Co-Writer / Director / Actor
For Jono, hailing from the majestic coast of Cape Breton has granted him an eye for beauty, and a penchant for storytelling. His youth was self-documented in the form of 35mm stills and Super 8 shorts. In his twenties, he traveled the world as a musician, a documentarian, as well as a commercial director with Toronto's OPC and London's MindsEye.
He has since won multiple awards for his commercial work including a Young Director Award at the 2015 Cannes Lions for his Canadian Film Festival spots, a Bronze Lion at the 2014 Cannes Lions for 'ExFEARiential', a 2015 Webby for his McDonald’s Fry Defender spot, and a 2015 Bessie for his Big Brothers Vancouver spots (to name a few). He has also directed ads for Kit Kat and Jolly Rancher, starring the likes of Chance the Rapper, Joel Embiid, and Todd Gurley.
His experimental documentary 'Covered' was selected to play at the ImagineNATIVE Film Festival 2014 (where it took home Best Experimental Short), The Whistler International Film Festival, and Short Cuts: Doc Days of Summer at the TIFF Lightbox (and many more).
'The Dentist', Hunter's surrealist short film, garnered the Best New Talent award at the 2015 INDIE FILM TO short Festival and was selected to screen at the 2014 Dances With Films Festival, The Montreal Underground Film Festival, The Dawson City International Short Film Festival, and the 2013 London International film festival where it was nominated for best short and best supporting actor for Chris Haralampous; The Dentist also took home Best Canadian Film at the 2014 VideoDrunk Film Festival.
Co-Writer / Actor
Born in BC, David Grimes lived in Winnipeg, grew up in Cole Harbour, NS and eventually moved to Toronto where he found work as a landscaper and pursued a life as a struggling musician. David caught the film bug while working as a Production Assistant on the feature film “The Sentinel”, starring Michael Douglas. He was accepted into Humber College’s Film and Television Production Program and produced two award-winning short films during that time for the Toronto 24 hour Film Challenge – Harvest won second place and Audience Choice and Visual Virtuoso also won Audience Choice. He wrote and directed his first feature film, 'Life of Charlie' in 2008 which went on to premiere at the American Arts Film Festival in 2009.
He has produced, written and directed promos for History, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, Slice as well as Nokia, Rogers and Wrigley's. In 2016 he won gold at the Promax BDA Awards.
Currently he works for CBC as a photographer, and spends his free time playing piano for his cat.
Isil Gilderdale is a prolific, award-winning commercial and film producer based in Toronto, Canada. With experience as both a director and editor, Isil brings a creative spirit and understanding to every production, collaborating closely with the director and crew to deliver on the vision of every project.
As the head of production at OPC, one of Canada’s most recognized production companies, Isil works with world-class directors and international agencies to create advertisements for television and the web.
Originally from Samsun, Turkey Isil is driven by a love of international film and a passion for storytelling. Her work has taken her around the world, and she is as comfortable producing in Rio, Istanbul or Mexico City as she is at home in Toronto.
In addition to her work in advertising, Isil is an active participant in Toronto’s independent film industry, producing short films including Hollow Bones (2012), directed by José Lorenço, and The Dentist (2013), directed by Jono Hunter. Her latest project, a feature, Modern Classic, will be released in 2017.
As a charismatic cinematographer, Todd brings a human touch to technical inventiveness in arresting images that capture the fleeting moments of life. The two time recipient of the Fritz Spiess Award for Best Commercial Cinematography at the Canadian Cinematography Awards for clients Lexus & Obakki, Todd has distinguished himself as a dynamic figure in his field. His professional and aesthetic skills in creative collaboration have led to a diverse portfolio of work not only across North America but also in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Michael Pierro is a Toronto-based film and television editor. His work spans a variety of genres, from dramatic feature films, to fast-paced TV and visually dazzling music videos. His credits include the feature films The Rainbow Kid, Fire Song and most recently Modern Classic, and music videos for artists like Gord Downey and Jenn Grant. He holds a BFA in Film from Ryerson University and is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre’s Editors’ Lab.