Giovanna Morales Vargas got her journalism degree at the University of Manizales in Colombia, where she is originally from, during which she took a film course which sparked her interest in writing films. She started her career at a very early age at CityTV Bogotá as a field producer, and then quickly advanced on to become a producers assistant. Her creativity, innovative ideas and desire for telling stories through visual art propelled her career forward with directing television promos for MuchMusic as a division of the TV station CityTV.
Giovanna took the decision of leaving her home country in order to find her path through the art of writing, which for her, implies the exploration of the world through personal experiences. She visited New York, Boston, Toronto and finally found Vancouver as the place where pursuing her goals seemed so much more natural. While in Toronto she produced several short films and a feature. She wanted to learn more about the craft of editing and in Vancouver she went to film school after which she started editing short films and film trailers. Giovanna is now currently producing and directing shorts and feature length films.
James Earl O'Brien is an award-winning filmmaker that has produced and edited a number of feature and short films, TV series, documentaries and commercial productions.
Starting in 1999, James founded a collective called RantMedia that produced digital media for Internet distribution which was written about in Wired, Spin Magazine and The Globe and Mail. An early innovator in Internet streaming content, in 2003 he produced a 20 episode live multi-camera broadcast that got the attention of the New York Times and other publications.
From 2004 to 2008 James produced and edited a twenty-six episode TV series which appeared on UK's SkyTV and community TV stations in the USA. In 2010 he produced and edited the animated short film Tales from the Afternow: Little Rocks that won him several awards including Best Animation. He was also the editor and sound designer for the award winning Japanese language film Chishio.
James' latest film, A Perfect 14 (2020), screened at film festivals around the world, winning several top awards including Best Documentary at the Twin City Film Festival, where it showed alongside Academy Award winning and nominated films. After earning three Best Documentary awards the film was picked up by distributor Gravitas Ventures and has gone on to top the streaming services charts and is currently available for viewing worldwide including on Amazon Prime SVOD.
James continues to produce unique, challenging and thought provoking films and has a number of projects in development including several feature length fictional films and an ambitious live action short based on his award winning sci-fi series Tales from the Afternow.