The Filmmakers

Mark Kenneth Woods – Director/Producer

headshot_markkennethwoods_webWoods is a writer, producer, director, actor and tv host whose films and videos have been broadcast on television in over a dozen countries and have been screened in over 300 festivals and galleries around the world from Tokyo to Sao Paolo to Paris’ famous Centre Pompidou.

A familiar face on Canada’s OUTtv Network,  Mark is best known as the creator and star of the hilarious TV sitcom and web project The Face of Furry Creek (OUTtv, Bell Media Fund) and 3 seasons of the world’s first all-LGBTQ sketch comedy show The House of Venus Show (OUTtv, here! Network, Pink TV). Most recently, Woods has gained notoriety for his documentary work (Take Up The Torch, This is Drag) and hugely successful commercial work including Starbuck’s first LGBTQ-themed commercial Coffee Frenemies starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano.

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Michael Yerxa – Director/Producer

headshot_michaelyerxaKnown for his outspokenness as an original cast member on Logo TV and MTV Canada’s 1 Girl 5 Gays, Michael Yerxa has worked behind the scenes as a producer on some of Canada’s most successful factual television shows including The Amazing Race Canada, Canada’s Smartest Person and Still Standing.

He has recently begun to branch out as a documentary filmmaker and producer. In 2015, he collaborated with filmmaker Mark Kenneth Woods on the television documentary “Take Up The Torch“, an inspiring look at past and present LGBT sport trailblazers in Canada actively making the sports landscape more LGBT-inclusive post-Sochi Olympics.

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