Nimisha Mukerji is an award-winning director whose debut feature 65_RedRoses was one of the first official selections for Oprah Winfrey’s Documentary Club on OWN US. The New York Times hailed the film as “illuminating… an affecting, unnerving portrait of one family’s encounter with the harshest of realities." It went on to win top prizes at the Hot Docs International Film Festival (the Don Haig Award), Arizona International Film Festival (Best Documentary), Omaha International Film Festival (Audience Award Best Documentary), Mendocino International Film Festival (Audience & Emerging Filmmaker Award) and the Vancouver International Film Festival (Audience Award Best Canadian Film & Best Documentary). At the 2010 Banff World Television Awards 65_RedRoses won Best Canadian Program following it’s broadcast premiere on CBC’s The Passionate Eye. For her work on the film Nimisha was awarded the 2009 Artistic Merit Award from Women in Film Vancouver as well as garnering a 2010 Gemini nomination for Best Direction in a Documentary Program. Her documentary short The Coconut won Omni’s Cultural Diversity Award and Super Channel’s 2010 Documentary Award. Nimisha’s narrative short films have screened internationally and The Arrival Hour won the Audience Award for TIFF’s 2012 Emerging Filmmaker’s Competition. Her new narrative short, In The Deep, was produced for Crazy 8s 2013. In addition to directing for National Geographic, Nimisha recently completed her feature documentary Blood Relative, which aired on the Knowledge Network and won Audience Awards at VIFF ‘12 and SAIFF NYC ‘12. The film was also officially selected to screen in competition at the 2013 Hot Docs International Film Festival. Nimisha is an alumnus of the CTV National Fellowship Program (’10) as well as TIFF’s Talent Lab (’11).
Mark Ratzlaff has written and directed a collection of award-winning short films, which have gone on to receive international recognition. Among his most notable works are Happy Valentine’s Day (VIFF ’07, Montreal World Film Festival ’07), Leo Award winner The Porcelain Man (Sudbury International Film Festival ‘08), The Narrator (Winner Best Director and Best Short Film Seattle Children’s Festival ‘09), and most recently Voodoo (US premiere Sedona International Film Festival ’10), which was funded with grants awarded by the Director’s Guild of Canada (Kickstart Program) and the National Film Board of Canada. While making Voodoo, Mark collaborated with an incredible team of actors, including Colm Feore (Thor, 24), David Nykl (Stargate Atlantis), and Camille Sullivan (Intelligence, Rookie Blue). In addition to making shorts, Mark also directs music videos, and his work has appeared on Much Music for the Vancouver-based band The Painted Birds (song: So Beautiful). In post production, Mark has worked as an assistant editor on a variety of shows, including feature films (Carl Bessai’s Repeaters 2010), reality series (Hundred Mile Challenge, Glutton for Punishment) and short films (William B. Davis’ Reverse). For more information about Mark’s work visit: www.milesmook.com