Chris Di Staulo is an award-winning motion picture director and has established himself as one of the most exciting directors in the industry. He is known for his focused and intricate work with actors, beautiful cinematography and original narrative work. Chris is a natural-born storyteller and this is reflected in his films, which have garnered 23 national and international awards. His unique vision and innovative style have won him awards at the Cannes International Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, National Screen Institute, Canada International Film Festival, and many more. After directing “Dirty Talk” and “Somnolence”, both films were acquired and broadcast by CBC Television and ShortsTV (USA, Europe, Africa, South Asia). A graduate of York University’s Bachelor of Arts (Specialized Honors) program in Directing, Chris’ arts education consists of training with some of North America’s top filmmakers. He brings an infectious energy to each set that inspires his actors to make the audience think, feel and immerse themselves in the story unfolding before them. Chris is a member in good standing at the Directors Guild of Canada – Directors Rights Collective of Canada, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.
Born and raised in Toronto, Mike Manny started taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old with the Humber College – Music Education for Children Program. He continued his music training throughout high school at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, post-secondary education at Humber College, and eventually, graduate studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City. After studying in New York, Mike returned to Toronto where he freelanced throughout Southern Ontario in various jazz settings and local Salsa bands. Working at the Toronto Faculty of Music, he was the conductor and music arranger of the Toronto All-Star Big Band for 10 years. After starting his military career in the Artillery Reserves, Mike transferred to the Regular Force as a full-time musician in Ottawa, and was subsequently posted to Winnipeg in 2009. As a musician in the Canadian Armed Forces, he has travelled the world performing music. Although not currently playing with the military band, Mike continues to perform as an in demand, professional musician in Winnipeg. Although he prefers ‘straight-ahead’ jazz, his huge appreciation of other genres of music allows him to he move comfortably thorough various styles giving audiences a diverse musical experience. Official Website: mikemanny.com
After high school, I studied criminology, sociology, and psychology in Windsor. I then started working for EA right after graduation. Now I work on Star Wars games. (I took a fifth year in high school, too.)