Tina Petrova Director/ Producer
Tina has been part of the Canadian film, television and stage scene for over 30 years as an award winning actress, writer, producer and director. She is profoundly interested in the fields of social and economic justice, and pain patient advocacy.
Completing Film Production at Ryerson University she enrolled in advanced film studies at Academy Award Winner Norman Jewison's - Canadian Film Centre.
Over the years, Film critics have dubbed Tina - a "driving force" and "visionary", creating works of "faith and healing".
Her feature directorial debut "Rumi-Turning Ecstatic" had its world broadcast premiere on VISION TV in January 2006. Since then, it has been translated into 3 languages and programmed in over 19 countries , including a special invite to the U.N. Headquarters in NYC, 2007.
In 2009 Tina released a half hour documentary "Animating the Golden Rule" - a captivating journey through the world's various faith traditions through music, rap and drama as animated by Grade 10 & 11 youth. She is co-author of "The Golden Rule Guidebook" for Educators and is an accredited juror for The Coalition for Quality Children's Media.
Tina is a chronic pain patient and advocate. In 2013, the Pain Advocacy site www.chronicpaintv.com was created by her and other partners in Pain. In 2015 she co- founded the Canadian Patient Advocacy Non Profit : Give Pain A Voice ! She is dedicated to making Chronic Pain a recognized disease in its own right and to successfully champion new treatments for Chronic Pain that will end this growing disease.
Bob Schubring- Pain Activist , U.S.A
Bob is a Chemical Engineer by training. When Bob was six years old, his father, a successful inventor, conceived the first nonvolatile computer memory
(a copper sheet with a thin-film ferroelectric surface) that stored one byte of information. It was to become the forerunner of multi-gigabyte memory sticks.
Following his graduation from Wayne State University in 1980, Bob’s curiosity and desire to make a difference in the world - led him to perform chemical synthesis at the former Michigan Cancer Foundation, work for a hazardous-waste reduction firm, and pioneer a line of cleaning solvents that could be fermented in aerated water, rather than burnt.
The latter invention led to an Army subcontract through General Dynamics Land Systems investigating a range of uses for the technology, from dye-penetrant weld inspection to composites fabrication, to environmental cleanup of the possible aftermath of a terrorist attack.
Bob founded Invisible Hand Films, an American Production Co. to produce documentaries that encourage independent thought.
Together with Director/ Producer John Holowach in the film classic , “High" he demonstrated how a public fear of marijuana created a thriving smuggling industry, opening U.S. borders to foreign drug cartels. That same fear denied valuable treatment to patients with other serious diseases, who could have benefited from specific compounds that were in widespread medical use more than 80 years ago.