Writer/ Director, LESLIE ANN COLES. Executive Producers, RICHARD HANET & LESLIE ANN COLES. Producer, MARK SANDERS. Producer / Development, CHER HARWYSH Commissioning Editor for CBC, Documentary Channel, BRUCE COWLEY
Leslie Ann Coles, Creator/ Director/ Producer
LA Coles Fine Art Films/ 2053152 Ontario Inc. is a boutique production company. Very hands-on in the creation of original commercial productions, Executive Producer, Coles transitioned into film in 2001 with a multiple award winning film, “In The Refrigerator”. Types of work with which she’s engaged include Theatrical Features, Non Scripted TV, Shorts, Documentary and Interactive Digital Media. Currently releasing “Melody Makers”, a multiple award feature documentary with a companion App/Interactive Digital Media (IDM) in June 2019 with the support of Telefilm Canada’s Marketing and Promotions Program. Committed to produce commercial films and cross platform projects that combine art entertainment and social justice.
As the Founder and Executive Director of The Female Eye Film Festival (est. 2001), she evaluates and selects independent films from over 2500 hundred international entries every year. The Female Eye Film Festival was founded by Coles in 2001 to address gender parity in the industry.
Intimately familiar with the local and international film-making community LA Coles Fine Art Films strength is to creatively strategize projects as well as to evaluate the development process with the understanding of the film milieu be it social, cultural or art focused.
Richard Hanet, Producer
In addition to his law practice, Richard has acted as an executive producer on various projects including the feature film “One Week”, awarded a gala presentation at TIFF 2008, and successfully released with a Canadian box office exceeding $1,250,000; the 2010 feature film “Score: A Hockey Musical”, which was the opening film at TIFF in 2010; and, most recently, Michael McGowan’s “Still Mine”, a drama starring two Academy Award-nominated actors – James Cromwell (“Babe”) and Geneviève Bujold (“Anne of the Thousand Days”) – which premiered as a special presentation at TIFF in 2012 and was released worldwide in 2013 to achieve a world wide box office in the range of $2,000,000 to date.
In the documentary area, Richard is executive producing two theatrical feature docs being Melody Makers and the soon to be completed $750,000 picture “Athenaeum Enterprise” (aka “A History of Receding Horizons”) directed by Alison Rose.Richard has had numerous theatrical and documentary credits, only a portion of which are noted on IMBD, including a credit on the Academy Award nominee documentary “Prisoner of Paradise”. By way of background, Entente Entertainment Inc. was incorporated June 2, 2004 out of the ashes of Alliance Atlantis by Richard Hanet and Andy Thomson to catalyse Canadian factual production by co-ordinating international financing opportunities with Canadian producers and broadcasters, either as a consultant or a producer itself. After a successful first few years, Richard assumed full control of Entente after the retirement of Andy. Since then it has further expanded its mandate to include involvement in the scripted area. As well as providing the services of Richard as an executive producer as noted above, Entente is presently is developing, either independently or as a co-producing partner, a number of projects, including factual series and feature films and continues to expand its business to assist new, ground breaking projects to unprecedented successes.
Richard is often recommended as a co-production partner by Telefilm and the OMDC, particularly to mine the experience of Richard in managing the production of complex projects, or alternatively, to assist newer producers or creative types with the production of their projects.
Mark Sanders, Producer
For over 25 years, Mark has worked in a creative capacity on over 50 films and 400 episodes of television. As owner of Film PaniK, Mark produced several multi-award winning films that have been presented at over 100 film festivals worldwide. Mark had a longstanding working relationship with film maverick and mentor, John Dunning of Cinepix, Canada’s first independent studio, now known as Lionsgate. As a founder at Berkshire Axis Media, he exercised his executive skills, although he most known for being in edit suites and the trenches with the film crews. After four good years and four feature films, Mark returned to his own independent production company.