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Engaging stories can inspire positive change in ourselves and how we view the world. The healing always starts with a tiny spark, a glimmer of hope in soft, soulful eyes. We, as storytellers can only be ourselves and when it comes to filmmaking there is really no way to hide. Documentary filmmaking is a courageous way to make films because it is real and you are really there.
Daniela Apostoaei is an Award Winning Producer/Director and founder of Destiny Productions Canada. In a career that began as an editor of the daily newspaper” Dambovita Journal” , Romania in the Investigation Department of Artpress Press Trust, Daniela went on to producing and directing TV series and documentaries. Daniela’s work is looking into dark corners, finding the hope and light, addressing the themes of justice, healing and transformation. She is the recipient of numerous film awards and her documentaries have screened nationally and internationally. As a writer she is best known for her poetry book “Blue Embrace “
Her most recent documentary “Another Little Romania" (2018) has been broadcast in Canada, Romania and different countries in Europe through TVR International and TVR1.
The Boyash (2015) competed in the film festivals in Hong Kong, Mexico, Belgium and Honolulu and has been screened in Canada, China and Romania. The film received in 2016 Gold Kahuna Award at International Film Festival in Honolulu , Silver Palm Winner Award in 2015, Mexico and Honorary Prize at Gala for Press Prize 2016 in Romania).
In 2016 her project film Operation Backpack was in the top 10 finalists at From The Heart Productions, Roy W. Dean Grant, California. The organization is still her fiscal sponsor for this project.
From the 2 years of internship with Shaw TV Canada, Daniela created “Tickets for two lives” (2015), a documentary about a woman’s journey, who undergoes two successful heart transplant procedures .The film has been screened at Shaw TV, Canada.
The film “Enfance au tranchant du bisturi”(2012, ) gives voice to a child who faced difficult times of health issues as he battles to achieve his dream. The film won in 2015 the Second Prize at Gala for Television Awards and has been screened in Canada, Romania and at a Medical International Congress in Belgium (2012).
Her earlier TV documentary series “Destinies” (2011) were followed by “Home among Foreigners” (2012) screened in Germany and Romania.
As a journalist, writer and editor , Daniela has been reflecting social changes, economic and cultural contrasts and took an active role at venues, symposium and fundraising events for people at risk and represent those who cannot speak or do not have a voice for themselves. Her articles were published in weekly and daily newspapers and magazines in Portugal-O Mirante, Santarem and Romania.
Daniela Apostoaei holds her Bachelor Degree in Law from the University of Judicial Science, Romania and practiced in the field of Civil Litigations and Commercial Dispute. She is a member of International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) The Canadian Freelance Union of Canada (UNIFOR ) and Union of Professional Journalists of Romania(UZPR).
As producer /director Daniela Apostoaei is member of Alberta Media Productions Industries Association –AMPIA- Canada. She is also member of Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
Video Editor / Graphic Designer
Codrut Miron has over 18 years of experience in multimedia production work. His background as Visual Communicator from Montclaire, NJ, helped his work in the advertising industry for 7 years in New York City, and 11 years in Canada. Codrut’s main focus has been on Graphic Design, Multimedia, Web Design, and Video editing.
He edited the documentaries: The Boyash (“Rudarii”, 2015, Directed by Daniela Apostoaei) officially selected to compete in the Pinneapple Underground Film Festival in Hong Kong, China (PUFF) 2015. The editor was awarded in recognition of excellence in filmmaking with Silver Palm Award, Documentary Short Competition at the Mexico International Film Festival, 2016. He also received the Gold Kahuna Award for Editing at Honolulu Film Awards 2016.
Codrut Miron’ credits also include: “Enfance au tranchant du bisturi” Director Daniela
Apostoaei, which received The Second Prize at Gala for Television Productions Awards, 2016, Romania, “Ticket for Two Lives”, 2015, Director Daniela Apostoaei broadcast on Shaw TV Canada, the project “Operation Backpack”, 2015 selected in Top 20 finalists for Roy W. Dean Grants at From The Heart Productions, California, the documentary “Another Little Romania“ (2018), and a Short “The Maple Dream”, which qualified in the top 7 shorts at the Feel Foreign Canada contest 2016.
Ryan J. Stockert
In his 15 years as a major market radio producer in Canada, Ryan has won many international awards for his creative production work. Working in major markets throughout Ontario and Alberta, he has developed advertising campaigns, radio imaging packages, jingles and everything in between.
In 2012 Ryan transferred his skills from radio broadcasting to films with stories that inspire, encourage and challenge. Ryan started Thunder and Light Studios Inc. in June of 2012.
Thunder and Light Studios completed their first documentary film in 2013, “The End of Churchianity.” The film has been screened around the world and has captured the hearts of thousands of people.
Since 2013, Thunder and Light Studios has worked on corporate promo films, TV Docs, an 11-part DVD training series, a web series, and is currently developing a reality TV show.
Ryan brings a number of skills to Thunder and Light Studios including writing, directing, post production video editing, audio sound-design and camera work.
A freelance writer and winner of two Ontario Newspaper Awards (Editorial, Opinion and Analysis), Tara has been writing for a variety of publications across Canada for 17 years.
Her experience has been wide-ranging including arts reporting, script writing, blogging and social media as well as research papers for private clients. With extensive experience in newspaper journalism, Tara has a demonstrated ability to write hard-hitting, clear and activist articles to encourage, rebuke and expose.
Yoshi Shirakaki is a freelance videographer based in Canada and Japan. He worked for KDLH, CBS affiliated TV station in Duluth, Minnesota. His first shooting was Charlton Heston’s interview of the US Presidential Primary in 2000.
He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a Master’s Degree in Communication.
He had worked as a Director and Videographer at QVC Japan Inc, 24-hour non-stop shopping channel from 2001 to 2012. He earned high level professional audio and lighting skills.
Since 2013, Yoshi has been involved as a camera operator and videographer with Shaw TV Calgary as well as sport and travel writer for newspaper and web media in Alberta.
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