A professional dancer and filmmaker, Talia Woodland is a multi-media artist from Whitehorse, Yukon. Wearing many creative hats, she feels adept both in front of and behind the camera. A graduate of Humber College’s renowned Film & Television Production program, her foray into documentary filmmaking began with her as picture editor on the critically acclaimed short,“Stripped.” From there, she worked as a camera operator on several short film projects, which led to her role as Cinematographer on the short musical drama, “Lola Jones.” Talia is excited to be releasing her directorial debut, a hip-hop dance documentary entitled “All It Gives.” Her strong connection to the dance community comes from the work she has done with Borealis Soul, a multimedia dance and theatre company from Whitehorse Yukon. Her hard work at Humber earned her the 2019 Women in Film Award. A recent graduate, Talia is interning with celebrated Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall and continuing her dance work with Borealis Soul. Talia is excited to continue working on diverse multimedia projects in Toronto, Whitehorse and beyond.
I first found out about Hiphop culture and dance at a small studio in my hometown of Whitehorse Yukon. A curious dance studio owner, Andrea Simpson Fowler, wanted to teach her son and his friends “breakdancing.” Soon enough, Mariano Abarca found himself flying up to the Yukon to teach these northern small town kids about breaking. That was 25 years ago.
Since then, Hiphop has taken root in the Yukon at Andrea’s dance studio and community centre. As I grew up dancing there, I saw countless youth applying themselves and changing their lives with the lessons they learned through Hiphop. In the Yukon, I was lucky enough to learn from some of the best people in the Canadian and Global Hiphop community. They taught me the true meaning of Hiphop and the importance of knowing your history and passing on that knowledge. I was constantly around all these amazing people that had powerful stories and lessons to share, yet most people would only ask them to dance, and not to speak.
As I started my journey into the film industry, I knew that this community was something I had to share with my newfound art form. I wanted to share what the community members had to say, and tell a story that represents the power and amazing community that Hiphop culture is. Thus, “All It Gives “was born.
COPRODUCER: ANTHONY HUNOS
Co-founder of Dark Wolf Pictures, Anthony is a Toronto-based filmmaker specializing in cinematography. In 2018, he won Best Cinematography at the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards for his work on ‘Stripped’, also receiving a nomination for Best Cinematography at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards. He is currently in post-production for his latest film “To Kill A Secret” and “Red” both scheduled to release in 2019.
EDITOR: MATTHEW TAKATSCH
Matthew is an emerging picture and sound editor for film and television based in Toronto, Canada. Specializing in all things post-production, Matthew’s technical knowledge and evocative storytelling skills are assets on any film crew. Focused and friendly, he is sure to deliver efficient editing along with a smile. Prior to attending Humber, Matthew earned a degree at the University of Toronto, majoring in sociology and criminology. His true passion lies in film making, so the transition into Humber’s film program felt unavoidable. In between making movies, he stretches his legs by traveling the world looking for new inspiration.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHEAL GOUVIS
Micheal Gouvis is a freelance filmmaker who specializes in camera department duties such as cinematography, camera operating, assistant camera, data management. Great understanding of film-making techniques and content creation standards in today’s ever-growing entertainment market.