Writer-Director / Producer
SHAN TAM &
Javier is a Leo-nominated Venezuelan-Canadian writer, director, and producer. After an early career rocking Malaysian stadiums as a punk rocker, Javier moved to Canada and started making his own movies. He hasn't looked back since, but it's not like he has a plan B anyway. He lives in the immigrant neighborhood of East Vancouver where he volunteers at non-profit societies, pulls espressos at a family-run cafe, and teaches filmmaking at the public library. Lupe Q and the Galactic Earworms is his second feature. You can watch his first one, the 2022 Leo Awards-winning (best sound) and nominated (best picture, best directing, best script, best lead actor) war drama Roads of Ithriyah on TubiTV, Amazon Prime, or Google Play.
Born and raised in North Vancouver, Nat produced and wrote for the poetry chapbooks riverveins, Outlines, and Face to the Wind, and the short memoir MILK IT! She was awarded the poetry mentorship prize by Plenitude Queer Literary Magazine in 2014. In 2016 her queer short memoir, The Rabbit, was a finalist for Room Magazine’s creative non-fiction prize. Nat owns a bookkeeping business for non-profits and environment organizations called Chickadee Bookkkeeping, and loves spending time at the dog agility course with her feisty Schipperke Lishka. Nat and Javier's previous script The Lantern was a finalist on the Canada-wide short script contest ReelWork Filmmaking Initiative, in Toronto.
Producing power-couple Shan and Michael own Holiday Pictures, a Vancouver based production company that works in features, TV dramas and documentaries. With its strong connection to the Asian film community, Holiday was instrumental in producing a number of co-productions with Asia. Shan and Michael have earned numerous awards and nominations, including a Sundance Special Jury Award, multiple Canadian Screen Awards (including formerly known Gemini and Genie Awards) and Leo Awards. Legend has it that Shan and Michael also provided all the producing services for Jackie Chan's Rumble in the Bronx, and the Chinese box office blockbuster Finding Mr. Right!
Josh is a producer from New Westminster, BC. He produced the Crazy8s award winning short film Itsy Bitsy Spider (2020) which won a Leo Award for Best Cinematography, and won for Best Score at the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival. Josh then produced Good News (2021) which premiered at the Austin International Film Festival, and was an official selection at the 44th Asian American Int'l Film Festival (New York), among others. Josh works as production coordinator on numerous big budget productions in Vancouver, including A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting (2020) and The Last of Us (2023) for HBO Max. He recently completed his first feature film, the sci-fi drama Jonah.