Tom Gunia is a director and cinematographer with a penchant for humor, the human condition, and beautiful imagery. Since childhood, storytelling has been an integral part of his life. That, combined with a long standing love of photography naturally led him to pursue a career in film and video. Tom has directed work for a wide range of clients including AGLC, Alberta Environment and Parks, HarperCollins, and Alberta Innovates. He served as the cinematographer on Dylan “Nnett Rhys” Howard’s award winning short film Peak Oil and was nominated for an Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association “Rosie” Award for Best Cinematographer in the category of Drama Over 30 Minutes for the short film Zero by Atraeon Productions. He also served as the cinematographer on a Gravity Pope commercial for TIFF that received an AD Club of Edmonton ACE Award of Distinction. He recently worked as co-cinematographer on Digging in the Dirt, which premiered on CBC television in September 2019. Tom is currently writing a feature film centered around growing up in rural Alberta, which he hopes to direct in the near future.
Described by iconic actor Bruce Dern as “a one-woman studio – never seen anything like it,” Katrina Beatty is a Producer and Director based out of Edmonton, Alberta. She works in varying formats including short and feature films, web series and music videos. Commercial work includes campaigns for clients such as Alberta Treasury Branch (ATB), Labatt Brewery and the Calgary Stampede. Katrina has created music videos for Juno Award winning band Whitehorse (PINK KIMONO, BOYS LIKE YOU) and CMA Award winning country artist Gord Bamford (LIVIN’ ON SUMMERTIME). Her work with Edmonton band The Wet Secrets brought SCTV and FREAKS AND GEEKS alumnus Joe Flaherty back to Edmonton to resurrect his Count Floyd character in the music video NIGHTLIFE. Notably, Katrina’s work in feature films lead her to partner with Rocky Mountain Pictures and Panacea Entertainment to produce the made-for-TV movie I THINK I DO. The film starred Mia Kirshner (THE L WORD, THE BLACK DAHLIA), garnering her a Canadian Screen Award nomination for her performance. The film premiered on the Lifetime Network to the highest ratings of all Valentine’s programming on the network that day. It is regularly broadcast on The W Network in Canada and has been sold all over the world. Currently her production company Loud Whisper Productions is producing the Telefilm funded feature film BEFORE I CHANGED MY MIND slated for production in Spring 2021. At the Sundance Film Festival in 2020, the script was announced to the GLAAD List; a curated list of the most promising unmade LGBTQ-inclusive scripts in Hollywood.
Dylan "Nnett Rhys” Howard is a producer/director/editor whose work has been described as “quiet and upfront, honest, real, rich, fertile, built on characters with depth and complexity.” In 2018, his short film Peak Oil was selected to be a part of Telefilm Canada’s Canada: Not Short On Talent program and screened at the Marché Du Film Court at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, the largest short film festival in the world. Peak Oil also received an Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association “Rosie" Award for Best Narrative Short and the A&E Short Filmmakers Award for Best Film at the National Screen Institute’s Online Short Film Festival. In the commercial sector, Dylan has created work for a diverse range of clients including ATB, The University of Alberta, The Mosaic Family of Companies, and Explore Edmonton; his work for WestCan Bulk Transport’s “You’re Meant For the Road” campaign as director/editor earned an Ad Club of Edmonton ACE Award for outstanding video production. His debut broadcast effort, Digging In The Dirt, a one-hour documentary about depression and suicide in Alberta’s oil and gas sector, premiered on CBC Television in September 2019 and is currently streaming on CBC Gem. Dylan continues to live and work in Edmonton.