Crew Bios


Border City Pictures was established in 2004 by Matt Gallagher and Cornelia Principe to produce one-off and limited series documentaries. Grinders is their second feature. Their first feature-length documentary The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger ( had its festival premiere at Hot Docs 2008 and a theatrical run at Cinematheque Ontario and Winnipeg. Called “…tailor-made for cult status” by Eye Weekly, The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger had its television premiere on TVO and Knowledge Network.


An award-winning director, Matt has over 15 years experience in a range of television genres – from documentary one-offs and series, to studio music productions and sketch comedy TV.

Matt has just completed the feature documentary Grinders for TVO, Knowledge Network, Access and Canal D, which premieres at Hot Docs 2011.

Recently Matt was directing/shooting episodes for the National Film Board of Canada’s on-line, interactive Recession Project. Matt’s last feature documentary was The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger.

Other one-off documentaries include Vimy Ridge: From Heaven to Hell (2007) for the History Television, and Vimy: Carved in Stone, which was nominated for a 2006 Gemini award for best history documentary. In 2004, his documentary First and Last for CBC Television premiered to much critical acclaim. Matt was nominated for a 2002 Gemini award for best direction for his TVO documentary Tyler's Barrel.Tyler’s Barrel was featured at Input 2003 in Denmark, had its festival premiere at Hot Docs and screened at the Atlantic Film Festival along with Falling From the Sky, a documentary he directed in 2002 for CBC Newsworld's Rough Cuts.

Matt’s first documentary, Cass, which, like many of his documentaries he also shot, was showcased at Hot Docs 2000 and was awarded Best Short Documentary and Best of the Festival at the Yorkton Film Festival. Cass was also nominated for the 2000 Chalmers Award for best documentary.


Cornelia started out as a broadcaster before moving to a independent producer and director. Currently finishing on the feature documentay Grinders with director Matt Gallagher and in production on the feature documentary The World Before Her with producer Ed Barreveld of Storyline Entertainment and director Nisha Pahuja.

Recent projects include the feature The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger, which premiered at Hot Docs 2008 and the 2008 Gemini award-winning (Best Documentary Series) Diamond Road, which she Co-produced for TVOntario, History Television, Discovery Times and Arte/ZDF.

From 2004-2005 Cornelia was Head of Development at Associated Producers, a multi-award winning documentary production company based in Toronto. Projects she helped develop include the series The Naked Archeologist and The Tomb, the controversial feature documentary Directed and Produced by Simcha Jacobovici and Executive Produced by James Cameron.

Other credits include: Producer for PTV Productions on the series Resolutions for Discovery Health and The Life Channel; Directed and Co-produced Poverty, Chastity, Obedience, with Producer Andrea Nemtin in co-production with the NFB; Co-produced Divorce What I See with Producer/ Director Sun-Kyung Yi which premiered at Hot Docs 2001; and worked with Emmy award-winning Producer/ Director Shelley Saywell on several of her acclaimed documentaries including, A Child’s Century of War which was short-listed for an Oscar and Legacy of Terror.

From 1993-1997 Cornelia was the Associate Producer for TVO's social-political documentary strands The View From Here and Human Edge.


Nick Hector is an award winning and prolific Canadian film editor. A ten-time Gemini / Gemeaux nominee, Nick has cut more than 110 films since 1986, many of which have garnered awards at international festivals.

An inaugural member of Canadian Cinema Editors honours society, Nick’s work has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Prague, Leipzig, Singapore, Phoenix, Montreal, Sydney, Palm Springs, HotDocs and many more.

Nick collaborated with legendary filmmaker Allan King exclusively cutting all of his films in his return to the documentary. One of these films, the Gemini and DGC award winning Dying at Grace, was described by the Toronto International Film Festival as “one of the best films ever made in this country”.

He won Geminis for his work on Yvan Patry’s HotDocs Best of Festival winner Chronique d’un genocide announce and Allan King’s TIFF Top Ten Canadian Film and Gemini Award winning Dying at Grace. Nick became the only editor to have won three documentary editing Geminis with his win for Sturla Gunnarsson’s Air India 182.

He collected the DGC’s Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary for Air India 182 as well as Barry Greenwald’s Experimental Eskimos. Nick won the HotDocs Best editing award for Yvan Patry’s Hand of God.

Some of Nick’s numerous credits include Tim Southam’s Genie nominated Drowning in Dreams, John Haslett Cuff’s Gemini Award winning Crimes of the Heart, Min Sook Lee’s HotDocs Best Canadian Feature Hogtown and Allan King’s TIFF Top Ten Canadian Film Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company. He has also co-produced several films including Wiebo’s War, El Chogui, War Surgeon and Actuality.

Nick’s most recent collaboration with Sturla Gunnarsson, Force of Nature, won the Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Grinders is Nick’s thirteenth film to be a HotDocs Official Selection.


As a writer, Michael Allcock has been working in film and television for the last 12 years. His first documentary, Cass, was showcased at Hot Docs 2000 and won both the Best Short Documentary and Best of the Festival award (the Golden Sheaf) at the Yorkton Film Festival. Cass was also nominated for the 2000 Chalmers Award for best documentary.

Michael also wrote Tyler's Barrel, which screened at Hot Docs 2002, the Atlantic Film Festival, and Input 2003 in Denmark. Between 2003 and 2006, Michael wrote and story edited the WWI special First and Last, and the 3-hour series Canada’s War in Colour, both for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

More recently, he penned the documentaries Naica Cave (National Geographic), Pagan Christ (CBC), The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger (TVO & Hot Docs 2007), and Vimy Ridge: From Heaven to Hell (History) -- for which he was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series.

Various series credits include Final 24 (Global), Forensic Factor (Discovery) and Eaten Alive (Animal Planet). He has also directed the documentary short Featherland, which was invited to screen at both the Worldwide Short Film Festival and the Yorkton Film Festival.

Michael is currently writing/directing his first full-length documentary Semisweet -- for TVO and TFO.


David Wall is a Toronto-based, award-winning composer and singer. He has written scores for a long list of film, television and experimental projects, working with collaborators such as Bruce Mau Design, Avi Lewis and Simcha Jacobovici. His career as a singer has included fronting Canada's Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band. He has written a large catalogue of songs in many genres including a #1 song for Canadian rock band Big Sugar (”The Scene”). More recently he has studied Cantorial and traditional Yiddish music and has worked extensively with pianist Marilyn Lerner. 

In 2003 he received a Chalmers Foundation grant in association with filmmaker John Greyson to create the critically acclaimed video installation/opera Fig Trees.
In 2000, 2007 and 2010 he received Gemini nominations for Best Documentary score.