MACKENZIE LEIGH - PRODUCER
Mackenzie is a producer based in Los Angeles. She is a recipient of the 2017 U.S. INPUT Producer Fellowship and was a member of the 2014 Hot Docs Film Festival’s Accelerator Program for Filmmakers Under 30.
In 2017, Mackenzie produced the short film, AmeriKa, one of six official U.S. entries at the 41st International INPUT Television Conference in Greece alongside Emmy-nominated documentary, Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated documentaries, Welcome to Leith and Pervert Park.
In 2017, Mackenzie also produced the short Native American fantasy film, In the Beginning was Water and Sky, which is distributed on PBS, ShortsTV, NativeFlix, and the National Film Board of Canada.
Mackenzie also produced the award-winning feature film, Son of the Sunshine, which premiered as one of Indiewire’s Top 5 Films to Watch at Slamdance. It screened at over 30 festivals, winning 13 awards, and was released theatrically and on Netflix, Movie Central, The Movie Network, Comcast, Amazon, and Hulu.
Mackenzie is currently developing a feature version of AmeriKa, which is shortlisted for the 2018 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, and the dramatic thriller, Pure Science Fiction, recipient of the Bell Media Harold Greenberg Fund’s Development Award.
RYAN WARD - WRITER/DIRECTOR
Ryan is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. His debut feature film, Son of the Sunshine, garnered him a Best Original Screenplay Genie Award nomination from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the highest award for screenwriting in Canada. The film was praised as "bleakly beautiful and daring" by the CBC, "heart-wrenchingly authentic and powerful" by the Toronto Star, and "a gem of filmmaking genius" by the National Post.
Ryan’s short film, In the Beginning was Water and Sky, launched on PBS this fall.
His feature film script, AmeriKa, was shortlisted for the 2018 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab and is supported by Telefilm’s International Marketing Program to present at this year’s JETS Initiative at Berlinale.
Ryan holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University.