Spring 2017 Selected Filmmakers
We are pleased to announce the three selected filmmakers whose short documentary film proposals will receive the funding and resources of The Chang School Film Hub.
Merle is a Cree filmmaker, born and raised in the Northwest Territories. He studied graphic design before gravitating to photojournalism which lead him to become a photographer and photo editor in Toronto. He decided to pursue his true passion, filmmaking, at The Chang School’s Summer Film School. Since then, he has opened a production company where he has produced, edited, and directed several documentaries and corporate videos.
With help from The Chang School Film Hub, Merle will be directing and producing a short documentary titled “Scooped”. “Scooped” will chronicle the journey of an indigenous man who was taken from his home in Pine Falls during the “Sixties Scoop” when an estimated 20,000 indigenous children were taken from their homes and culture and placed into white, middle-class families. The film will follow Brent as he journeys home to Canada for the first time and attempts to reconnect with his long lost siblings.
“It wasn’t until I adopted my own daughter through Native Child and Family Services that I became familiar with the issue of the Sixties Scoop and the sense of loss of identity and culture they experienced. I would love to bring further exposure to the issue. Receiving this grant, I feel honoured and a sense of affirmation that through hard work and surrounding myself with the right people, I can pursue filmmaking as a viable career option.”
Gabriel is a filmmaker and graduate student in the Masters of Documentary Media program at Ryerson University where he is completing a thesis documentary on Golden Age hip-hop artist Extra Prolific, formerly of rap group Hieroglyphics. Gabriel has directed and shot several short films and branded videos, one of which was screened at the 2016 Ryerson Faculty Conference. Gabriel is a graduate of The Chang School’s Certificate in Film Studies.
With help from The Chang School Film Hub, Gabriel will be directing and producing “On the Wall / Off the Wall”, a film that will examine the underworld of graffiti in Toronto and the ongoing war between graffiti artists and city employees who paint over and erase graffiti.
“Graffiti, surprisingly, is the most impactful and ubiquitous form of art in the city. You can’t walk more than two blocks in Toronto without the contentious art-form staring you in the face. A general indifference and disdain is often felt towards it. It has the remarkable ability to cause a stir of polarizing emotions— anger, incredulity, perplexity, admiration, astonishment—and perhaps for these reasons it could be considered a novel form of modern art that is too often glanced over as nothing more than vandalism. I am excited to create and share this documentary.”
Andrew is a Toronto-based filmmaker working as a freelance director of photography and camera assistant. His current professional work has been focused on corporate videos, commercials, music videos, and short documentaries. He has an impressive demo reel that displays many musicians he has filmed including acclaimed rap artist Drake. Andrew is a graduate of The Chang School’s Certificate in Film Studies.
Andrew will be acting as Director of Photography for both “On the Wall / Off the Wall” and “Scooped”.
“It is an honour to be recognized and I intend to use this opportunity to grow as a filmmaker.”
Charles (Chuck) M. Scott is President of Caber Media and the ELX coach who will work closely with the selected filmmakers as they bring their projects to life. He is an award-winning producer/director with over 270 documentary and factual television programs successfully completed. His production company has partnered with many producers around the world and shot in over 50 countries. His programs have aired on many major broadcasters such as BBC, Five, NHK, CBC, CTV, Global, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, Science Channel, Discovery Health. Chuck has also produced and/or directed hundreds of commercials, music videos, corporate videos, three feature films, children’s shows, and a daytime talk show. Chuck is a graduate of Staffordshire University in the UK where he obtained his Master of Art in Film Studies with merit. He also has a diploma from Sheridan College Media Arts Program and has done additional studies in film, economics, and business at York University and Sheridan College.
About The Chang School Film Hub
The Chang School Film Hub is an Experiential Learning Exchange initiative designed to support emerging talent in The Chang School’s film community. Current learners and recent graduates of the Certificate in Film Studies have the opportunity to submit short documentary film proposals and if selected, they receive funding, access to equipment, and coaching from a film industry professional.