SHAWNEY COHEN
Director

Shawney Cohen is a Toronto-based filmmaker who also manages his father’s strip club. Shawney started his career in computer animation and his work has appeared in dozens of major motion pictures. In 2009, Shawney shot and directed the award-nominated short documentary Tagged which he produced with the National Film Board of Canada and TVO. The Manor is Shawney’s feature directing debut.

 

MIKE GALLAY
Co-Director

Mike Gallay is an award-winning writer and director whose darkly comic work examines and satirizes contemporary times. He has worked extensively out of Toronto and Los Angeles. Prior to The Manor, he directed and produced Tagged with Shawney Cohen for the National Film Board of Canada.

 

JIM GUTHRIE
Composer

Jim Guthrie is a musician and composer from Guelph, ON who now calls Toronto home.  He’s been nominated for two Juno awards and has composed for award-winning films, video games and television commercials.

 

SETH POULIN
Editor

Seth has edited several award-winning films and television shows, including The Bodybuilder and I (winner Best Canadian Feature Hot Docs), and Capturing a Short Life (Jury Award Yorkton Film Festival).  He has been nominated for both a Gemini and Canadian Screen Award.

 

PAUL SCHERZER
Producer / Exec Producer

Founder and president of Six Island Productions, Paul has produced a host of award-winning dramatic features, documentaries and interactive projects playing festivals from Toronto to Cannes, Sundance to Dubai and selling into all markets.

 

LAURIE GWEN SHAPIRO
Exec Producer

Laurie co-produced the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary “Finishing Heaven,” as well as two HBO/Cinemax documentaries about her teacher Frank McCourt. She co-directed the IFC documentary “Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale” (Independent Spirit Award), and is currently directing “Lowline”. Shapiro has also authored four novels.