ANDREW NISKER – FOUNDER
Andrew Nisker makes films that inspire people to take action and revolutionize the way they treat the environment and themselves.
His mentor, the late Mr. Bob Hunter (Co-founder, Greenpeace), declared “The Revolution Starts at Home”. Taking Mr. Hunter’s words to heart, Andrew set out to create a body of work to help make environmentalism more accessible.
His first film, Garbage! The Revolution Starts At Home (Sundance Channel, CBC, TVO), cast an average family and asked them to keep their trash for three months. Self-funded, the film touched a nerve with international audiences, playing at the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and was subsequently translated into six languages and viewed by over 4 million people.
Andrew’s second film, Chemerical, cast another average family, but this time they were asked to take an inventory of their everyday household cleaning agents and personal care products… and replace them with all-natural products. After discovering the unhealthy toxins that lay hidden away in the closets and cupboards of their average suburban home, audiences demanded solutions. So Andrew wrote a simple ‘green clean’ guide and designed a phone app to empower the consumer to measure the toxicity in their home by simply swiping a product’s bar code with their smart phone.
His film, Dark Side of the Chew, takes on the world’s second most common form of litter: chewing gum. Andrew believes that the story will act as a gateway to young minds to enhance their awareness of this seemingly invisible pollution that has an enormous social, environmental and economic impact. He is currently working on an accompanying ‘gum pollution’ app that will give any smart phone user the opportunity to quantify gum pollution by simply taking a picture of the gum-strewn sidewalks in their hometown. He hopes the combination of the film and the crowd-sourced gum pollution map will pressure governments, industry, and consumers to tackle the worldwide polluting habits that perpetuate an annual clean-up cost of over one billion dollars.
Nisker’s following project, Dad and the Dandelions, is an ode to his late, beloved father and the sport they both loved: golf. Presented by the CBC on David Suzuki’s long-running series The Nature of Things and filmed in gorgeous 4K resolution, this project is as visually-stunning as it is thought provoking. Once again, it features Nisker on a worldwide adventure searching for the truth – from sunny San Diego to the sparkling Bahamas to blustery Scotland, he leaves no blade of grass unturned.
Inspired and shocked by the discoveries made through Dad and the Dandelions, Take Action Films latest film Ground War (2018) goes even further to explore the globe, an investigation that reveals that the use of pesticides around the world may have farther reaching consequences than Nisker had ever imagined. The only hope he sees for a brighter future lies with the incredible people he encounters along the way.
Diana Warmé - Producer/Production manager
Diana Warmé is a documentary film producer who has her hands in many projects and over the past 15 years has worked on over 30 films including Ground War [CBC/doc Channel 2018], The Third Dive [CBC Docs POV, 2018], Mommy Wildest [CBC TNOT 2018], The Other Side of the Hero [doc Channel 2017], The Messenger [CBC, Hot Docs 2015, Best Conservation Film Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival], Bikes Vs Cars [Fredrik Gertten, Sweden], The Secret Disco Revolution [Bravo, TIFF 2012] and Echoes [TVO, Montreal World Film Festival 2012]. Currently she is in production on a few films for CBC and documentary Channel, including Met While Incarcerated with Catherine Legge, In the Footsteps of the Trimates with Mark & Caitlin Starowicz, and Goreau’s Ghosts with Andrew Nisker. Ms Warmé has also worked with industry notables such as Shelley Saywell & Deborah Parks, Sun-Kyung Yi & John Haslett-Cuff, Robert & Jari Osborne, and Karen Shopsowitz, among others.
roland schlimme - editor
Roland Schlimme has been collaborating in the edit room with leading independent filmmakers for the past twenty years, with a focus on unscripted, non-fiction features. His formal sensibility and intuitive touch can be recognized in the works of Peter Mettler (Gambling, Gods, and LSD), Jennifer Baichwal (Anthropocene, Long Time Running, Manufactured Landscapes), Phillip Barker, Cliff Caines and others. Editing primarily in his studio in Toronto, his credits include sound design, music composition, and production, reflecting an enthusiasm and expertise that spans the technical and creative aspects of a process that is both intimate and industrial.
Roland is active as a mentor to emerging filmmakers and editors, consulting on independent projects; he has developed curriculum and lectured at Ryerson University, OCADU, as well as delivering a Master Class and workshop on creative editing at the DOC Institute in Toronto.
Iain Robinson - resident cinematographer
Iain earned his honours degree in Film Studies at Ryerson University in 2001, where he founded Endless Films with his two partners. He is an accomplished cinematographer, and an artist with a computer. He is a total nerd when it comes to emerging media formats, camera systems and motion graphics. In his 20 years of professional work, Iain has filmed and edited over 200 video projects including feature documentaries, music videos, commercials, industrial videos and animation.
Iain’s work as a cinematographer has taken him around the world, shooting video in crazy environments. Whether its shooting aerial photography in a dense rain forest, filming coral reefs deep underwater, or capturing a time lapse of an avalanche, Iain's keen eye as a videographer has earned him recognition from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Technicolour Canada and William F. White.
Charlotte Odele - researcher
Charlotte Odele has spent many years working in documentary film. She was part of a commissioning team at the CBC where she worked on the award-winning strands Witness, The Passionate Eye and The Lens, on films that included Donald Brittain award winners Offspring and Runaway Grooms, Sundance award winners Shake Hands With The Devil and Why We Fight, as well as multi-award winners Real Injun and Up The Yangtze.
Since leaving the CBC she’s worked as a producer on the hit series Hello Goodbye as well as on several documentaries for The Nature Of Things including Dad and The Dandelions and its expansion into a feature film:Ground War, a journey into the dark side of all that glitters in The Shadow of Gold(TVO ARTE) Omega Man: A Wrestling Love Story, for TSN’s latest slate of films for it acclaimed series 6-part series Engraved On A Nation, and on numerous films for CBC’s POV strand.
Olivia Dendy – production assistant/coordinator/
Olivia Dendy, originally from Brockville, Ontario, has found her first position in the Toronto film industry here at Take Action Films. After attending Carleton University for film studies she attended Fanshawe College’s Advanced Filmmaking post-grad program, where her student documentary Transcending, directed and edited by Dendy, won Best Documentary and was an official selection in London, ON’s Forest City Film Festival. Additionally, she was presented with the Outstanding Student Achievement, Rogers Television Excellence in TV News, and the Joseph Dunlop-Addley Filmmaking Award of Excellence awards. With the goal of becoming an editor, she moved to Toronto for an internship at Redlab. She has since been brought onto the Take Action team to help in all aspects of production. Whether it’s organizing screenings or timelines, her positive can-do attitude allows her to wear many hats in all of our projects.