Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc.
Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc. is an Alberta based production company with more than 20 years of experience working in the Canadian television and motion picture Industry. Project highlights include the four-part television documentary series Chrome Dreams, North America’s love affair with the automobile, the six part documentary series, Rebels – A Journey Underground, hosted by Kiefer Sutherland, and the two-hour documentary special The Longest Road, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada.
Dramatic projects include the feature films Rufus (2012) starring Son’s of Anarchy Kim Coats, JAG’s David James Elliott, and Perception’s Kelly Rowan, and Jet Boy (2002) starring Dylan Walsh, Kelly Rowan, and Branden Nadon. Projects developed by Interstate 80 include the feature film 45 RPM (2008) starring Michael Madsen, Amanda Plummer and Kim Coates.
Awards and festivals include The Northampton International Film Festival, The Newport International Film Festival, The Milan International Film Festival, San Antonio, the Las Vegas Film Festival’s Indi-Icon Award, The Alberta Governor General Award, Yorkton’s Golden Sheaf, AMPIA’s Rosie (2013) for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Best Cinematography, Festival International du Film sur l’Art, Huston International Film Festival, Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Cinemagic Belfast, Vancouver International Film Festival, CIFF, and Cinefest Sudbury.
Interstate 80 Entertainment Inc. is an AMPIA producer member specializing in homegrown, Canadian conceived and created motion pictures.
Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc.
Buffalo Gal Pictures is an independent film and television production company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Buffalo Gal team has developed and produced many challenging and diverse projects by creating collaborative relationships with creative talent and building successful co-production partnerships. For more information, go to buffalogalpictures.com.
Dave Schultz, Writer/Director/Producer
Dave Schultz is a Canadian born writer/director/producer. His feature film directing credits include the cult classic JET BOY, the period drama 45 RPM, and the coming of age vampire adventure RUFUS. Schultz specializes in the writing and directing of youth orientated drama. His latest offering CONSIDERING LOVE AND OTHER MAGIC is scheduled for theatrical release in 2017. Schultz’s writing credits include the Nicolas Cage sci-fi THE HUMANITY BUREAU as well as screenplay adaptations for New York Times bestselling authors Joy Fielding and Daniel Kalla. Documentary credits include the six part television series REBELS – A JOURNEY UNDERGROUND, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, and the History Television special THE LONGEST ROAD, co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada. Dave Schultz lives in Calgary, Alberta.
Phyllis Laing, Executive Producer
President Phyllis Laing established Buffalo Gal Pictures in 1994, using her keen sense of business, creative vision and knowledge of the film industry to steadily drive the company to become an industry leader.
Her experience in the industry includes over 60 feature film and television projects. Recent credits include Guy Maddin’s latest feature The Forbidden Room (2015), which screened at Sundance and Berlin; Aloft (2014), nominated for the Golden Bear Award in Berlin; All the Wrong Reasons (2013), which won the Grolsch Filmworks New Discovery Award; and the Canadian Screen Award nominated feature Mad Ship (2012).
On the TV side, in addition to being at the helm for The Pinkertons, Phyllis executive produced celebrated Canadian TV series Less Than Kind for its complete run of four seasons. The series received 17 Canadian Screen Award nominations. She served as executive producer on the four seasons of Cashing In for APTN, and for sketch comedy series Sunnyside for CityTV.
Under Phyllis’ leadership, Buffalo Gal Pictures is providing visual special effects through its ownership share of OpusVFX and is creating 3D animated programs via Tangent Animation Studios.
Phyllis’ business acumen has been honoured three times by the Women’s Business Owners of Manitoba. She received the Women Entrepreneur of the Year award twice – in 2013 and 1994 – as well as the Impact on Local Economy award in 2002.
Committed to continued development of the film and television industries, Phyllis served for many years as Chair of the On Screen Manitoba Board of Directors, in addition to her seat as a Producer board member. She is currently a member of the Gimli Film Festival Board of Directors.
Devan Towers, Executive Producer
Devan Towers received her call to the Manitoba Bar in 1994, and until September 2013, was in private practice with Taylor McCaffrey, LLP in Winnipeg. She was a partner for the last seven years of her practice, providing services to clients from the film, music and publishing industries, including producers, artists, writers, distributors and lending institutions.
In 2004 she took a sojourn from private practice for two years and worked with Original Pictures Inc. as Executive Producer on A Bear Named Winnie, an international co-production, and spent 2005 as Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Original Pictures where she assisted in setting up development and production systems, specifically providing services for the Global/ABC Family series Falcon Beach. Devan left Taylor McCaffrey, LLP in 2013 to work with Buffalo Gal Pictures Inc. as its Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs. She is the Executive Producer on a 22 one-hour episode series entitled The Pinkertons and a treaty animation feature film currently entitled Ozzy.
Joanne Levy, Producer
Joanne Levy is a producer, executive and consultant with extensive experience in the broadcast and production industries. Her company works in association with Buffalo Gal Pictures, one of the most active production companies in Manitoba. She pursues the creation of programs for distribution platforms in all formats and genres.
Joanne has been a TV journalist, independent producer and senior broadcast executive. As a broadcaster she commissioned hundreds of hours of original, independently produced Canadian programs in all genres that have collected numerous awards.
Joanne’s recent production credits include Friends and Other Magic (a digital media game associated with Considering Love and Other Magic), Soul Sisters: The Catholic Women Religious of Manitoba (documentary), The Pinkertons (digital media supporting TV drama series in 2015), Emma’s Wings (mobile app in 2013), co-producer on Arctic Mosque, a one-hour documentary for CBC and APTN (2013), the one-hour documentary Mardi Gras: Feast before Fast for Vision TV (2011), and A Cruel Wind Blows, feature documentary for Al Jazeera, NHK, SCN, HiFiHDTV (2009).
Jeff Beesley, Producer
With a bold body of work in both feature films and network television, Jeff Beesley has received much acclaim for his unique style and vision, and is considered one of Canada’s most exciting talents. His productions have garnered praise from festival screenings and have won numerous awards.
Jeff has directed the two most successful and critically-acclaimed Canadian television series in Little Mosque on the Prairie and Corner Gas. Jeff has the rare distinction of directing primetime television series simultaneously airing on each of Canada’s major television networks with Corner Gas (CTV), Little Mosque on the Prairie (CBC) and renegadepress.com (Global Television).
Rhonda Baker, Supervising Producer
With 25 years’ experience in the film and television industry Rhonda Baker has honed her skills producing, line producing and supervising on feature films, a reality series and half-hour and one-hour television series that were filmed in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver, Moscow and London, England.
Over the past couple of years Rhonda has line produced Aloft, a Canada-Spain treaty production starring Jennifer Connelly, Gilliam Murphy and Melanie Laurent and directed by Academy Award nominated Claudia Llosa; Bravetown, a feature starring Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern and Maria Bellow; as well as A Warden’s Ransom, Hyena Road and Considering Love and Other Magic. Before relocating to Winnipeg Rhonda produced The Messengers with Sam Raimin, which opened #1 at the box office in North America, directed by Danny & Oxide Pang; Tideland with Jeremy Thomas and Gabriella Martinelli, and directed by world renowned Terry Gilliam.
Series filming with Buffalo Gals has seen the completion of 22 x one-hour episodes of The Pinkertons filmed entirely in Manitoba and airing on 211 stations across the US, followed by the first season of 13 x half-hour sketch comedy series Sunnyside, produced by Counterfeit Pictures and Buffalo Gal Pictures, created by the comedic team of Dan Redican and Gary Pearson. Most recently Rhonda completed 8 x one-hour action series Insomnia shot on location in Moscow, Russia with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Infinity Production and Welldone Production.
Rhonda has worked on projects with budgets that range from $1 million to $25 million with producers, directors, and cast from around the world.
Thom Best, Director of Photography
Thom Best is a Canadian cinematographer whose credits include TV series The Pinkertons for first-run syndication in the US and CHCH in Canada, Working the Engels for NBC, Played for CTV, Being Erica for CBC, Billable Hours for Showcase, and Queer as Folk for Showtime. He shot pilots for Leilah and Jen and Mr. D, and several MOWs including Showtime’s Run the Wild Fields, which was nominated for four Emmy Awards in 2001. Thom’s feature film credits include Finn on the Fly, The Magic Flute, Men With Brooms, and Ginger Snaps, for which he received nomination for Best Achievement in Cinematography at the 2002 Genie Awards.
Kathy McCoy, Production Designer
Kathy McCoy is a Canadian production designer and art director who works in both film and TV. A graduate of Alberta College of Art and Design she began her career in graphic design and advertising. Following a stint at CBC she refocused her career to work in film and TV.
Production design credits include the award-winning period mini-series The Englishman’s Boy starring Bob Hoskins, the feature thriller Faces in the Crowd starring Mila Jovovich, and the much loved Canadian classic Corner Gas The Movie. Art direction credits include western feature Forsaken starring Keifer and Donald Sutherland, Tallman starring Jessica Beal, and Lullaby for PI starring Rupert Friend, Clémence Poésy and Forest Whitaker.
The opportunity to work as a designer and art director has been creatively and personally rewarding for Kathy. Every production provides its own challenges and complexities but allows her to use her love of design and problem solving to create many different worlds and environments. Kathy thinks that designing and building these worlds with so many other creative people has got to be one of the best careers imaginable.
Heather Neale, Costume Designer
Heather Neale is a Winnipeg-based Costume Designer who specializes in contemporary and period design. Heather graduated from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Clothing and Textiles, and worked as a Fashion Merchandiser before entering the film industry in 1999. Heather instantly fell in love with creating characters through costume after designing her first independent project, which was set in the 1970’s. Heather has been focused on her film career ever since, and has designed for some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers, including Guy Maddin, Michael Dowse, and Jacob Tierney. In 2013 she was recognized by the Canadian Screen Awards for her work on Todd & The Book of Pure Evil (Season 2), and was also nominated for a Genie Award in 2012 for Keyhole.
Heather’s recent projects include Aloft (Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy, Melanie Laurent), Bravetown (Laura Dern, Josh Duhamel, Lucas Till), and 22 episodes of The Pinkerton’s (Angus McFadyen, Jacob Blair). She currently divides her time between Manitoba and Arizona, and looks forward to working on future creative projects.