Storyline Entertainment CEO and Emmy Award-winning producer Ed Barreveld is one of Canada’s top independent documentary-film professionals. A hands-on producer with 30 years of experience in both financing and the field, Barreveld brings together Canadian and international storytellers, investors, and partners on documentaries that explore underexposed places and perspectives in society and culture.
His award-winning films Herman’s House, The World Before Her, and Tiger Spirit take audiences to a solitary confinement cell in Louisiana’s “Angola” prison, to a Hindu nationalist camp for teenage girls, and across the Korean Demilitarized Zone for a family reunion. His most recent completed films include the award-winning adventure-biography Dolphin Man, the Nigeria-set activist-fueled Take Light, Ontario gangster-redemption tale Prison Pump, and the animated short Love Letters from Everest.
In 2016, Barreveld’s creative vision, entrepreneurship, and mentorship were recognized with the annual Don Haig Award. Also that year, Storyline’s League of Exotique Dancers, an exploration of feminism through the stories of burlesque legends, opened the prestigious Hot Docs festival, and the documentary short Frame 394, which Barreveld executive produced, was shortlisted for a 2017 Academy Award nomination.
Born in Rotterdam, Barreveld moved to Canada in his early twenties and spent the first 10 years of his film career as the unit administrator of the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario studio in Toronto. After four years traveling the world as a documentary line producer, he cofounded Storyline Entertainment in 2000 for its inaugural release Aftermath: The Remnants of War. He became Storyline’s sole principal in 2004.
Barreveld had partnered with producers and investors in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Greece, France, Chile, and the U.S.A. He regularly attends many of the top documentary market events.
Storyline titles have sold internationally, screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs, IDFA, and TIFF, and garnered numerous festival accolades, as well as Emmy, Gemini, and Canadian Screen awards and nominations.
Barreveld is an active member of the Documentary Organization of Canada and of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Documentary Film Committee.
Shasha joined Storyline in January of 2011. She has since worked on many Storyline productions, coordinating from development through to distribution and beyond.
Her award-winning films have screened at festivals worldwide including the Hot Docs, DC Shorts, LA Shorts, Atlanta, Sidewalk, Rhode Island, New Orleans and Aljazeera Film Festivals.
Her work has been commissioned and supported by the CBC, documentary Channel, Telefilm Canada, the Rogers Group of Funds, the OMDC, Hot Docs, Bravo, Al Jazeera, the Toronto, Ontario & Canada Arts Councils, and the Reel Asian International Film Festival. Her films have aired on TV in the United States, Canada and Europe, been released on iTunes, gone viral and been awarded Vimeo Staff Pick and Short of the Week. Frame 394 produced by Shasha was one of TIFF's Top Ten Films, was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards, and shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination.
She was selected as the inaugural recipient of WIFT's Ubisoft Toronto Producer Mentorship program, and was 1 of 8 high-potential emerging producers selected for the DOC Institute’s Breakthrough Program.
Shasha was born in the Philippines, grew up in Nigeria and came to Canada as an international student in 2003. She recently released Take Light, her first feature documentary for Storyline Entertainment.
Stephanie de Bem
Stephanie "Steph" de Bem recently graduated from the Image Arts: Film Studies program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She specializes in producing, production coordinating, and assistant directing. Stephanie's work in film includes being in two professional commercials (RBC; Nordstrom) and working on independent short films (both for school and professionally). Her short films include Your Mileage May Vary, which was aired on the CBC in August 2018, won Stephanie a Gracie Award presented by the Alliance for Women in Media, and has thus far gotten into four film festivals (winning an “Industry Choice Award” at the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival); Fish Out of Water, which won "People's Choice Award- Night 1" and "Best Child Performance" at the Ryerson University Film Festival, “Best Student Short” at the Jersey Shore Film Festival, and a Joey Award for the lead actor- it has screened at six festivals to date; The Next Right, a film also screened at the Ryerson University Film Festival to great audience review and will be beginning its festival circuit run shortly; and Not Just For The Nerds, a doc close to her heart which went on to screen at the Toronto Shorts Film Festival. She recently joined the Storyline team as a production coordinator and could not be more excited to help tell some amazing stories through the medium of documentary film!
Steph recently became a member of the Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television after being awarded a membership through Ryerson University and Boat Rocker Media's partnership program which awards promising film students opportunities in the entertainment industry. She also won the Woman in Film Award at RUFF 2019 for her work during her thesis year.
Outside of working on films, Stephanie loves working for festivals and events. She’s volunteered with the Ryerson University Film Festival for the last four years and was the 2019 festival’s Co-Chair. She has also volunteered for Fan Expo Canada, TIFF, Buffer Festival and the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival. Steph guest starred on the podcast, Unmotivated, and published both a poem and a short story for publications in her hometown of Vaughan.