creative team

Suzanne Chisholm, Co-Director, Producer

Beluga PR - suzanne catches drone in saguenay fjord

Suzanne Chisholm is an award-winning British Columbia-based documentary filmmaker. She is the producer and co-director of Call of the Baby Beluga, a one-hour television documentary about the engendered beluga whales of the St. Lawrence, produced for The Nature of Things. She produced and co-directed Saving Luna and The Whale. Saving Luna was released theatrically in Canada, distributed worldwide by PBS International, and broadcast on CBC, BBC, NHK, France 2, Al-Jazeera, and in more than 30 other territories worldwide. It was honoured with more than 25 film festival and industry awards. The Whale, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, was released theatrically in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and was named Critics’ Pick by the New York Times and Washington Post.

Suzanne produced, co-directed and filmed more than two dozen pieces for the National Geographic Channel’s Today show, on subjects as varied as puffins, Newfoundland fisheries, melting ice in Greenland, the Inuit of Canada, cultural minorities in Europe, rising sea levels in the Netherlands, and South Pacific ecological hotspots. She produced a one-hour film about the Australian environment which was distributed internationally, and a documentary on African refugees which was broadcast on PBS. She was a consulting producer on the multi-award winning documentary All the Time in the World. She was Executive Producer of Soul in the Sea, a New Zealand film about a lone dolphin, and Executive Producer of Doeville, a feature documentary about one woman’s struggle to save her fallow deer farm in rural Virginia

She has spoken on numerous panels at film festivals, and has been on film juries at Bermuda International Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Banff World Media Festival, and International Wildlife Film Festival. She was Jury Chair, Cinematography for the 2010 Gemini Awards. She has co-authored two books, and a chapter in a National Geographic book. Her photographs have been published in Smithsonian magazine, BBC Magazine, and in newspapers around the world. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education from Western University, and a Master of Development Economics from Dalhousie University.

 

Michael Parfit, Co-director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor

Michael Parfit is an award-winning writer and filmmaker based in British Columbia. He is co-director, writer, editor and director of photography for Call of the Baby Beluga, a one-hour television documentary for CBC’s The Nature of Things.

He co-directed and wrote the scripts for Saving Luna and The Whale, feature documentaries which were released theatrically and broadcast worldwide. Saving Luna won 25 awards from around the world and The Whale was named Critic’s Pick by the New York Times and Washington Post. He has written five books and numerous magazine articles for National Geographic, Smithsonian and others. He co-wrote the script for the IMAX film Antarctica, and wrote the script for the award-winning IMAX film Ocean Oasis. He was the editor of the multi-award winning Suzanne Crocker feature documentary All The Time in The World, which was a top audience choice at Hot Docs in 2015.

He co-directed, filmed and wrote over 20 stories for the National Geographic Channel – US, on subjects as diverse as puffins, melting ice in Greenland, the Inuit of Nunavut, Newfoundland fisheries, rising sea levels in the Netherlands, ecological hotspots in the South Pacific, and minorities in Europe. He also directed and wrote The Search for the Never Never, a one-hour documentary about the Australian environment.

He is an experienced pilot, with more than 7,000 hours of flying time in a single-engine plane, much of which has been in remote regions in the Arctic, Australia and South America. He is also an accomplished drone pilot and used drones extensively while filming Call of the Baby Beluga.

David and Michael Parfit on the St. Lawrence River
David and Michael Parfit on the St. Lawrence River

David Parfit, Composer, Sound Recordist, Sound Design

David Parfit is an independent film composer, musician, sound engineer, and multimedia artist, focused on creating emotional experiences through subtlety, dynamics, and performance. After earning a B.S. in computer science from the University of Montana and a M.M. in music technology from New York University, he moved to Victoria to work on the award-winning documentary Saving Luna (released theatrically in Canada in 2008-9 and later titled The Whale and released theatrically in the U.S. in 2011). Since then, he’s scored and mixed dozens of films, TV shows, and advertisements for broadcast around the world (BBC, CBC, ABC, PBS, ESPN, France 2, Rialto 25 and many others). In 2014, he worked on five feature-length films, including scoring and mixing Maureen Bradley’s debut feature, Two 4 One; mixing Suzanne Crocker’s award-winning feature documentary, All the Time in the World; and co-composing the score to Mark Titus’ feature documentary, The Breach, with Tobin Stokes. In addition, David produces interactive art installations with fellow media artist Scott Amos as Monkey C Interactive. Their collaborations have been displayed in many Victoria art galleries as well as at festivals such as Bass Coast and Rifflandia. They’re currently working on a public installation titled the Musical Stairwell for the City of Victoria (spring 2016). As a sound artist, David’s works have been performed in concert halls from New Zealand to New York to Montana, and recently as part of Trimpin’s Victoria exhibit, CanonX+4:33=100.