Fifth Town Films is a partnership between collaborators Ryan J Noth and Tess Girard, and is based in Toronto, with an additional edit and production studio in a renovated 150 year-old barn in historic Prince Edward County. Fifth Town Films’ mandate is to preserve Canadian heritage, voice, and landscape through cinema and new media, expressing a uniquely local identity and experience.
Ryan is an award winning independent filmmaker, editor, and producer. Since moving to Cherry Valley in 2012, Ryan directed three short films that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was also a Talent Lab participant in 2017. At his editing studio in PEC, Ryan has also collaborated on numerous short and commercial projects, including the NFB feature As The Crow Flies, and the documentary The Stairs, which won the Toronto Film Critic’s Prize for best Canadian feature film of 2016.
Tess Girard is an award winning filmmaker and cinematographer. Since moving to Cherry Valley, Tess has directed three short films that have premiered at TIFF, Hot Docs, included in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, and been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. She also created the CBC Ideas episode The Heart of the Beat and directed the feature film As The Crow Flies, which was produced with the National Film Board and aired on the Documentary Channel. She has also been the cinematographer on a number of projects around the world including in Egypt and Zimbabwe.
Collaborating under the Fifth Town Films banner since 2012, Ryan and Tess produce each other’s projects, as well as commissions such as three of Canada’s Heritage Minutes.