THEODOR and MAXIMILIAN AOKI
(Eli and Nick Yaguchi)
Theodor and Maximilian Aoki are brothers from Hamilton, Ontario. Together, they arrange, compose, and perform contemporary music on two cellos in a duo called versaCello. Since forming versaCello in 2014, they have won the 2015 JUNOs Turn It On: Sound Off competition, the 2018 As It Happens Theme Song Challenge for the CBC, recorded with JUNO award-winning producer John “Beetle” Bailey, and opened Hamilton’s Supercrawl in 2018. Both are studying Engineering at McMaster University while concurrently pursing exciting opportunities in music. Things I Do For Money is their debut as actors and film composers.
Yodit Tewoderos lives in Hamilton, Ontario and is currently attending Wilfred Laurier University for her first year in Sociology. Yodit is an accomplished figure skater over the past 16 years, being a sliver medalist at the provincial level, apart of Western Ontario’s Centre of Excellence, a high-intensity competitive training workshop, and multiple solo and group performances for the Hamilton Skating Club carnival. She has in the past been captain of the school step squad team as well as a member of both the rugby and wrestling team. Yodit has a new found passion for acting and modelling and Things I Do For Money is her debut as an actor.
Jennifer Walton is Co-Director of The Creative Theatre Company, teaching acting to talented young people for more than 25 years and leading corporate team building workshops. As an actor, she most recently appeared in the critically acclaimed production of Your Own Sons – Same Boat Theatre, Hamilton. Recent film credits include Things I Do for Money as well as two short films – Backyard Astronaut II and Pull Yourself Together. Other acting credits include Diary of Anne Frank and The Woman in Black – Theatre Aquarius. She directed The Tragedy of Othella Moore at the Hamilton Fringe Festival 2016 where it won Best of Fringe. Jennifer is also a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Hamilton based Women’s Work Playwright Collective where her current full-length play GUNPLAY (after the gun goes off) had its first staged reading. Jennifer is also a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit. In 2016-17 her ten minute plays were featured in the Little Black Dress Ink – Onstage Women’s Playwright Festival in the US and the Playwright’s Guild of Canada Conference 2017. She is a frequent storyteller for The Six Minute Memoir Series.
Rhett Morita has worked behind the camera and on set, literally since the 80’s, lensing many features, series and TV movies as a Director of Photography including Killing Zelda Sparks, Smart Woman Survival Guide, Free Fall and the recently released A Swingers Weekend. Things I Do For Money marks Rhett’s feature film debut as a lead actor. His previous acting experience, limited to one small SOC part in a film over 25 years ago, and a few cabaret clown performances. He can be seen in the upcoming Netflix TV show, Age of Samurai: Battle for Japan.
Edward Aoki was born in May 1963 and is the father of Things I Do For Money’s stars and composers Maximilian and Theodor Aoki. He has a BFA (with honours), MFA (painting) and MDes (theory) all from the University of Alberta. He was a recipient of the 1985 Ellen Battell Stoekel Fellowship from Yale University. He has taught Fine Arts courses at the University of Alberta, Brock University and Fanshaw College. Currently he is an art instructor and program supervisor at Robert Land Academy, a military boarding school for high school students. Things I do for Money is his acting debut in a feature film.
Dax Lough is a classically trained Actor from Glasgow, Scotland. His primary focus has been the theater where he has performed in many productions and learned from some of Canada’s most celebrated Directors and Actors. Highlights include working with Modern Times Stage Company in a production of Macbeth, performed in Tehran, which ran as part of the International Festival of Fadj under the Direction of Soheil Parsa. Dax will be seen in the upcoming 2020 feature Ace and the Scout from Electric Motion Pictures.
Danilo Reyes is a Toronto-based actor and musician. He’s best known for his work in Black Gold, Things I Do For Money, and Broke and Famous. Danilo trained for 10 years in classical piano and has always gravitated towards the arts. However he pursued a Bachelor of Commerce degree at McGill University and a career in corporate marketing. After several years in the corporate environment, his passion for artistic endeavours led him back to acting. He was born and raised in Brampton, ON to a Jamaican father and Filipino mother and is based in Toronto, ON.
Colette Zacca has trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK, HB Studios in New York and TVI in LA. She has had a plethora of experience on screen and stage and has recently played the role of Blessing in Swapsies, a short film for Fox entertainment in the US. Her most recent television role was Nurse Williams in Dreaming Whilst Black. Her latest stage production was that of Faith in Behind The Canvas, written by Shakella Dedi and Lola Remmy. Colette is presently shaking up a storm as the singing, Dancing Granny in the Sloggi underwear, worldwide 40th anniversary commercial, Granny Got Pants.
ALI A. KAZMI
Acting is Ali A. Kazmi’s ultimate passion, and passion his defining trait. He currently studies English Literature and Film at the University of Toronto, but has been accepted into York University’s prestigious Theatre program on scholarship and will complete his post-secondary education there. Ali spends most of his time honing his craft as an actor by taking classes in downtown Toronto. Things I do for Money is his acting debut in a feature film.
WARREN P. SONODA
Emmy-nominated filmmaker Warren P. Sonoda is known for directing his features Coopers’ Camera, Swearnet: The Movie, 5ive Girls, Ham & Cheese, the iconic TV shows Trailer Park Boys, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Murdoch Mysteries, Odd Squad and over 160 music videos, 70 episodes of TV and 11 feature films. He also received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian cinema, knocked Martin Scorsese out of the Guinness Book of World Records, won Best Director at the 2017 Christian International Film Festival and was the first person of colour and youngest DGC member elected as the Directors Guild of Canada’s National Directors Division Chair. He is also a champion of independent Canadian film as the Chair of the Canadian Film Fest and sat on the inaugural advisory board of Women In View x2 More. He recently wrapped POC-driven Utopia Falls for Hulu and his new Japanese-Canadian feature film Things I Do For Money will be released in 2020.
FEDERGREEN ENTERTAINMENT – PRODUCER
Avi Federgreen’s over twenty years of experience in the Canadian film industry includes over fifty films produced. Avi’s newly completed films, which are travelling around the film festival circuit include Man Running directed by Gary Burns, Lifechanger, directed by Justin McConnell, and Altered Skin directed by Adnan Ahmed. Avi also is the creator of the Indiecan10K & Indiecan 20K First Feature Initiatives that have now helped 8 first features get made across Canada, including the NWT film Elijah and the Rock Creature directed by Jennifer Walden and the Northern Ontario film Fugue, directed by Tomas Street. Avi’s other producing credits include One Week, Still Mine, Kiss and Cry, Prisoner X, Score: A Hockey Musical, Relative Happiness, How To Plan An Orgy in A Small Town, Moon Point, I’m Yours, Hungry Hills, High Life, Leslie, My Name Is Evil to name a few.
EMILY ANDREWS, JEN POGUE, LAURA NORDIN
FILMCOOP – PRODUCERS
This strong female-led production company is a highly sought-after team having collaboratively produced nearly a dozen films in 2018 alone. Filmcoop Inc. will stop at nothing to see the job through, to get our stories heard. Emily Andrews, Jen Pogue and Laura Nordin are a collaborative and creative producing team bringing audiences theatrical releases and festival runs of such feature films as Cocksure Lads, Burning, Burning, Gord Rand’s absurd dinner party comedy Pond LIfe and Astrid Van Wieren and Jon Michaelson’s heart-wrenching social work drama The River You Step In. They have produced award-winning short films such as the multi-award-winning Jessica Jessica, which is currently airing on CBC’s Reflections Program, The Case of The Massey Bodice Ripping, which was awarded ‘Best Short’ at the Venice Short Film Festival, and Orchid, which received the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee Toolkit Grant and is now streaming on NSI Canada.
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Christoph Benfey has been using cameras to tell stories for almost two decades, picking up several awards and accolades along the way. A passionate filmmaker, Christoph has carved out his own style by combining an astutely experimental approach to cinematography with a deep appreciation for tried and tested traditional filmmaking techniques. Things I Do For Money is Christoph’s first feature film as a cinematographer, and he’ll be going to camera on his second feature, The Gypsy Bride, this fall. When he’s not working on long-form narrative films, you’ll still find him behind the camera on everything from music videos, commercials, TV shows, and probably even some of your favourite corporate videos.
Film, in all aspects, is Anna Catley’s ultimate passion. She graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in film studies with the intent of pursuing a career as a film critic and academic but soon gravitated to the wonderful world of film editing. With Anna’s lifelong obsession with cinema, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique filmic eye to the editing process. In her spare time, Anna combines a way to blend her love of film theory and history with her passion for editing by making video essays about whatever currently interests her in cinema. She also has extensive experience working as a video editor in the advertising and music video worlds. Things I Do For Money is Anna’s first feature as picture editor.
MAXIMILIAN AND THEODOR AOKI
The challenge for brothers Maximilian and Theodor Aoki on Things I Do For Money was to compose, arrange and perform all the original cello music in the film while simultaneously learning their lines as its stars. They’ve never composed music for an entire feature film before (or starred in one for that matter) so this was doubly daunting, but ultimately incredibly rewarding. Working alongside award-winning music producer Byron Kent Wong (Choir! Choir! Choir!, Poor Boy’s Game, former host of City TV’s The NewMusic), Max and Theo relentlessly recorded over 50 original music cues for the film at Zero11Zero’s The Tell Studios and in their own Aoki living room. Not only proficient in the cello, Max and Theo played every single instrument for all of the original score and theatrical composition tracks including pop song Sitting In Your Car and the centre-piece original two-cello composition Monument that is featured in the film’s climax. The Soundtrack for Things I Do For Money will be released on IndieCan Records in 2020.
GARY NOLAN & WARREN P. SONODA
Screenwriters Gary Nolan and Warren P. Sonoda have been writing together for almost 20 years, but of the 10 feature films Warren had directed up to that point, none of them were from the numerous screenplays the duo wrote together. So in the fall of 2017, Gary and Warren decided to just go out and write something small and make it in the summer of 2018, not wait for anything or anyone to make it happen. You know, a 4-hander in one location, not a lot of crazy set pieces… basically a normal indie film. What they wrote was Things I Do For Money – a dynamic, exciting, no-holds-barred script with 50+ speaking parts, 140+ background roles, 35 locations, 6 cello performances and 5 action sequences – all shot in 13 main unit days and 2 days of pickups. This is Gary’s first produced screenplay and Warren’s fourth (along with Unrivaled , 5ive Girls , Heartstopper ). They have a new, gritty, crime television series called The Hammer (set in their steel-town home of Hamilton, Ontario where Things I Do For Money is set in) as well as Things I Do For Money 2 and several other feature scripts in development.
Directed by Warren P. Sonoda
Written by Gary Nolan & Warren P. Sonoda
Produced by Avi Federgreen, Emily Andrews, Jen Pogue, Laura Nordin
Executive Producers Marvin Waxman, John Laing, Mark Gingras, James Fler, Andrew T. Hunt,
Michael Paszt, Byron Kent Wong, Gary Nolan and Warren P. Sonoda
Production Designer Lindsay Rheault
Costume Designer John Dunnett
Hair & Makeup by Katie Beetham
Director of Photography Christoph Benfey
Editor Anna Catley
Assistant Editor Leah Lalich
Editorial Services Kat Webber
Music Composers Maximilian and Theodor Aoki
Music Supervisor Michael Perlmutter
Music Producer Byron Kent Wong
1st Assistant Director Joe Craib
Visual Effects Supervisor Mike Sevigny
Special Effects Supervisor Melinda Ramsey and Max Macdonald
Sound Recordists Spencer Seibert and Liam Jollymore
Sound Effects Editor Joseph Facciuolo
Dialogue Editor Faustine Pelipel
Re-Recording Mixers Stephen Traub and Lucas Roveda
Stunt Coordinator Richard Collier
PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Federgreen Entertainment, Filmcoop, Raven Banner, Urban Post Production
CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Raven Banner INTERNATIONAL SALES AGENT: Evolutionary Films