Darek Barecki is a television and documentary producer/director. In over two decades of work in the broadcast media, he has covered areas randing from art directing for film and staging for television, to camera work and independent film production. The last dozen, or so, years he spent in the role of producer of foreign language and cross-cultural programs for OMNI Television in Toronto and was involved in nearly 3000 wide-ranging and unique feature stories, researched, produced and broadcast. In his educational background, spanning two continents, he studied Art History, Film Production and received a Hon. B.A. Specialist in Social and Cultural Anthropology and a Major in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto. His indpendent filmography includes: The Songs in the Age of Kali Yuga – documentary, d.b Films (2001); No Reason for More – experimental, d.b. Films Corporation’s (CBC’s) “Canadian Reflections”; and a rarely seen and little known subject, exlopred in the documentary Kaszebe: Pioneers of the Wilderness, Opeongo Road Production (20014) – an ethnographic study of an endemic pioneer culture. It has been broadcast regularly across Canada during the past several seasons.
Andy Chow (Cinematographer)
Andy Chow is a DOP and camera operator with 23 years of field production experience in network television in Canada. His expertise extends to news and current aﬀairs, live broadcasts and large-scale, multi-camera and mobile productions. He also has 15 years of experience filming commercial spots for a range of local and national brands, and has shot promotional campaigns for international tourism boards. He also filmed a number of short and full length documentaries, including “A Courage to Stand”, “Beatification of Padre Pio”, “Billy Bishop: Canadian Maverick”, “Operation Oblivion” and “No More Hiroshima, No More Nagasaki” awarded Best Canadian Documentary at the Doxa Film Festival.
Anna Piszczkiewicz (Producer)
Anna Piszczkiewicz has spent 15 years in the broadcast television industry as a reporter, writer, host, producer and director crafting stories about Toronto’s people, places, arts and culture. She has profiled artists, filmmakers and musicians and has worked the city’s festival circuit, from Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and everything in between. Anna holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Ryerson University, where she specialized in documentary filmmaking. Her passion for the genre led her to produce doc shorts “Echoes of a Proud Nation”, on the struggles between independent media in a Mohawk community and its neighboring mainstream outlets and Women with Wordz, about empowering marginalized young mothers through poetry workshops.
Joaquim (Joe) Santos (Editor)
Joaquim (Joe) Santos is a Senior Production Video Editor in the television industry. In his 20+ years in the field, he has worked on feature reports, magazine-style programs, network news, promotional and broadcast design elements, commercials, as well as documentary films. His latest project is a documentary on the aftermath of the quake-tsunami disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, entitled “Never Forget, Never Give Up”, produced with award-winning filmmaker Yuki Nakamura. The film screenings have raised over $60,000 towards relief and recovery eﬀorts for survivors.