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Chanda Chevannes

Chanda is an award-winning producer/director with The People’s Picture Company in Toronto, Canada. She has been the driving force behind a wide range of creative documentary-based projects.  Chanda specializes in complex, multi-layered films that are artistically rich and socially meaningful.

She is currently in post-production on Living Downstream, an eloquent feature-length film about cancer and environmental toxins. Living Downstream is her third creative documentary and her first feature-length film.  It was recently pitched during the prestigious 2009 Hot Docs Toronto Documentary Forum.  Chanda is passionate about the possibility of using film to create change.  Recently, she and her partner, Nathan Shields, lived in Uganda for eight months, producing artful and educational films with Raising Voices, an organization committed to prevention violence against women and children in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Chanda earned various credits on over twenty documentary projects, including: production supervisor, associate producer, production manager and researcher.

Chanda was born and currently resides in Toronto with her husband and producing partner, Nathan Shields and their daughter Hannah.  She is passionate about public education and has authored several educational resources including an online weblog for the National Film Board of Canada’s Citizen Shift website.  Chanda is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts Program and a member of the Documentary Organisation of Canada.