Mitchell Kezin, Director/Writer/Producer
mabooshi film company
Founded in 2008 by filmmaker Mitchell Kezin, mabooshi film company is an independent production company devoted to creating provocative, socially-conscious cinema for television broadcast, theatrical distribution and other innovative multimedia platforms.
Mitchell has received development support from Bravo! TV & CTV and has several fiction and non-fiction films in various stages of development: Jingle Bell Rocks! a feature music doc about underground Christmas music in association with Knowledge Network & distributor Kinosmith; Dishpigs – foodie culture explored through the sweat & swagger of 5 outspoken & overqualified dishwashers from across Canada; Lessons In Darkness – a raw, intimate, examination of voyeurism, disability & cinema through the character of Jack Maartman, blind since birth; as well as the short drama Stranger and feature film Queen of the Night, both written by Praxis alumni Elaine Littmann.
He is also writing an original feature-length screenplay, The Sound of Being Watched with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Mitchell Kezin is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design.
His first film Steam: A journey aboard the Royal Hudson won Best Short documentary at the 1993 Montreal World Film Festival and was acquired for the permanent collection of the National Archives of Canada. His feature, Haro, had its world premiere in the Panorama Canada section at The Montreal World Film Festival the following year.
In 1999 Mitchell received the Telefilm Canada/National Screen Institute Drama Prize for the short film Dissonance, which he co-wrote, produced, and directed. Dissonance had its World Premier at the 2000 Local Heroes film Festival and later had its television premiere on CBC’s Canadian Reflections. Dissonance has screened at festivals around the world, including MOSFEST film festival in Moscow, Russia and SUPERFEST XXI (Media Festival on Disability) in Berkeley, California, where it won a special Award of Achievement for Writing and Direction.
Mitchell is an alumni of the IDFAcademy Summer School 2009 (Amsterdam), the Berlinale Talent Campus 2005 (an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival), the Canadian Screen Training Centre, The National Screen Institute and the inaugural Hot Doc’s DOC LAB 2006. He is a member of DOC BC, Cineworks filmmaker’s co-op and a former disc jockey and radio host on Vancouver Cooperative Radio 102.7.
Jingle Bell Rocks!, Mitchell’s debut feature documentary had its World Premiere in competition in the Melkweg Music Docs programme of the IDFA International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
Producers Mila Aung-Thiwn & Bob Moore
Executive Producer Daniel Cross
EyeSteelFilm was founded through making films with the homeless community. Daniel Cross’s gritty street trilogy (Danny Boy, 1993; The Street: a film with the homeless, 1996; SPIT: Squeegee Punks in Traffic, 2002) chronicled a generation of Canadians lost to social funding cuts, political apathy, alcoholism and drug use. These films provided a template for using engaged cinéma-vérité and interactivity for empowerment and change. With SPIT: Squeegee Punks in Traffic, the camera was given to a street kid named Roach, who at the time was living on the streets of Montreal. Over the three years it took to make the film, Roach transformed from drug-addicted street kid to filmmaker and has gone on to direct the documentaries Roachtrip, Punk le Vote!, and Les Tickets.
EyeSteelFilm has branched out to make films on diverse, compelling topics, such as the multiple award-winning Rip! A Remix Manifesto, a look at remixing and copyright in the digital age; teens coming of age in a small Inuit village (Inuuvunga I am Inuk I am Alive); and a series of films chronicling modern life in China (Bone, 2005; Chairman George, 2006; Up the Yangtze, 2007). Up the Yangtze grossed close to 1.5 million dollars in North American box office, one of the year’s top documentary releases. The film also won dozens of awards, such as the Genie (Canada’s Oscar) for Best Documentary.
More recent, award-winning films include: Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (Dir. Omar Majeed); Inside Lara Roxx (Dir. Mia Donovan); Last Train Home (Dir. Lixin Fan); Fortunate Son (Dir. Tony Asimakopoulos); China Heavyweight and The Fruit Hunters (Dir. Yung Chang); Forest of the Dancing Spirits (Dir. Linda Västrik) & Jingle Bell Rocks! (Dir. Mitchell Kezin).
Over the years, EyeSteelFilm has collaborated with a wide range of partners including: The National Film Board of Canada, CBC, CTV, BBC, ZDF/ARTE, PBS and ITVS. In 2009, EyeSteelFilm was listed as a Realscreen magazine “Global 100” company.
Darby Pop Productions
Executive Producer Jeffrey Kline
Having grown-up with a father in the “record business” and happily serving time in music retail, for the past twenty-five plus years Jeff Kline has been one of the fortunate few able to move freely between primetime and daytime television, scripted features and documentaries, newspapers and comic books, and — most recently — the East and West Coasts.
As both a writer and showrunner, Kline has been responsible for more than 40 live-action and animated series and pilots including the multiple Daytime Emmy® Award-winning Transformers Prime (The Hub), That Was Then (ABC), and a slew of venerable animated series such as G.I. Joe: Renegades (The Hub), My Friends Tigger and Pooh (Playhouse Disney), Jackie Chan Adventures (Kids WB), Men in Black: The Animated Series (Kids WB), and Dragon Tales (PBS). In 2013, Kline formed Darby Pop Publishing, a comic book imprint distributed worldwide by IDW.
Kline lives in Maine with his wife, daughter, and unwieldy collection of Christmas music.