PAUL MUZZIN - Director
From an early age, Paul Muzzin has had a love affair with the arts. At the age of 6 he wanted to be an actor; at 10 he was creating stop motion films; at 14 he was playing the cello and dabbling in monster makeup and special effects.
He has focused a large part of his career to helping not-for-profit organizations tell their stories. As Cinematographer and Director, Paul has travelled to Sierra Leone to chronicle the story of community leaders rebuilding their country; worked with leaders amongst First Nations on both sides of the Canada-US border; and helped document the story of one soldier within the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan.
Paul is a graduate of Sheridan College and owns and operates the production company, Riptide Studios. His body of work is a reflection of his understanding of the human experience. His work has been seen on CTV, NBC, YesTV, and Global.
Paul is exploring interactive art through the synergy of mixed media and experimental filmmaking, and is a published poet. Paul lives in Toronto and is happily married to his wonderful wife of twelve years, Stephanie.
Matthew Cimone, inspired by Star Trek, grew up believing that life is about exploring the universe and doing good. Having studied International Development at the University of Toronto, Matthew spent 2004-2005 working in Sierra Leone, and in 2006 was named a UN Youth Ambassador. Over 70,000 people have heard Matthew's speeches where he often combines his passions for social justice and space. His TEDx talk “Why Diamonds in Space Inspire Me to Support a School in West Africa” challenges audiences to consider the value of life from a cosmic perspective and to see the world as we do from space; without borders. In 2012 Matthew became Co-Founder and CEO of Esther’s Echo, a non-profit that supports a school for vulnerable girls and women in Sierra Leone. He currently lives in Vancouver as a Residence Life Coordinator at Simon Fraser University and a volunteer at the Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard.
STEVE CUPANI - Composer
Steve Cupani is a Canadian composer, and has scored music in a wide variety of styles for feature films, television series, documentaries, short films, and trailers. His work is heard on the NatGeo/Discovery series, Breakout; CBC’s, Getting Away With Murder, Back to Beijing, and Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear. His feature film scores include the period-drama, Burning Daylight, the thriller-mystery, Fortune Cookie Prophecies, and the family-comedy, English Butler Masala Chai.
In 2008, Steve received a Golden Sprocket Award and Golden Kite Award for the short film, Adam Avenger. In 2010, he scored the Accolade award winning and Best International Children’s Film award winning short, The Nickel. Steve is also an accomplished sound designer, being the recipient of five Gemini nominations, two Gemini awards, and two Golden Sheaf awards.
Steve studied music composition, orchestration, and music theory with composer/conductor, Dr. Roman Toi at the Royal Conservatory of music. Steve lives in Toronto, and is managed by Arpix Media. www.stevecupani.com
JOSH VAMOS - Mixing Engineer
Josh Vamos has been working professionally for the past 7 years on television and films in location recording and post production audio engineering. Josh specializes in dialogue editing with an extensive background in putting sound effects and creating sound design. He has mixed and mastered music, films and television with experience in engineering hundreds of voice sessions including source connect sessions from around the world.
Josh’s work includes conducting audio Dialogue Replacement on the Family Channel’s The Other Kingdom, serving as voice over director on 1000 Days for the Planet, and being the lead re-recording engineer on Property Brothers at Home and Survivorman.
In 2014, Josh was nominated for Canadian Screen Award for Best Sound in an Information / Documentary or Lifestyle Program or Series. Josh is a graduate of Sheridan College, and currently works as a studio engineer at Images In Sound.