Before my career pivoted to film I was a journalist, political scientist and political analyst/advisor. These two worlds coalesced in my affinity for documentary and for narrative genres such as Political Thrillers, Film Noir and Dystopian SciFi.
Company
Anatomy of Restlessness FIlms, CMPA
Talent Agent
TrePalm Film & Entertainment (Commercial & Music Video Rep)
1 Representitive
  • Alex Rozanec
Legal Representative
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
1 Representitive
  • Angelika Heim
P.J. Marcellino is an award-winning Cape Verdean-Canadian producer and director.
He is the founder of Toronto-based production company Anatomy of Restlessness Films and the Head of Development and Strategy at Baobab Film Collective — a 5-company ensemble developing and co-producing socio-politically driven premium dramas with African and Afro-diasporic lenses, visual grammars, and narrative styles.
P.J. started out as a journalist, and worked as a researcher and senior policy advisor with international political agencies, travelling around the world before he finally pivoted to filmmaking. Career highlights include his debut film, After the War: Memoirs of Exile (2014) and his award-winning music feature documentary When They Awake (2017).
More recently, he founded Baobab Film Collective, whose 2021-2022 pipeline includes 3 African Political Thriller/Noir/SciFi shows: Kwame, Heirloom, and Solomon & The Machine (featured at Durban Talents 2020 as The Leviathan). Outside the collective, he is taking a first stab at narrative screenwriting in the limited series Black Mangrove, in pre-production with France’s Rumble Fish (Oscar-winner A Fantastic Woman). In the documentary space, he is in pre-production for the upcoming 8-episode docuseries Terra Múzika, exploring music, politics, and identity in his native Cape Verde Islands and the diaspora. The series is directed by himself and 7 other young directors in the Cape Verdean New Wave — most of whom women/non-binary. On the longer term, he's developing the feature documentary The Whalers along with Inuit Co-Director Jerri Thrasher (The Last Walk, Food For The Rest of Us) and Afro-Indigenous Story Producer Adeline Bird (IndigiThreads).
During the pandemic, he co-founded FUTURE NOW!, an Afro-centric e-conference, online platform, and open-source industry resource connecting creative professionals in 30 countries, incl. Canada, Brazil, and various African nations.
P.J. holds degrees in International Relations, International Politics, and International Development. He is a graduate of Seneca College’s Documentary Filmmaking Institute and WIFTo/Bell Media's 2020 Media Leadership Program at Schulich School of Business. He's the recipient of Presence Autochtone 2018's 2nd Rigoberta Menchú Social Award.
P.J. is a unionized director with the Directors Guild of Canada, where he represents the Directors Caucus in the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. As a producer, he is affiliated with the Canadian Media Producers Association. He is also a member of the Canadian Academy, DOC Canada, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Women in Film and TV, and the Cape Verdean Film Association.
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    Black Mangrove
    Screenplay, Television Script
    When They Awake2017
    Documentary, Feature
  • Director (1 Credit)
    When They Awake2017
    Documentary, Feature
TBA
When They Awake
Snowdance Independent Film Festival
Landsberg-am-Lech, BY
2018
n/a
When They Awake
UNIVERSITY/SCHOOL SCREENINGS
40 screenings in Canada/USA
2017
n/a
When They Awake
ARCTIC COMMUNITY TOUR 2017 (Sneak Previews)
20 communities in The Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
2017
WOMEX 17 Film Selection
When They Awake
WOMEX 17 (Special Presentation)
Katowice
2017
Nominated: BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE and BEST ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY
When They Awake
Red Nation Film Festival - The Authentic Voice of Indian & Indigenous Cinema
Los Angeles, CA
2017
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
When They Awake
Desert Rocks Film & Music Festival (Special Presentation)
Victorville, CA
2017
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE + OPENING NIGHT FILM
When They Awake
Hamilton Film Festival
Hamilton, ON
2017
JURY'S 3rd PRIZE, DOCUMENTARIES OF THE WORLD
When They Awake
Festival des Films du Monde de Montreal / Montreal World Film Festival
Montreal, QC
2017
OPENING NIGHT FILM
When They Awake
Portland Film Festival #PDXFF17
Portland, OR
2017
OPENING NIGHT GALA
When They Awake
Calgary International Film Festival
Calgary, AB
2017
College
ISCSP - University of Lisbon
International Relations and African Affairs (BA)
19962000
College
Aberystwyth University (Wales)
International Politics (BScEcon)
20062008
College
York University (Canada)
International Development Studies (MA)
20082010
College
Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (Canada)
Latin America and Caribbean Studies (PG Degree)
20092010
College
Documentary Film Institute at Seneca College (Canada)
Documentary Filmmaking
2012
College
Schulich School of Business (Canada)
Media Leadership Program
2020
Nickname
Pedro
Birth City
Lisbon
Current City
Toronto
Hometown
Lisbon
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Afro-European
Before my career pivoted to film I was a journalist, political scientist and political analyst/advisor. These two worlds coalesced in my affinity for documentary and for narrative genres such as Political Thrillers, Film Noir and Dystopian SciFi.
Company
Anatomy of Restlessness FIlms, CMPA
Talent Agent
TrePalm Film & Entertainment (Commercial & Music Video Rep)
1 Representitive
  • Alex Rozanec
Legal Representative
Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP
1 Representitive
  • Angelika Heim
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