"The truth inspires me. Heroism, creativity and generosity - all the ways that people find to arrive finally at the truth." - Frances-Anne Solomon
Frances-Anne Solomon is an award-winning filmmaker of Caribbean heritage and a writer, producer and director in film, TV, Radio and new media. She was born in England to Trinidadian parents and educated in Trinidad, Canada, England and France. She then went on to build a successful career over thirteen years in England with the BBC as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer. In 2000, she returned to Toronto where she continued to create direct and produce her own projects. In 2001 she successfully launched the first CaribbeanTales project.
Her directing credits include:
Today, CaribbeanTales has grown into a group of companies – the CaribbeanTales Media Group — that produces, markets and sells Caribbean-themed audio-visual content across the globe.
MAYA BASTIAN Development Producer
Maya Bastian is a Tamil Canadian filmmaker, writer and artist. From 2008 she spent several years travelling the world as an investigative video journalist, documenting areas of conflict and post-conflict which has culminated in an ongoing exploration of trauma as it relates to community and culture. As a director, she has won awards and exhibited her short films internationally, which run the gamut from narrative to documentary, to experimental animation. Her work has been shown in Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, UK, South Asia and across Canada. Maya’s work frequently explores post-conflict reconciliation and intergenerational trauma. Her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Commonwealth Writers, Bitch Flicks and Her Magazine.
LAURA FRIEDMANN Development Producer
Laura Friedmann is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based filmmaker, creative producer and media professional passionate about championing diverse content and using film as a tool for education and social justice. She has traveled to over a dozen countries and led creative projects with a variety of not-for-profit organizations, grassroots film initiatives, and served on the board of directors of Breakthroughs Film Festival for five years. Her credits include CBC, YesTV, Bell, and Special Olympics Canada. Laura was awarded a partial scholarship for the "Media Leadership Lab" with WIFT Toronto, was co-creator and facilitator at the Native Film & Storytelling Institute and is currently in post-production on a United Nations documentary on gender equality along with advancing a slate of other projects.
MEGHAN SWABY Development Producer
Meghan is a Toronto born and raised actor and playwright. Venus' Daughter was her first full length play which received its world premiere February 2016 with Obsidian Theatre. Previous work includes; Who the Hell is Eleanore? (Hysteria festival, rock. paper. sistahz), Write from the Hip (Nightwood Theatre), participation in the inaugural Playwright Residency with Diaspora Dialogues (2015), and the Development Series with Obsidian Theatre