In 2010, she completed a certificate program at Humber College in Television Writing and Producing, which led to her working on Omni Television’s South Asian programming. In 2014, she completed her MFA in Documentary Media where she produced, shot, directed and edited her short documentary Every Story Has a Twist, which has screened at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound and the Collective Space in Toronto. She has since worked as a Digital Media Producer and presently creates independent videos for clients who want to tell their story in a visual format.
Her passion lies in telling real stories about real people, especially lesser known ethnographic groups. Her studies and experience have prepared her to confidently venture into making her first feature documentary.
Shah has remained an active member of the Oshwal community in Canada since 1994, and still maintains ties with Oshwal communities in Kenya and UK. She has dedicated herself to her first feature documentary film, Threads That Tie Us, since 2015.
Dhruv completed his filmmaking course in 2014, with editing as his specialisation from Whistling Woods International Film School. He is involved with Threads That Tie Us as an editor and is thrilled to be part of such an insightful and inspiring story.
| Director of Photography
| Camera & Fixer
(for India Trip 1)
As they say, the eye is the window to the soul; for Harshad, the eye is the important visual tool that helps him craft amazing stories to astound the audience. He is fluent in many components of film, framing and lighting helping to realize scenes that marks the creative and interpretive process of the work of art that the client or director desires.
| Production Assistant/Assistant Editor
Ben is in his final year of the BFA Screenwriting program at York University. At his heart, he is a storyteller first and foremost and he believes that film is the best medium for storytelling. Ben is well-versed in all aspects of filmmaking, with experience in directing, writing, editing, camerawork, even acting! Ben is thrilled to be working as a production assistant and assistant editor on Threads That Tie Us and looks forward to helping bring this film to life.
| Photographer & Assistant Director
(for India Trip 1)
| Story Consultant & Mentor
Juan is a Toronto-based director, story consultant and producer. His work has been shown in film festivals all over the world and broadcast by major channels including Discovery Channel and TVO. His documentary film career spans fifteen years and three continents, beginning in his native Colombia, where he created and produced original programming for television and worked as a journalist, interviewing figures such as Fidel Castro.
Upon his arrival in Canada, Juan quickly joined the ranks of Canadian documentary filmmakers. His debut Canadian documentary, Listen to This, a feature length film which he directed, shot and edited, premiered at Hot Docs and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Arts Documentary. In addition to his work as a filmmaker, Juan is on the board of directors of POV Magazine and is the co-founder of The Story Studio, a centre for the advancement and diffusion of narrative non-fiction film. Juan holds an undergraduate degree in telecommunications from the University of Florida and a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. He also studied film production in Sydney, Australia. You can see his work at http://juanbaquero.com/
| Score Composer
Anand Pavamani is a Music Composer and Director based in Markham. Having learned to play the piano at age 5 and oil paint at age 8, art has always been a staple and passion in his life. Anand has trained in classical music, jazz and pop, and has been a piano teacher for the Royal Conservatory of Music. Anand graduated from York University with a degree in Computer Science and has held various senior consulting positions in the field of Marketing and Technology.
In 2018, Anand started Paixtriot Inc, a Media Company aimed at creating music and film for social justice. His latest and third short film, Uncolonize, recently had its premiere at the Oakville Film Festival. Currently, he is working on an experimental short film, feature and unscripted series.