Director, Producer, Writer
Brandy Yanchyk is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker and journalist based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her productions are across a wide range of social and factual genres and they have aired on channels including BBC World TV, CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers OMNI TV, PBS, TELUS Optik Local and film festivals around the world.
Brandy Yanchyk’s documentaries include Ambassadors of the Sky (2016), The Price of the Prize (2016), Coastal Revival (2016), Star Trails (2016), Becoming Albertan (2015), Employment Matters (2015), Employment Matters Too (2015), The Working Originals (2015), Finding Edge Road (2015), Grey Glory (2014), Grey Ambition (2014), Oil Calling (2013), Nature’s Invitation (2012), Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos (2011) and Desert to Ice (2009).
In 2014/2015 Ms. Yanchyk worked as a Statement Gatherer collecting the stories of residential school survivors for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
She is also a regular reporter/producer for BBC World’s The Travel Show and has covered stories worldwide including Canada, Finland, Australia and New Zealand for a global audience of 76 million viewers since 2009.
Brandy has worked as a news reporter for the CBC on a casual basis for over a decade and as a broadcast journalist at BBC World TV and the BBC World Service in London.
Director of Photography
Adam Greenberg was raised in the heart of the Canadian Rockies by adventurous parents who introduced him to the beauty and thrills of exploring the outdoors. A summer producing conservation films for Parks Canada kicked off his career, and he has since spent his time capturing the passion and connection people share with wild spaces. His film work has taken him across Canada; from the far glaciated reaches of the Yukon on skis, to the isolated stark coastline of the Torngat Mountains by boat, to the remote backcountry of Banff National Park by horse.
When Adam isn’t working you can’t find him! He is likely out skiing a steep couloir or climbing a technical peak, but you may get lucky and find him at home in Banff on a rainy day, plucking away on his banjo.
Sarah Taylor is a multi-award winning editor who has been editing for over 14 years. She has a wealth of broadcast and non-broadcast experience that includes network television series, documentaries, magazine shows, and countless corporate and government video productions. In 2011, Sarah edited the documentary Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos which aired on OMNI TV, CBC’s Documentary Channel and PBS. In 2012, she edited the documentary Nature’s Invitation which has also aired on OMNI TV, CBC’s Documentary Channel and PBS and the feature film Truckstop Bloodsuckers. In 2013 Sarah edited Oil Calling which has aired on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Sarah is the lead editor of the sketch comedy series Caution: May Contain Nuts and Delmar and Marta airing on APTN and the CSA award nominated series Tiny Plastic Men. She is also a member of the DGC. In 2014, Sarah edited Brandy Y Productions’ Finding Edge Road, Grey Glory and Grey Ambition documentaries. In 2015 she edited Brandy Y Productions’ Employment Matters, Employment Matters Too, and Becoming Albertan. In 2016 Sarah edited the series Star Trails and Coastal Revival and was nominated for a Canadian Cinema Editors award for her work on The Harder I Fight II.
Dylan Rhys Howard
Dylan Rhys Howard was born in Wellington, New Zealand and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. After leaving the University of Alberta, where he studied sociology and film, he graduated from Vancouver Film School’s Film Production Program with honours in 2010. He returned to Edmonton in 2011 and started making films. small talk (2012), a short experimental documentary about local Edmonton musician Liam Trimble, premiered at Calgary’s Sled Island Independent Music Festival. Cities And Plains (2013), a micro-budget film about a young couple coming to a crossroads, was named the Outstanding Narrative Film Or Video of 2013 by the Film And Video Arts Society, and the following year This Wind (2014), a tone-poem about the fleeting connection between two post-war drifters, received the same award. 2015 was marked by receiving a commission from Make Something Edmonton and FAVA to create Lifetimes Of Snow, a portrait of musician Jom Comyn, and later the one-minute silent film A Brief History Of Northern Summer In Progress received 1st place at the Gotta Minute Film Festival. His films have been described as “quiet and upfront, honest, real, rich, fertile, built on characters with depth and complexity.” Dylan continues to make character-driven films about small, intimate connections between people and how place informs self. He lives in Edmonton, where he works as a writer, producer, director, and editor.
Andrea Beça is a freelance writer, editor (words and film), filmmaker, and digital strategist based in Edmonton, Alberta. She works professionally through www.andreabeca.work and creatively through www.kissinghabit.com. When not doing any of the above, she can usually be found on a long walk with her dog or teaching a Zumba class.
Shivani Saini is an accomplished producer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the art of planning and creative implementation. A graduate of Canada’s prestigious Ryerson University, her expertise has been harnessed by the worlds of television, digital media, the visual and performing arts. Her past producing credits include seasons 1, 2 & 3 of the award- winning dramatic television series Blackstone, where she took on the roles of Associate Producer, Business Affairs and Digital Media Producer. Through her company Atelier Culturati, she now provides customized and project-specific services across multiple disciplines. Shivani’s mandate is to support artistic and creative works that positively transform the human condition. Shivani has working with Brandy Yanchyk as a researcher on Star Trails, Coastal Revival and The Price of the Prize.
Rory Lee is an award-winning art director and graphic designer based in Edmonton, Alberta. Rory has worked on multiple motion graphic and video design projects creating title sequences for Brandy Y Productions’ documentaries Becoming Albertan, Employment Matters Too, Employment Matters, Finding Edge Road, Grey Glory, Grey Ambition, Oil Calling, and Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos. He has expertise in typographic design, design for video production, animation and motion graphics and has worked for a number of corporate clients.