Jon Mann is a graduate of Acadia University (POLS, 2011) and the New York Film Academy (Screenwriting, 2013). In 2012, he wrote the documentary Drink ‘Em Dry which premiered at Harvard Law School, making Jon the youngest person in the school’s history to present written work (at age 22).
After Harvard, the film Drink ‘Em Dry is now in universities and colleges in North and South America, Europe, and Australia. Drink ‘Em Dry was also nominated for Best Canadian Documentary at the Canadian Labour International Film Festival (2012).
In 2014, Jon completed his first feature-length documentary, Project Power, which follows the social movement against the sale of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec in 2010. In 2015 Jon co-wrote and directed the short-film Rearview which racked up wins and nominations at film festivals worldwide.
In 2017, Jon and production partner Rob Ramsay‘s project Wolfville won the 2018 National Screen Institute’s Totally Television program. Filming for the short film’s Cahoots & Missy, written and directed by Jon, completed Fall 2017. In 2018, Jon was a Production Coordinator for TIFF Pitch This! short film winner Wildfire.
In September 2018, Wolfville was optioned by Take The Shot Productions.
In October 2018, Jon adapted Stephen King’s short story Popsy into a short film. The film is currently in post-production.
In February 2019, Cahoots won Best Canadian Film at the Canadian International Comedy Film Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In March 2019, Cahoots was nominated for Best Comedy at the DeReel Film Festival in Dereel, Australia.
Missy is now on CBC GEM
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Jackie Torrens is a Halifax-based actor, writer and film director. She and producer Jessica Brown have, under their company Peep Media, completed four documentary films for CBC, the Documentary Channel and Bravo which include Edge of East, My Week on Welfare, Small Town Show Biz and Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille, which premiered last spring at Hot Docs.
Jackie has also done two documentary films for Telltale Productions, Free Reins and the feature-length Radical Age. Torrens’ radio documentaries include The Poet Laureate of Youth Now, which received an Atlantic Journalism Award and Camp Mini Ha Ha, which received a CBC Award of Excellence.
As an actor, she was nominated for a Canadian Screen Best Actress Award for her work in Thom Fitzgerald’s mini-series Sex & Violence. In January, she played Hamlet at Neptune Theatre, produced by Below The Salt Theatre.
Her film, Bernie Langille Wants to Know Who Killed Bernie Langille just won Best Short Film Award at the Screen Nova Scotia Awards and Jackie also won Best Director Award from Women in Film & Television – Atlantic.
Born on the West Coast and living on the East, Jessy-Jean Kafka hopes to share her passion and love for creatures with the world. Having a passion for horror movies, it inspired a lot of spooky and grotesque art. Though her creativity and humour landed her the most recent position in Vandal Doughnut’s design team.
An alumnus of NSCAD University, Jessy-Jean Kafka has graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Minor in Illustration. Digital Media is her primary medium, she hopes to fully establish herself as a Halifax creative.