Garwin Sanford is one of the most successful Canadian film actors graduating from the highly respected Studio 58 at Langara. Cast in hundreds of projects including recurring roles in over 15 television series, such as Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, and Hawkeye, Garwin has been nominated four times for Best Actor, in particular for his work in The Barber opposite Jeremy Ratchford and Malcolm McDowell; Hard Time: The David Milgaard Story with fellow Canadian favorites, Gabrielle Rose and Ian Tracey; and for his starring role in Deadman’s Gun.
Some of his favorite roles include playing Jack Lemmon’s son in The Long Journey Home, co-starring opposite Farrah Fawcett in Small Sacrifices, and most recently co-staring opposite Gabrielle Rose in the feature film, The Birdwatcher. He also enjoyed working with Clive Owen in the 2014 released, Words and Pictures, and playing The King, in ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.
Garwin has been teaching acting and filmmaking at Langara College Film Arts program, a division of Studio 58, since 2005 and in spring 2014 he took over as head of the overall Film Arts program which, entering its twelfth year, boasts an alumni who consistently continue working professionally in the industry. In 2010 he directed his first feature film, Rain Down, which is distributed by Myriad Pictures.
Gary Fisher studied at UBC, SFU’s Praxis Film Development Workshop, the Canadian Film Centre (TV Drama Program), and the National Story Editors Training Program. For many years he was a script analyst for Telefilm Canada and private companies.
Gary has written for film and television for 20 years, including the live-action series The Odyssey (CBC) and the animated series Nilus the Sandman (Family Channel). Gary was Executive Story Editor for Incredible Story Studio (YTV, Disney Europe) where he wrote or edited 41 episodes of this popular series (Gemini - Best Children’s or Youth Program).
Gary has also written for the Gaming Industry, beginning with “Jackie Chan’s Stuntmaster “ and later with his working group Helicon, “Scarface: The World Is Yours.”
He has written the feature-length screenplays “Go Down Lightly”, “Red Rain”, “Little Bones”, “The White Ape” and, adapted from the novel by George Ryga, “Hungry Hills,” which he also produced. Hungry Hills premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 and screened at the Skip City International Digital Cinema Festival in Japan (July 2010).
Gary continues to write, edit, and develop feature film and television projects. He teaches the Feature Film Lab, Adaptation for the Screen, and Series Television, all in the Writing Stream.
Alyson Drysdale was born in the East Kootenays of British Columbia. She was educated in Calgary, Alberta and Denver, Colorado before moving to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1977 where she completed a dual Masters Degree in Film and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia.
Alyson trained as a producer in the Drama Lab at the National Screen Institute in Edmonton, Alberta and the National Film Board in Montreal, Quebec prior to forming her own company, Tamarac Filmworks Ltd. in 1986.
Alyson’s industry experiences include a three-year contract at Telefilm Canada and two years as series script editor on The Beachcombers. Among other credits, she produced and directed the documentary Girls of Summer for Global Television and created the pilot show High Country which went on to be a successful series for CBC as Destiny Ridge. Alyson wrote the screenplay for the film Cicely’s Divorce which won second place at the Legacy Filmworks and WIFVV 2nd Annual Film Festival in 2007. Most recently, Alyson was Screenwriter, Executive Producer and Producer for the film, Rain Down, which received just under $1/4 million in funding from Telefilm Canada.
In 2000, Alyson began her career as a film educator at UBC where she taught film directing, screenplay writing, and the senior class production course. She moved to Langara College in 2003 to head up its new Film Arts program and create curriculum.
A hands-on instructor with a passion for story-telling and a commitment to passing on practical skills and know-how, she has inspired countless students to pursue their dreams in the industry, with many going on to win prestigious awards for their work produced under her tutelage.
Jonas Quastel is one of Vancouver's premiere writer/directors. A multifaceted creative professional with over 20 years experience in the world of dramatic feature film, Quastel lives in Vancouver, BC and works wherever movies take him.
He began his career in the lighting and camera departments with the intention of becoming a director of photography. While gaining on-set experience he began writing screenplays and soon had a quick succession of scripts produce- Crackerjack, starring Nastassia Kinski and Christopher Plummer; Listen, a thriller starring Brooke Langdon; and Sub Zero with Costas Mandylor and Nia Peebles. Jonas’s directorial debut was the feature The Untold (2002), which he also wrote, starring Lance Henriksen and Andrea Roth. Next was Ripper II, shot in Prague starring Erin Karpluk, Premonition, a suspense thriller with Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg and Scourge with Robyn Ledoux and Russ Ferrier which was nominated for a Best Direction Leo award. Jonas also co-produced the CTV movie of the week What Color Is Love? and directed and wrote Forced to Fight with Peter Weller and Gary Daniels. Most recently he wrote The Stepchild with Lauren Holly and Paul Johansson and is currently writing and has a number of feature projects in development including features The Stretch and Dark Light.
Byron Lamarque is an award-winning director who started his film career when he joined a film club in CapeTown, South Africa. His MFA graduate film After (2002) was the first of three short films programmed at the Toronto International Film Festival. His second, Once Upon A Time On The Beach (2003), garnered six LEO AWARD nominations, winning "Best Direction in a Short Drama”. He has had multiple screenings of his films at the Vancouver, Whistler, India, Portland, Santa Barbara, Cork, and Edinburgh International Film Festivals.
In 2008 he directed the feature film Dancing with Shadows, made in partnership with Telefilm Canada. He has also directed for television and makes commercials and music videos through his own production company as well as independent feature films.
Most recently he has been working as a video game commercial director, editor and cinematographer for titles such as Sleeping Dogs, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dungeon & Dragons and Star Wars Uprising.
Byron's professional training includes attending the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in 2003 and completing his Masters in Film Production at the University of British Columbia in 2001. He has taught filmmaking at Langara College and the University of British Columbia, producing over 70 short films with aspiring directors, writers and actors
Ian Raffel is a long-serving teacher of speech and voice. He was trained in the Drama Department of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was graduated in 1966 with a BFA in directing. At CMU, Raffel studied speech under the influential teacher Edith Warman Skinner. Since coming to Vancouver in 1980, Raffel has taught on the faculties of Studio 58 Langara College, The Vancouver Playhouse and The Film/Theatre School. In addition to teaching at Studio 58, he serves as Head of Voice at the Vancouver Film School. From 1989 to 1994, he served as an assistant professor in the Theatre area of Simon Fraser University's School for the Contemporary Arts. He has been the instructor of Speech for the Canadian National Voice Intensive, a highly successful training program for professional actors and teachers held in Vancouver for the last 17 years. Raffel has appeared in the Vancouver Fringe Festival in his original one person show, Not My Army, and has been both dialogue and dialect coach for feature films. He most recently acted as Dialogue Coach to the Fox Network television series John Doe, and the WTV series Just Cause.