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Filmmakers / Bloggers Profiles / 2007

Chris Chong Chan Fui
Chris Chong Chan Fui is a Toronto-based filmmaker currently shooting in Malaysia. His films include Crash Skid Love(98), Music Might Have Deceived Us (00), Tuesday Be My Friend (06), the feature documentary Di Antara Cahaya (07) and POOL (07).

Heinz Emigholz
Heinz Emigholz was born in Achin, Germany, and studied in Hamburg. He is a filmmaker, visual artist, cinematographer, actor, author, journalist and producer, and has been the subject of numerous international retrospectives and exhibitions. His films include the series Schenec-Tady I (73-76) and The Basis of Make-Up (85-05), as well as Sullivan’s Banks (01), Maillart’s Bridges (01), Goff in the Desert (03), D’Annunzio’s Cave (05) and Schindler’s Houses (07).

John Gianvito
John Gianvito was born in Staten Island. He is a filmmaker, curator and professor of film at Emerson College in Boston. His films include The Flower of Pain (83), The Mad Songs of Fernanda Hussein (01) and Profit motive and the whispering wind (07).

Fionnuala Jamison
Fionnuala Jamison was born in Northern Ireland and studied at Trinity College Dublin. She is the Coordinator for Documentaries and Mavericks at TIFF. This is her fourth year at the festival. She's currently in post-production on a documentary called Palenque about a tourist site in Mexico. She divides her time between Paris and Toronto.

Heidy Morales
Heidy moved to Toronto from Guatemala in 1990. She has a degree in psychology from the University of Toronto. In her free time, she has volunteered for TIFF, Sprockets as well as Reel Talk and has also ventured into film reviewing. She likes the impact documentaries make on daily lives but also in public policies. She is looking forward to reporting on several documentaries at this year’s festival.

Andrei Nekrasov
Andrei Nekrasov was born in St. Petersburg. He studied at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Art Academy, L’Université Paris and Bristol University. He directed several documentaries and television programmes before making his first dramatic short, Springing Lenin (93). His feature-length films include the fictional Love Is as Strong as Death (97) and the documentaries Lubov and Other Nightmares (00), Disbelief (04) and Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case (07).

Parvez Sharma
Parvez Sharma was born and raised in India. He has Masters’ degrees from both the Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi and American University in Washington, D.C. He has worked as a journalist and an instructor of anthropology and communications at American University. A Jihad for Love (07) is his first feature film. David Schisgall was born in Silver Springs, Maryland, and studied philosophy at Harvard University. He worked for director Errol Morris before becoming an associate producer for ABC News. He made his feature documentary debut with The Lifestyle (99) before directing the award-winning television documentaries True Life: I Live in the Terror Zone (03) and True Life: I’m in Iraq (04).Very Young Girls (07) is his second feature.

Andréa Picard
Andréa Picard is co-curator of Wavelengths, the Toronto International Film Festival's programme of experimental and avant-garde film and video. She is also a programmer at Cinematheque Ontario, the year-round screening programme of TIFFG. She is a contributing writer to various art, film and architecture publications, and writes a quarterly Art/Film column for Cinema Scope magazine. She is a founding Advisory Board member of the Chicago International Documentary Film Festival.

Thom Powers
Thom Powers is the Programmer for Documentaries and Mavericks at TIFF. He also programs the fall and spring Stranger Than Fiction series at Manhattan's IFC Center and teaches documentary at New York University's School of Continuing Professional Studies. He has directed documentaries for HBO and PBS. His most recent film is "Loving & Cheating" (05). He divides his time between New York City and Toronto.

Sarah Price
Sarah Price was born in Virginia, and received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin – both in film. She served as sound recordist on Michael Moore’s The Big One (97) before directing American Movie (co-director, 99), Caesar’s Park (00), and The Yes Men (co-director, 03), which screened at the Festival in 2003. Summercamp! (co-director, 06) is her latest documentary.

Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker was born in Honolulu. His Gunner Palace (co-director, 04), screened at the Festival in 2004; The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair (co-director, 06) is his latest work.

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