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People

SAW Productions is a loose affiliation of independent film-makers.

Daniel Yon

Daniel Yon is Associate Professor at York University. He is jointly appointed to both the Faculty of Education and the Department of Anthropology and is a former Director of the Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology.

He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town.  Dan was born on the Island of St Helena where, after studying in the UK, he taught history and was a founding member of the island's Heritage Society.

He worked in post-independent Zimbabwe, first as Head of History in a high school in the sprawling suburb of Chitungwiza (Harare), and then as lecturer and writer for the Curriculum Development Unit.

His research and teaching interests include school ethnography;  anthropology of race and racism, diasporas and cosmopolitisms, anthropology and film. He is the author of Elusive Culture (SUNY 2000), an ethnography of youth, schooling and identity in 'global' times.

His two films, One Hundred Men  and Sathima's Windsong come out of larger on-going project on the making of the South Atlantic World. Dan's most recent work focuses on aesthetics and the apartheid archives.

Paul Lee

Paul Lee graduated from the University of Toronto with Hon.B.Sc. (biology/anthropology/Latin American Studies) and M.A. (anthropology) and Ph.D. (education), and from York University with M.B.A. (arts & media administration) and M.F.A. (film). 

Since 1991 he has organized, programmed and curated film festivals in Canada, U.S., Mexico, Guyana, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Romania, Moldova, Mauritius, Palestine, Iran, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines. 

In addition to his programming activities, Paul also specializes in producing films for first-time filmmakers, and in producing international co-productions, women's films, Asian films, human rights/social justice educational films, environmental films, and LGBT films.  In 1994 he made his first film Thick Lips Thin Lips, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won 9 awards, and was screened at more than 260 film festivals worldwide.  In 1995 he made his second film These Shoes Weren't Made For Walking, which premiered at the Sydney Film Festival, won 6 awards, and was screened at more than 100 film festivals worldwide.  In 1999 he made his third film The Offering, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival, won 71 awards, and was screened at more than 490 film festivals worldwide.

Antonin Lhotsky

Cinematographer/editor/producer Antonin Lhotsky is a graduate of F.A.M.U., the Czechoslovakia Film Academy in Prague. He has taught film at a number of Canadian film schools and has been a Professor of Film and Video Production at York University in Toronto for the last 10 years.

As a Canadian filmmaker, Antonin has accumulated more than 100 film credits, mostly in cinematography but also as producer, director and editor in documentary and theatrical films. He has also worked on several multi-screen projects including Taming of the Demons (1986) which received a special Genie Award (Canada's top film honour) for Outstanding Film Achievement.

During recent years, Antonin was Associate producer/cinematographer for the Karen Shopsowitz’s documentary A Place to Save Your Life, about Jewish refugees in Shanghai during World War II; and cinematographer for the half-hour drama The Visit, the feature film My Script Doctor and three short 35mm films: Island, sancesse and the award winning The Offering, which has 60 awards at more than 430 film festivals around the world, with 9 awards for Best Cinematography.

Antonin was cinematographer for My Father’s Camera (National Film Board of Canada) which won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2002. He recently finished a short experimental film titled Last Year at Killaloe and a docudrama, The Last Illusion (As a Cinematographer/Producer).

Douglas Campbell

Editor/Music/Sound/Camera

 


Doug Campbell is an independent documentary filmmaker who has made films on topics ranging from a summer camp in Ontario, Canada for the families of people affected with HIV/AIDS, to the ongoing controversy in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu surrounding prohibitions on the wearing of trousers by young women. He currently teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario and works as a consultant and ethnographic video instructor for the Island Institute, a non-profit organisation that is concerned with sustainability issues affecting the year round fisher communities on the islands in the Gulf of Maine.