Executive Director
  • 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 project. In 2001 she successfully launch the first CaribbeanTales project.

Today, the latter has grown into a group of companies – the CaribbeanTales Media Group — that produces, markets and sells Caribbean-themed audio-visual content across the globe.

 
 
 
Programming
  • Mandisa Pantin
  • Mary Wells

Programming Coordinator

Mandisa Pantin changed her life when she encountered the audiovisual industry for the first time. Falling in love with the way that the camera could reshape the world, she delved headlong into a multifaceted career within film and television, ranging from the technical to the production aspects, which enabled her to make her own films. Currently, Mandisa has made several short fictional films and one documentary Caribbean Skin African Identity which have shown all over the world. Mandisa is a tutor in the film department at the University of the West Indies, an active member of IMPATT, the audiovisual trade organisation of T&T, a graduate of the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program. This is her second year as part of the programming team for CTFF.

Mary Wells is an award winning independent film director, writer, and producer based in Jamaica and in the USA, with over twenty years’ experience in television and film production.  In 1999, her short documentary, Now Jimmy! was awarded “Outstanding Documentary from the Caribbean” in the Sheryl Lee Ralph Film/Music Festival.  It was also an official selection at TIFF in 2002. Kingston Paradise, her first feature, was recently award “Best Diaspora Feature” in the African Movie Academy Awards 2014.  Mary studied Television Production and the Theatre Arts in Washington DC and continues to work on a broad variety of film and TV productions.

Mary is currently on the CaribbeanTales Board of Directors and maintains a close and supportive relationship with all its initiatives.

Marketing & Outreach
  • Timmia Hearn
  • Shana McCalla

Timmia Hearn, (Theatre Studies B.A., Yale) is a theatre director, talent manager, film developer and gender rights activist. Timmia lives and works between her home in Trinidad and Tobago, and Canada. She is an acting instructor, casting director, script consultant and talent manager. As well as being the manager of marketing and outreach at CaribbeanTales Media Group, she is an incorporating member and the co-director for gender equality organisation I Am One and the Director of the School for the Arts at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, the Caribbean’s oldest theatre company.

Shana McCalla is a Canadian producer, writer and director, currently in development for multiple films and television series. She has extensive experience in film financing and broadcast deliverables, working for several Toronto-based independent production companies. Shana incorporated her own production company in 2012, Salemscript Productions Inc. which specializes in Television, Film and Digital Media Production Services, with a focus on top quality International Treaty-Co Productions. As a multi-media producer she writes screenplays, directs and produces long-form productions as well as convergent digital media. Shana is passionate about stories that are community driven, focused on social justice, human rights, trauma and healing as well as long-form fictional narratives and short films. Recently, she co-produced the documentary short film “Walk Good”, commissioned by CBC. Shana is also a digital media producer and marketing maven, operating an online radio station/ collective “Roots Reggae Hub”.

Graphic & Web
  • Rodney V. Smith

Rodney V. Smith describes himself as a webseries evangelist and is heavily involved in the webseries movement in Toronto and New York City. He is one of the founding members of the Independent Webseries Creators of Canada (IWCC).

Smith grew up in Barbados with an active interest in writing and art. An encounter with producer David Rider spurred his interest in film and after immigrating to the USA in 1999, Smith has spent the past 15 years working in various crew positions on a number of independent projects.  Since dedicating himself to be a director of cinematography, Smith’s cinematic vision has resulted in a visual style that is constantly being refined, but has been described as “moody cinema-verite”, “a dark mirror…”.

Smith is currently working on the epic 14 episode science-fiction webseries OUT OF TIME and is the author of the novel SO YOU MIGHT BE A VAMPIRE.  He has worked in film and television since 2003 and has worked on a large number of independent feature and short films.  He currently uses his experience in graphic design and marketing to shape his activities as a filmmaker; Smith has worked as screenwriter, cinematographer, director, editor and visual-effects artist and occasionally production and set design.