Sonya Ballantyne (Cree)
Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker and writer originally from Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in non-traditional film genres such as horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Sonya is a vocal advocate for positive media representation for Indigenous women and girls and has spoken on the topic at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, We Day Manitoba, and at a TedX Winnipeg event in 2017. Her first film “Crash Site” has played at various festivals around the world and was recently translated into French. Her second film “Nosisim” is a short documentary focusing on her relationship with her grandmother Virginia and a drawing done of her by famed Anishinaabe artist Daphne Odjig. Her next film “Eagle Girl” will be released later this year.
Sage Daniels (Anishinaabe)
Sage Daniels, is an emerging filmmaker and comedian located in Winnipeg
Manitoba. Graduating from the University of Manitoba with a degree in Film and Literature, Sage is well versed in narrative structure and writing. Also as a twice Alumnus of the National Screen Institute, Sage has a large skill set in the filmmaking world. Within the Code Breaker Trio, Sage serves as the producer and financial officer, dealing with the business aspects of our work. Still, Sage makes sure that every project that we move forward with adheres to the Aboriginal way of holistic storytelling. Each and every story should encompass an entire gamut of emotions.
Luther Alexander (Saulteaux)
Luther Alexander is a Winnipeg-based filmmaker who’s captured the knack for creating original content on micro budget productions. Upon entering the Winnipeg Film Group in 2005, he has shot, edited and crewed in various media formats for broadcast, web, festival and theatrical releases. He is a cinematographer working on documentary, music video, experimental and short-film narratives over the past five years. Luther is currently working on three active projects: NSI Aboriginal Documentary films Indian in the Child, as producer and Nosisim, as cinematographer, and a feature-length screenplay in its 2nd draft tentatively-titled The Mission Killings based on a true story in a Metis settlement during the late 1920s. Luther is an NSI New Voices alumnus, NYFA Filmmaking grad and a Management alumnus from The University of Winnipeg. He is currently on the Board of Directors at the Winnipeg Film Group and works as a public servant by day. Luther has recently become a new father and husband in 2015 and aspires to direct feature films someday.