THOSE DAMN CANADIANS
SARA BOTSFORD: Sara hails from a small mining village in northern Canada, where her first exposure to theatre was at age six, playing the Virgin Mary.
From that auspicious beginning, she went on to study theatre at York University in Toronto, where she played mostly hookers and thieves, and then in 1973, she joined the Stratford Festival for two seasons, and since, has worked extensively in Canada and the U.S.
On film, she has tried to kill Meryl Streep, divorced Robert Redford and Jon Voight, bedded Kevin Costner and Richard Chamberlain, and was done in by Roy Schieder and Christina Ricci. She also spent some time hunting giant worms in Tremors 4. In 1996, Sara directed the feature film Dead Innocent, starring Genevieve Bujold and Graeme Greene.
Television highlights: Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, opposite MartinSheen. (3TVmovies airing on PBS, MasterpieceTheatre),LadyCovingtonin RIDE, (Nickelodeon), , the leading role in 96 episodes of the popular award winning Canadian series E.N.G, (Gemini Award), on which she was also accociate producer, the AMC series, The Lot., the CBC series, SOPHIE. and the CBC mini series, Once There Was An Arrow. She has done dozens of guest star roles in various series in both Canada and the U.S. over the years.
Theatre highlights include: being directed by Mike Nichols, (The Real Thing, Broadway), Sir Peter Hall,(Romeo and Juliet) Max Stafford Clark, (Obie Award, Top Girls), Brian Bedford, ( Private Lives, Present Laughter)acting opposite Jeremy Irons, Len Cariou,Jane Kazmarek, Brian Bedford, David Hyde Pierce;
As a director, Sara has directed several plays in Los Angeles, Vancouver and New York.
Sara is the writer and co creator of THOSE DAMN CANADIANS, an original web comedy.
CHRIS CB BROWN
CB was born in Canada to theatrical parents, and he started working at ripe old age of 13 at the Shaw Festival. He started on the crew, then was a stage manager, then assistant to acclaimed director Derek Goldby, both at Shaw and at the Stratford Festival of Canada. CB then worked in Toronto, at the Theater Passe Muraille as an assistant director.
In 1985, he made a career shift, to work on the feature film, The Believers, as assistant to John Schlesinger. Next, creators Mark Frost and David Lynch recruited him to run the second unit on the critically acclaimed television show Twin Peaks.
Having immersed himself in all aspects of the motion picture medium, CB went on to the pioneering visual effects company Boss Film Studios as a Visual Effects Producer for the features Outbreak, Waterworld, Turbulence, and Airforce One. He was the Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director for Wing Commander.
He joined Sassoon Film Design, where he supervised Life is A House, Dark Blue, David Mamet’s film Spartan, Craig Gillespie’s Lars And The Real Girl and Andy Fleming’s Hamlet 2.
In the past few years he has worked as a 3D consultant for Relativity Media and Walden Media. He is currently working on a digital make up initiative, with Todd Masters at Master Effects for the television series Falling Skies and Hemlock Grove.
CB has directed and produced several shows in the theatre in Los Angeles.
Currently CB is working on the hit Guillermo Del Toro series, The Strain as the VFX Producer for the Toronto based company, Mr. X.
Together Sara and CB started this production company to produce the first season of THOSE DAMN CANADIANS. They are also co artistic director/producers of a thriving non profit theater company in Los Angeles, 49th PARALLEL THEATRE where they have produced and directed several plays by Canadian playwrights, including Judith Thompson, George F Walker, Hannah Moscovitch, Daniel Brooks, and Michael Healy. They have branched out to include upcoming American playwrights, and have just completed a very succesful run of Be A Good Little Widow, by Bekah Brunstetter.