In my work as both producer and director, I’ve traveled the wilderness of British Columbia, Chile, Argentina and Antarctica.
I am best known for the internationally acclaimed Through a Blue Lens. This film captured The Japan Prize and Real to Reel – Most Inspirational Video Award. It also received nominations for Best Social Political Issue Documentary at the Banff Television Festival and Best Social Issue Documentary at Hot Docs.
Following this I made The Whistleblower, which profiled what happened when Foreign Affairs civil servant, Joanna Gualtieri went to her employer with news that she had uncovered “a shocking waste of government money”.
Down Here was my first Social Political film and most expressive work. It follows poet, political activist and former addict Bud Osborn as he tells his remarkable story of survival and how it inspired his struggle to defend Canada’s most impoverished community.
The Northanger Antarctic Expedition was the last of my adventure sport films. It documented the first ascent of 7000’ Mt. Foster, an isolated Island on the fringe of the Drake Passage. The filming began in the mountainous fjords of Tierra Del Fuego where our two person film crew joined a six person sailing crew who had just spent the prior five months living aboard the 49-foot steel sailboat with the last 51 days isolated at sea. (The real story is still waiting to be told.) The sailboat’s Skipper, Greg Landreth described the four month voyage as “superimposing a major open sea voyage onto a world class mountaineering expedition” not to mention a two-hour film for American television. The program received an Emmy Award for Cinematography.
In 2003 I produced a short entitled Operation Sidewinder for Canadian Television. It followed the trail of a cop, a spy and a diplomat into a tight web of gangsters, tycoons and government officials. The project was subsequently shut down and currently sits on the shelf. This is still a remarkable story and will be for some time to come.
Since this time I’ve directed, shot and edited shorts films and video for the web, including: educational, informational, branding and personal/experimental works. I’m a compact fully equipped independent filmmaker who can easily travel where needed in order to produce compelling stories that continue to make a difference for years to come.
Awards, Nominations & Festivals
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Sports Emmy Award: Electronic Camerapersons
The Japan Prize, International Educational Program Contest, Tokyo, Japan
The Minister of Post & Telecommunications Prize, Category: Adult Education, Tokyo, Japan
Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Chris Award, Category: Social Issues, Columbus, USA
Award for Most Inspirational Short Film or Video, given by the Youth Jury, Reel to Real International Film Festival for Youth and Families, Vancouver, Canada
Banff Television Festival 2000, Nomination: Best Social Political Issue Documentary
Hot Docs, Nomination: Best Social Issue Documentary, Toronto, Canada
Leo’s, Nominated: Best Doc, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Editing, Best Sound Mix, Best Music, Vancouver, Canada
Input: International Public Television Festival
Spokane Film Festival, Selected
Banff Mountain Film Festival, Selected
FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Fipatel: Creative Documentaries
MS Society, da Vinci Awards: Leo Award (Peoples Choice)