Director: Christy Garland
Producers: Christy Garland & Liisa Juntunen
Editors: Graeme Ring & Thor Ochsner
Writer: Christy Garland
Cinematographer: Sari Aaltonen
Sound: Alan Geldart
Born in 1968 in Canada, director Christy’s award-winning documentary The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (Canada/Denmark) garnered rave reviews: “unclassifiable...echoing the work of Bresson and the Dardennes”; Film Threat -“the most poignant true story ever told”, National Post “heart shattering” and Now Magazine called it “cinematic gold.”Cheer Up (Finland/Canada)is her third feature documentary about teenagers on the worst cheerleading team in Finland, and premieres in 2016. Before moving to documentary, she directed several award-winning dramatic and comedy shorts, while working in the film industry as an assistant director. She is currently shooting What Walaa Wants, in the West Bank, with Danish producers Final Cut for Real.
Producer Liisa Juntunen is an award-winning producer based in Helsinki and the founder of production company napafilms (2009). Napafilms has produced short fiction films and award winning documentaries in all forms; feature, short, web series and also Finland’s first interactive documentary about animal production called From Pen to Plate (by Marika Väisänen). Liisa has participated in several international workshops to build up professional network and the latest of them is currently running 2016 edition of the famous European producer’s training workshop called EAVE. Her latest produced feature documentary films are Cheer Up (by Christy Garland) premiere in Hot Docs 2016, War and Peace of Mind (by Ari Matikainen) theatrical premiere in Finland in 2016, Russian Libertine (2012, by Ari Matikainen). Liisa is currently co-producing several international productions with countries such as Korea, Norway, Russia.