key_julianJulian T. Pinder
Director

Julian T. Pinder has been making documentaries ever since he was a young teenager. He hitch-hiked from Paris to the former Yugoslavia during and just after the wars, shooting two experimental documentaries following stories of loss and tragedy in wartime Bosnia, then Kosovo. After studying film and politics at Queen’s University and U of Toronto, Julian worked under Nick de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) for a number of years to learn the craft of documentary filmmaking.

In his mid-twenties, Julian traveled to Nicaragua to start shooting what would become LAND, his first feature documentary. After shooting on his own for 2 years, Julian eventually teamed up with veteran producer Paul Scherzer who financed and shepherded the film to completion with the strong support of TVOntario.

Five long years after Julian first started the project, in 2010 LAND premiered to sold-out audiences at the Hot Docs film festival. The film went on to a theatrical release in Canada and play in competition at international festivals including  Bratislava and Santa Barbara where the film was nominated for the Award for Social Justice in Documentary Film.

TROUBLE IN THE PEACE is Julian’s second feature documentary.

key_paulPaul Scherzer
Producer

In drama, Paul produced a host of award-winning features including the improv ensemble piece A WAKE (Dir: Penelope Buitenhuis; Cast: Nicholas Campbell, Martha Burns; Cannes Perspectives Canada, DGC Awards noms Best Direction, Best Picture Editing), the romantic comedy SABAH (Dir: Ruba Nadda [Cairo Time]; Cast: Arsinee Khanjian, Shawn Doyle; EP: Atom Egoyan), plus the festival darlings KHALED (Dir: Asghar Massombagi; TIFF FIPRESCI, Best Director Karlovy Vary, Canada Top Ten) and NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPIN’ ON THE BED (Dir: Ross Weber; Best Director Vancouver International), along with EPing and co-writing the TV movie ROSE for CityTV.

In documentary Paul produced the feature docs LAND (Dir: Julian Pinder; Hot Docs Film Fest, Official Competition Bratislava and Santa Barbara), and ANJAR: FLOWERS GOATS & HEROES (Dir: Noura Kevorkian; Docu Days International Film Fest), and the Canada-Germany-Lebanon co-pro Gate#5 (Dir: Simon El Habre; Official Competition Dubai International and Edinburgh). Paul also line produced numerous other acclaimed docs including MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES (Dir: Jennifer Baichwal; TIFF Best Canadian Feature, Sundance Official Competition), along with many other NFB productions like JENI LE GON, JAVA JIVE, TOKYO GIRLS and JUST WATCH ME.

For television, Paul produced the world’s first eco-reality series CODE GREEN with host Gill Deacon for broadcast on CBC. Prior to that he produced a racy documentary series for CTV entitled URBAN NITES about Montreal night-life.

Before founding Six Island, Paul worked for Telefilm and the NFB. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre established by Norman Jewison.

key_kurtKurt Swinghammer
Composer

Kurt Swinghammeris a Toronto based multi-discipline artist. He is represented in the permanent collection of the Canada Council Art Bank, has been the cover story of NOW Magazine and Artist Of The Week on Bravoʼs Arts and Minds. He has illustrated a childrenʼs book of Stompinʼ Tom Connorʼs songs, created a shopping bag for Sam The Record Man, designed wardrobe for The Shuffle Demons, and art directed award winning videos for Maestro Fresh Wes.

As a session musician he appears on recordings by Ani DiFranco, Sarah Slean, and Serena Ryder. His original scores for film and TV include an episode of CBCʼs The Nature Of Things, the feature doc Acquainted With The Night, and the series Canadian Made. His most recent music/animation/painting project is an homage to Tom Thomson entitled Turpentine Wind,  presented in a live performance at The McMichael Collection.

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Max Richter

Additional Music

The work of the award-winning British composer Max Richter includes concert music, film scoring, and a series of acclaimed solo albums.

Working with a variety of collaborators including Tilda Swinton, Robert Wyatt, Future Sound of London, and Roni Size, Max’s work explores the meeting points of many contemporary artistic languages, and, as might be expected from a student of Luciano Berio, Max’s work embraces a wide range of influences.

Recent projects include the ballet INFRA, for Wayne McGregor at The Royal Ballet, with scenography by Julian Opie, the award-winning score to Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir, and the music installationThe Anthropocene, with Darren Almond at White Cube.

Max’s music has formed the basis of numerous dance works, including pieces by Lucinda Childs, NDT, Ballet du Rhin, American Ballet Theatre, Dresden Semper Oper, The Dutch National Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, among many others, while film makers using work by Max include Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island).

Roland Schlimme
Editor

Roland Schlimme has been editing film and broadcast since before the turn of the century, focusing primarily on unscripted material. He continues to work with leading independent filmmakers in Toronto, and develop his musical project “Assemblies”.