Forsaken | Cast & Crew

CAST

(in order of appearance)

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MAJOR CAST

Kiefer Sutherland – John Henry Clayton

Forsaken 2015 Cast | Kiefer Sutherland as John Henry ClaytonKiefer Sutherland is the star of the critically acclaimed Fox drama, “24,” for which he has won a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award and two SAG Awards, for Best Actor in a Drama Series. The show has also won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Drama”. The eighth and final season of “24” aired on FOX in January 2010. The show has also enjoyed tremendous success overseas, making it one of the top shows airing internationally. “24: Redemption,” a made for television movie that bridges season six and season seven of the television series, aired on November 23, 2008. The television movie was nominated for five Emmy awards, including one for Sutherland for Best Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

Continuing the franchise, Sutherland starred in the miniseries “24: Live Another Day”.  The saga reunited showrunner Howard Gordon with Sutherland with 12 episodes representing 24 hours. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, the series debuted in April, 2014.  

In 2013, Sutherland starred alongside Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber and Riz Ahmed in the political thriller, “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” directed by Mira Nair. He also starred in 2012 and 2013 as Martin Bohm in the Fox drama “Touch.” And in 2011, Sutherland starred alongside Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Alexander Skarsgard in the apocalyptic drama film “Melancholia,” written and directed by Lars von Trier.

In the spring of 2011 Sutherland starred on-stage as “James Daley” in the revival of Jason Miller’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play “That Championship Season.”

Also, in 2011, Sutherland starred in the 10-episode web series “The Confession” on hula.com as the unnamed hit man. The series was written and directed by “Forsaken” screenwriter Brad Mirman, (“The Good Shepherd” and “Truth”) and co-starred John Hurt.

In 2009, Sutherland starred in DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters vs. Aliens.” He voiced the character ‘WR Monger,’ the prison warden of the ‘monsters’. The previous year Sutherland starred in New Regency’s thriller “Mirrors,” alongside Amy Smart.

Sutherland’s first major role was in the Canadian drama, “The Bay Boy,” which earned Sutherland and director Daniel Petrie, Genie award nominations for best actor and best director, respectively.  Following his success in “The Bay Boy,” Sutherland eventually moved to Los Angeles and landed television appearances in “The Mission,” an episode of “Amazing Stories” and in the telefilm “Trapped in Silence” with Marsha Mason.

Sutherland’s other film credits include “Article 99,” “A Few Good Men,” “Taking Lives,” “Phonebooth,” “To End All Wars,” “The Three Musketeers,” “The Sentinel,” “The River Queen,” “A Time to Kill,” “Dark City,” “Eye for an Eye“, “The Vanishing,” “Flatliners,” “Chicago Joe and the Showgirl,” “1969,” “Flashback,” “Young Guns,” “Young Guns 2,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “The Lost Boys,” “Promised Land,” “At Close Range,” and “Stand By Me.”

In 1993 he made his directorial debut in the critically acclaimed Showtime film “Last Light,” in which he starred opposite Forest Whitaker. Sutherland also added his second directorial credit and starred in “Truth or Consequences” in 1997 for Triumph Films alongside Kevin Pollak, Mykelti Williamson, Rod Steiger and Martin Sheen.

​Sutherland resides in Los Angeles.

Donald Sutherland – Reverend Clayton

Forsaken 2015 Film Cast | Donald Sutherland as Reverend ClaytonDonald Sutherland is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile of motion picture actors, with an astonishing resume of well over one hundred and thirty films, including such classics as Robert Aldrich’s “The Dirty Dozen”; Robert Altman’s “M*A*S*H”; John Schlesinger’s “The Day of the Locust”; Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People”; Bernardo Bertolucci’s “1900”; Philip Kaufman’s “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”; Nicolas Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now” with Julie Christie; Alan Pakula’s” Klute” with Jane Fonda; Federico Fellini’s “Fellini’s Casanova” and in Brian Hutton’s “Kelly’s Heroes.”

Sutherland stars at ‘President Snow’ in the enormously popular film adaptation series of The Hunger Games, including last year’s Catching Fire and the upcoming two-part Mockingjay films. Sutherland is producer, screenwriter and star (voicing the lead character, ‘Captain Johnson’) of Pirate’s Passage, an animated movie based on William Gilkerson’s acclaimed novel, winner of Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature in 2006. He has also completed; “Basmati Blues,” shot on location in India; and was most recently seen on screen in “The Calling” with Susan Sarandon.

 Sutherland starred in the highly-successful long form adaptation of Ken Follett’s best-seller, “The Pillars of the Earth”; in the Roman epic adventure, “The Eagle”; in Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses as Colin Farrell’s father and in Mary McGuckian’s Man on the Train with U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr. He has appeared as Nicole Kidman’s father in Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain”; as Charlize Theron’s father in F. Gary Gray’s “The Italian Job” and as Mr. Bennett, Keira Knightley’s father, in “Pride and Prejudice.”  For the latter he received a Chicago Film Critics nomination.

Sutherland’s other films include “Alex in Wonderland,” “Johnny Got His Gun,” “Start the Revolution Without Me,” “The Eagle Has Landed,” “Max Dugan Returns,” “Bethune,” “JFK,” “Eye of the Needle,” “A Dry White Season,” “Threshold,” for which he won the 1983 Genie Award as Best Actor, “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Without Limits and John Landis’ National Lampoon’s Animal House, in which he made a memorable cameo appearance.

In television, Sutherland won both Emmy and Golden Globe awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the HBO film “Citizen X” and he won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical drama “Path to War.”

For his performance as the family patriarch, Tripp Darling, he was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor.  Prior to that, he co-starred with Geena Davis in the ABC drama series “Commander-In-Chief,” and was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of House Speaker, Nathan Templeton.  At the same time, he was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime Television’s much-lauded miniseries, Human Trafficking.

On stage, Sutherland starred with Justin Kirk and Julianna Margulies in a sold-out, critically acclaimed, Lincoln Center engagement of Jon Robin Baitz’s Ten Unknowns.  For that performance he received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the London, Toronto and Los Angeles productions of Enigmatic Variations, an English language translation (by his son Roeg Sutherland) of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s French play.

​Donald Sutherland was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France five years later.  In 2012, he was awarded the highest French honor, the Officier des Arts et Lettres.

Brian Cox – James McCurdy

Forsaken 2015 Film Cast | Brian Cox as James McCurdyBRIAN COX is an award-winning actor of the stage, screen and television. He has appeared in dozens of plays on the stages of London, New York and Scotland. Cox earned AFI and Independent Spirit Award nominations for his work in the critically hailed independent film “L.I.E.” and also shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation.” His most recent film credits include roles in “The Autopsy of Jane Doe,” “Red 2,” “Coriolanus,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Campaign,” and “Blood.” Additionally, he has appeared in  “The Good Heart,” “Tell-Tale,” “The Escapist,” “Troy,” “X2,” “Zodiac,” “25th Hour,” “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” “The Ring,” “Red,” “The Rookie,” “The Affair of the Necklace,” “For the Love of the Game,” “Rushmore,” Desperate Measures,” “The Boxer,” “Kiss the Girls,” “Braveheart,” “Rob Roy,” “Manhunter,” “Hidden Agenda,” and “Nicholas and Alexandra.”  

In the fall of 2015, he will star in a new production of “Waiting for Godot,” for the 50th Anniversary of Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre. Cox was one of the original performers in the Lyceum’s first ever production in 1965, “The Servant o’ ‘Twa Maisters.” He was only 19.

Cox has collaborated with award-winning playwright Conor McPherson on several productions, most recently “The Weir,” which Cox starred in at the Donmar Warehouse. They also collaborated on “Dublin Carol,” in which Cox starred as grim alcoholic undertaker John Plunkett.    

Repeatedly honoured for his work in the theatre, Cox won two Olivier Awards for his performances in “Rat in the Skull” and “Titus Andronicus”; British Theatre Association Drama Awards for Best Actor for his work in “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Strange Interlude”; and the Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, for “St. Nicholas.” He spent eight months in London’s West End, starring as Max in Tom Stoppard’s “Rock ‘n Roll,” a role he reprised on Broadway. Cox was also seen on Broadway in “The Championship Season.” Cox has also helmed stage productions of “I Love My Life,” “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” “The Philanderer,” “The Master Builder” and “Richard III.”

Cox recently finished shooting a BBC production of “War and Peace.” His recent television credits include NBC’s “The Slap” and BBC America’s “The Game,” as well as “Bob Servant,” the British miniseries “The Sinking of the Laconia,” “The Day of the Triffids” and “The Take,” and a guest-starring role on Showtime’s “The Big C.” He received a 2001 Emmy Award for his performance as Hermann Goering in the miniseries “Nuremberg,” and was also nominated for Golden Globe and SAG Awards. He also earned an Emmy Award nomination for his guest appearance on the comedy series “Frasier,” and co-starred in the third season of HBO’s acclaimed original series “Deadwood.”

Cox made his television directorial debut for the hit HBO prison drama “Oz.”  

He is the author of two books, Salem to Moscow: An Actors Odyssey and The Lear Diaries.  

In 2003, Cox’s contributions to the arts were honored by Queen Elizabeth II, who named him a Commander of the British Empire. In 2006, Empire Magazine honoured his film achievements with the Empire Icon Award and, in 2007, the UK Film Council named him one of the Top 10 powerful British film stars in Hollywood today.

Michael Wincott – Dave Turner

Forsaken 2015 Film Cast | Michael Wincott as Dave TurnerOver more than thirty years, Michael Wincott has gained the reputation of a respected and uncompromising actor. Born in Scarborough, Ontario, he eventually moved to New York City where he graduated from Juilliard in 1986 and began a relationship with Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre beginning with his creation of the role of Kent in Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio.” (He reprised the role for the 1988 Oliver Stone film.) He last appeared onstage in New York opposite John Malkovich in Sam Shepard’s States of Shock originating the role of Stubbs. He has worked with some of cinema’s most gifted contributors including Julian Schnabel, Sean Penn, Gary Oldman, Jim Jarmusch, Robert De Niro, Gerard Depardieu, Benicio Del Toro and Javier Bardem.

His film roles include Ed Gein in “Hitchcock,” Jeremy Brunell in “What Just Happened,” the fashion photographer in “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” Julius Bicke in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” Armand Dorleac in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” Gary Soneji in “Along Came a Spider,” Frankie McGregor in “Gunshy,” Frank Elgyn in “Alien Resurrection,” Rene Ricard in “Basquiat,” Philo Gant in “Strange Days,” Top Dollar in “The Crow,” Rochefort in “The Three Musketeers,” Sal in “Romeo is Bleeding,” Guy of Gisborne in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” and Paul Rothchild in “The Doors.”

Demi Moore – Mary-Alice Watson

Forsaken 2015 Film Cast | Demi Moore as Mary-Alice Watson Demi Moore is one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and sought after leading women. Moore’s acting career took off in the 1980s during which she starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire.” She then went on to star in such iconic films as “A Few Good Men,” “Ghost,” “Indecent Proposal” and “Disclosure” and “G.I. Jane,” to name a few. She earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as a single woman seeking a back-alley abortion in the 1950s set miniseries “If These Walls Could Talk.”  The miniseries, which she also produced, also received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.

Following a brief hiatus away from Hollywood to raise her three daughters, Moore returned to the screen and starred in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle,” “Bobby,” “Flawless,” “Happy Tears, and “The Joneses,” among others. She was last seen in the 2011 financial thriller, “Margin Call,” which received the Robert Altman Independent Spirit Award for Best Ensemble Cast and what New York Magazine called “the performance of her life” as well as the drama “Another Happy Day,” opposite Ellen Barkin. In 2012, Moore made her directorial debut in the acclaimed Lifetime original movie “Five,” an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. The film landed her a Director’s Guild Nomination.

Most recently, Moore signed on to star in the Weinstein Company’s, “Wild Oats” opposite Jessica Lange and Shirley MacLaine. She also starred in “Very Good Girls,” alongside Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released on VOD on June 24, 2014 and in select theatres on July 25, 2014.

Aaron Poole – Frank Tillman

Forsaken 2015 Film Cast | Aaron Poole as Frank TillmanA graduate of George Brown Theatre School, with training in the Strasberg and Meisner techniques, Aaron Poole amassed an impressive array of appearances in arthouse features including his performance as Johnny, a cracked-out street hustler, in Ed Gass-Donnelly’s “This Beautiful City.” His performance netted a Genie nomination, which in turn led to Poole working with Atom Egoyan on “Adoration.”

Following its premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Aaron’s performance met rave reviews. His daring portrayal of the recovering addict garnered him a Canadian Screen Award (Genie) nomination for Best Actor, a category he shared with Canadian icon Paul Gross and the legendary Christopher Plummer. Poole won the Best Actor ACTRA Award that same year for the role.

Since “This Beautiful City,” Aaron has played leading and recurring roles in a number of film and television series, most notably as Robert Cobb Kennedy in Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana’s gritty period crime series “Copper” and in Christopher MacBride’s cult hit “The Conspiracy”

Recent roles that Poole has portrayed include; Sean, in the CBC comedy series, “Schitt’s Creek”; Captain John Slotter, in the acclaimed television series, “Strange Empire”; the Hunter, in the “Lost Girl” television series; Mike, in Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive”; he was Steve in the comedy feature, “Cas and Dylan,” alongside Tatiana Maslany and Richard Dreyfuss, and he played Leo in the comedy feature, “The Animal Project.”

Other television series Poole has appeared in include, “Lost Girl,” “The republic of Doyle,” “The Listener,” “King,” “Flashpoint,” “Living in Your Car,” “Cra$h & Burn,” “72 Hours: True Crime” and “This is Wonderland.”

Poole will next be seen in the feature romance comedy starring Alison Brie and Colin Hanks, “No Stranger than Love.”

In addition to his acting work, Poole also served as producer on “This Beautiful City” and the horror film “The Conspiracy,” which underscored his rising status as a talent to watch on both sides of the camera.

Greg Ellis – Tom Watson

Forsaken 2015 | Film Cast | Greg Ellis as Tom WatsonGreg Ellis is best remembered for his portrayal of Michael Amador in season 3 of the award winning Fox drama “24” and for his portrayal of Lieutenant Groves in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. Ellis can be seen as Chief Engineer Olson in J.J. Abrams’s most recent Star Trek movie and on television as Joe Reilly in the critically acclaimed FX network series “The Riches” with Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.

Born in England, Ellis is an experienced theatre actor whose West End credits include the role of Rusty in the original cast of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Starlight Express.

Television credits for Ellis include series regular, recurring and guest starring roles on several shows, including “CSI: Las Vegas,” “The X-Files,” “Jake in Progress,” “Bones,” “Reno 911,” “We’re With The Band,” “Star Trek: DS-9,” “Brimstone,” “The Division,” “Even Stevens” and on the BBC, “Bread,” “The Paradise Club” and “Brush Strokes.” He has also be seen in the motion picture arena with roles in “Titanic,” “Mr. And Mrs. Smith,” and can also be seen in “To End All Wars” starring Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland and “Red Roses & Petrol” with Malcolm McDowell.

Ellis can be heard as Harry Hold in Lions Gate’s “Foodfight” with Charlie Sheen, Hilary Duff and Eva Longoria, Shrek in “Meet the Spartans” and he is also the voice of the loveable Nigel the ferret in Fox’s “Garfield 2.”

In addition, his vocal dexterity can also be heard on numerous animated cartoon series including “Scooby Doo,” “Bratz,” “Boondocks,” “Heavy Gear” and “Jackie Chan Adventures.” He was also the voice of Hasbro’s Action Man and is the voice of the Eagle comics super hero Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future in the animated series.


MAJOR CREW

Directed by – Jon Cassar

Forsaken 2015 Crew | Jon-Cassar, DirectorJon Cassar is a television director and producer, best known for his work on the first seven seasons of the Fox series, “24,” the series “La Femme Nikita” and the Canadian-American miniseries “The Kennedys.” In 2006, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for his work on the “24” episode, “Day 5: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.” In 2011 he produced and directed all episodes of “The Kennedys,” for which he won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.

Cassar was born in Malta and immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1963. He is a graduate of Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada. He is the co-founder of the Motion Picture Industry Charitable Alliance, which hosts an annual charity auction, “Lights, Camera, Auction.” He has over forty-five directing credits on television series, movies and feature films.

After “La Femme Nikita” (1997-2001) ended (Cassar had directed 14 episodes), he began working as director and executive producer on the FOX drama-thriller series “24.” As producer, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row (2003–06), winning in 2006. He directed the spin-off feature film, “24: Redemption,” in 2008. Following the completion of the seventh season of 24, Cassar left the series to focus on other projects. He joined the FOX science fiction series “Terra Nova” in 2010, as a producer and director.

In 2012, Cassar won the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Television Film and the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Direction – Television Movie/Miniseries for his work on the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys. For producing the series, he was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie. In 2014 he returned as executive producer on the follow-up event series, “24: Live Another Day.” In 2015, Cassar joined the ABC anthology series “Wicked City” as an executive producer and director.

Written by – Brad Mirman

Born in Hollywood, California, Brad Mirman attended Beverly Hills High School. While living in a small apartment in West Los Angeles, he was making money writing short stories and had begun working on a novel when he started writing a screenplay. He had never attended college or taken a screenwriting class, but it was obvious he had a flair for writing when his spec script “Partners in Crime” sold to Paramount in 1989 after a bidding war. His next screenplay, “Knight Moves” starred Christopher Lambert and Diane Lane. Mirman spent every day on the set reworking scenes, and his hard work paid off when the film won a Critics Award at the Cognac Festival du Film Policier. For his next screenplay, “Body of Evidence” starring Madonna, he only visited the set once, then stayed away because he was so upset with the changes to his script.

Kiefer Sutherland directed and starred in Mirman’s screenplay “Truth or Consequences N.M.,” and again, Mirman spent every day on the set, rewriting scenes with Sutherland during lunch. For “Resurrection,” Mirman wrote a screenplay based on a story he’d written with actor Christopher Lambert. The two worked together again on “Gideon,” a story about a man (Lambert) with the mind of a child. However, although it received wonderful reviews from those who saw it, the film was never released in theaters. After several more screenplays, Mirman decided it was time for him to direct one of his own scripts. He made his feature film directing debut with the comedy “Crime Spree,” Harvey Keitel and Gerald Depardieu. The movie won the Audience Award at the Commonwealth Film Festival.

Mirman has also scripted “The Good Shepherd,” with Christian Slater and Molly Parker, the television movie “Crimes of Passion, with Dina Meyer, and the Harvey Keitel feature, “Shadows in the Sun.”

In 2011 Mirman wrote ten episodes of the Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt series, “The Confession.”

Mirman has lived in several different locations, including Paris, London, San Francisco and Buenos Aires.

Director of Photography – Rene Ohashi ASC CSC

Rene Ohashi is a Director of Photography who, with each of his projects, attempts to present something visually unprecedented, if only subtly. For him, his role on set parallels his devotion to photography itself—in both realms he is committed to exploring and challenging the technical and conceptual limitations at hand. Rene is especially known for his mastery of natural lighting; he maximizes the effects of windows and practicals in order to embellish and augment his scenes’ meanings.

Rene has worked as Director of Photography on some great projects -both feature films and television in various budget ranges. His most recent project is the fantasy thriller “Wait Till Helen Comes” for director Dominic James. Prior to his work on “Forsaken” he wrapped the third season of the popular Warner Bros/CW television series “Nikita,” starring Maggie Q and Shane West, which garnered him a CSC nomination for Best TV Series Cinematography. He also shot the feature film “Faces in the Crowd”  starring Milla Jovovich and Julian McMahon, with director Julien Magnat and the feature films “They” and “Highwaymen” for Miramax and New Line, respectively.

His work on the Jerry Bruckheimer science/ investigation series, “The Eleventh Hour” for Warner Bros Television received a CSC nomination for Best TV Series Cinematography. He shot five episodes of the captivating and thrilling series “Kidnapped” for NBC and the CBS TV films “Jesse Stone: Sea Change” and “Thin Ice,” for which he received ASC and CSC nominations for Best TV Drama Cinematography. Ohashi has also won an ASC Award for “The Crossing” and a CSC Award for “Stone Cold”.

Ohashi also photographed pilots for the well-known shows “Party of Five,” “Early Edition” and “Almost Grown,” along with 14 episodes of “The Wonder Years.

Consistency is a word to use when describing Ohashi being recognized with awards; he’s earned an ASC Award along with three nominations, 11 Gemini Awards out of 13 nominations (one loss was to himself when he was nominated twice), as well as 11 CSC Awards and numerous additional nominations.

Production Designer – Ken Rempel

Ken Rempel is a Calgary-based production designer and art director, known for “The Claim” (2000), “Resurrecting the Champ” (2007),”The War Bride” (2001) and the multiple Emmy Award winning miniseries “Broken Trail” (2006).

Rempel claims his earliest experiments with design were to follow his imagination and build things with Cheerio boxes, popsicle sticks and scotch tape. He graduated to Lego and then on to “any materials I could find around my family’s farm.” Rempel’s high school had a strong drama program and once he discovered live theatre he was hooked. In 1986 he graduated with a diploma in Technical Theatre from Grant MacEwan Community College. From there he entered directly into the very vibrant community of live theatre in Edmonton, Alberta. By 1990 he was employed at ITV in Edmonton, and in 1991 had his first Production Design credit on a feature film. Since then he has worked on dozens of productions.  

Having someone from Alberta who knows the rugged landscape and its climate really helps productions Rempel works on. He, along with his team was able to transform an old western town site that had been used for “Lonesome Dove the Series” into Dawson City of the late 19th century. Immediately upon wrap Rempel was at it again, transforming the entire town set once again into Fowler, Wyoming for “Forsaken.”  

Editor – Susan Shipton

Susan Shipton was born in 1958 in Toronto, Canada. She is known for her work on several feature films, including the Academy Award nominated “The Sweet Hereafter. She has over fifty credits to her name, including several prominent features and television projects.

She has twice won the Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing – Feature Film, in 2005 for “Being Julia” and in 2009 for “Chloe.”

Shipton has been nominated for Best Achievement in Editing at the Genie (Canadian Film) Awards seven times, for “The Lotus Eaters,” “I Love a Man in Uniform,” “Exotica,” “Great Performances,” “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Where the Truth Lies,” and she won in 2000 for “Possible Worlds.”

Prominent television miniseries she has edited include “The Book of Negroes” and “Titanic.” Additional features Shipton has edited include “The Adjuster,” “When Night is Falling,” “Love and Death on Long Island,” “Ararat,” “Foolproof,” “Barney’s Version” and “Devil’s Knot.”

Her most recent project is editing director Jordan Robert’s feature, “Burn Your Maps.”

Costume Designer – Christopher Hargadon

Toronto-based Christopher Hargadon has nearly three dozen credits as a costume designer. He was nominated for a Prime Time Emmy in 2006, in the category of Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special, for his work on “Once Upon a Mattress.” Also, he was nominated for a Costume Designers Guild Award in 2012, in the category of Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries, for his work on “The Kennedys.”

Prominent series Hargadon has been the costume designer on include all three seasons of “Hannibal,” “Terra Nova,” “King,” “A Nero Wolfe Mystery and “The City.”

Other television movies Hargadon has been the costume designer on include “High Noon,” “Northern Lights,” “The Russell Girl” and “The Pact.

Hargadon recently costume designed the Nicolas Cage feature, “Pay the Ghost.” He is currently working on the untitled “X-Files” revival series.

Music by – Jonathan Goldsmith

Jonathan Goldsmith is an extremely gifted musician and producer, and one of Canada’s most sought-after film & television composers. He has won four Gemini awards and in 2013 won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Music Score for a Program, for the miniseries “Titanic,” among many accolades. Some of his credits include scoring Sarah Polley’s feature films “Away From Her” and “Take This Waltz” and producing albums for Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry, Hugh Marsh and Martin Tielli. 

Other features Goldsmith has scored include “Score a Hockey Musical,” “Rare Birds” and “Black Widow.” For the television movie “Sex Traffic” Goldsmith won a BAFTA Award in 2005 in the category of Best Original Television Movie.

Jonathan is a founding member of the Art of Time Ensemble and has been involved in numerous projects with the organization, as a performer, arranger and composer.

Producer – Kevin DeWalt

Kevin DeWalt has produced over 50 film and television projects and spearheaded the development of a regional production company into the internationally recognized organization Minds Eye Entertainment.  He has been instrumental in establishing the Canadian film and television industry with exceptional, exportable projects that have been sold to over 150 territories around the world.

Some of DeWalt’s feature film work includes “The Tall Man,” starring Jessica Biel; “Faces in the Crowd,” starring Milla Jovovich; “Dolan’s Cadillac,” starring Christian Slater, and “Grace” which premiered to fainting festival goers at the Sundance Film Festival.

For television, DeWalt has produced over 250 hours of programming including the mini-series “Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story” and “The Englishman’s Boy,” winner of the Seoul Drama Award and an industry leading 6 Gemini Awards including Best Mini-Series. In addition to his producing role on the legal drama series “Just Cause” (22 one-hour episodes), DeWalt produced the action adventure teen series “2030CE” (26 episodes), the teen series “Mentors” (52 episodes), “Incredible Story Studio” (65 episodes) and the family series “MythQuest” (13 episodes).

With an expertise in international co-production, DeWalt has co-produced with many countries including France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK.  He completed the Canada/France treaty coproduction “Lullaby for Pi,” , a romantic drama starring Rupert Friend, Clemence Poesy and Forest Whitaker, as well as the sci-fi thriller “Stranded,” starring Christian Slater and the zombie horror “13 Eerie.”

Producer – Josh Miller

Josh is an award-winning writer/producer and President of Panacea Entertainment, an innovative Canadian independent film and television production company.

Long-form producing credits besides “Forsaken” include; “40 Below and Falling,” starring Jewel Staite and Shawn Roberts; “I Think I Do,” starring Mia Kirshner and Sara Canning; “Freezer Burn: The Invasion of Laxdale,” starring Tom Green and Crispin Glover; “Intern Academy” starring Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas and Dave Foley; “Dead Simple” (aka “Viva Las Nowhere”) starring James Caan and Daniel Stern; “Something More” starring Jennifer Beals; and “Stranger in Town” starring Harry Hamlin and Graham Greene.

Dramatic television producing credits include the youth series “Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock,” “Myth Quest,” “2030 CE” and “Mentors,” which Miller also created and show-ran.

Additional producing credits include the variety series “A Total Write-Off!” and the travel series “Great Cemeteries of the World” as well as the one-off documentaries “Catching the Chameleon,” “The Fringe: Acting Up,” “Belly Dance Man: From Canada to Cairo,” “A Sorry State” and “Seeds of Change: The ECO Story.”

Producer – Bill Marks

Bill Marks brings over 25 years of industry experience to Vortex and has produced over 30 film and television projects including “A Dark Truth”, starring Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria and Forest Whitaker; “Compulsion”, starring Heather Graham and Carrie-Anne Moss; “Split Decision” starring Brendan Fraser and Dominic Purcell; “Swearnet: The Movie”, starring the former Trailer Park Boys; Sidney J. Furie’s “A Pride of Lions”; horror film “The Returned”; and “A Fighting Man”, starring Dominic Purcell, James Caan, Famke Janssen and Lou Gossett Jr.. Marks also produced “Casino Jack”, starring Kevin Spacey, which was a Gala Premier at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.
Marks is also Executive Producer with CineCoup Media, Inc., responsible for producing the top project from each film accelerator, starting with the global cult favourite “WolfCop”.

Producer – Gary Howsam

Gary Howsam has been involved with producing and distributing film and television entertainment for thirty years. He has produced or executive produced numerous television properties and over 100 feature films during this period.

In addition to his work in developing “Forsaken”, Howsam was a producer on “A Fighting Man,” starring Dominic Purcell, James Caan, Famke Janssen and Lou Gossett Jr., “The Returned,” starring Emily Hampshire, Kris Holden-Reid and Shawn Doyle, “Swearnet,” starring former “Trailer Park Boys” Robb Wells, JP Tremblay and Mike Smith, “Pride of Lions”, “Compulsion,” and “The Truth.” While at Rollercoaster he served as executive producer for “Conduct Unbecoming,” starring Maury Chaykin and Michael Ironside and “The Big Bang,” starring Antonio Banderas and Sam Elliott. Howsam also produced “Casino Jack”, starring Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston and Jon Lovitz.

From 2002 to 2007 Howsam served as a director and CEO of Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc., during which time he was a producer of the award-winner series, “The Tudors” and also of “Winged Creatures,” starring Kate Beckinsale, Forest Whitaker and Guy Pearce. He also produced “The Deal,” with William H. Macy and “Chapter 27,” with Jared Leto.

Prior to this Howsam was President of Toronto-based Greenlight Film & Television Inc., where he produced thirty motion pictures including “Crime Spree,” starring Gerard Depardieu and Harvey Keitel, “Pilgrim,” starring Ray Liotta and “Chicago Cab,” starring Paul Dillon, John Cusack and Julianne Moore.

Producer – Isabella Marchese Ragona

Isabella has over 15 years of experience in the television and film industry, fulfilling various roles within the field. She has taken on roles as a producer, executive producer, director and writer. During her career, she has been involved in projects that range from feature films, documentary films and television programmes. Ragona has developed and worked on award winning national and international programmes, documentary, television/film and marketing projects for networks across the globe.

Her impressive credits include a variety of produced programming and marketing campaigns for major television networks such as BBC, MTV, VIACOM, HBO, NBC, ABC, Universal, Warner Bros, Global Canwest, Sun Television-Quebecor Media, Corus Entertainment Networks and most recent working at Discovery Channel with her remit on projects across EMEA leading and managing projects across all EMEA regions.

Now full time on feature films, she has completed a couple within the last year. Isabella produced a Sci-Fi film titled “Stranded,” starring Christian Slater as well as a drama titled “Traveller,” starring David Essex and Billy Cook. She also produced a documentary called “Shay Cullen: A Life Story,” narrated by Martin Sheen. She then produced a BAFTA long-listed short psychological thriller called “Dawn.”


Executive Producers

Lisa Byrne

Jon Cassar

Kenny Cheung

Trish Cook

Wilson Da Silva

Gerard Demaer

Doug Falconer

Harry F. Gabel

Dan Galang

Richard Goldstein

Jessica Martins

Kathy McCoy

Patrick Roy

Ivan Sabourin

Jeff Sackman

Mark Slone

Lisa Sohn

Paul Tan

Barbara Voynovich

Trevor Wilson

Ted Yew

Craig Yu