First Aid Supervisor
Ron Leach is a Toronto native and noted Casting Director of feature films, television series and movies-of-the-week including: American Psycho, Love and War, The Safety of Object, The Marsh, Pale Saints, and Hiroshima. He has most recently cast on the television series: Da Kink In My Hair and The City Next Door Murdoch Mysteries, The Gringo and Jamie Foxx’s Untitiled Comedy Project for Fox Network.
He is the Producer of the acclaimed feature-length documentary film “SHURTLEFF,” on the famed author, teacher, and casting director Michael Shurtleff, for the CBC, BRAVO and PBS; “AUDITION,” a four part instructional series on the teachings of Michael Shurtleff for TV Ontario; “ECO-TV,” a half- hour children’s program commissioned by Earthday Canada, which he co-wrote and also directed; and wrote, produced and directed “THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES,” talking book series (which earned a gold record in Canada). Ron has been a juror for the INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS; the “ON THE FLY FILM FESTIVAL;” was key-note speaker for the TORONTO FILM CHALLENGE; and is a frequent moderator for the WildSound Script Reading Series and the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto “LIFT OUT LOUD” script reading series.
In 1997, Ron began teaching a renowned master classes in on-camera acting entitled “AUDITION DYNAMICS and SCENE DYNAMICS” which has become the foremost course of education in both camera and audition technique in Canada. He has tought his course of acting skills for the camera at the prestigious STRATFORD SHAKESPEAREAN FESTIVAL in Stratford Ontario; CENTENNIAL COLLEGE FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION DEGREE PROGRAM, THE VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL and continues to offer private tutoring and ongoing classes in Toronto’s production community as well as teaching in Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles.
Ron was on the steering committee of the first Trade Forum of Toronto’s Festival Of International Film Festivals, and was Chairman of the Board of the Canadian International Animation Festival, serving 2 terms, producing international Film Festivals in both Toronto and Hamilton. He was the founder and past president of The Talent Representatives Association Of Canada serving 3 terms, having written it’s constitution and bylaws and acting as arbiter in many industry disputes over his six year tenure. He recently retired as the President of the Board of Directors of Toronto’s award-winning ACME Theatre Company, where, during his ten year tenure, he produced over twenty main stage plays, and planned all independent fund-raising and grant applications. ALtARCATIONS and SHAKY GROUNDS marks Ron’s short film directorial debut.
Chris graduated from Lester B. Pearson High School in 1997 with aspirations of being an astronaut. He realized after few years at university, that goal of space travel would not come to pass in the immediate or foreseeable future. Chris pursued other fields of interest from Web Designing, Marketing and Event Planning. Chris holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physics and Astronomy from York University. He soon realized, within a couples years of post university that film would be his passion in life.
His first venture in film started with the creation of his own production company 'Sprinkles and Cake Film Productions' with fellow filmmaker Carla Susanto. They would go on to make several short films, all featuring in film festivals around the world. In 2008, Chris was hired at 'Poetic Licence Productions (PLP)' as their Chief Technical Officer / Producer. Working with Montgomery Bjornson, they both developed and produced the hit Canadian superhero web series Team Epic, which was later picked up on television by Bite TV.
Over the years, Chris has been able to use his diverse skill set in many positions ranging from producer, writer, production manager, assistant director, camera operator and more... Recently, he is working with Fletch Films producing several shorts and developing feature films.
With diplomas from York University and the University of Southern California, Ryan Knight has lensed documentaries, music videos and short films, feature films and television. As a director and cinematographer, Knight delves into the narrative, "my eye is for the story. Which ever medium - or mix of mediums - fits the story is the right path to choose. It's all about knowing your craft and pushing the tools of the trade".
Several of his short films are in distribution with Ouat Media and Movieola, and have screened in festivals across the globe. His latest music video premiered on MuchLoud! in January 2009. Knight has mentioned that shooting all abroad has taught him that the art of filmmaking is universal, “whether you’re shooting in England, California, Toronto or Bosnia, two things are constant – the battle against time and the passion for the story”.