1. Michael Downing, Producer

    Michael Downing was originally involved in theater, where he was a performer and director. His interest in multimedia productions led him to filmmaking. He was accepted into the American Film Institute directing program in 2001 and upon graduating won the 2003 Student Film Academy Award for fine. Subsequently Downing created two other short films: Clean-Rite Cowboy and Why Don’t You Dance? Both were nominated for Genies and screened at festivals internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Claremont-Ferrand International Short Film Fest, Palm Springs International Film Festival, and many others. Downing’s interest in storytelling and performance led him to directing television commercials. He is now represented by Radke Films and is a recipient of the Saatchi and Saatchi First Cut Award for new commercial director. Downing is currently developing a number of feature films in both Canada and the United States.