Shimmy made it all happen. He spent almost every day of the shoot on a cellphone, making sure that all the preparations for the next day's shoot were in order. A hands-on Producer, Shimmy was not above personally driving the grip truck back to the lot at 2:00 in the morning, if it meant peace of mind for the crew electricians. At festivals, many filmmakers swap "horror stories" of on-set disasters and screwups, but thanks to Shimmy, we just don't have any to tell.

With credits ranging from Political Theory to Middle Eastern Studies, Shimmy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. Shortly thereafter, he joined high-profile Canadian Producer Camelia Frieberg to assist on her projects, notably the Academy Award-nominated The Sweet Hereafter, and as Associate Producer on The Five Senses, winner of "Best Canadian Feature Film" at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival.

Shimmy has produced a number of shorts and features from first-time directors, of which Ashes To Ashes is his latest. He remains in Toronto, where he is currently studying for his MBA.

The crew:
Producer : Shimmy Brandes
Director : Mike Stamm
Writer : Shane Simmons
Director of Photography : Matt Uhry
Production Designer : Matt Evans
Editor : Joe Bini
Composer : Mark De Gli Antoni