ALFONS ADETUYI, PRODUCER / DIRECTOR / PRESIDENT
Alfons Adetuyi is an award-winning producer and director creating successful cross-cultural films and television series.
Alfons recently directed the award-winning rom-com LOVE JACKED featuring a formidable ensemble cast of Amber Stevens West (HAPPY TOGETHER), Shamier Anderson (ACROSS THE LINE), Keith David (GREENLEAF), Mike Epps(THE HANGOVER), Lyriq Bent (SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT), Angela Gibbs (BLACK JESUS), Demetrius Grosse (STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON), Nicole Lyn (THE L WORD) and the legendary Marla Gibbs (THE JEFFERSONS). Since its opening night premiere at the 2018 Pan-Africa Film Festival, the film has enjoyed an incredible festival run garnering numerous awards - winner of the Pan African Film Festival’s Programmers Narrative Feature Award, Best Feature at the Roxbury Festival, and the Healthy Planet Audience Award.
Alfons’ previous feature film was HIGH CHICAGO, starring Colin Salmon (DIE ANOTHER DAY, RESIDENT EVIL). During its festival tour of Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago and Toronto, the film garnered both the Audience Choice Award and Best Canadian Feature at the ReelWorld Film Festival. The film was also nominated for an AMMA award in Nigeria and a FESPACO award in Ouagadougou. Critics have called it “compelling and well crafted.” LA Weekly said,“... the story pulls you in...” The film had a successful run on the festival circuit and was released by Netflix in the US in the fall of 2015. Alfons was featured in IndieWire‘s ‘Shadow and Act’ Black Filmmakers to Watch and most recently named as one of 2018’s Top 30 Black Directors.
CORA TONNO, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
A successful developer, eager to forge new frontiers, Cora began working in film and television and exploring all areas of the business including sales, marketing and finance and now works as an Executive Producer overseeing the growth of Inner City Films (ICF). Under her tenure, ICF has developed a number of international co-productions with the UK, France, India and South Africa. Attending international film and TV markets, Cora secures financial partners for ICF’s production slate, which includes, sci-fi series, drama, trans-media and feature film.
LISA DI MICHELE, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER / EDITOR
Lisa Di Michele is an award-winning editor with more than a decade of editing experience in scripted and unscripted television, shorts, and feature film. She is also an experience executive producer working with US, Canada and South Africa productions. Di Michele’s work has aired on the CBC, NBC, Life, and Oxygen. She has edited numerous seasons of the provocative lifestyle TV series Skin Deep, award winning documentary Ganesh Boy Wonder. Her feature films include Trouble Sleeping, Love Jacked, High Chicago, and The Incredible 25th Year Of Mitzi Bearclaw.
ORLA GARRIQUES, MARKETING DIRECTOR
Orla Garriques is a multi-faceted professional working at the intersection of film, television, digital media and the arts. She has delivered collaborative initiatives that promote content and talent abroad for leading media institutions The National Film Board of Canada and South African Documentary Filmmakers’ Association. As a cultural curator, she has programmed films and professional forums at Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs, Reel World, and Durban FilmMart. Garriques is an alumna and mentor of the Canadian Film Centre, co-founded the 10-year MIC Mentorship program, and has worked with production companies in the areas of business affairs, marketing, digital content creation and audience engagement. Film and TV credits include: Little Mosque on the Prairie, Designer Guys, Guns, Made In Canada, Skin Deep, Jozi-H and Love Jacked.
CHERISE SOLOMON, DIGITAL CONTENT AND MARKETING ASSISTANT
Cherise is a digital media professional managing online presence, creating digital content and managing social media channels across Inner City Films’ companies and projects. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media from Ryerson University and completed the OYA Pathways Program, where she was a casting assistant and post-production supervisor on her cohorts’ film Confessions. Cherise has produced digital content and live events for multi-disciplinary arts organizations including SuiteLife Arts, CELAFI’25 and Doe Eye Media’s Made In Canada. Her internship with ICF on ICF’s feature film Love Jacked brought fresh perspectives and evolved into a long-term position, where her varied skill set and background in design and communication make her a valued member of the ICF team.