Speaker Stephanie Sonny Hooker
Stephanie Sonny Hooker
Producer, This Place
Stephanie Sonny Hooker is a first-generation Trinidadian-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. She has worked extensively in various screen mediums, producing music videos, commercials, and web series. Stephanie has also produced three feature films: EDGING by writer-director Natty Zavitz, which was awarded "People's Pick for Best Flick" at the 2017 Canadian Film Fest; ACQUAINTED, also with Natty Zavitz, premiering at the 2018 Whistler Film Festival; and THIS PLACE, with director-writer V. T. Nayani, which had its World Premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (Discovery Programme). She is also in development for several other narrative properties, including her first feature film debut as a writer-director, WRONG END OF THE RAINBOW (recipient, 2021 Indigenous Screen Office's Solidarity Fund Development Grant, Canada Council for the Arts' Research & Development Grant). She was most recently selected for the 2021 Netflix-BANFF Diversity of Voices and for 2022 Berlinale’s - Producers Without Borders. Stephanie also serves on the Advisory Board for the Prism Prize x RBC Music MVP Music Video Grant. In early 2021 Stephanie and her producing partner Natty Zavitz founded Hometeam Films Inc. The ethos of the company is building community development through mentorship. Stephanie prides herself on her sets being diverse spaces that foster creative development and communication.
Speaking on: Case studies: This Place, Viking, Ashgrove