Michelle Nolden’s resume boasts blockbuster and independent features, as well as critically acclaimed television projects – all of which have earned her an international reputation. Recent feature films include CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY, Vincenzo Natali’s HAUNTER and Chuck Minsky’s SKATING TO NEW YORK. She recurred as the U.S. President in the hit series NIKITA, as well as the Crown Attorney in THE REPUBLIC OF DOYLE. She garnered great reviews as the lead in HBO Canada’s series ZONE OF SEPARATION, playing a tough edged United Nations Peacekeeper, and she donned a corset and Scottish accent to play the wife of George Brown in JOHN A: BIRTH OF A COUNTRY. Michelle has been nominated for an ACTRA award for her performance in the Canadian blockbuster MEN WITH BROOMS, as well as Gemini awards for her portrayal of Hadley Hemingway in HEMINGWAY vs CALLAGHAN, and a drug addicted mother in ROOKIE BLUE. She was a series regular on STREET TIME, where she co-starred with Rob Morrow and Terrence Howard.
Romano Orzari has been nominated five times with one win as a professional actor. His achievement was honored with The Yves Montand Best Actor Award, at the 1998 Kiev International Film Festival, for his searing performance in the film BURNT EDEN. His Nominations for Best Lead Actor in a film or series were highlighted at the following events: The 1999 Gemini Awards and the 2000 Gala Metro Star Awards both for the acclaimed and fan favorite TV series OMERTA, LAST MAN OF HONOR in which he spoke four languages. Other nominations include the 2006 ACTRA Award for BABY FOR SALE and the 2007 SMMASH Film Festival for THE OVERLOOKERS. Currently, Romano stars in the hit black comedy crime series 24 HOUR RENTAL.
Julian Richings was born in Oxford, England, and has become a familiar figure to Canadian cinema and television audiences, appearing in over 50 films and 20 separate television series. After training in drama at the University of Exeter and touring North America with a British stage production, Julian moved to Toronto, Canada in 1984. Within five years, he had become a regular on the second season of the Canadian WAR OF THE WORLDS (1988) TV series. Other roles followed, and he gained critical acclaim as the bitter, ageing punk rock legend Bucky Haight in Bruce McDonald’s mock-documentary HARD CORE LOGO (1996). His appearance in Vincenzo Natali’s CUBE (1997) was brief, but definitely memorable. In 2000, Julian appeared as Francis Bellanger, an itinerant railroad worker who falls in love with a prostitute (played by Shirley Henderson), in THE CLAIM (2000), and the role earned him a Genie Award nomination for best supporting actor. His performance as the nearly-blind security guard Otto in Stephen King’s KINGDOM HOSPITAL (2004) was considered especially impressive by many critics. A busy stage actor as well, Julian was presented with two Dora Awards in the late 1980s and continues to perform professionally in the Toronto area.
Damon Runyan is currently playing the lead role of Charles Falco in GANGLAND UNDERCOVER for the History Channel. In the upcoming months Damon will also be seen in a recurring role in HAVEN for SyFy, a lead role in the Hallmark Channel’s ONE STARRY CHRISTMAS, as well as the independent thriller DEAD of WINTER. His past television credits include the recurring role of “Coach Carter” in DEGRASSI: TNG, and guest starring roles in NIKITA, COVERT AFFAIRS, SUPERNATURAL, SMALLVILLE, THE BRIDGE, and Ken Finkleman’s THE NEWSROOM, amongst others. Damon won the “Best Actor Award” as well as the “Audience Choice Award” in the 2013 National Film Challenge for his short film CASSIDY. Damon’s first feature film WHEN THE SHOOTING STOPS is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2015.
Born in India, Gaurav moved to Russia at age 18 to study at the prestigious Russian Federation State Institute of Cinema (VGIK) founded by Sergei Eisenstein. There he studied under the strict tutelage of Vadim Yusov, the legendary cinematographer of Andrei Tarkovsky, and six years later he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Cinematography & Film Direction.
His first feature film A PASSAGE TO OTTAWA won five international awards including a CRYSTAL BEAR (Special Mention) at the Berlin Film Festival. Next, Gaurav directed a charming romantic comedy called SWEET DESTINY which premièred on City TV in Canada and was released in the UK and Germany.
Over the past few years, Gaurav has developed several feature film projects. Some of these include: Sci-Fi Thrillers BARDO and TIMEBOUND, a coming-of-age drama called LITTLE BROTHER, and a comedy called KARMA CHAMELEON. Besides developing his own projects, Gaurav has also worked on scripts for other Canadian filmmakers, including Carl Bessai (SALVAGE) and Academy Award-nominated Deepa Mehta (EXCLUSION).
Avi Federgreen’s nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry feature many highlights, from music videos to TV series to full-length feature films. His current releases include RELATIVE HAPPINESS directed by Deanne Foley, EMPIRE OF DIRT directed by Peter Stebbings, RANDOM ACTS OF ROMANCE directed by Katrin Bowen, the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature DEAD BEFORE DAWN directed by April Mullen and the documentary 30 Ghosts directed by Sean Cisterna.
Federgreen’s other producing credits include STILL MINE, SCORE: A HOCKEY MUSICAL, MOON POINT, IM’M YOURS, HUNGRY HILLS, ONE WEEK, HIGH LIFE, LESLIE, MY NAME IS EVIL and the documentary AS SLOW AS POSSIBLE.
In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT. The company services not just up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, but also those indies making films in a lower budget bracket who have otherwise virtually no chance to shine in a market of big studios, distributors and exhibitors.
With three spoken languages, and 15+ years of experience writing and producing for film and television, Robyn Bigué has cultivated a well-deserved reputation for exacting an intelligent and resourceful craft.
She has produced and written for many of today’s most iconic factual shows, including her most recent role as Producer for THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, which has claimed top spot in the rating for two years running. As well, Bigué has co-written and produced a number of critically acclaimed documentaries, such as SPECTACLE: ELVIS COSTELLO PRESENTS… INSIDE NOTES (CTV), which provided die-hard music fans with a peek into some of the greatest minds of music.
Robyn currently has several promising feature film projects in development and pre-production. Additionally, she has optioned a number of original works under her own Sir Harry Films Inc. umbrella.