Alejandro Yoshizawa: Director, Producer, Cinematographer, and Editor
Alejandro Yoshizawa is a filmmaker from Vancouver, British Columbia. He was the lead filmmaker and director for the Chinese Canadian Stories web series which was nominated for a Leo Award for Best Web Series in 2013. Alejandro is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Theatre and Film as well as the Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies Program.
Sarah Ling: Producer
Sarah Ling was born and raised as a 4th generation Chinese Canadian in Prince Rupert, B.C. on Tsimshian territory. She is Project Manager - Indigenous Focus at the University of British Columbia at St. John's College as well as Student Housing and Hospitality Services. She has produced many short films at UBC, and is the lead Producer of 'All Our Father's Relations.'
In 2013, Sarah co-authored a Musqueam children’s book entitled "ʔi ɬe nem̓ ʔəm̓xasəm̓!, 我們出去走走啦！, Let’s Take a Walk!" with Elder Larry Grant based on his childhood in hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Chinese and English. The accompanying CD includes hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, Cantonese, Mandarin and English recording and all proceeds from the book go towards the development of language materials for Musqueam children and youth.
Jordan Paterson: Co-Producer
Jordan Paterson is a Richmond-based filmmaker whose documentary films often focus on stories of migration and the social dynamics of communities through history.
Paterson has written, produced and directed many award-winning documentaries for festivals and broadcast including CBC, Knowledge Network, TVO, Bravo!, TV5, Fairchild TV, Omni TV, Guangdong Television (China) and CCTV (China). For the past seven years, Jordan has collaborated extensively within Chinese communities locally and abroad.
In 2011, he won the BC Leo Award for Best Short Documentary Program for 'From C to C: Chinese Canadian Stories of Migration', which later received four Canadian Screen Award nominations. In 2015, he won three BC Leo Awards for his most recent film, 'Tricks on the Dead'. The film also won awards at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.
Jonathan Chawla: Camera Operator
Jonathan Chawla grew up Thailand, went to post-secondary school in Northern California and has worked in the film industry in Vancouver for a year. His passion to communicate started in grade school. The mediums he used were many and varied: contrast, shade, light, context, setting. His passion has been to tell stories. Cinematography has been an extension of his natural artistic nature. If a picture paints a thousand words, film tells life. Jonathan's multicultural background has given him a passion for diversity and working on All Our Father’s Relations has been eye-opening and one of his favourite documentary experiences.
Heather Joan Tam: Research Assistant
Heather Joan Tam is a cultural worker and interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes printmaking, performance, public intervention, and installation. As former curator of a community museum, she is interested in facilitating the telling of underrepresented histories, and in the way our individual socialization processes affect the way we interpret the historical information we encounter. In 2006, she co-founded the New Voices collective, a group whose projects included the editing and publication of the bilingual but untranslated New Voices: An Anthology of Art & Writing by Chinese Canadians of Post-1967 Diaspora in the Lower Mainland / 新聲文藝集 : 近代大溫哥華華裔加拿大人的藝術和文學作品, an art installation at Gallery Gachet, and a performance piece at the Museum of Vancouver. Heather's writing, in the form of handmade chapbooks, litzines, and artist's books, can be found in the collections of Vancouver Public Library and the Regional Assembly of Text, and at local zine and book festivals.
Gustavo Wenzel: Animator
Gustavo Wenzel began studying graphic design at UTU (Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay) from 2006-2008. In 2009, he began a screen printing workshop with professor Oscar Ferrando. Following this, in 2009 he completed a course in the same discipline at the Pedro Figari School. Gustavo has completed various courses and workshops in post production, digital animation and illustration. For two years (2008 and 2009) he worked as a designer and animator for the eLearning company Raccoon. From 2010 to early 2012 he was on the art team of the animated feature, "Anina" by Alfredo Soderguit. Presently, Gustavo continues work as a freelancer for various production companies in audiovisual media.
Millie Wissar: Sound Recordist and Sound Designer
Millie Wissar started her career as video editor, sound design enthusiast and audiovisual instructor at the Universidad de Lima in Peru. In 2014, her passion towards filmmaking drove her to study sound design in Vancouver Film School where she polished her craft in audio post-production and audio recording. Today she is a Sound Designer with the goal to spread her passion and knowledge to other women around the world and continue working in the film and game industries.