MARCELO VILHENA – Producer, Director, and Editor
Marcelo Vilhena was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. In 1987, he founded his first video and multimedia production house. He started his career using computer graphics to create video poetry and developing TV commercials. In 1997, he co-founded the production house Target Multimedia with the graphic designer Claudia Antunes. Under Marcelo’s guidance, the company pioneered a series of multimedia training and communication solutions for many large corporations in South America. Over twenty years, he led almost the same crew, developing about two hundred productions with corporate and training purposes. In these productions, he worked as producer, director, director of photography, and editor.
In 2014, he decided to start a new life and moved to Alberta, Canada to study motion picture arts and to specialize in his passion: editing and producing documentaries. In Calgary, he continued to develop videos as a volunteer, and in 2015, he produced and directed his first video in Canada. In 2016, he moved to Red Deer and focused on the Motion Picture Arts Program at Red Deer College. Learning with his instructors and classmates, Marcelo is getting ready to develop a career as an editor and filmmaker. “Minha Terra” is his first documentary in Canada, and his partnership with Denis Nassar was born through God’s hands. In Marcelo’s vision, “Minha Terra” is a documentary that highlights an innovative form of musical creation and offers a cultural tour that connects Canada and Brazil.
DENIS NASSAR – Producer, Music Director, and Composer
Denis Rafael Nassar Baptista is a Brazilian composer and pianist who lives in Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil and a Master of Music from the University of Calgary. His compositions cover a variety of genres: instrumental, choir, electroacoustic, and music for video and theatre. As a Brazilian, he has special passion studying Brazilian music and bringing a different flavour to his performances and compositions.
He moved to Canada in 2010 and since then he has performed recitals, workshops, and masterclasses at conferences and events. His pieces have been performed in festivals in Alberta, national tours by pianists in Brazil, and by world-renowned musicians such as the Land’s End Ensemble. Denis Nassar completed his Master’s degree in Music Composition in 2017 at the University of Calgary being mentored by Allan Gordon Bell. During his time at the U of C, he also had the chance to study research techniques with Friedemann Sallis, analysis of contemporary music with David Eagle as well as composition with Laurie Radford. In 2014, he was awarded the “Queen Elizabeth II Graduate (Master’s) Scholarship”. He has also received the Richard Johnston Award for his advanced skills in chamber music composition and an award for outstanding accomplishments by the Government of Alberta, in addition to being a finalist at the Land’s End National Composers Competition in Canada where his piece “Kosmos” received an award.
CLAUDIA ANTUNES – Producer, Graphic Designer, and Visual effects editor
Claudia Antunes was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Playing classical guitar, she met her husband, the video maker Marcelo Vilhena. Inspired by him, Claudia decided to study Graphic Design. She graduated in Graphic Design and later on specialized in video post-production. Since then she has worked in the areas of creation and production.
In 1997, she co-founded Target Multimedia company with her husband. It’s been almost twenty years of learning and dedication, sharing experiences with her clients and crew. At Target Multimedia, she was responsible for research, screenplay, and post-production. She developed more than 150 multimedia projects in the communication and training areas, always focusing on usability and interaction. She created and developed, along with her team, the first Brazilian High Definition Corporate TV, where she accumulated considerable experience in the video production area. In 2016, Claudia moved to Alberta with her family to study Visual Effects, aiming to broaden her skills as a designer. Since then, Claudia has been working as a volunteer graphic designer at the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery and also at Mountview School in Red Deer, Alberta. As at the beginning of her career, she continues to support her husband in video productions and especially in the documentary “Minha Terra.”
WILL COLLINS – Copywriter and Editor
Will Collins was born in Toronto, and raised in southern Ontario, and has been writer and musician since his teens. Now residing in Fort McMurray, Alberta, he holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in English Literature and a Minor in Creative Writing, as well as a diploma in Musical Instrument Repair. While attending the University of Victoria, he studied creative writing under a number of award winning Canadian authors including Jack Hodgins, W.D. Valgardson, Lorna Jackson, Patrick Lane and Bill Gaston.
After graduating from university in 2001, Will moved to Japan to teach English and study music. In Tokyo, he studied classical marimba under world-renowned composer and marimba player, Keiko Abe. He also studied jazz and classical piano while spending his weekends as a drummer for a country punk band. While he did learn some Japanese while he was there, it was in Japan that he fell in love with the culture and music of Brazil – and where he started learning Brazilian Portuguese.
Will mostly listens to world music and has spent time playing African marimba, mbira and Japanese taiko drums, and is currently a student of Bossa Nova guitar. He is the self-proclaimed Biggest Non-Brazilian Fan of Brazilian Music, and in 2014 went on a pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro to witness the roots of Bossa Nova. Will also enjoys many other styles of Brazilian music including samba and pagode, MPB (Música Popular Brasileira), chorinho, Baião and reggae, and often practices his Portuguese by singing along to his favourite songs.
PAUL BOULTBEE – Host
Paul Boultbee was born in Ontario and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Western Ontario. In 1975, he left Canada to take up a position at the College of the Bahamas. In 1982, he arrived in Red Deer to take up a position at the Red Deer College Library. From July 1998 to June 2000, Paul assumed the responsibilities of Chairperson of Performing Arts. Paul is completing his fourth year as a
Bachelor of Fine Arts student, and currently works out of his studio, alleyscape studio, in downtown Red Deer. His work has been exhibited in Alberta, British Columbia, and in several U.S. states. Paul has worked with theatre companies in Ontario, the Bahamas, and Alberta. He has appeared in a variety of Central Alberta Theatre dinner theatres, musicals, and stage productions, as well as Red Deer College’s Centre Stage productions, including the world premiere of the dada play. Professional credits include Prime Stock Theatre, Take A Risk Theatre, and Ignition Theatre. Paul has also appeared on stage with Red Deer College’s Conservatory of Ballet, the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra, People and Puppets Inc, and TogetherArt. He has received provincial awards for his performances in the one-act plays, Crux and Dr. Kheal. Paul’s film roles include Naked Frailties, Pizney’s Occupation, To The Victor, The Cabin, and Final Salutation as well as the award-winning short films Wait Time and Under the Acorn Tree.
SHAE PATERSON – Cinematographer, Lighting, and Sound Recordist
Shae Paterson is a 20-year-old that lives in Calgary, AB, surviving on pricey local coffee and expired film. His technical and creative abilities include, but are not limited to photography, filmmaking, design, theater and entertainment production, automation, and social media management.
His interest in photography and filmmaking began early, giving him a head start in his craft through self-education and discipline. He is committed to producing innovative content with imagination and efficiency.