Kelly is a Writer/Producer/Director and owner of Steeltown Chick Productions. She recently wrote, produced and directed the documentary Iron Mike: The Mike Keenan Story, which aired on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada and the NHL Network in the US. She thoroughly enjoyed interviewing NHL greats Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jeremy Roenick, Theo Fleury and countless others. Spending over two years on this in her “free time” – it was truly a labour of love. Most exciting of all was getting to know her subject and learning that “Iron” Mike Keenan is really just a “teddy bear” and one of the nicest gentlemen she’s ever had the pleasure of knowing. Kelly also co-directed and produced the documentary Scott Cannata’s The Run To Live, the story of a young marathon runner who ran across Canada to raise hope, awareness, and money in support of cancer research. She feels she met a real super hero on the almost-two year project documenting Scott Cannata’s epic journey.
When she’s not interviewing NHL greats or following runners across the country for her documentaries, Kelly produces feature films. She has worked with such incredible talent as Mira Sorvino, Paul Sorvino, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, James Caan and the late Margot Kidder on six features and recently wrapped on the seventh!
Kelly’s guilty pleasure in the industry is location scouting and all the fun that the job entails. Recently, she was Location Manager on the feature film THINGS I DO FOR MONEY directed by Warren P. Sonoda.
See a full list of Kelly’s credits here.
Storyboard Artist, Paul Elia
Paul and Kelly bonded over Tori Amos and Trent Reznor as well as Paul’s “Past the mission” tattoo. They’ve worked on many creative endeavours since that first bonding experience but their work on Kelly’s feature film, “Boxer Bitch”, will prove to be their most powerful work to date.
Paul Elia is a graduate of The Ontario College of Art and Design, where he began integrating Drawing and Painting with Digital Media. He has since exhibited work in various notable galleries all over Southern Ontario. Paul has worked closely with Toronto filmmaker Judith Doyle. Together they formed Reading Pictures, an innovative multi-media organization providing consultation and production services. More recently, Paul has also worked on art direction with eminent Toronto artist Ben Woolfitt.
In 2007 Paul moved back to his hometown of Hamilton and began creating his large format cityscapes of Hamilton and other rustbelt cities. The work has been very successful in the community and can be seen in many galleries, restaurants and businesses.
Paul Elia has unwittingly become an ambassador for Hamilton and it’s economic and cultural renaissance. His work immediately grabbed the hearts and imaginations of Hamiltonians and was an instant success. In addition to showing in many galleries and museums in Hamilton and Toronto, the works can be seen all over the city, from the trendy Earth to Table BreadBar, to the innovative ping pong lounge Serve, to Mixed Media, the cool boutique shop at the centre of the James North Art Crawl. Most notably, Paul Elia’s prints were featured at this year’s explosive arts and music festival Supercrawl.
Paul Elia has also been attracting a lot of attention in the media, featured in the Hamilton Spectator, Urbanicity, Hamilton Magazine, CBC Hamilton, CHCH and Cable 14.
In 2012 Paul opened a studio gallery in his unique mid-century modern home in West Hamilton. With the towering escarpment as a backdrop, it’s the ideal setting for viewing the large engaging panoramic prints.
Director of Photography
Ed and Kelly met over ten years ago in a church gymnasium shooting some scenes for a feature that sadly never ended up getting greenlit. The years that followed were full of Features, Docs and Corporate gigs and forever sealed their working connection. Currently this duo is producing a documentary about local musical legend Dave Rave DesRoches. WHAT MAKES DAVE RAVE is more than just a bio story – it’s a wild journey about a man that not only rocks and rolls; he raves!
Ed Hannaford has over 18 years in broadcast TV, corporate, music video, dramatic features and advertising production and has extensive experience with naturalistic lighting for television, documentary and dramatic production. His expertise lies in multi-camera shooting, dolly and jib, vehicle rigs, time lapse, and green screen.
Ed recently was Director of Photography for season 4 of Bookabo on CBC, and Bellator, MMA series for Spike TV. Ed worked lighting on Canada’s Know it All for Discovery Channel.
Ed has been DP on several features and he is the regular DP for a video series showcased on WebMD. Ed is based in Hamilton, Ontario but travels wherever needed – having spent over a month in Cuba working on a series for Autentica Cuba which found him travelling across the country for the duration of the shoot.
Ed is also excellent at building a solid camera and lighting department and sourcing the best equipment for the project.