After 4 years with the British foreign office in China Matthew Kennedy returned to Canada to study and make films. Before authoring projects of his own he worked in various camera and editorial departments, contributing to commercials, commissioned documentaries and live action dramatic television. His debut hybrid experimental-doc ‘Home’, screened at festivals globally, taking home 2 awards for best experimental film. When not transiting airports and riding-out Norwegian hurricanes with Discovery Channel, he’s in the edit suite completing work on his debut feature documentary, Blind Date, which he produced and directed. He is currently based in Toronto as a Director and cinematographer and works primarily in documentary and factual programming.
6 years of film school and 8 freelancing put a ring on Jake Chirico’s marriage between theory and practice. In between steady work as a freelance cinematographer and a camera assistant for Discovery Channel Canada (Exploration Production Inc.) Jake hits the streets with various personal projects. Mental illness, graffiti writing, and HIV/AIDS are subjects he’s grown close to as an emerging cinematographer, director, editor and photographer. He is a Canon C100 owner/operator. Extensive experience traveling with camera work (Africa/Asia/Europe/Americas/beyond) has given him a unique perspective on the power of film as a gateway to exploring human nature. Jake’s first short documentary premiered at Hot Docs 2010 (The Freshwater Plague) and his feature film debut as a co-director/cinematographer, a portrait of a young woman with schizophrenia shot over 2 years, has been picked up by the Super Channel and will be delivered mid-2015. Jake’s experience has helped him develop a unique eye for the unexpected, fluidity in collaboration, strong improvisational abilities, and a dogged work ethic that is consistent on any set. And he’s worked with wolves.