Saffron Cassaday (Director / Editor)
Born and raised in Toronto, Saffron Cassaday has always been drawn to the creative arts and studied dance and music from an early age. She attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York City whose alumni include Robert De Niro, Scarlet Johannson, and Angelina Jolie.
Upon returning to Toronto, Saffron signed with an agent and soon after landed her first acting gig, a guest role on the W Network sitcom, The Smart Woman’s Survival Guide. Since then, she has been studying Psychology at York University while developing her craft both in front of and behind the camera. Most recently, Saffron had a starring role in the award-winning web series Pete Winning and the Pirates. She is also a core member of Nocturnal Emissions Comedy, a Toronto-based sketch comedy troupe. Saffron was the editor and had the leading female role in the Global TV series, In the Key of Z, which she co-produced with Nocturnal Emissions.
When her younger sisters started the Cyber-Seniors program, Saffron started to film some of the sessions and immediately began to see a fascinating story emerge. With post-production of Cyber-Seniors now complete, she is currently researching her next project, a coming-of-age documentary about Generation Y.
Drive-Through: The Story Movie (2011)
Anything Goes (2011)
Nocturnal Emissions Comedy (2011)
Who You Gonna Call (2010)
The Shadow in Red (2010)
Worked for Me (2009)
White Collar Criminals (2009)
Slightly Used (2009)
Breaking Up is Hard to Do (2009)
Nightclub Story (2008)
The Smart Woman’s Survival Guide (2007)
Gail Singer ( Story Consultant)
Best known for her 1991 feature documentary on female comics, Wisecracks, Singer has written and directed in film for over 20 years. She has done everything from co-directing a giant screen IMAX, Destiny in Space, Blue Planet, with the Smithsonian Institute to making her own fiction movie, True Confections (1991) as well as writing and directing dozens of documentaries.
Singer’s films have taken her to several continents and have been seen in festivals and on television throughout the world. She has been honoured at home and abroad including in the U.S., Great Britain, France, Switzerland and Japan, where a book on the impact of her film Abortion, Stories from North and South (1985) was published.
Her subject matter ranges from comedy to challenging social and political documentaries such as Loved, Honoured and Bruised (1980), which explores one woman’s story of leaving a marriage of physical and mental abuse. Her body of work traces turbulent social movements of the twentieth century, displaying the events with compassion, irony and wit.
You Can’t Beat a Woman (1997)
True Confections (1991)
Women in Medieval Europe
IMAX : Tokyo Images sequence for Blue Planet (1980)
Solar Eclipse sequence , Finland (1990)
Urban Images sequence, Heartland (1987)
Is Everyone Here Crazy? (1988)
Hayley’s Home Movie (1987)
Profile of Barton Myers (1986)
Trade Secrets (1985)
Abortion Stories from North and South (1985)
A Moveable Feast : A film about Breastfeeding (1982)
The World’s Children (1980)
Loved, Honoured and Bruised (1979)
Fiddlers of James Bay (1979)
Seasons of Plenty (1977)
Time of the Cree (1976)
Riverrain: Gilft of the Passage (1976)
Brenda Rusnak – Best Part Productions (Producer)
Brenda Rusnak is an entrepreneur with 30 years of business experience. She is the founder and president of Best Part Productions Inc.
A physiotherapist by profession, Brenda has worked most of her professional career as an entrepreneur providing rehabilitation solutions for senior citizens. In 2000, Brenda was awarded the Canadian Healthcare Manager’s Who’s Who in Healthcare Technology Award. The award is presented to winners in the areas of government, group insurance, healthcare provider, hospital management, medical research, pharmaceutical, plan sponsor and technology, and is designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate an exceptional level of leadership and vision, and whose unique approach has made a positive impact in their field.
In 2009 she sold her healthcare company, which she had grown to 30 ml in revenues, to pursue her interest in film production. She has since partnered with several experienced and talented financiers, researchers, filmmakers, and field experts to create and produce compelling films.