Director Rob Stefaniuk plays Joey, the lead singer and driving force in The Winners band. Suck marks Stefaniuk’s second feature film which he wrote, stars in and directs in addition to co-writing the music and lyrics for seven of the songs. He wrote, directed, starred and wrote some of the soundtrack for his first feature movie, Phil the Alien, a comedy about an alien and a beaver. An actor since 1990, and a musician for even longer, Rob has worked in numerous television shows appearing as both guest lead and series regular. Stefaniuk was also named the winner of the “Don Haig Encouragement Fund” for promising new filmmaker.
Producer Robin Crumley is Vice President of Capri Vision, a branch of Capri Films dedicated to fostering the young and emerging Canadian Talent. Crumley has produced a 22 min Genie Nominated short film shot on 35mm with director Samir Rehem titled The Answer Key, a BravoFact short with Rehem titled A Cure for Terminal Loneliness, a feature documentary The life of Jungian analyst Marion Woodman entitled, Dancing in the Flames, and a short film by Rob Stefaniuk entitled Feel My Pain. Robin has worked in the industry for over 15 years in a variety of hands on positions within production, from prep through post, working with such directors as David Cronenberg, Clive Barker, Norman Jewison, Deepa Mehta and Terry Gilliam. For the past year Robin has also been Vice President of Capri Releasing, overseeing acquisitions and producer liaisons on the movies Away From Her, Breakfast with Scot, and Walk All Over Me.
Producer Jeff Rogers has been in the entertainment business since he was 16 years old. He began as a rock concert promoter in Welland, Ontario. He later became a rock band manager and helped steer the careers of Crash Test Dummies, The Pursuit of Happiness, Rusty, Randy Bachman, Ashley MacIssac and others. He also is the owner of Handsome Boy Records which has had success with Rusty and the Plunderphonics album – Grayfolded. During this time Jeff was also involved in several film projects such as Bruce LaBruce’s Hustler White, a Crash Test Dummies movie and Moe Berg: Song and Dance Man, as an executive producer and director.
Co-Producer Victoria Hirst is an accomplished and sought after producer, whose impressive array of credits include some of the most highly acclaimed Canadian films in recent memory. Among her credits are the stunning Sarah Polley directorial debut, twice Oscar nominated Away From Her, starring Julie Christie and Gordon Pinsent; the Sundance favorite Owning Mahoney starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Alliance Atlantis/H20/Sony Classics, Lions Gate’s cult favorite American Psycho, festival favorites Century Hotel (Victorious Films/TVA) and Twist (Victorious Films/Christal).
With over 20 years experience in the entertainment industry, Executive Producer Gabriella Martinelli is the strategic and creative drive behind Toronto-based Capri Films Inc., a vertically integrated production and distribution company that she founded in 2000. As President and CEO she directs the company’s broad range of quality filmed and live entertainment and in 2004 expanded the company’s operations with a distribution arm, Capri Releasing. Martinelli’s producing credits include Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes; David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch; M. Butterfly; Clive Barker’s Nightbreed; Between Strangers; Terry Gilliam’s Tideland and Journey to Enlightenment,based on the life of Dilgo Kheyente Rinposche, a revered teacher of the Dalai Lama with narration by Richard Gere and music supervision by Philip Glass.
Director Of Photography D. Gregor Hagey has completed over 150 projects over 14 years as a Director of Photography. His body of work includes features, documentaries, music videos, commercials and shorts. Hagey became known for his pioneering work in HD by the end of the’90’s. He shot the first HD dramatic short (The Test) and first HD feature (Rub & Tug) in Canada. His other feature work in HD was the comedy, Confession of a Porn Addict. Hagey was also one of the pioneers of the Red One Digital Cinema Camera in Canada.
Production Designer Jim Goodall previously directed and designed a stop motion animated series for the CBC entitled What It’s Like Being Alone. In 2005 he co-directed and co-produced a short film entitled buck’s Big Bang which screened at the 2005 World Wide Short Film Festival in Toronto. He wrote and directed a live action/CGI animated short called The Interior Monologue of Gill The Goldfish which premiered at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and has been telecast on Bravo and CBC in 2008.