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Love Is the First Sacred Lesson

Jess Murwin
2021 | 6 min 50 s
Short Documentary




Jess Murwin


David Oppenheim


Kate Vollum
Associate Producer


Anita Lee
Executive Producer



Written and Directed by
Jess Murwin

Produced by
David Oppenheim

Executive Producer
Anita Lee

Associate Producer
Kate Vollum

Director of Photography
Jess Murwin

Sound Recordist
Jess Murwin/Charly Gilpin

Jess Murwin

Sound Designer
Amanda Ann-Min Wong

Additional Editing
Karina Garcia Casanova

Kennlin Barlow
Lenita Denny
Duane Isaac
Paige Isaac
Misiksk Jadis
Isaac Jeddore-Gould
Dante Joe-Pierro
Geordy Marshall
Jennifer Murrin
Tyler Patterson
Margaret Robinson
John R Sylliboy
Rosie Sylliboy
Stephanie Vautour
Rowan White

Production Coordinators
Katie Murray
Frances Nyarko-Mensah

Manager, Studio Operations
Mark Wilson

Production Supervisor
Marcus Matyas

Technical Coordinator
Kevin Riley

Studio Administrator
Patricia Bourgeois
Andrew Martin-Smith

Program Mentors
Sisa Bueno
Lauren Hutchinson
Roslyn Kalloo
Sarah Rothberg
Kerri Sakamotto
Ziv Schneider
Pat Shiu

Program Production Assistant
Rand Jitan

Post Sound & Picture
SIM Toronto

Online editor
Darren Hinchy

Arlene Moelker

Finishing Producer
Mateusz Sklarzyk

Re-recording Mixer
James Bastable

Assistant Re-recording mixer
Will Stephens

Project Coordinator
Louise Finn

Head of Operations
Alex Aslund

General Manager
Peter Gibson


Jennifer Mair

Marketing Managers
Gabrielle Harvey
Laurianne Désormiers

Marketing Coordinator
Eric Bondo

Social Media Strategist
Hannah Martin

Legal Counsel
Peter Kallianiotis

Otherly Title Design
Yazmin Monet

“Honour Song”
Written & Performed by Jeremy Dutcher
Courtesy of Jeremy Dutcher

Press Relations

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