The Storyline Team
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 35 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 a hacktivist's journey in The Face of Anonymous, the award-winning adventure-biography Dolphin Man, the Nigeria-set activist-fueled Take Light, Ontario gangster-redemption tale Prison Pump, the animated short Love Letters from Everest and the short documentary Thirty Eight Minutes.
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 Hot Docs International Film 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 a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada, the International Documentary Association, the Documentary Producers Alliance and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Documentary Film Committee.
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