Ashley McKenzie is from Cape Breton Island, Canada. Her debut feature film Werewolf was made there with an entirely local cast. Werewolf had its world premiere at TIFF, won the Grand Prix Focus QC/Canada at Festival du nouveau cinema, and was named one of Canada’s Top 10 Features by TIFF. Ashley writes and directs films that blend formalism with gritty realism. Her award-winning short films include 4 Quarters (2015), Stray (2013), When You Sleep (2012), and Rhonda’s Party (2010). She formed Grassfire Films in 2011 with lifelong best friend and producer, Nelson MacDonald.
Nelson MacDonald is an emerging filmmaker and producer from Nova Scotia, Canada. He is best known for producing the 2016 feature film Werewolf by longtime collaborator Ashley McKenzie. Werewolf premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, screened at Berlinale in the celebrated Forum Section, and won prizes at Festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal and Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax.