About the filmmakers
Sean Cisterna | Director
Sean Cisterna is a Toronto-based filmmaker. His 2011 feature film road trip comedy, Moon Point, featuring a number of well-known Canadian stars, played the festival circuit (Cinefest Sudbury, Film North, Calgary International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, and more internationally) to great success, winning several awards. Moon Point was acquired for broadcast television by The Movie Network, as well as a national DVD/digital home video release through Anchor Bay Entertainment.
A graduate of York University’s Film and Video Production/Screenwriting program, Cisterna began his directing career behind the camera on the PBS Kids’ show, Ricky’s Room (1999-2001). After directing commercials and on-air promos for Corus Entertainment for four years, he produced the feature film My Brother’s Keeper (2004) starring Aaron and Shawn Ashmore. In the fall of 2007, Cisterna was greenlit by YTV to co-produce and direct the teen musical, King of the Camp (2008). His current project, 30 Ghosts, is a feature documentary on a struggling paranormal investigator. The film will be released theatrically in 2013 through IndieCan Entertainment Inc.
Avi Federgreen | Producer
Avi Federgreen’s nearly 20 years of experience in the Canadian film industry feature many highlights, from music videos to TV series to full-length feature films. Federgreen’s current releases include Still directed by Michael McGowan, Random Acts of Romance directed by Katrin Bowen and the first ever Canadian fully financed 3D feature Dead Before Dawn directed by April Mullen.
Federgreen's other producing credits include the opening night film at TIFF 2010, Score: A Hockey Musical, Moon Point, I’m Yours, George Ryga’s HUNGRY HILLS, One Week, High Life, Leslie, My Name Is Evil, and the documentary As Slow as Possible.
In November 2011, Federgreen opened his own film distribution company IndieCan Entertainment. The company services not just up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, but also those indies making films in a lower budget bracket who have otherwise virtually no chance to shine in a market of big studios, distributors and exhibitors.
Carl Elster | Director of Photography
Originally from the West Coast, Carl grew up in Vancouver where from a young age he was an avid sailor, animator and photographer. In 1999, he set sails east to the centre of Canada’s independent film community, Toronto, to follow his dream of becoming a filmmaker. There he completed his BFA in film production at York University specializing in Cinematography and Producing. By 2004 he had his first film in official competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. Carl’s films have garnered awards and prizes all over the world for acting, directing and cinematography. When he’s not working on his own films, Carl is an active member of the film community in Toronto working as a director of photography and lighting technician on features and TV shows. He also owns and operates a successful film production company that produces web commercials, music videos, shorts and features of all types and genres. He has a small roster of directors that he works with regularly and is always looking for interesting projects to work on in the future.