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Tina Cooper - Writer, Director, Producer

Tina Cooper - writer, director, producer

Face Off! is Tina's first short film, inspired by the wonderful faces of her friends Matt James and Fred Robinson.

Tina has always been a woman with her fingers in many pies. At the University of Toronto, she earned an Honours B.A. English Specialist degree with a Criminology Minor while freelancing at talent and casting agencies and writing for small press publications. Tina gained local notoriety for her visual art: paintings, photographs and her ceramic line “Stinkerware,” based on her big fat cat, while jumping head first into the Toronto music scene as a music promoter, booker, publicist and manager and playing in her own bands. Her current musical girlie super group is The Freckles.

In 2002, Tina was the Associate “Creative” Producer, Music Supervisor and Co-Casting Director of the feature film Goldirocks which won best independent feature at the LA Femme Film Festival in L. A. (2003). Tina also produced the film’s chart topping Sound Track CD! While studying screenwriting at George Brown College, Tina wrote her first dramatic script, Half Way Home which won the WIFT/TELEFILM Feature Film Development Incubator award in 2004. The fire was lit and Tina’s been writing for film ever since, forming a writing group and writing the dramatic teenage comedy feature Grade Eight and a number of dramatic shorts.

In 2005, Tina wrote, directed and produced her first short “Face Off!” which premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival and was signed for distribution with Ouat Media (fall 2007) and was then picked up by Movieola for viewing on TV, Mobile and the Net.

In 2007, Tina was selected for the writers’ lab at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre where she developed a new comedy feature, Swimming In Aloha, about a menopausal Hawaiian dance instructor who thinks she’s met the man of her dreams, a cop, and decides the best way to get him is to get herself arrested. Tina also wrote two shorts selected for the Short Dramatic Film program: Adam Avenger about a ten year old boy who wears a cape and delves deep into his imaginative superhero world while dealing with his parents divorce, and Pudge about Violet, a twelve year old chubby black girl in foster care in the projects who forms an unlikely friendship with an rich eccentric elderly white woman who gives her a job under false pretenses. Both scripts deal with young voices, which is where Tina shines.

Chris McCawley - producer/camera guy

Chris is a creative jack-of-all-trades. As a writer Chris has written numerous produced short and feature length screenplays as well as teleplays, two musicals (DOG GIVEN RIGHTS, WAR OF THE DELIíS), a book of poetry (FROTH vs. PALAVER: DEATH MATCH IN VEGAS), sketch comedy (ALL DAY BREAKFAST, THE SKETCHERSONS), op-ed pieces for magazines (VICE, ROSCOE, QUIXOTICA) and heís currently working on his first novel as well as a new screenplay. As an actor/filmmaker Chrisís work has been screened on-line, on television (CBC, THE COMEDY NETWORK, THE TORONTO SHOW, FUSE TV) and at festivals all over the world including SUNDANCE, THE WORLD OF COMEDY FESTIVAL, NYC MIDNIGHT MADNESS and NSI in Winnipeg, to name a few. In 2004 his film DOG GIVEN RIGHTS won the 3rd annual TRIGGERSTREET.COM short film festival, and was nominated for the Budweiser New Discovery Award for filmmaking. He has been profiled for his work in VANITY FAIR (03/04) and WIRED (01/04). He also plays guitar and piano. Check out www.alldaybreakfast.ca.

Craig Macnaughton - editor

An accomplished filmmaker, graphic designer and novice animator, check out a bunch of Craig's work at www.filmquake.com.

Paula Tiberius - associate producer

Paula wrote and directed the feature film Goldirocks which screened in film festivals around the world including Cairo, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Montreal. She has several new features in development and plays guitar and sings in rock band Sticky Rice.

John Critchley - sound recordist/sound mix & edit John is a well known musician, composer and music producer. He recently built Green Door Studios where he recorded and mixed the "Theme From Face Off!" written and performed by "The Righteouser Brothers" (Joey Bechta / Matt James / Fred Robinson / Greg Smith.) John also did the sound edit and sound mix for the film.

The Righteouser Brothers - the "Theme From Face Off!"

Written and performed by "The Righteouser Brothers" (Joey Bechta / Matt James / Fred Robinson / Greg Smith). © socan 2005. The Theme for Face Off! was written specifically for the film. Tina knew she wanted an "Arena Rock Anthem" and she had a rough sense of how she would cut the movie and how the music would have to fit, so with a big piece of cardboard with a general timed plan for the song, Tina set Matt and Fred loose to create what they would.

They recruited friends and fellow musicians Greg Smith (bass) and Joey Bechta (drums), called themselves "The Righteouser Brothers" and recorded the song in a night with John Critchley at the helm and Tina listening in at John's west end studio (www.greendoorstudios.ca).

Greg Smith

Greg plays guitar with Matt James in their band, a duo called The Keep on Keepin Ons. Greg and Matt made their big screen acting debut as the loveable "stoner guys" in the feature film Goldirocks, and their "stoner guy" commentary is sure to be a coveted special feature on the Goldirocks DVD, coming out soon. Their song "She Got Muff" was also featured in the movie.

Greg put out a solo CD called "hot as a lemon." See www.gregsmithsounds.com for details. He's played bass and guitar with a ton of bands, and these days, Greg is busy touring, playing bass in The Weakerthans.

Joey Bechta

Joey professionally began playing Classical music in his hometown's Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra where he got to play with some incredible guest artists such Dionne Warwick, Emmylou Harris and Shirley Jones! So of course the next logical step would be to move to Toronto and join the punk band U.I.C with Fred. (note the U.I.C. puck was used in Face Off!, and U.I.C also had a song featured in Goldirocks called "Leave Me Alone.") Following U.I.C., Joey recorded and played with Selina Martin and currently plays with Precious Little.

Joey is also an actor. He appears in the recently released "Resident Evil Apocalypse" and will soon be shooting a made for T.V. movie to be released this Christmas.

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