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THE TEAM

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 bohemian 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. 

Shan Tam is a multiple award-winning producer working internationally on both sides of the Pacific for more than three decades. Her recent success, Lost in Russia, received 600 million views over 3 days. Her work has been honoured with a Sundance award, Gemini, Genie, Leos and Canadian Screen Award along with considerable international recognition and commercial success. A solid working relationship with Asian producers afforded Shan the opportunities to produce inaugural feature co-productions involving Hong Kong, Canada, China and Australia. Shan was on the board of directors with Creative BC and is currently a member of the Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association.

Michael Parker has provided production services for legendary Asian films, like Jackie Chan’s blockbuster, Rumble in the Bronx and mega-hit rom-com Finding Mr. Right, which opened at number one in China upon release. Co-founder of Holiday Pictures, whose slate of acclaimed films include the Sundance winning gem, Eve & the Fire Horse, Michael produced and won best writer/director Leo Award for the multiple nominated, Canada Hong Kong coproduction, Lunch with Charles. Michael ran away with the film circus in consolation for being the lead guitarist in a doomed high school punk band.

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.

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