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

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.





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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