Meet Cohort 1

Nathan Allen

 Is a film and video editor in Toronto, Ontario who graduated from the film production program at
York University in 2014. Nathan works with in Media Composer, Premiere, FCP, AVID as well as  AfterEffects, Pro Tools, and DaVinci Resolve. Nathan’s industry experience involves training at Take 5 Productions, SIM International, Deluxe, Urban Post Production and also the hit comedy, Kim Convenience (through our program partner Live It To Learn It). He has also produced video content for a variety of clients including The Brampton Sports Hall of Fame, The Connected Health and Wellness Project, and The FOLD Foundation. Nathan worked as an assistant editor on the CBCDocs POV documentary, Mr. Jane and Finch (2019) directed by Ngardy Conteh George and is now employed as a packaging editor at Oya Media Group. He is also a talented musician and entertains through his “Allen Music” project, a student of the Japanese language and recently became an associate member of the Canadian Cinema Editors (CCE).

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Shaquille Griffith

An aspiring writer & entrepreneur who studied audio engineering, production and Dj arts at Trebas Institute. He started his career in film by directing urban music videos.  In 2016 he produced videos for artists such as Yboss dezzy, 420sonny and Anthony. Shaquille has recently begun honing his skills in engineering, photography, video production. Shaquille recently worked as a photographer for Dragons Dens' Michael Wekerle. He also worked on Alison Duke's short film Disclosure. Recently, he started Overtime, a business that  motivates the youth and elders of his community to strive through arts and education and helps to employ youths from his community in his projects. Shaquille’s desire to create change in his community. Shaquille knew it was within himself to overcome the environment he was raised in and strives to instil that same knowledge in the youth. In Shaquille’s free
time he enjoys writing poems and music.

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Lammii Baker

Lammii Baker is a screenwriter  specialization in drama, dark comedy and horror. She has gained her film studies education at York University and has been creating independent
work for over three years. Her passions lie within telling stories centered around marginalized identities, to showcase their potential, stretching across genres.
Lammi’s skill sets include; editing, sound-mixing, story-editing and directing. Her industry inspirations include those who continue to break barriers with their creative content,
such as; Spike Lee, Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, Ben Edlund, Vince Gilligan, Ryan Coogler and Steve McQueen.
This spring, Lammii completed her first original horror short entitled, “Closer,” as head writer, director, editor and producer.

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Marcus Armstrong

Marcus is a filmmaker  learning how to use his dad’s old camcorder to film skits with his
little brother in the front yard. He remembers eventually having to decide on a university to go
to, and he remembers leaving his childhood passion behind.
It wasn’t until his final year of school that Marcus picked up a camera again and remembered why he fell in love with the power of storytelling in the first place. He graduated, got himself a new camera, and went straight
to work. It’s been a year now, and since then Marcus has created a number of independent projects, promotional videos, and even edited a short film that went on to make it into multiple film festivals. This, However, is only the beginning for Marcus. He will continue to tell stories
that will hopefully impact and influence others, stories that people will remember.

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Isaac Mbikay

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La Toya Grimes-Jackman

LaToya ---xperience in videography and assistant directing
Clients: Black Sun Comics, Sacred Women International, Earthtones Naturals, etc.
Technical Skills: Directing, Video Editing (FCPX), and Second Camera Filming
Soft Skills: Clear and Concise Communicator, Visionary, Open Mined, Divergent Thinker,
Innovative, Self-motivated, Active Listener, Integral, Disciplined, and Committed
Hobbies/Interests: Sketching, Listening to music, and Watching documentaries and Sci-Fi films
Passions/Inspirations: I am passionate about social liberation, through the dismantling of
gender roles and racial social constructs.
Personal Projects: “Under Reported” - A documentary exploring the experiences and effects of
gun violence on families and community in the GTA.

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KhaRå Martin

KhaRå Martin is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto and Sheridan College who has delved into the different mediums of storytelling. KhaRå has expanded her writing capabilities across all genres, writing a play called Sister Love which premiered at UofT’s Beck Festival and writing television scripts whenever she can. In her spare time KhaRå is a musical artist singing and writing her own songs as well as performing as she has received her degree in Theatre and Drama Studies and her diploma in advanced acting. Some days you might catch KhaRå running around on set styling talent and assisting the first AD. If it has to do with the arts industry KhaRå is your girl. Currently working on a documentary in the hopes that it will premiere at Hotdocs or TIFF in a few years

Isaac Lemi

 is a Canadian actor/model who has been eying film production for a while. He is been featured in two Toronto Film Festival for films Crimson Sands (2017) and Hippyocalypse (2016). His
acting/modelling career began in high school and then he went to Brock University majoring in Film Studies. His student horror film October 31, won an award winning at Brock Film Festival but after graduation he was seeing more work as a model in Canada and the USA than film. Isaac became a participant in our BYP2I program with a laser sharp focus on becoming a member of film union. Through the program, Isaac was able to acquire the required hours and certified and training join the NABET 700 Unifor. He is now working on film and television productions with the union full time.  

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Aaron Newby

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Fonna Seidu

Fonna Seidu is a project manager with over 3 years of experience implementing collaborative
media projects, large-scale conferences, workshop series, and speaking tours for a variety of
clients. As an accomplished community leader, she has experience planning and executing 45+
unique events and managed project budgets exceeding $50,000 in grant funding.
She got her first taste of film production in the winter of 2017 as a producer for a web-pilot called
virgins! the series where she entered the project as a producer. She was responsible for
scheduling, logistics, and planning for a cast and crew of 33 people as well as supporting with
managing $13,000 of in-kind support to film the teaser, as well as an additional $15,000 of
sponsorship for the launch event entitled, FOURTH BASE with virgins!

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Evelyn Appiah

Evelyn Appiah is an aspiring researcher and screenwriter who focuses on creating stories that are
not being told. She mainly focuses her writing on stories featuring Black women and POC who
defy stereotypes in both their personalities and interests.
Having studied at York University and Seneca College for Communications and Broadcast-
Television for the past 5 years, she found a calling to writing and researching as it combined both
her post-secondary skills and allowed her to create narratives and express her ideas story and
experiences as a first generation African- Canadian to the world. Spending her youth reading and
adoring classic books, her favourite being Pride and Prejudice, Evelyn found an appreciation in
telling stories featuring heroines.

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Desiree Henry

Desiree Henry is an emerging director. Who’s work focuses on speaking social truths while
conveying the multifaceted human experience. From documentaries to experimental films she
plans on doing it all. After recently moving to the GTA she has started bringing her projects to
life. Starting with her podcast Grow Through it- with Dee and Coming soon: Inside The Glass
Box a look inside the emotional experience of mental health.

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