Key Players

Filmmaking is a collaborative effort and at ShebaFilms we rely on a local team to produce our films and videos. The key members of our team have worked on many different projects and have the skills required to produce high-quality outputs. We are fortunate to have a talented pool of filmmakers, musicians and artists available in Thunder Bay for our productions.

Our Main Team


Damien Gilbert has been working with us for the past decade. He is a product of the Confederation College Film Program and is the owner of Epica Pictures,  a local film production and photography company. Damien has been the cinematographer for several films, has produced over 20 music videos and his photography has appeared in many publications. Damien has also made several corporate videos and has travelled the world with his photography and filmmaking. His work has been recognized with several awards.

Writer and Director

Diane Brothers’s first experience with film was working as a script supervisor on Shebafilms’ Under the Red Star. Since then she has worked in various capacities on several productions. She has written or been the lead writer for six film scripts, she has directed or co-directed five films and she has become a producer in her own right.

Picture and Sound Editor

Gabriel Harpelle is a musician, director and editor. He has directed and shot short films for the National Film Board of Canada, and has edited several recent films and videos for ShebaFilms.  He has also directed, shot and edited many independent music videos. Gabriel has been involved with ShebaFilms for over a decade and, before becoming a picture and sound editor, he worked as an assistant director, assistant editor, and sound recordist on several large productions.

New Media Specialist

Riaz Mehmood is a multidisciplinary artist originally from Pakistan. In addition to being a working artist, Riaz teaches Digital Media at Confederation College. After obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Peshawar, Riaz went on to complete the Integrated Media program at Ontario College of Art and Design (2005) and an MFA from the University of Windsor (2012). His artistic oeuvre encompasses a range of practices including performance, video, photography and new media. These works have explored a number of issues related to identity, history and media. Riaz has also been involved with a number of artist-run centres and served on the boards of SAVAC and articule. His works have been shown internationally, including the US, Canada, Egypt, Pakistan and Indonesia.

Sound Recordist/Editor

Adrien Harpelle is a graduate of the Music Industry Arts program at Algonquin College. Adrien is a singer/songwriter and sound technician. He has been a sound recordist, boom operator and composer for Shebafilms. In addition to his work with sound, he has also been an editor on numerous video productions. When he is not working in film, he is performing, recording and mixing music.

Graphic Design

Alyssa Kusik is a contemporary, visual artist who works with multi-media projects. She mainly works with ink and acrylic but she is exploring new mediums as her portfolio expands. Alyssa is a graduate from Algonquin College where she studied Pre-Animation and Fine Art. She works with Shebafilms doing animation, character design, backgrounds and graphic design. She has created original hand-drawn and painted artwork on a variety of projects from murals, logo designs and album covers and galleries. She is a long-time volunteer with the Vox Popular Media Arts Festival, an active member of Thunder Bay Arts community and she is a volunteer at the Definitely Superior Art Gallery.