A stellar team of award-winning filmmakers and producers

"The RasTa projects is a labour of love that has been for six years in the making.

It's born out of the experience of having met Bob Marley in Montreal during my early teens and chance encounters with Rastafarians all around the world. Our story is truly about "the movement of Jah people and their historical and cultural links to other peoples."

- Patricia Marie Scarlett, Executive Producer & Producer

  • Patricia Scartlett

    Patricia Scarlett is an entrepreneur, TV producer and TV Sales & Distribution professional.  In her role as Founder and Co-President of the Media Business Institute (MBI), Patricia Scarlett draws upon her tremendous depth and the breath of insight and experience in television, film and digital media. Over the years, she has developed an impressive list of clients, partners and co-producers around the world.

  • In 1993, Stuart produced and co-directed the award-winning VISIONS OF LIGHT: The Art of Cinematography, about the history of cinematography in motion pictures. The New York Film Critics Circle, The National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics named VISIONS the year’s best documentary while The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle awarded it four-star reviews.

Marilyn Gray | Producer, Consultant, Instructor


Marilyn Gray spent over 10 years in the industry with seven of those years in development, marketing and distribution. Marilyn is the Co-Producer on a 2 x 2 hrs miniseries for Hungry Eyes/CBC called “Guns” and the documentary “Rastafari Then and Now: A Message From Jamaica”, for Scarlett Media and Omni Television. Marilyn is also the Senior Producer on ten Episodes of the 1/2 hour magazine show “Caribbean Vibrations”, a cultural show on the carnivals, music and food of people from the Caribbean, for Omni 1 Channel in their first season in 2002. Marilyn is currently developing two feature films “Or Best Offer”, a comedy, developed with the assistance of Chum Television, the HG Fund and Movie Central, and a coming of age film “Bannock and Bratwurst”, also developed with the assistance of HG Fund, Movie Central and Telefilm Canada. Recently, her critically acclaimed 90 minute feature length documentary “Rasta: A Soul’s Journey”, for City TV/CMF, screened at the Montreal Du Nouveau Cinéma and at the eleventh annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF), where it was the Audience Award runner up. The film will be hosted at the Rom, during Black History month in February 2012, under the title “Rasta at the Rom”. Rasta: A Soul’s Journey follows Bob and Rita Marley’s daughter’s global search of her grandparents legacy of reggae and Rastafari. On the northern Ontario front, Marilyn is also the owner of M.E.G. Consulting, a consulting and distribution firm that trains and assist mid to large businesses, government and not for profit organizations on how to promote their company, services and products using video and multimedia.




Vladimir Czyzewski | Cinematographer


For over 30 years Vladimir has been putting his philosophy to work in his film and video assignments. His life behind the camera has taken him across Canada and throughout the world. Vladimir’s reputation as a filmmaker is the direct result of his complete and total immersion in the projects he’s involved in, contributing to all aspects of the production. As the original founder of Prisma-Light Ltd. (1982) and now Storm Film and Video, (1995) Vladimir has directed and / or filmed many memorable projects. Demanding locations, sensitive subject matter and adverse conditions are Vladimir’s Forte. From boardrooms to back roads he remains a team player. Major Canadian and international corporations, community groups, government agencies and broadcast networks, have commissioned his work.




Gina Binetti | Editor & Line Producer


Since 1989 Gina Binetti has worked in the Canadian film industry as a Producer, Director, Picture editor and Production Manager, on commercials, feature films, television series and documentaries. As an editor, Gina has used her storytelling skills to contribute to more than thirty hours of television programming including the docudrama, Honour Before Glory which was a winner at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and received a 2002 Gemini Award. Her two short films, Just a Day and La Trattoria on Barton Street appeared in the festival circuit. Just a Day screened at the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, The Ann Arbour Film Festival and the Blue Sky Film Festival. La Trattoria on Barton Street is being broadcast on Movieola.
Gina co produced and edited the documentary Shattered Dreams for Global Television. Shattered Dreams had a successful film festival run and received the NFB Kathleen Shannon Award at the Yorkton Film Festival. She also edited the Gemini nominated documentary Embracing da Kink which won a Golden Sheaf award. Most recently, Gina co produced and edited Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a film shot in Jamaica spotlighting two garrison communities who, through community leadership, cooperation and unity, were able to stop the violence and start rebuilding and reshaping their neighborhoods.





Marylin Gray

Stuart Samuels | Director & Producer


In 1993, Stuart produced and co-directed the award-winning VISIONS OF LIGHT: The Art of Cinematography, about the history of cinematography in motion pictures. The New York Film Critics Circle, The National Society of Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics named VISIONS the year’s best documentary while The New York Times, USA TODAY, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Chronicle awarded it four-star reviews. VISIONS OF LIGHT was the first High Definition (HDTV) feature to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival (1993), and was selected for the Edinburgh, London, Telluride, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Munich, Tokyo and Sundance Film Festivals. A survey of 40 major film critics named it “the most critically acclaimed film of 1993.” In 1998, Stuart co-directed and co-wrote HOLLYWOODISM: Jews, Movies and the American Dream. Based on the acclaimed book by Neal Gabler, HOLLYWOODISM chronicles how Jewish immigrants founded and built Hollywood in the early twentieth century. The film garnered Stuart best director honours at Toronto’s Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival and best documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival.
Stuart began his career first in academia. He has a Ph.D from Stanford University (1967), did post-graduate work at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College) and was a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), from 1968 to 1981, where he pioneered the teaching of cultural history using feature films from around the world. In 1981 he published the book, Midnight Movies (Macmillan, 1981). Two decades later, Stuart combined his academic training with his filmmaking, by turning his book into an award-winning documentary, Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream.




Patricia Marie Scarlett | Executive Producer & Producer


Patricia Scarlett is an entrepreneur, TV producer and TV Sales & Distribution professional. In her role as Founder and Co-President of the Media Business Institute (MBI), Patricia Scarlett draws upon her tremendous depth and the breath of insight and experience in television, film and digital media. Over the years, she has developed an impressive list of clients, partners and co-producers around the world.

Scarlett's career began with TVOntario where, as a highly successful international Sales Executive, she was responsible for opening up the Latin American market with sales in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Scarlett partnered with a colleague to launch Compass International, a TV and film distribution company representing domestic and internationally-produced children's, documentary and arts programmes. Compass International's list of acclaimed projects included Igloolik Isuma Productions (Canada) - Winners of the 2001 Camera d'Or prize at the Cannes International Film Festival for the first-ever Inuktitut language film and 2002 Genie for Best Picture - Atanarjuat The Fast Runner.

She is a regular at industry trade events such as MIPCOM in Cannes, France; Banff Television Festival, MIP-TV, where she meets with international broadcasters to pitch the projects of the company's independent producer clients. Patricia has also worked as a film festival director and sat as a juror.

Recognizing a knowledge deficit and lack of training opportunities for television/film students and emerging independent producers, Scarlett developed two innovative workshops - So You've Made a Film . . . Now What?, on domestic and international film & television distribution and marketing and So You Want to Be a TV Producer . . . Now What?, focusing primarily on the intricacies of financing productions. These intense but lively workshops have been delivered and well received at Sheridan College, Women in Film & Television (WIFT-T), Directors Guild of Canada, Documentary Organization of Canada, Queen's University, Toronto Film School and Talent Campus in Cape Town, South Africa. With Scarlett's launch of the Media Business Institute (MBI) in Toronto, these two signature workshops now form part of a high quality, achievement-oriented learning experience that includes certificate programs in TV/Film Sales and Distribution, TV/Film and New Media
Business Affairs and Executive Producing.

Patricia is currently in development on two new projects,Of Cod and Rum, a documentary feature that explores the history of the codfish and rum trade between Jamaica and Newfoundland and Shalom Jamaica, a romantic comedy about a Toronto-based Jewish Jamaican grandfather who returns to Jamaica to host his grandson's Bar Mitzvah.





 

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