|PETER RAYMONT – Co-Director/Producer
Filmmaker, journalist, writer, activist, Peter Raymont has produced and directed over 100 documentary films and series during his 38 year career. His films have taken him to Ethiopia, Nicaragua, India, Rwanda, Chile the High Arctic and throughout North America and Europe.
Raymont’s films have received 42 international awards including a Canadian Genie, 9 Gemini Awards (and 34 nominations), several Gold and Silver Hugos, The Sesterce d’Argent and other international honours. His documentary feature, Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire received a 2007 EMMY FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY and the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Raymont’s films are often provocative investigations of “hidden worlds” in politics, the media and big business. His films are informed with a passion for human rights and social justice and are regularly broadcast on private and public TV networks worldwide.
His career began at age 21 at the National Film Board of Canada in Montreal where, from 1971-78, he worked as an editor, director and producer. While at the NFB, Raymont also taught film and video production in the Canadian Arctic. In 1979, Raymont moved to Toronto and established his independent film and television production company, Investigative Productions, now operating as White Pine Pictures. He co-partnered the company for many years with his late wife, award-winning filmmaker and author, Lindalee Tracey.
Raymont’s previous work as a director, A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. It is an exploration of exile, memory, longing and democracy, experienced by the Argentine-American writer and playwright, Ariel Dorfman.
Raymont also producedTriage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemmawhich had its North American premiere at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was a top ten audience pick at the IDFA Festival in Amsterdam and the 2008 Hot Docs Documentary Festival.
Raymont is Executive Producer and co-creator of the hit TV drama series The Border, currently in production for its third season on the CBC. Seasons One and Two of The Border have been sold to 25 countries worldwide and have recently been licensed to ION Television in the USA.
MICHÈLE HOZER – Director/ Editor
Michèle Hozer, a two-time Gemini award-winning documentary editor, has been working in the Canadian film industry since 1987.Fluently bilingual, Michèle grew up in Montreal and studied Communications at Concordia University.She started her career at The National Film Board of Canada, working first in production then as an editor.
In the spring of 1996, Hozer moved to Toronto, working as a freelance editor for well-known production companies and major broadcasters. She received her first Gemini in 2000 for The Nature of Things on their millennium special Race for the Future.
In August 2001, Hozer established The Cutting Factory, ensuring the best possible editing environment within the audio post facility of Kitchen Sync.She has cut over 50 documentaries, including award-winning series, such as The Baby Human, The Undefended Border, andChina Rises. With a constant focus on story-telling, Michèle applies her unique editing style to a variety of genres, whether arts documentaries, like Can’t Stop Now with Karen Kain and Jiri Kilean, or social issue films such as Tsepong: A Clinic called Hope, or historical subject matter such as the feature length Arctic Dreamer: The Lonely Quest of Viljhalmur Stefansson (both with White Pine Pictures).
She has worked with Peter Raymont for 8 years, winning her second Gemini for editing the critically-acclaimed feature length documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire.
Triage: The Dilemma of Dr. James Orbinski, another feature documentary edited by Hozer, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and has been screened internationally.
Hozer recently edited the feature length documentary A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman, which had its world premiere at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, was short-listed for an Oscar, received two Gemini awards, including Best Social Political Documentary, as well as a number of other international awards.