Producer, Director, Writer, Photographer
From swimming with wild dolphins and whales in oceans around the world to getting up close and personal with monkeys in the jungles of Borneo and elephants in Thailand, award-winning Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims has always kept a passionate eye on conservation. Patricia has produced documentaries around the world, focusing on nature and conservation education, and the interrelationships between humans and animals. She has collaborated with some of the world’s leading conservation celebrities, scientists and explorers, with a specialization in wildlife and oceanographic productions. Well-traveled in over twenty countries, she has produced television documentaries for CityTV, CBC, Astral Media, YLE, ARTE, Discovery Channel, TVAsahi, NHK, NHK-BS2, TBS, non-profit organizations, and the United Nations University.
Patricia is the Co-Founder of the annual World Elephant Day, a global awareness campaign that brings attention to the critical threats facing elephants. Patricia launched World Elephant Day with the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, an initiative of HM Queen Sirikit of Thailand, on August 12, 2012. World Elephant Day has participants in over 50 countries and is supported by over 100 wildlife organizations. The campaign reaches millions of individuals across the globe through events, traditional media, and social media outreach.
As a graduate of the Radio and Television Arts, Film & Photography programs at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Patricia began her career as a producer for Canadian network television (CityTV/MuchMusic), where she produced numerous factual series and specials. She lived in Japan for several years, honing her nature and underwater filmmaking skills while working as producer, manager and partner of the legendary world-record French free-diver, the late Jacques Mayol (subject of Luc Besson’s 1988 feature film, The Big Blue). During her time in Japan, in association with various Japanese companies, she and Jacques Mayol produced a number of television documentaries, books, product sponsorships and events that educated audiences about dolphins, whales, environmental and ocean conservation.
Since 2005 Patricia has been based in British Columbia where she founded CanazWest Pictures. Her recent productions include DocJam, a 15-part documentary series for Astral/Bell Media in Canada. Over the past six years, Patricia has been working on projects that bring awareness to the plight of endangered elephants through digital media outreach and documentary films. She has produced, directed and written the multi-award winning Return to the Forest, a 30-minute documentary narrated by actor William Shatner, and the feature documentary When Elephants Were Young, also narrated by William Shatner, which was theatrically released in the USA and Canada, and broadcast on CBC Documentary Channel in late 2016.
Awards include: Best Documentary Feature, Moondance International Film Festival, USA (Voices of the Chichinautzin); Best Environmental Documentary, Tepotzlan Film Festival, Mexico (Voices of the Chichinautzin); Best Short, Artivist Film Festival, Hollywood (Return to the Forest); Humanitarian Award, Best Shorts Competition, Los Angeles (Return to the Forest); Best Conservation Film, New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (Return to the Forest), Best Documentary Feature, Palm Beach International Film Festival (When Elephants Were Young).
Patricia is currently developing several projects including Adventure People, a 12 x 60 episodic adventure series that puts a new spin on people who explore the natural world and our place in it.
Editor, Cinematographer, Animator, Developer, Programmer
Michael Clark is a Canadian-American filmmaker who has had an impressive 35-year career as an award-winning director, producer, editor, post production supervisor, music supervisor, computer graphics/animation and special effects designer, and camera system technology innovator. His innumerable credits range from documentaries, episodic television, corporate, feature film and commercial production. His awards include: Cannes Festival Advertising Awards; London International Advertising Award; Gold Berliner Klappe; Gold New York Advertising Festival; Gold New York Art Directors Award; Gold CFTA; Winner SACEM Paris; Gold EBC Chicago; Genie Award nomination; GeminiAward, among several others. One of Michael’s recent credits as Post Production Supervisor and Editor is the internationally distributed, multi-award winning feature documentary film Sharkwater, a film that has been instrumental in generating worldwide awareness about shark-finning issues. Sharkwater has won over 35 international awards.
In tandem to his filmmaking career, Michael has developed several innovative camera systems.
As Editor, Michael’s most recent documentary credits include:
- Beluga Speaking Across Time, one-hour documentary for CBC, TV5, YLE, ARTE
- Voices of the Chichinautzin, one-hour documentary for the United Nations
- Hijacked Future, one-hour documentary for Global Television
- Community Forests, 7-part series for BC Ministry of Community Forests
- Back in the Day, 6-part series for APTN
- Sharkwater, multi-award-winning, box office success, feature documentary for which he won several awards including a Director’s Guild of Canada Best Editor Award
- Return to the Forest, 30-min multi-award-winning documentary narrated by William Shatner for Elephant Reintroduction Foundation and World Elephant Day
- 1491, 8 x 60 series for APTN, ZDF
As Editor, Co-Director and DOP:
- DocJam, a 15-part series for Astral/Bell Media, Canada
- When Elephants Were Young, a feature documentary released 2016