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ANDREW GREGG

WRITER/PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

Andrew Gregg is a documentarian who has been making films since 1986. His most recent projects include “Skymaster Down” (CBC documentary channel), about a lost airplane in the north;  “The First Animals,” (CBC The Nature of Things), about the beginnings of animal evolution on earth;  “Skinhead,” (CBC Doc POV) about the rise of right wing extremism in the age of Trump; “Secrets From The Ice,” (CBC The Nature of Things), about climate change and archeology in the Yukon; and “The Tea Explorer,” (The Doc Channel), about a Himalayan journey along one of the world’s most ancient trade routes (AG was also DOP on this film).

Gregg has a career stretching back over 30 years – it’s taken him all over the world, from the high Arctic to South America, Polynesia to India, Iran to Iceland to Nepal to Borneo to Alaska to South Africa to China and Indonesia and of course, all over Canada.

After Gregg graduated from Carleton University’s School of Journalism he went north to the Yukon, first working as a reporter/photographer at The Whitehorse Star, and then later as a field producer with Northern Native Broadcasting’s flagship program NEDAA. In 1988, Andrew returned south to Ontario and free-lanced with CTV National News before landing a producer’s job at CBC’s The Journal.

He went freelance in 1996 and has made more than 50 documentaries that have appeared on CBC, CTV, TVO, Discovery, National Geographic, Bravo, The Smithsonian Channel, APTN, Arte France, NHK, Channel 4 and more. A full filmography is available on request.

Andrew Gregg was raised in Ontario, on a farm in North Halton County near Acton. He went to high school at Acton DHS and then St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters.

 

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DEBORAH PARKS

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Deborah Parks is an Emmy, Canadian Screen and Hot Docs winning documentary producer. SKYMASTER DOWN her latest film with Director/Writer, Andrew Gregg is scheduled to begin an International Festival tour in the fall of 2021.



Deborah has been making critically acclaimed documentaries for thirty years. Her father was a cinematographer for the Canadian Military, and Deborah became impassioned to follow in his footsteps at a young age. She began her career as a camera assistant working with some of Canada’s renowned cinematographers, traveling the world, before transitioning to DOP. She then co-produced and shot her first film “SHAHIRA” with Shelley Saywell on location in the Eastern Sahara. For it, she became the first woman to win the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC) award, for best Photography in a Documentary and the film was selected for 2 Gemini’s, international festivals and broadcast in 22 countries. Since then she and Saywell have made nearly 20 films together, twice winning the Best Canadian Doc Award at Hot Docs, an Emmy, and numerous other awards and distinctions.



 

For a few years Deborah spent time “off the road” to raise her young children, working as an analyst at Telefilm Canada, learning the intricacies of international coproduction, budgets and financing, before returning to independent production.

 

In addition to her films with Saywell, Deborah has produced for many of Canada’s top directors, including 4- time Emmy winner John Kastner, on 9 long format documentaries, 2 winning Best Canadian Doc Awards at Hot Docs, and one winning an international Emmy. She also collaborating with many Directors like; Habiba Nosheen, Aisha Jamal, Liz Marshall, Judy Jackson, John Zaritsky, Mary Anne Alton Lemm, Roxana Spicer, Giselle Portenier, and most recently Andrew Gregg.



 

When Deborah started her documentary career, only 4 percent of Telefilm funding went to women. She has been at the forefront of a generation of women who worked hard to change that, and along the way she began to mentor many young women filmmakers, who have since distinguished themselves. She is an advocate for all women who try to tell their stories, and a passionate supporter of the art of documentary filmmaking.