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About

Venn Diagram Films is a Nova Scotia-based production company dedicated to crafting compelling narratives and visual experiences that captivate, inspire, and provoke thought. Founded and led by Indigenous award-winning filmmaker Stephanie Joline, and acclaimed cinematographer Paul McCurdy.

Stephanie Joline www.stephaniejoline.com

Stephanie Joline is an Indigenous writer, director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Equally adept at film and television, Stephanie's stories provoke conversation, break boundaries, and are deeply rooted in inclusivity and feminism.

Her films include 'Night Blooms' (2022), a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s, and 'Play Your Gender' (2016), a documentary that pulls back the curtain on gender bias in the music industry. She has also directed for television and streaming platforms;

'Farm Crime' 2023, CBC Gem;  'Words Matter' 2022, CBC Gem; 'Stream Me' 2020, Hollywood Suite; 'Spirit Talker' 2019, APTN.

In 2020, she was awarded the Irving Avrich Award from TIFF, recognizing rising Canadian talent. The following year, she was long-listed for the DGC Discovery Award, and in 2022, she won her first Canadian Screen Award for directing in the factual television category.

Stephanie's newest release, 'I Place You Into the Fire', weaves together documentary and animation as Mi'kmaw poet Rebecca Thomas illuminates the ongoing impact of colonization and shares insight into her world as an artist.

Brought to life by three Indigenous illustrators, the film offers a poignant exploration of empathy and justice.

Paul McCurdy www.paulmccurdy.com

Paul is a cinematographer with a multifaceted portfolio, including documentary, commercial, and feature narrative work. His ability to seamlessly merge diverse experiences and techniques makes him a sought-after collaborator in the world of visual storytelling.

The award-winning feature film, 'Night Blooms,' showcased Paul's skill in crafting captivating visuals that transcend the boundaries of traditional filmmaking; it earned a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography at the Nova Scotia Screen Awards in 2022. One of Paul's most remarkable achievements is having his work displayed in the prestigious Guggenheim rotunda, a testament to his ability to create visuals that transcend conventional boundaries.

Paul's documentary credits include compelling projects like 'Farm Crime,' CBC's 'POV: Sickboy,' 'Drag Kids, 'Assholes: A Theory,' and 'Gun Killers' for the National Film Board (NFB). On the commercial front, Paul's roster of clients includes Intel, McDonald's, and Ford. His narrative work includes Red Bull, Discovery ID, History, CBC, and PBS.

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