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ABOUT CARIBBEANTALESFLIX

Founded by award-winning filmmaker and Academy member Frances-Anne Solomon, the CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) is a multifaceted group of media companies that produces, markets, and sells Black and culturally diverse film and television content.

CTMG has produced the feature films HERO (dir. Frances-Anne Solomon, Canada/Trinidad & Tobago), KINGSTON PARADISE (dir. Mary Wells, Canada/Jamaica), A WINTER TALE (dir. Frances-Anne Solomon, Canada), the television sitcom LORD HAVE MERCY! (Showcase/APTN, Canada), the documentary series HEART BEAT (Bravo, Canada) and LITERATURE ALIVE (Bravo, Canada), among others.

TEAM

FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON

CEO/Director

FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON, began her professional career as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer at BBC Films and Single Drama in the UK. Today, her experience reflects thirty-five years of media experience in Canada and internationally. Over this period, she has managed large-scale projects, from annual film festivals to individual film and television productions. Her film productions include some well-known BBC productions -- LOVE IS THE DEVIL (Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival), SIXTH HAPPINESS, PEGGY SU! and SPEAK LIKE A CHILD -- as well as independent productions, such as the unique Canadian sitcom LORD HAVE MERCY (2003, Showcase/APTN) and the feature film, A WINTER TALE (CityTV), set in Toronto. Most recently, her third feature film as a director HERO: INSPIRED THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE & TIMES OF MR ULRIC CROSS (2019) won international praise and is currently available on Showtime, Prime Video (UK, US), Hulu (US) and the Cineplex Store (Canada). Frances-Anne Solomon is a Director Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS), the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC - Ontario Branch)

MAYA BASTIAN

Development Producer

Maya Bastian is an award-winning filmmaker and writer with roots in conflict journalism. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, UK, France, Asia and across Canada. Her short drama AIR SHOW received national press and is currently airing on CBC. Her most recent film TIGRESS, produced by BLACKOUT MEDIA and India’s JAR PICTURES was recently nominated for a CEC AWARD. TIGRESS was supported by CBC, NETFLIX and the CANADIAN FILM CENTER, and recently screened at CANNES COURT METRAGE 2021. She is in development on multiple features with BLACKOUT MEDIA and SUITABLE PICTURES and is currently show running a 1/2 hour comedy series on race & representation ‘HOW TO BE BROWN’ with CineFAM as well as co-writing and directing a paranormal mystery series with REFLECTOR ENTERTAINMENT. Her work frequently explores the trauma related to displacement and migration. She specializes in exploring untold stories from around the world, integrating the voices of each unique community through active engagement and open dialogue. . Her video installations and mixed-media work has shown at the Colombo Art Biennale, Gallery 46 Whitechapel, Shoshana Wayne LA, Artworks Downtown SF and more. She premiered her multi-media series ‘Post-Memory’ at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and recently spent 8 weeks in residency in Palestine at the Al Ma’Mal Foundation. She is a producer on the BIPOC women-led development team at CineFAM, is the founder of the X-Wave Mentorship series for BIPOC creators at Trinity Square Video and is vice-chair of the board of Whippersnapper Gallery in Toronto.

LAURA FRIEDMANN

Development Producer

Laura Friedmann is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based creative producer and director passionate about championing diverse content and using film as a tool for education and social justice. Her feature documentary, “The Painting”, based on her family history and personal journey, is currently in development with Fathom Film Group. She was the cinematographer for the feature documentary ‘Glimpses Into the Spirit of Gender Equality’ which premiered virtually at the 2021 UN Commission on the Status of Women and was officially selected to a number of festivals receiving multiple awards. 'The Ward', a series she's creating as part of the Development Team with CaribbeanTales Media Group, was selected to the 2021 Netflix/Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative. Laura participated in the 2019 and 2020 CaribbeanTales Creators of Colour Incubator, where the feature film she’s producing “Tenaya”, was awarded the Audience Choice Award at TIFF’s The Big Pitch. In 2020, she was awarded a scholarship for the WIFT Toronto/Bell Media Leadership Program at the Schulich School of Business. For 5 years, Laura served on the board of directors of Breakthroughs Film Festival. Before producing at Wrapped Productions, her 15 plus years of commercial work included projects with CBC, YesTV, Harley Davidson, Audi, Bell, KitchenAid, ParticipAction and Special Olympics Canada.

NICOLE BROOKS

Development Producer - In The Black

NICOLE BROOKS is a Toronto-based filmmaker, director, performer, singer, playwright, composer, curator, teacher and ‘art-ivist’. She has developed the concept of “harmonized storytelling”; blending media and performing arts, Brooks has spent over 15 years envisioning narratives that illuminate the peoples of the African Diaspora. Through her company Asah Productions Inc., founded in 2005, Brooks has generated a body of work for stage and screen.

LISA WICKHAM

Executive Producer - Trinidad & Tobago

Lisa Wickham, the President/CEO of Imagine Media, is an award-winning Producer-Director-Multi-Media Personality. Lisa has filmed in Europe, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. She has worked on projects for COMPLEX/Warner Brothers, ITV-UK, US cable networks BET & TV-One and MTV-UK. Lisa is best known for HERO (Dir. Frances-Anne Solomon), Home Again (Dir. Sudz Sutherland), Girlfriends Getaway (Dir. Roger Bobb), Forward Home and The E-Zone TV series, both of which she produced and directed. Lisa is Creative Producer/Lead Host of the daily live morning talk show on Trinidad and Tobago’s state TV station & Producer/host of the digital series WorldTALK.

CHARLES ROSS

Editor

Charles Ross is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) and IATSI 891 as a Picture Editor. He graduated from the Sheridan College Advanced TV and Film program, and subsequently worked as a lead and assistant editor on television programming at CBC, Global National, Vision TV, and Bell ExpressVu. To date, Charles has edited seven independent feature films, including HERO: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life & Times of Mr. Ulric Cross for which he received a Canadian Screen Awards nomination.

FERNANDA CAVALIERI

Development Manager

Fernanda Cavalieri received her BA in Film & Audiovisual from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil, and completed the Television Writing and Producing post-graduate program at Humber College in Toronto. After working as a video editor in Rio de Janeiro, she moved to Toronto to pursue her interest in screenwriting. She currently works as a Development Manager at CaribbeanTales, working alongside creators to develop film and television projects for production.