Brianna Roma is an actor located in Toronto, Ontario. She grew up in Niagara Falls where she began performing at a very young age, thanks to her instant love of tap dancing when she was just four years old. Brianna then studied musical theatre performance at St. Lawrence College, and film/television acting at Toronto Film School. Most recently, you would have seen Brianna in Haunted Hospitals (Global Bristow Media) and An Unexpected Killer (Our House Media). Brianna is also looking forward to getting back on stage when it’s safe again to do so! You can find out more information about Brianna at her website, briannaroma.ca or follow her on Instagram @briannaroma to keep up to date on what she’s doing next
Maris Hoxha is an actor, singer and rapper who was born in Durrës, Albania, and grew up in Italy. After performing in small theatres with small plays and performing his music in different European capitals, he moved to Toronto in 2019, to pursue his dreams. He studied at the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television. He discovered his love for music and acting when he was about 7 years old. He also started dancing Hip Hop at a young age. Maris is also known for playing Herbert Hugh in the short "Can I do this Without Dying" written by Kyle Kulla.
Claudia Marchisello is an aspiring screenwriter, currently residing in Markham, Ontario. She is in her final year of study at the Humber College Film and Television Production program. Through this program, she has had the opportunity to work on multiple short films, gaining experience in cinematography, directing, screenwriting and production design. Currently, she is working at Lock Up Props — a Toronto prop house. As the writer and director of the short film ‘Weekender’, she hopes to
continue making films that are authentically Canadian through the lens of her Italian-Canadian identity. In her downtime, Claudia enjoys spending time with her cat Murphy, reading Stephen Kingnovels and watching horror movies.
Christopher Collington is an emerging Producer and Screenwriter. A graduate of the Film and Television Production at Humber College, wishing to gain experience in the production management aspect of the Film Industry. Wanting to focus on producing a variety of projects, Christopher produced a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the non-profit organization Feed It Forward in addition to producing the short graduate drama film Weekender. These projects were shot in the fall of 2020 and early 2021 respectively during the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed Christopher to adapt to the rules and restrictions put in place by the Government of Ontario, as well as Humber College, and local public health units of cities in which the film was being shot at. Some past roles Christopher has held include making his debut as a Producer for the short comedic film The Passion of Dougie which is currently in its festival run. He has also worked as the Production Manager for the short film Boiling. Christopher is also working on writing an animated TV Series titled: Four Seasons. He aims to continue writing and developing episodes with the end goal of pitching the project for development with broadcasters and/or film production companies in the GTA
My name is Jason O'Neill-Inderjeit and I am currently enrolled in my graduating year in Humber College's Film & Television Production program. I have a strong passion for working on set, running the technical specifics such as camera, lighting, and grip. My specialty is making sure all goes smoothly in the back-end. I am a dedicated and hard worker, passionate about the film industry, and very hungry to consistently learn more, while also growing my network meeting a variety of new and interesting people.
Charles works with a specialisation towards the production design and picture editing aspect of filmmaking. He's passionate about creating a story out of what he receives in the edit suite and weaving all aspects together to make a fluid, rhythmic story.
He also enjoys working in the art department. Creating a tangible piece from the written world of story is something he finds fascinating.
Nikita Szavcsenko is an artist focusing on cinema as his primary medium of expression. Nikita grew up in Ukraine, where the environment constantly demanded him to be tough and stress-proof, he currently studies in Toronto, acquiring the required technical skills to feel confident using the toolkit of the art form. His skillset is deeply rooted in visual arts media, including photography, drawing, and design. With his background in Photography and Film, Nikita is a confident storyboard artist. Nikita's photographs have been exhibited in the UK, Australia, and Ukraine through Children of Vision, Neighbo(u)r, a collaborative art project by 823 and are frequently used by VSCO and featured on their main page. He has spent a lot of time in the circles of modern artists and curators in Ukraine and Europe, informing and inspiring his own work. Having directed dozens of short films, Nikita is always poised to push boundaries in his art and in his films and is committed to discovering techniques that allow him to bring new perspectives and points of view to audiences.
Writer/Director - Claudia Marchisello
Producer - Chris Collington
Director of Photography - Jason O’Neill-Inderjeit
Production Designer - Charles Sanchez-Dixon
Sound Recordist - Jacob Rogers
1st Assistant Director - Nicole Hayward
Production Manager - Nicole Hayward
Location Manager - Nicole Hayward
Casting Director - Aaron Goodland
Script Consultant/Story Editor - Dominik Woroszyl
1st Assistant Camera - Sarah Leach
2nd Assistant Camera - Jason O’Neill-Inderjeit
DIT - Jason O’Neill-Inderjeit
Script Supervisor - Kyle Kulla
Art Director - Haadi Khan
Boom Operator - Akayla Eagle
Transportation Coordinator - Gary Ruiz
Key PA - Gary Ruiz
BTS Photographer/Videographer - Sydney Hayward
Unit Publicist - Sydney Hayward
COVID-19 Compliance Officer - Gary Hayes
Post Production Supervisor - Chris Collington
Picture Editor - Nikita Szavcsenko
Assistant Picture Editor - Mandy Germain
Finishing Supervisor - Mandy Germain
Colourist - Jason O’Neill-Inderjeit
VFX Supervisor - Shauna Wason
Supervising Sound Editor - Akayla Eagle
Second Sound Editor - Chris Collington
ADR/Foley Recordist - Akayla Eagle
Sound Mixer - Chris Collington
Music Composer - Alex Whorms
Marketing Manager - Ebony Green
Promo Editor - Michaela Pagazani
Graphic Designer - Shauna Wason
Website Designer - Florencia Gonzalez
EPK Creator - Jason O’Neill-Inderjeit
Social Media Manager - Leah Godwin
I had gotten the idea for ‘Weekender’ after watching some stand-up at a local bar. The host of the night was a paralegal that had served an intermittent sentence. They joked about the memorable car rides they had with their father and while I laughed, I couldn’t help but think: What would that drive be like with my father? How would my
I had gotten the idea for ‘Weekender’ after watching some stand-up at a local bar. The host of the night was a paralegal that had served an intermittent sentence. They joked about the memorable car rides they had with their father and while I laughed, I couldn’t help but think: What would that drive be like with my father? How would my mother react? What would my nosy Italian family do? In my first draft, answering these questions resulted in four locations, five main characters, several extras and a moving vehicle—ambitious for a student short film. When the global pandemic hit, it became apparent that if I wanted a chance to make this film, I needed to simplify it. I wrote a story with only one location, two main characters, no extras and no moving vehicles. It would take a look at the strained relationship between Carmine and Francesca, a father and daughter, stuck roadside with a flat on their way to her weekend sentence. In the editing suite, the story changed once again. This wasn’t a story about a father and daughter anymore but about a young woman misunderstood by her family, telling her story to anyone willing to listen to her. I’m so grateful I got to work with such an outstanding crew and wonderful actors to bring this story to life. I look forward to sharing our film with everyone.
I was drawn to working on Weekender from the minute I read the script. Even though it wasn’t the final shooting script, it didn’t matter at the time. The relationship between Francesca and her father Carmine spoke to me. The way they speak to each other, the differences in character, are just some of the things that made me interested i
I was drawn to working on Weekender from the minute I read the script. Even though it wasn’t the final shooting script, it didn’t matter at the time. The relationship between Francesca and her father Carmine spoke to me. The way they speak to each other, the differences in character, are just some of the things that made me interested in producing this short film. Heading into the fall, the COVID-19 pandemic was the biggest and ever-lasting obstacle that I had to look left, right, and centre for. Having a plan B was needed, and with how complex the script was, had to be scaled back. As the producer, ensuring that everything that was needed for the shoot was priority number one for me. From having a picture car for the shooting days to allowing specific lenses to be rented. Having the initial shoot pushed back a few times certainly threw me through a loop a bit, but having a backup plan, or at least something of one, allowed us to continue towards shooting without too many problems. Having a fantastic crew working on this project despite all the restrictions makes me appreciate them even more. Having to juggle through constant changes and still working great on set was one of the many highlights of making Weekender. This film would not have been possible without them. I see Weekender making a nice showing in and towards the Italian-Canadian community. The fact that this story is centred around an Italian family really gives us a niche market to explore when promoting this film and submitting it to film festivals. I expect this film to go far and am excited to see this screened and shared with everyone.