The Crew

Dennis Allen – Director

Writer, director, and producer Dennis Allen comes from a long line of storytellers. Inupiat Eskimo on his father’s side, and Gwich’in Indian on his mother’s, their storytelling influence is the foundation of Allen’s film and television work.

His films include the feature documentary CBQM: The Biggest Little Radio Station in the North which won best documentary at the 2009 ImageNative Film Festival. He is also a popular singer-songwriter who performs regularly across the North. He lives in Whitehorse, Yukon with his wife and two children.

Jesse Bochner – Editor

Jesse Bochner, an Ojibway originally from Manitoba, has been working in the television/video industry for almost twenty years. He spent ten years at the CBC in Toronto where he worked as an Assistant Director, and later designed news graphics for CBC Newsworld.

For the past ten years he’s been been in Montreal working as a documentary Video Editor and Graphic Designer.

Bruno Dequen – Associate Producer 

Bruno joined Picture This in 2009 after working several years as an event and film festival coordinator. A consummate perfectionist and multitasker, Bruno manages the logistics for our corporate and documentary units. He notably worked as production manager for our TV documentaries A Modern Castle and The Invisible Red Thread.
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He is now associate producer of our upcoming docu-series Watchers of the North for APTN. In his “spare time”, he is also associate programmer for RIDM, Montreal’s documentary film festival, teaches cinema at Lasalle College and is a member of the editorial committee of the 24 Images magazine.
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Tobi Elliott – Production Coordinator

Tobi Elliott is a producer and filmmaker based in Vancouver, B.C. She attended Montreal’s Concordia University originally to study print journalism, but came out the other side with a passion for documentary film. Returning to B.C., she and Charlotte Gentis set up Blue Cyrus Media to showcase non-profit groups and ordinary heroes with extraordinary stories.

Tobi is currently directing and producing her first documentary, The Trapper of Peace River, about a trapper and wildlife advocate who faces a rapidly diminishing animal habitat due to heavy industrial interest in northeastern B.C.’s shale gas fields. She is also assisting Montreal documentary filmmaker  on several of his current projects, including producing Granny Power, a documentary about activist Grannies.

David Finch – Series Director/Producer

A Montreal-based filmmaker of Cree parentage, David Finch has produced and/or directed nearly a dozen award-winning fiction films, social-issue and biographical documentaries during the past 15 years.Some of his notable biographical subjects included Mohawk actor Jay Silverheels, Quebec proto-feminist journalist Judith Jasmine, and singer Mary Travers, aka ”la Bolduc”.
David has garnered numerous international awards, including top honours at Hot Docs Festival, Columbus Film and Video Festival, and an International Emmy nomination for Longshots. His films have also screened at ImaginNative, Native Insights, and the American Indian Film Festival.
David is Senior Producer at Picture This Productions, and is also on the faculty of Creative Arts at Champlain College.  He also plays bass for the critically-acclaimed indie Montreal band Puff and the Pillpoppers, currently launching their second album.

Nick Huard – Sound Recordist

Born in Restigouche, to the bear clan, Nick Huard spent his childhood on the Mi’gmaq reserve in Gaspésie.  Having completed his residential school years, he went on to College Bourget in Rigaud and followed with a colourful string of jobs including assistant fashion designer, photographer and train conductor.

In 1975, he enters the field of communications through television news and public affairs.  As a soundman, he’s covered many important events all over the world for many broadcasters and has been working mainly in documentary film production since the late 1990s. He is also a renowned sculptor.

James Malloch – Editor

James Malloch is of Mohawk descent and a band member of Six Nations near Brantford, Ontario. He’s an editor with over fifteen years of experience in documentary, comedy, feature, corporate, and music video production.

Some of his series work includes “Finding Our Talk”, “Miskkuenita”, and “Working It Out Together” for APTN, “Grin and Build It” for W Network, and most recently as segment editor on “Dangerous Flights” for Discovery Channel.

He also does voice work and stage combat in his spare time.

Maureen Marovitch – Writer

Maureen has been credited as as a researcher, writer, director and producer in documentaries and television. Her first documentary, Longshots, premiered on CBC Newsworld in 1994 and was nominated for Best Social Documentary at Hot Docs and won the best editing award, as well as being broadcast in several countries.
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Maureen has since written, directed and/or produced over a dozen short fiction films and documentaries, including the popular feature-length personal documentary  When Two Won’t Do, which was nominated among the ten most popular Canadian films at The Vancouver International Film Festival in 2002. Maureen has also worked as researcher, writer and director on many popular TV series including Mystery Hunters (YTV), Dogs with Jobs (Life), The Fear Fighters (Discovery HD) and My Brand New Life (YTV).

Paul Rickard – Director of Photography

Paul Rickard is an Omushkego Cree from Moose Factory in Northern Ontario. He studied radio and television production at University of Western Ontario. For the past dozen years, he has been working as a producer, director and cameraman in collaboration with independent production companies and organizations including Nutaaq Media Inc. Wildheart Productions, Wawatay, CBC North and the National Film Board of Canada.

Paul is currently president of Mushkeg Media Inc. and has produced, written and directed an impressive number of critically acclaimed and successful programs and series for television including the 13 part APTN series Finding Our Talk.

Stephanie Weimar – Researcher / Director of Photography

Born in Germany, Stephanie Weimar spent her early twenties in London, England as a photographer in the fashion and music industry before immigrating to Canada in 2003. She studied video, video installation and film at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and the Ontario College of Art and Design and took part in numerous art exhibitions in Halifax and Toronto .

In late 2006 she moved to the Arctic and became an editor and director with the Inuvialuit Communications Society (ICS) in Inuvik, Northwest Territories. She was a director and editor for the documentary series Suaangan – Our Strength and Uumatimnin – From The Heart for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), adding over twenty highly regarded episodes to both programs. Her documentary amaamak, about three Inuit teenage mothers was nominated for Best Documentary at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival in 2010.

She is currently freelancing with Picture This Productions and directing the feature length documentary Final Vows with Bunbury Films.

Christopher Yapp – Sound Recordist

Christopher Yapp is an independent filmmaker with a wide variety of experience working on various film and television projects.  Spending two and a half years based in Inuvik, NWT, working as a producer on the APTN documentary series, Ummatmin, Suaangan, and Tamapta, Chris fostered his appreciation for both documentary filmmaking and life in the North. While there, Chris was involved in a number of other projects including working as a camera person on History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers, and as a part time dog handler for a local Musher.  

Chris excitedly returns to the Arctic with Watchers of The North after having spent a year in Afghanistan working on the feature documentary, The Boxing Girls of Kabul for the National Film Board of Canada.

Currently he is also in development of a feature documentary on Wiccanism in the context of the Canadian penitentiary system.

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