I'm an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker with a consuming curiosity about the world and a deep desire to explore personal stories. I've worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a reporter, producer and writer and am now working as a freelance writer/editor, multimedia storyteller and director.
As a reporter with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.), I used to do short features that were broadcast nation-wide. These projects featured here are ones that have been produced independently.
I have written various pieces for different sites, including numerous food stories as the Asian Cuisine Writer for Suite 101.com and arts articles for Canada's alternative news site, rabble.ca. The stories cover a wide range of topics, from profiles to food reviews to a look at Canada's immigration system.
I have written many travel stories for newspapers and weeklies, covering a wide range of experiences. Included here is a special Mother's Day piece I did for the Toronto Star, Canada's largest daily newspaper.
Here's a selection of stories I have written for weekly and monthly publications, touching upon different issues
I began writing regular monthly columns for the CBC.ca site back in 2003 and continued through to about 2006. Here is a selection of those commentaries, musings on modern life, which were written under my "Café Chat" column title.
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Travels With My Brother is a 16-minute live-action/animated documentary exploring the relationship between Vas, a high-functioning autistic man, and his older sister Christine, who will one day be his guardian. Through a series of conversations circling on love, family, art, desire and destiny.
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Artist probes surveillance and limits of privacy
One day, Kate McQuillen was shopping at her local Home Depot, in the market for a six-inch pipe among other materials she needed for her work. As she made inquiries to an employee, the man looked at her and asked: "Lady, are you making...
Masaharu Morimoto: An Iron Chef with a soft spot for sushi
Masaharu Morimoto loves sushi, not only because the food represents Japanese cuisine at its finest, but because of childhood memories. Morimoto, the 52-year-old star of the Iron Chef series on the Food Network, has a more profound connection to sushi than you could...
We are Hockey
When I heard about the NHL players' lockout, I was saddened - much to my surprise. I've spent my life avoiding "Canada's game." I don't play it. I don't watch it. Yet, the game is lodged in my subconscious. The game was a big part of my childhood. When was growing up in Calgary, my mother...
CITIZEN AUTISTIC is an interactive storyscape using live-action video, audio, music and animation, that puts people in the shoes of autistic adults to experience how they perceive and relate to the world.
Lots of interest in my Toronto Star piece about the Poutine Man of Germany and his search for the perfect curd and, I was featured in Air Canada's enRoute magazine in March for my Berlin neighbourhood recommendations!
Fresh start! Here's to grand adventures and new stories. Speaking of which, some Yahoo articles I did:
Spoke with a Calgary granny, 81, who tattooed 'Don't euthanize me' on her arm.
On the same subject, Inuit tattoos are coming back in vogue.
Late last year, I spent a long time on a feature about Canada's Indigenous reconciliation and how Germany memorialized The Holocaust, amazing parallels here.
And, then a warning from the International Criminal Court: it's going to train its judicial eye on environmental crimes.
It was a busy early fall for Yahoo News stories, first I covered the Trudeau brothers: interviewing Alexandre Trudeau about his new China book while I asked Europeans about their admiration for big brother Prime Minister Justin.
Meanwhile, readers also got to meet five Canadians vying for the chance to go into space and one engineer gets to see his creation used for a NASA mission.
I've done many more articles for Yahoo News, including one about being gay and indigenous (read about the drag queen recording artist) and Robb Nash, the incredible soul preventing suicide in teens
Travels With My Brother is screened in 7 cities around India as part of the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan India’s “The Way We Live” film festival.
Travels With My Brother is screened at the Gimli Film Festival, north of Winnipeg, as part of the National Screen Institute's Best Documentary Shorts program on July 24th.
Travels With My Brother nabbed BEST NARRATIVE prize at the World Arts Film Festival -- held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Jacksonville, Florida, April 11 - 13th.
Travels With My Brother appears as part of the Sprout Touring Festival in Eugene, Oregon on March 15th at the Wildish Community Theater It screens at the noon showing and at the 7 pm screening.
December 2012/ Early 2013:
Travels With My Brother captured the National Screen Institute of Canada's directing prize for their online film festival!
We are working on our "Citizen Autistic" interactive prototype, which will be launched in early 2013.
We're working on our demo reel for the AUTISMLAND interactive project and on Sept. 21 & 22nd, Travels With My Brother will have its European Premiere at the look & roll festival in Basel, Switzerland! Co-director Christine Alexiou and I will be there.
Travels With My Brother had its US premiere April 28 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York at the Sprouts Festival. My co-director and I made great new connections and friends. In September, the film will have its European premiere in Switzerland.
Me and my co-director of Travels With My Brother Christine Alexiou, won the DocSHIFT Interactive Pitch Prize for our immersive website idea "AutismLand" We get development money to make our site a reality. Yay.
Helping out with my friend and collaborator Evan Tapper at Toronto's NUIT BLANCHE on his "LISTENING PORTRAITS" was fun and inspiring. He created drawings of people based on their conversation with him. Kudos to him for his brave, innovative idea.
David Hayes wrote a nice profile of me for his Lifelong Renter column in the Toronto Star!
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