About

Ruby Tree Films is an innovative, dynamic film production company located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The company is solely owned by filmmaker Donna Davies and rose out of the ashes of her former company Sorcery Films Ltd.  Ruby Tree Films specialize in the production of high quality, entertaining and compelling films that question the nature of the human condition. With its strong approach to storytelling, Ruby Tree Films is positioned as one of Canada’s most vibrant production companies.

Donna Davies, President, Ruby Tree Films

Donna Davies is a filmmaker from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Her foray into film began at Island Media Art Co-op and The Atlantic Filmmaker’s Co-op where she made a number of shorts including Town Shoe Repair, Seven Crows and A Space for Sara.

Donna began making documentaries at the National Film Board of Canada where she wrote and directed The Kitchen Goddess and the feature length music documentary A Sigh & A Wish.

She went on to make dozens of award winning films on topics as diverse as child labor to zombies.  Donna’s films have received accolades at film festivals worldwide and been broadcast on CBC, Bravo, Space, Vision TV, The Movie Network, The Independent Film Channel and Starz and EPIX in the US.

Donna’s feature documentary Nightmare Factory, which tells the story of how the world’s top make-up fx artists changed the face of Hollywood, has won dozens of international awards including Best Documentary Feature at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, Award of Excellence at Indie Fest and The Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Mile High Horror Film Festival.

Her most recent feature doc, Fanarchy, which looks at the evolution of fandom, is now airing on Movie Network and EPIX and HULU in the US.  The film has many numerous awards including best documentary at the Boston Scifi Festival and a Nova Scotia Screen Award for best documentary.

Donna is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, Women in Film and Television and Screen Nova Scotia.

Ann Bernier, VP Business Affairs/Producer

Ann Bernier has been working in the film and television business since 1988 when she began working at Telefilm Canada’s Atlantic office. For 12 years, she spent much time nurturing new upcoming filmmakers and producers, overseeing much of the television and feature film development projects and later the new media fund. Ann was instrumental in establishing a new program for emerging filmmakers. One of the first projects to come out of the program was the critically acclaimed Parsley Days by Andrea Dorfman.

Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners (Canada and the UK in 2000 and Canada, Spain and Latin America in 2001).

She has been an independent producer since 1999. Ann was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc. which produced such award winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly, New Waterford Girl, and the feature documentary Damage Done: The Drug War Odyssey. She was the Executive Producer on Rohan Fernando’s feature film Snow. Ann was co-producer on Donna Davies’ feature documentary film Fanarchy produced for TMN, HBO Canada and Epix in the US and a number of recent television documentaries. She was co-producer with John Walker his latest feature documentary Quebec My Country Mon Pays for the documentary Channel and on his next feature documentary project Assholes: A Theory. She and her partner Chris Zimmer are also developing a number of feature film projects including an international coproduction The Ordinary Seaman and local feature Monica’s News.