Paco Arango (Writer, Director & Producer)

Paco Arango (Writer, Director & Producer)

Francisco (Paco) Arango was born in Mexico City in 1962. He and his family moved to Spain when he was very young. He was educated in the United States (Deerfield Academy and Tufts University).

Arango became a successful solo recording artist for Sony Records in Latin America and Spain, releasing five records. In 1999 he started his own television production company. He created and wrote several shows, one of which ALA DINA became one of Spain's top-rated shows, and ran for three seasons. 

In December 2011, he wrote and directed MAKTUB (a low-budget Spanish film aimed at the Spanish and Latin American market). The film was well received in Spain and garnered three nominations at the Spanish Academy (Goya) Awards; Arango as best new director, best actress Goya Toledo (winner), and best original song for "Our Beach Is You," also written by Arango.

Arango combines his passion for storytelling with a deep commitment to helping seriously ill children. The stories and lives of the children he has touched serves as a source of artistic inspiration. For the past six years he has been widely involved with children with cancer as a volunteer, primarily in the Hospital Niño Jesus in Madrid. Ten years ago he created his own foundation, Aladina (www.aladina.org), which provides volunteers, builds teen rooms in hospitals and helps fund expenses for the children and their families. In 2012, Aladina used profits from Arango's first film to build one of Europe's most advanced bone marrow transplant center in Madrid.

In 2008, Arango was elected to the Board of Directors of SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman, which runs camps and programs for seriously ill children around the world.

Enrique Posner (Producer)

Enrique Posner (Producer)

Shortly after graduating from Northwestern University and starting his career as a coffee boy for Tom Hanks on the Gary Marshall-directed NOTHING IN COMMON and working as a production assistant on HANOI HILTON starring Michael Moriarty, David Soul and Jeffrey Jones, Posner went to work for world-renowned filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, playing a key role in the financing, distribution, marketing and PR for his early films, including his breakthrough Academy Award-nominated WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. He went on to produce Almodovar's Golden Globe nominee HIGH HEELS and TIE ME UP, TIE ME DOWN starring Antonio Banderas. In 1992, Posner created his own production company and film production fund, Filmania. He produced several films, including UNCOVERED, directed by Jim McBride and starring Kate Beckinsale; LOST IN TRANSIT, starring Jean Rochefort; STIFF UPPER LIPS, starring Sir Peter Ustinov and METROLAND starring Christian Bale. He also helped structure financing for several films including Roman Polanski’s DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and Sally Potter's TANGO LESSON.

In 2001, Posner became a studio executive and served as Managing Director of Warner Bros Pictures Int´l Spain. During that time he was responsible for theatrical distribution and marketing in Spain of over 130 WB films including the first 3 installments of HARRY POTTER, THE MATRIX sequels, the Tom Cruise vehicle THE LAST SAMURAI  and Keanu Reeves' CONSTANTINE amongst many others.  Posner helped launch WB's local production division and served as a local Executive liaison on Guillermo del Toro's Academy Award-nominated PAN'S LABYRINTH and Milos Forman's GOYA'S GHOSTS starring Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem.

In 2007, he co-founded an international Film sales company, 6 Sales, which has handled foreign sales on over 50 films including Sally Potter's RAGE starring Jude Law and early works from director Alfonso Cuaron. In 2009 Posner sold that company and joined forces with Antonio Banderas and 3D animated studio Kandor Graphics. Together they produced 3 animated features; THE MISSING LYNX, JUSTIN, THE KNIGHTS OF VALOR starring Saoirse Ronan, Freddy Highmore and Julie Walters; and the short film, THE LADY AND THE REAPER which received an Academy Award nomination in 2009 for Best Animated Short Film. 

In 2014 Posner and Paco Arango formed a venture in to jointly produce films directed by Arango, including THE HEALER starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Camilla Luddington, Jorge Garcia and Jonathan Pryce.

Michael Volpe (Producer)

Michael Volpe (Producer)

Michael Volpe is President of Topsail Productions Limited, a position he has held since 1997. 

Volpe is Executive Producer and Co-Creator of the CBC comedy series Mr. D, starring Gerry Dee, which premiered in January 2012 and is distributed by eOne. The series has been nominated multiple years for Best Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards, Canadian Comedy Awards, Writers Guild and Directors Guild Awards. Star Gerry Dee won the Canadian Screen Award for Best TV Comedy Actor in 2013. As well, the series was recently named Best TV Series at the inaugural Screen Nova Scotia Awards. Mr. D is currently in pre-production on its fifth season, set to begin shooting in summer 2015.

Volpe is also currently serving as a Producer on The Healer, a heartwarming feature film shooting in Nova Scotia this summer. Written and directed by Paco Arango and produced by Enrique Posner, it stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Camilla Luddington, Jorge Garcia and Jonathan Pryce. 

For many years, along with Mike Clattenburg and Barrie Dunn, Volpe produced the long-running smash hit television series Trailer Park Boys – and the three spin-off feature films including 2014’s Trailer Park Boys – Don’t Legalize It. Recent projects with the same team include the 2012 feature comedy Moving Day and 2010’s Afghan Luke, a dramatic feature based on the war in Afghanistan. The second TPB movie, Trailer Park Boys – Countdown to Liquor Day, was the sequel to the hit Trailer Park Boys – The Movie, which became the Canadian film with the highest grossing opening weekend of all-time when it was released in October 2006. The TV series Trailer Park Boys won the 2004 Gemini Award for Best Comedy Series.  

Over the years, Volpe has produced or co-produced numerous other Topsail productions, including the award-winning Black Harbour (with Wayne Grigsby and Barbara Samuels), Tough Guys (with Dunn and Clattenburg), Rideau Hall and Superships. Along with Barrie Dunn, Tim Hogan and Rick LeGuerrier, Volpe co-produced Canada Russia ’72, the CBC mini-series based on the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series. It premiered in April 2006 to high ratings and tremendous critical praise.

Raised in Ontario and Nova Scotia, Volpe received an Honours degree in Political Science from Saint Mary's University in 1989, where he was Valedictorian of his graduating class. He went on to earn his L.L.B. from Dalhousie University in 1992 and was called to the Nova Scotia bar in 1993. Michael has also served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Media Producers Association.   

In his younger days, Michael was a hockey goalie. He played Major Junior 'A' for the Kitchener Rangers and Toronto Marlies and was drafted by the NHL’s New York Islanders in 1985. 

Javier Aguirresarobe (Cinematographer)

Javier Aguirresarobe (Cinematographer)

Born in Eibar (Guipúzcoa), Spain in 1948, Aguirresarobe has photographed dozens of films for directors such as Fernando Trueba, Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar, Milos Forman, and Woody Allen on films such as THE OTHERS starring Nicole Kidman, and THE SEA INSIDE starring Javier Bardem. Javier has twice collaborated with Woody Allen on VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA starring Penelope Cruz, and BLUE JASMINE starring Kate Blanchett. He shot GOYA's GHOSTS starring Javier Bardem for master filmmaker Milos Forman  and shot all three TWILIGHT films starring Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart. 

Javier shot the recently released POLTERGEIST, THE FINEST HOURS starring Chris Pine and GOOSEBUMPS starring Jack Black.

Javier has won several Goya (Spanish Academy) Awards, has been nominated for a BAFTA Award, and won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

Nathan Wang  (Composer)

Nathan Wang (Composer)

Nathan T. Wang is an American music composer and director. He graduated from Pomona College in California and received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at Oxford University. He is the winner of the Cable Ace award for the soundtrack to the documentary The Lost Children of Berlin. He also composed the acclaimed soundtrack for the aviation film, One Six Right.

Nathan is a Master of Movie Music with The Beijing DeTao Masters Academy (DTMA), a high-level, multi-disciplined, application-oriented higher education institution in Shanghai, China.