlia
Meghan Heffern was born in Edmonton, Alberta and began her career at the age of 15. Starting as a stand in on a popular children’s series, Meghan quickly lcimbed the ladder of success. With over 30 film and TV credits under her belt, Meghan has worked with comedy greats such as Eugene Levy, Colin Mochrie, Paul Reiser and Martin Short. She played a pivotal role in Atom Egoyan’s film Chole starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, and will be appearing alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the comedy The F Word set to release next year. Meghan also had the opportunity to work alongside the Belleville brothers as a series lead in the Showcase comedy Almost Heroes. Other credits include lead roles in American Pie Presents: Beta House, Old Stock and the horror films The Fog and The Shrine; recurring roles on Spikes Blue Mountain State, Disney’s Aaron Stone, and Degrassi: TNG, and guest spots in Lost Girl, Saving Hope, The LA Complex and CBC’s Good Dog.
James Genn – Director
James Genn began his career making horror movies in his parent’s basement in the suburbs of Vancouver. He went on to study filmmaking at UBC and the Canadian Film Centre. He’s written and directed several successful short films, such as The Dog Walker in 2003 and Second Date in 1999. He’s also directed over 40 episodes of television, mostly comedy series such as Call Me Fitz, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Robson Arms and Rabbittown. Recently receiving DGC and Gemini nominations for his TV directing, James has also twice been nominated for Genie Awards. Old Stock is his first feature film.
Dane Clark – Writer
Ever since his conception, Dane dreamt heʼd live the high life writing irreverent love stories and emotional comedies. So far heʼs graduated from the CFC’s Writer’s Lab, typed many shorts, several features and has a couple TV series in development.
He and his lady friend wrote/directed Long Branch which was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, won Best Short at Calgary and Best Directors at Yorkton. And this year their short Margo Lily premiered in Telefilm’s Not Short On Talent program at Cannes.
Old Stock is his first produced feature and he’s currently in post-production on his next film entitled, I Put A Hit On You.
Geordie Sabbagh – Producer
Producer Geordie Sabbagh has worked in all mediums of entertainment including film, TV, radio and new media for some of the most prestigious and innovative companies in the world, such as the BBC and Creative Differences.
Over the past 2 years, he has produced two features. The first, Clean Break, is currently in post-production. His second is Old Stock. Geordie is also currently in development with Telefilm on two comedies. Almost Criminal with producer Michel Shane (I, Robot, Catch Me if You Can) and Two Guys who Sold the World with EP Christina Piovesan (The Whistleblower). He recently wrote and directed an award winning short, Counselling and is slated to direct another called The Proposal in the coming months.
Geordie is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Producers’ Lab. He is also a graduate of Queen’s University and received his MA in International Business and Management from the University of Westminster in London, England.
Justine Whyte – CFC FEATURES – Director & Executive Producer
Justine has worked in arts and culture for 25 years, helping creative voices have their work realized and appreciated by audiences. Having spent a number of years working with many Toronto based artists in preparing their work for public presentation and gallery exhibits, she entered the film industry in 1988, working at Cinephile Limited, a distribution and world sales company specializing in new Canadian and foreign talent (including Bruce McDonald, Atom Egoyan, Guy Maddin, Jenny Livingston and Whit Stillman). While at Cinephile, Justine gained solid experience in domestic theatrical and non-theatrical marketing, international sales and acquisitions, administration and financial matters. Justine’s involvement with CFC Features began at its inception, in 1992 and she has worked intimately with over 100 directors, writers and producers in overseeing the business and creative development of over 45 projects and the actual production and marketing and distribution of 21 theatrical feature films, including; BLOOD & DONUTS, RUDE, HOUSE, CUBE, THE UNCLES, KHALED, 19 MONTHS, THE DARK HOURS, SIBLINGS, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY., and more recently OLD STOCK and MOLLY MAXWELL, CRUEL & UNUSUAL (in production) and RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS (in production). In addition to launching many careers, these films have registered success on critical, cultural and commercial levels. The films have screened at more than 75 of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including renowned venues such as Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Berlinale and the Toronto International Film Festival. Sales and distribution in territories across the globe have been equally impressive. As Director and Executive Producer of CFC Features, Justine is responsible for the overall design, administration and operations of the program, as well as overseeing all aspects of each production, from development of the script and budgeting stages through to distribution and world sales.
Erin Burke – CFC FEATURES – Manager, Executive in Charge of Production
As CFC Features Manager and Executive in Charge of Production, Erin Burke is responsible for day-to-day operations of the program in consultation with CFC Features Director/Executive Producer. Currently in her eleventh year with the program, Erin manages all Development and Production activities and works very closely with the writers, directors and producers at all stages of the program. She is also responsible for administering all financing agreements and all reporting obligations of CFC Features in addition to overseeing all inquiries, submissions and the selection process. In total she has been involved in 13 of the 21 films made through CFC Features. Erin’s background includes a BA in Film & Communications from McGill University and a BFA in Film Production from Ryerson, where she wrote and directed several short films and won an award for her cinematography. Erin also has a background in comedy writing, which she continues to do, and performing sketch comedy which she has done in both Toronto and Montreal.
Derek Rappaport – Co-Producer
Derek Rappaport honed his skills working as a First Assistant Director and ultimately Production Manager, Line Producer and Producer with key credits on 388 ARLETTA AVENUE, THE SAMARITAN and WOLVES. Derek is President of Rappaport Entertainment Inc, a production services company based in Toronto that develops and produces TV series and theatrical feature films. He produced an astonishing eight TV movies for the SYFY channel within an eleven month period by setting up the production company Amber Light Films, which employed alternating prep crews while using the same shooting crew. Derek is the winner of a DGC Award for Best Team Achievement for Season One of the TV series FLASHPOINT.
Kye Meechan – Editor
Kye Meechan is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Editors Lab (2008). He has edited a number of award-winning short films including PARKDALE (Lisa Jackson, 2011), THE EXIT (E. Jane Thompson, 2011), HOW EUNICE GOT HER BABY (Ana Valine, 2009) and D’UNE RIVE A L’AUTRE (Maxime Desmons, 2009). OLD STOCK marks his first foray into features with several other long-form projects slated to follow.
Arthur Cooper CSC – Director of Photography
Arthur Cooper,csc is a Toronto based award winning cinematographer who has worked across the country and around the world. With over 15 years of experience, he has shot feature films, TV series, documentaries, short films and music videos. His works have enjoyed successful theatrical releases and international broadcasts as well as screening at festivals worldwide including Cannes, Berlin and TIFF. He moves smoothly between genres, from feature dramas like One Week (TIFF 2008 Gala) and Heater (Sundance 1999) to the TV action mini-series Guns to feature comedies like Young People F*cking, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones and the soon to be released, Stag. His most recent feature is Home Again, a gritty drama shot in Trinidad and Jamaica. Old Stock is his second collaboration with Director James Genn, the first being the award winning short, The Dog Walker.
Rose Lagacé – Production Designer
Rose Lagacé is a Toronto-based production designer and filmmaker. Raised in Welland, Ontario, Rose found herself drawn to the fine arts at a young age which subsequently led to her passion for film and filmmaking by age fourteen. Later she studied at Niagara College and moved to Toronto after graduation diving head first into the film industry. She very quickly fell madly in love with the art department.
As Production Designer, Rose’s designs have screened all over the world and at many major film festivals. In 2010 she was the recipient of three ‘Best Production Design’ awards for the film, Patient, which premiered at Cannes. Rose is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and has worked in various capacities with several top film, television, and media companies including: NBC Universal, Revolver, CFC, Bravo, CBC, The Toronto Star, CTVglobemedia and the NFB.
Ruth Secord – Costume Designer
The multi award-winning Ruth Secord is one of the most sought-after costume designers in the country. Her deft sense of colour and style allow her to move with ease among decades, centuries and settings. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Secord spent her early years on Baffin Island and in Guelph, Ontario. She graduated from Ryerson University and then went on to The National Theatre School in Montreal. She is a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and sits on Genie, Gemini and Emmy Awards jury committees. She has created costumes for a Scottish family in the 1800’s, a 1900’s Prince Edward Island community, for contemporary Washington and for a time that does not yet exist. She has fashioned looks for Kim Catrall, Colm Feore, Rip Torn, Charlton Heston, Bruce Greenwood, Amanda Plummer, Megan Follows, Teresa Stratas, Gena Rowlands and Laura Linney. Her diverse talents have allowed her to have many successful years in the film and television industry.
Dave Genn – Composer
Composer Dave Genn has been a staple of the Canadian music scene since his first bar gigs in the mid-eighties. Although probably best known for his six years spent with the multiple Juno Award-winning Matthew Good Band, Dave has had a long and prolific musical career both before and after. His association with Canadian punk legend Art Bergmann garnered Dave his first Juno Award in 1995 for Best Alternative Album for Bergmann’s “What Fresh Hell is This?” He has recorded and toured with artists as diverse as Strapping Young Lad, Grapes of Wrath, Pure, The Lowest of the Low, Bif Naked, Emm Gryner, Sweatshop Union and Swollen Members. Dave has been a member of Canadian alt-rock icons 54•40 since 2003, performing hundreds of shows while co-writing and co-producing the band on their two most recent releases “Yes to Everything” and “Northern Soul”. He is also prominently featured as a producer, co-writer, guitarist and keyboardist on chart-toppers Hedley’s self-titled debut, sophomore album “Famous Last Words”, and most recent release “The Show Must Go”. With several film score credits to his name, including the shorts “Second Date” and “The Dogwalker” written and directed by his brother James, as well as the National Geographic documentary “Yukona”, Dave is constantly developing and diversifying as an artist.
David Hayman – Supersonic – Music Supervisor
@ SUPERSONIC, David will be focusing his attention on broadening music supervision services for exciting long-form projects, new media ventures and branded entertainment productions like the recently completed Cross-Canada Coca-Cola Beat Bus Tour. David has been a music supervisor for 10 years, has worked on major feature films, worldwide broadcast television series and a plethora of major advertising campaigns. David is currently the music supervisor for Rookie Blue (ABC/Global) and Saving Hope (NBC/CTV).