Deanne Foley marked her directorial debut with the award-winning comedic short Trombone Trouble which premiered at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2000 and picked up Best Newfoundland Short at the Nickel Film Festival. She then produced the award-winning short drama This Boy for CBC Atlantic, W Network and IFC-Canada, picking up Best Canadian Female Short at Toronto's Inside Out Festival. Most recently, Deanne co-wrote and directed the award-winning short film, The Magnificent Molly McBride. A long-time board member of the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, Deanne is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada. Beat Down is Deanne's first feature film.
St. John's producer Paul Pope has been a dynamic force in the Canadian film industry for over 30 years. He has produced a host of awardwinning productions including Extraordinary Visitor, Rare Birds, My Left Breast, Above and Beyond, Heyday!, Going the Distance and Legends and Lore of the North Atlantic. Recent productions include the MOW The One that Got Away, Behind the Wall, Diverted and Screamers: The Hunting. His half-hour comedy The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour starring Mike Smith, John Paul Tremblay and Robb Wells of The Trailer Park Boys fame is currently playing on Showcase Action. His last feature, Adriana Maggs' Grown Up Movie Star was Canada's only feature in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Co-writer Iain MacLeod is a screenwriter, filmmaker and story editor from Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Iain worked for six seasons on Showcase Television's cult hit Trailer Park Boys, as story editor and later writer, not to mention the only person who could spell. The Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special, which he co-wrote, was nominated at the 2005 Gemini Awards for Best Writing in a Comedy Special or Series. Iain was a resident of the Canadian Film Centre's Professional Screenwriting Programme in Toronto. Later he participated in two National Screen Institute programs Totally Television and Features First and has since had many projects in development, often with co-writer Deanne Foley.
Director of Photography Jason Tan studied film production, history and theory at York University where he earned a BFA Honours degree. Over the last 12 years Jason has honed his craft working on commercials, music videos, features and shorts in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Los Angeles. Along the way, he has garnered numerous awards including a Gemini nomination and several awards from the Canadian Society of Cinematographers.