LJH Films has been in operation since 2009 and aims to create engaging, story driven film and digital media projects that are based in NL, and beyond. Company experience includes worldwide shoots in 12 different countries, and collaborations with production teams on documentaries for APTN, CBC, and Vision TV. Several short films have been created under the LJH Films banner, including SADIE, which screened in 30 countries, and was awarded the honour of Best Newfoundland Short at the Nickel Film Festival in 2015. Based on this success, the company is currently developing its first feature with Halifax based NE Films. LJH Films is open to any type of collaboration on any genre of film. At present, it specializes in stories related to Arctic culture, history and exploration; NL culture history and contemporary social issues; and the connections between Scandinavian countries, Iceland, Greenland, Arctic Canada and NL. Exploring indigenous topics on film is also a mandate of this company. It also offers the service of assessing period feature film scripts for historical accuracy and the respectful portrayal of aboriginal people.
Latonia Hartery is a writer, director and producer based in St. John’s with 7 years of experience in the Film and TV industry. She has production managed/line produced 6 episodes of CBC’s LAND AND SEA including ALGAE THE FUTURE OF FUEL, CONCORDIA TALL SHIP DOWN, PIRATES AND PRIVATEERS, THE LAST SARDINE OUTPOST AND RUM RUNNING. She wrote and directed two of those episodes - THE LAST SARDINE OUTPOST, and RUM RUNNING, which was one of the highest rated shows in the history of the series. She has production managed/line produced two CBC DocZones, shooting in locations from Hong Kong to London, Paris, Geneva, and New York. The first was FACEBOOK FOLLIES, and the second, COUNTERFEIT CULTURE, was the recipient of the international One World Award in 2013. She currently has a documentary in development about Vikings, with Barbara Doran. Latonia has made several dramatic short films, such as ESCAPE ROUTES (2010) which was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. She also directed SADIE (2014) which screened worldwide (e.g. Lake Champlain FF, LA Thriller FF, Kerry FF, Reykjavik International FF, WIFT International Showcase), and was named Best NL Short by the Nickel Film Festival in 2015. She has won several recent awards such as Best NL Emerging Director from the Nickel Film Festival 2015, and NL Arts Council’s 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year. She is also an Arctic Archaeologist who engages in polar research. For her contributions to northern Canadian culture, she won Canada’s Outstanding Young Person Award in 2010.