About the Filmmakers

Joyce Wong | Writer, Director, Producer

Wong is an award winning director and writer. Her previous films include: The Power of Love (Celine Dion Fans in Kenya), which screened at Hot Docs in 2010, EmBodying Toronto, which won WIFT-T’s “Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award” at the Toronto Urban Film Festival in 2009, Souvenirs From Asia, which won Outstanding Canadian Short at the Reelworld Film Festival in 2008. Wong participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008, and the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab in 2016. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Wexford Plaza is her first feature, and is based on her memories of growing up in Scarborough. www.joycewong.ca

Matt Greyson | Producer

Matt Greyson is a Toronto-based feature film and music video producer. He graduated from York University’s Film Production program along with Joyce. He’s a long term collaborator of Matt Johnson as the assistant director on The Dirties and Operation Avalanche and the field producer on VICE’s new scripted comedy Nirvanna the Band the Show. He’s produced music videos for Canada’s top musicians in July Talk, Born Ruffians and Tokyo Police Club that have been featured on MTV and MuchMusic.  Wexford Plaza is Matt’s first feature film.

Harry Cherniak | Producer

Harry’s most recent short film, Winter Hymns, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival, making it eligible for a 2017 Academy Award nomination. While working for four years as a corporate lawyer, Harry produced three short films: Soap (TIFF ’09, CBC), Pathways(TIFF ’11), Broken Heart Syndrome (TIFF ’12, Air Canada, CBC, Virgin Atlantic). Harry recently began working as the Director of Business Affairs for Darius Films, and also just completed his 10th TIFF as a publicist for Star PR (Mongrel Media). Additionally, Harry serves on the board of directors of Toronto’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.

Reid Asselstine as “Betty”

Reid Asselstine started off as a film student but soon realized her talent as an actress when her fellow students kept on insisting that she act in their films. In 2011, she starred in Not Worth Mentioning, a short film that was chosen to screen in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Student Showcase. It was this role that led to her acting being seen by York University professor Barta, which eventually caused her to be cast in Wexford Plaza.

Darrel Gamotin as “Danny”

Darrel Gamotin is an actor and playwright. His most notable acting credits include Banana Boys (Factory Theatre), Waiting for Godot (Modern Times Theatre), TOUGH! (Factory Theatre), and Blue Planet (Young People’s Theatre). He was also a performer, creator, and producer of Monday Nights, which was co-produced by Theatre Centre. www.darrelgamotin.com

Maya Bankovic | Director of Photography

Maya Bankovic is a Toronto-based cinematographer. She received her BFA from York University’s Department of Film & Video, where she graduated with Distinction in her specialization in cinematography. Her fiction and documentary work has screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide, including TIFF, VIFF, Hot Docs, Sundance, RIDM, AFI Silverdocs and BFI Flare. In 2010 she was invited to the Berlinale as a participating cinematographer in the festival’s Talent Campus. That same year she was awarded the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography by the Canadian Film Centre for the dance film SLIP. She is currently an Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. www.mayabankovic.com

Adam Belanger | Production Designer

Adam Belanger is an award winning Set and Production Designer working in Theatre, Film, and Television. His previous stage designs, Tough Jews and Of Mice and Men, garnered him Dora Nominations for “Outstanding Scenic Design”. He has designed over a dozen plays with Unit 102 Theatre in Toronto, including The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, A Behanding in Spokane, American Buffalo, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, Lakeboat, and most recently, Michael Ross Albert’s, Miss, for which he also served as Assistant Director. Adam has also designed and built numerous installations for companies such as TIFF, Red Bull, Samsung, Airbnb and Arts and Crafts Productions. Currently, Adam is working as Production Designer for the Vice comedy series, nIrvanna the band the show. He holds a Major in Theatre from the University of British Columbia. Wexford Plaza is Adam’s first feature film credit. www.adambelanger.ca

Victoria Shen | Executive Producer

Victoria Shen is the Director of National Industrial Relations and Counsel at the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) and Management Co-Chair of the Section 21 Health and Safety Advisory Committee. She oversees the administration of CMPA’s collective and independent producer agreements outside of British Columbia and Quebec. She represents members in labour disputes, participates in collective bargaining negotiations, and advances labour-related government relations. She is a human rights and labour lawyer. Prior to joining the CMPA, she worked at the Human Rights Legal Support Centre, Ministry of the Attorney General – Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and UFCW Local175 and 633. Her litigation experience includes labour arbitrations, applications before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and appeals on WSIB, EI, and CPPD. She is a committee member and former board member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, and President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter. She has law degrees in Common Law (LLB) and Civil Law (BCL) from McGill University and a BA in Semiotics from the University of Toronto.