Jonathan Joffe began his career as a volunteer in a community television station in 1994. His first major film project, entitled Young Rocket Samurai, was released in 2002, and earned a national broadcast license on Canada’s Space Channel. Since then he has gone on to writer and direct a slate of short films which have won over 20 awards on the independent festival circuit, including the international sensation Cost Of Living, (Starring William B. Davis of The X-Files) which screened at over 45 festivals worldwide, and the award winning thriller The Boiler Room, which was released in 2008.
He has directed over a dozen short films, the 3 part travel documentary Have Guide Will Travel for Canada’s Access Television, and the award winning sitcom pilot Desiciti, filmed on location in Manhattan. Joffe is also a prolific screenwriter, having penned 12 feature length screenplays, and having won multiple screenwriting awards. He currently has 2 screenplays under option with major Canadian distributors.
An ardent supporter of the Canadian film industry, Jonathan Joffe also co-founded an ongoing workshop for actors and directors known as Upstart, in conjunction with Actra and AMPIA(the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Association). The workshop has been running since 2002 and has involved hundreds of participants throughout the province.
The Burlesque Assassins (produced in association with Telefilm Canada and Supperchannel) is Joffe’s first feature, which he spent 2 years developing in conjunction with the international burlesque community.
A complete list of Jonathan Joffe’s credits is available at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2348225/
Brett Manyluk is an award winning cinematographer and long time supporter of the Canadian independent film scene. He has been the artist behind the look of many award winning productions and always leads his camera team with an unmatched passion for film. His credits in the camera department range from Canadian Independent features such as The Pharmacist, to U.S. Comedies such as Good Luck Chuck and major Hollywood blockbusters like the Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain. And you can even get a sense of his acting ability in the Canadian epic WWI saga Passchendaele where he plays alongside Paul Gross. Joffe and Manyluk have been working together since the mid 90s. The beautiful and lush imagery you see in all the images from the film are the direct result of Brett Manyluk’s unmatched ability to turn a film set into a thing of beauty. The Burlesque Assassins is Brett Manyluk’s first feature film as Director Of Photography.
A complete list of Brett Manyluk’s credits is available at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0544358/
Bobby is a one of a kind artist. He has an uncanny ability to turn everyday objects into extraordinary props, and to turn bland rooms into luxurious spaces. A recent arrival to the Canadian film scene, Bobby’s unique talent for production design and unique ability to lead a team has made him a sought after commodity. Though The Burlesque Assassins was his first feature as Production Designer, he was immediately snapped up by the German / Canadian co production Drawing Home, undoubtedly with more credits to follow. Of the many tasks assigned to Bobby during the production of The Burlesque Assassins was the creation on a pool hall in 8 hours, overnight, when a freak snowfall forced a last minute schedule change. The crew arrived the next day to a brand new set and an art department who somehow managed to work through the night and still be on set for a 12 hour day.
A complete list of Bobby Vanonen’s credits is available at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3292415/