Maïa Nadon-Chbib finished her bachelor's degree in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, during the year 2009. She started very young working on her father's movies and has not stopped since. In the last 5 years, she has been associate producer on many Oneira Pictures International films, including Drinking Games, Strawberries and Wine, The Wedding Murders, Silent Men, A Midsummer's Wake, The Making of ...Indie Television?, Life As It Is, Gabriel’s Trip, Murder in Rock Island and Life As It Was. Since opening her own film company in the winter of 2005, she has produced several projects that are currently in post-production; an 8-episode television series directed by Bashar Shbib and Jon Deitcher, Granite Forks, and a feature-length film by Adam Coleman Howard, Frauds in Love.
Bashar Shbib (Bachar Chbib) started making films in 1982 at Concordia University with the award winning docudramas OR’D’UR and BETSY. The filmmaker has over 40 feature films and 10 short subjects to his credit. He is currently producing theatrical feature films, television series and documentaries. His films have won more than fourteen awards at select film festivals and competitions to date.
Never one to shy away from controversy and prone, in fact, to stirring it up, Shbib felt that independent Canadian filmmakers were not being given their due. He organized a tour in 1986 of ten independent Canadian feature films and ten short films and travelled with them to 60 cities throughout the United States and Europe. He also organized public demonstrations in order to gain funds for indie filmmakers in the 1980’s and once even stripped at the Toronto Film Festival to protest on behalf of alternative film financing. Finally, frustrated by the bureaucracy involved in making a film in his homeland, Shbib headed for the sunnier shores of the American west coast where he began making films in his own inimitable style. After 9/11 his travels were hampered by constant searches at airports, so he moved to Stanstead, (QC) close to his childhood farm. There he opened a film training program and has pursued his doctoral dissertation as a candidate at McGill University in Communications. Shbib has a Masters degree in Communication at McGill University. Shbib has been a painter of abstract art since 1974 and has sold over 600 works (www.aliendog.net). In 1999 and 2000, Shbib created and produced one of the first ground-breaking webisodic shows: Aliendog.net. Nominated for a Pixie Award, Aliendog streamed over 200 five-minute dramatic web shows. Shbib is now producing films in Europe and Canada (see www.oneira.com and www.sunsetpictures.ca ).
His unique directing style both attracts and inspires actors and crew to follow him from project to project. Upon casting his films, Shbib notes: “each actor is well aware before the start of production of what to expect in a small budget production and enjoys to work with actors that master improvisation. It is a challenge to all, but the end result is that I have a unique story, and natural performances from the actors”.
Shbib insists on his independence driven by his passion for film when undertaking a project. At a time when independent filmmakers are scrambling to raise funds for their films, Shbib's prudent shooting schedules enable him to freely direct and produce the modestly budgeted movies that he enjoys making. He also works for his daughter’s company Sunset Pictures (www.sunsetpictures.ca) and more recently produced two documentaries THE SEARCH FOR EVANGELINE about the first Canadian feature film made in 1913 and ULMER BEFORE THE DETOUR about Edgar Ulmer’s first films.