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 48 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.


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Hi! I'm Mandi! I'm a queer screenwriter, director, and Pochinko clown that calls Toronto, Ontario home (for now). Whether it’s on screen, on stage, or in my grandma’s living room, I have dedicated my life to the art of storytelling, especially when it comes to the screen. Starting in the film industry in 2002, I've had a multitude of experience in various roles, from screenwriter, director, actor, producer, to stand-in, photo double, and even Pochinko clown, to name a few!

As part of my diverse range of experience in the industry, I've worked on a variety of sets such as HBO's Game of Thrones, Amazon Prime's The Boys, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, and Disney's upcoming feature Nightmare Alley directed by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, and Willem Dafoe.
As for screenwriting, I've recently been contracted to write an LGBTQ+ romance feature that has a Canadian producer attached, the same producer now attached  to an LGBTQ+ Christmas feature of mine as well! I've also recently finished writing the second draft of my third feature script Metagame alongside Dylan Miles—an epic Dungeons & Dragons-inspired coming-of-age fantasy/adventure which made it to the quarter-finalists (top 3%) of the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition. My second feature screenplay Feeling Unreal, a mental health-focused LGBTQ+ dramatic independent feature, 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 semifinals.

On top of giving script coverage to screenwriters, I'm also the facilitator for Script & Story's one-of-a-kind intensive called Writing Through Play inspired by my extensive training in Pochinko clown at the University of Alberta with Jan Henderson, one of Canada's leading clown and mask teachers. I've also studied clown/improv at The Making-Box and the Second City Hollywood as well.

When I'm not writing scripts, giving coverage, or creating my own content, I can be found (in non-pandemic times) rummaging for treasure in thrift stores, solving puzzles in escape rooms, or throwing plastic spoons during screenings of The Room.​​


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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. He 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 appeared as the March Hare "Haigha" in Alice Through the Looking-Glass and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.


As a writer/performer, he created the one-man play Undress Me (for which I was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award for playwriting) and co-created The Bunker with Johanna Burdon.


Some of his onscreen appearances include TV's The Pinkertons, Shelagh Carter's feature film Passionflower, and Patrick Gratton's short film Double Date. I've also acted opposite Chrissy Metz for the feature film Breakthrough and Kristin Kreuk for CBC's Burden of Truth.


Before The Fardy Brothers, his most recent work as a filmmaker is the short film Seven Drinks, an LGBTQ+ 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.

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