About Us

NORTH COUNTRY CINEMA is a director-driven media arts collective based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Since 2005, we have created short and medium-length film and video content strongly rooted in personal storytelling practices. Working with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the National Film Board of Canada, the Toronto Arts Council, and Telefilm Canada, our projects have won awards and garnered critical acclaim at major festivals around the world. Our mandate is to contribute to the Canadian cultural and artistic landscape through the creation of diverse and original works of film, video, and related media.

Operating as a collective, NORTH COUNTRY CINEMA is actively involved in numerous projects being produced across Canada.

Our Team

Kyle Thomas

kyle@northcountrycinema.com

Kyle Thomas is a filmmaker from Calgary, and an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His short film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011), was awarded top prizes at the Calgary and Edmonton International Film Festivals for short format work by an Alberta-based director, and was screened in competition at SXSW 2012. Kyle’ short film The Post (2013) was presented at Cannes 2013 as part of Telefilm Canada’s Not Short On Talent program. A 2014 recipient of the prestigious Lieutenant Governor General of Alberta Arts Award, Kyle has completed his first feature film, The Valley Below, a multi-narrative drama set in the badlands of central Alberta. This film is produced with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Alberta Media Fund, and had its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. The Valley Below was acquired for Canadian distribution by A71 Entertainment, and went on to garner 2 Canadian Screen Award Nominations in 2015. Recently Thomas served as Producer and principal actor on Alexander Carson’s first feature film, O, Brazen Age. Thomas is currently in pre-production on his second feature film as writer/director: Range Roads with the support of the Alberta Media Fund and Telefilm Canada.

Alexander Carson

sandy@northcountrycinema.com

Alexander Carson is a Canadian filmmaker and media artist. He holds a BFA and an MA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal. His recent films, have screened at major film festivals across Canada, the United States, and Europe. Alexander received the Award for Innovation at Sled Island Festival 2012, and the Achievement in Direction Award at the Air Canada En Route Film Festival in 2012 for “We Refuse To Be Cold”. His short film Numbers & Friends (2013), a playful cine-essay about sports fandom and cultural identity, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013, before receiving the Golden Gate Award for New Visions at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2014. He completed work on his first feature-length film O, Brazen Age, with the support of Telefilm Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts in 2015. O, Brazen Age premiered in Canada at the Vancouver International Film Festival, and in Europe at the Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland. O, Brazen Age was released theatrically and via digital platforms across Canada in 2017. Carson is currently in development on his second feature film: Alberta Number One, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm Canada.

Sara Corry

sara@northcountrycinema.com

Sara Corry is a Production Manager and Producer with North Country Cinema in Calgary. She has numerous credits with NCC over the past decade, and was Co-Producer on Kyle Thomas’ critically-acclaimed debut feature-film, The Valley Below. Corry has also worked extensively as a freelancer in the Alberta production world. Recent credits include Lost In Space (Netflix) and East Texas Oil (Alberta Film Projects). Corry is currently serving as lead producer on Kyle Thomas’ second feature film, Range Roads, currently in pre-production with the support of the Alberta Media Fund and Telefilm Canada.

Ingrid Vargas

ingrid@northcountrycinema.com

Ingrid Vargas is a Colombian-Canadian producer, writer, director, and photographer currently based in Calgary, AB. She is a graduate of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology's Film & Video Production Program.   Vargas has a uniquely authorial and feminine voice, confidently combining naturalism with sublime moments of visual poetry. She approaches her work with tenderness, passion, and an eagerness to collaborate with her peers. As a storyteller, she is curious, innovative and versatile; her work reflects insightful appreciations for subtlety, humour, and the unexpected.  Ingrid’s short film work includes: I Love you, Johnny! (2016), All Saints (2018) and most recently Bedroom Hymns (2019).

Past Members & Collaborators

Cameron Macgowan

Cameron Macgowan (2011-2018)   is a Calgary-based filmmaker, and a graduate of the Film/Video program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Cameron’s first outing with North Country Cinema was producing Kyle’s award-winning film Not Far From The Abattoir (2011). His short film Black Hills (2012), a gritty and haunting western, has screened widely at festivals across North America. Cameron recently completed his short film Back Streets (2014), a small town drama produced with the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts that premiered at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Macgowan was also a Producer on Kyle Thomas’ feature film The Valley Below, and has recently released his first feature film as writer/director, Red Letter Day (2019), through Awkward Silencio Films.

Nicholas Martin

Nicholas Martin (2005-2010) is a frequent NCC collaborator based in Los Angeles, California. He is an alum of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University in Montreal, and a founding member of North Country Cinema. Although Nick no longer works as a producing partner, he has contributed creatively to several recent award-winning NCC projects, including Alexander’s film “We Refuse To Be Cold” (as a performer), and Kyle Thomas’ Not Far From The Abattoir (as a composer). Nicholas Martin re-teamed with NCC most recently as a lead performer (Harvey) in Alexander Carson’s feature film O, Brazen Age.