Jennifer Di Cresce
Producer / Director / Writer
If the production of Mr Zaritsky On TV proves anything, it’s that Jen can parachute into the director’s chair at a moment’s notice. Seven countries and over 20,000km later, it’s safe to declare her the victor in the Battle of Fatigue on the Plains of Compelling Narrative. Note that Jen did NOT receive any physiotherapy for all the crouching she did behind furniture and van seats during shooting. She’d take that complaint up with management, except that she is management.
Producer / Director / DOP / Participant
Having worked as a cinematographer for 35 years, Michael is a black belt, level-12 Ninja of documentary. Amidst shooting his own film about John Zaritsky, Michael was somehow convinced to shoot for John’s film instead! During his career, Michael has shot some of John Zaritsky’s best films to date -including his most recent installment of the Thalidomide trilogy, called No Limits: The Thalidomide Saga. When not lured away to work on other people’s projects, Michael sometimes shows up to work as a producer, director & cinematographer for his own company, Big Twin Productions.
6 years of film school and 8 freelancing put a ring on Jake Chirico’s marriage between theory and practice. Between working as a freelance cinematographer and a camera assistant for Discovery Channel Canada, Jake hits the streets with various personal projects. Mental illness, graffiti writing/subversive art, and HIV/AIDS are subjects he’s grown close to as an emerging cinematographer, director, editor and photographer. Jake’s first short documentary premiered at Hot Docs 2010 (The Freshwater Plague), and his feature debut as a co-director/cinematographer, a portrait of a young woman with schizophrenia, has been picked up by the Super Channel. In his extensive travels, Jake has developed a unique eye for the unexpected, fluidity in collaboration, strong improvisational abilities, and a dogged work ethic that is consistent on any set. And he’s worked with wolves.
Sound Recordist / Participant
Justin Ladd is a Toronto-based Sound Recordist that has been professionally putting microphones in front of people for the last 7 years. From film/television to music, he’s heard the best and worst that humans the world over have to offer. On the road with John Zaritsky, Justin learned the meaning and importance of colour coordinating your outfit with a good pair of shoes.
Camera Assistant / Participant
David Frank-Savoie brings a varied set of academic and professional experiences to the table. He has lived and worked internationally, including a stint in Romania while working on the set of the feature film the Whistleblower, and is currently working to complete a masters degree in Public Policy with a focus on the Audiovisual Media regulatory policies of the European Union. He speaks three languages, one of them well.
Sure, she’s an award winning editor with many prestigious films under her belt, but that’s just obscuring Deborah’s many other proclivities. She’s also an art enthusiast, cat rescuer, bargain hunter, gardener, party thrower, freedom fighter, music nerd, but best of all, a director-whisperer: “Shhh, find your inner Zaritsky. Now, what does the film want to be?” She’s kind of like the Yoda of editors, except much better looking. And better style.
Nikin is a web developer and graphic designer. Unlike everyone who worked in this project, Nikin remained in the confines of his couch creating the site along with Jen via occasional email conversations and brunch meet-ups.
When Nikin is not behind the computer, you’ll find him constantly plugged into his headphones listening to some obscure music…