Invincible Emu Productions is an up-and-coming award-winning independent film and theatre company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With productions ranging from film to theatre, drama to comedy, Invincible Emu strives to tell entertaining, heartwarming, thought-provoking stories that always stay rooted in reality.
Invincible Emu's most recent endeavour was taking part in the 48 Hour Film Project (Toronto) in which the company successfully completed The Fardy Brothers, a 7 minute mockumentary, in 47.5 hours. The award-winning film premiered at the Revue Cinema, then screened at the Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinema as part of the Best Of Short Films 2019. Previous to that, Invincible Emu produced two short films, Drink Up and Good Grief, which are now available online.
Past credits include You Asked, a short comedic film, Georama, a 2015 Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton Fringe Festival play, and Timmy and the Land of the Lost Socks, an all-ages puppet show.
Mandi is an actor, screenwriter, director, singer, musician, artist, independent producer and Pochinko clown that calls Toronto, Ontario home. Whether it’s on stage, on screen, or in grandma’s living room, she has dedicated her life to the art of storytelling.
Having gotten her start in the industry in 2002, Mandi has appeared in a variety of projects ranging from Amazon Prime's hit series The Boys, Canadian comedy-drama Private Eyes, and Bruce McCulloch's Young Drunk Punk, to name a few. From 2014 to 2017, Mandi completed her Pochinko Clown training, having taken 3 intensives with Canada's leading clown and mask teacher Jan Henderson at the University of Alberta. Additionally, Mandi is known throughout Central and Western Canada for impersonating Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory in musical theatre parodies.
Her most recent credits include Annie & Pepper, a short stop-motion animation film in which she created solo for the Stuck At Home 48 Hour Film Project 2020, Drink Up and Good Grief, two short dramatic films that she wrote, directed and co-produced, as well as The Fardy Brothers, an award-winning 7 minute mockumentary in which she co-produced, co-directed, co-wrote and performed in as a part of the 2019 48 Hour Film Project (Toronto).
Mandi has also recently finished writing her second feature Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused film that made it to the second round of the 2020 Sundance Development Track, second round of the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, and the ScreenCraft Fellowship semifinal round, as well as Metagame, a fantasy/adventure coming-of-age Dungeons & Dragons-inspired feature film.
When she’s not writing or performing, she can be found rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room.
KEVIN P. GABEL
Kevin P. Gabel is a Toronto-based actor, writer, and director who graduated from the University of Winnipeg with an honours degree in Theatre & Film. While still in school, he performed a pivotal role in Hope McIntyre's EDEN for Sarasvàti Productions, then years later originated the role of Justin in Governor General's Award-winning playwright Catherine Banks' Miss N Me for the same company. Kevin has also played Jake in Michael Healey's Proud (Theatre Projects Manitoba) and the title role in Jordan Tannahill's one-man play Peter Fechter: 59 Minutes (Theatre by the River). For the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, he's appeared as the March Hare "Haigha" in Alice Through the Looking-Glass and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
As a writer/performer, Kevin created the one-man play Undress Me (for which he was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award for playwriting) and co-created The Bunker with Johanna Burdon.
Some of Kevin's onscreen appearances include TV's The Pinkertons, Shelagh Carter's feature film Passionflower, and Patrick Gratton's short film Double Date. He's also acted opposite Chrissy Metz for the feature film Breakthrough and Kristin Kreuk for CBC's Burden of Truth.
Kevin's most recent work as a filmmaker is the short film Seven Drinks, an LGBT romance that has won several awards and played in nearly twenty film festivals across Canada, the USA, and South Africa. Some of his other short films include The Drive Home, Lindsey, and The Projectionist.