Deep Ocean Connection

Ray Chin

Ray Chin

Nature Photographer / Environmental Educator

Suzanne and Mike

Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit

Filmmaker / Educator, Filmmaker / Writer

It’s 2013, and the Montana Film Festival is underway. This was where Taiwanese deep ocean still photographer Ray Chin met the producer and director pair from BC who created Saving Luna, the touching documentary about a young beluga whale whose presence fueled conflicting emotions within the BC community. Today, Ray reunites with Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit at TAIWANfest after their first meeting eight years ago. How much can change in eight years’ time? In life, and in the ocean? Watch as three filmmakers reconnect again through the same bright passion for the ocean.

This program is presented by the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival.

About The Artist / Ray Chin

Ray Chin is a nature photographer and environmental educator. Chin got into photography when he was at university and started photographing the environment and living creatures. Owing to his love for the ocean, he arrived at the east coast of Hualien where he encountered a mysterious cetacean. He was so fascinated that he settled in Hualien and volunteered for the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation. Since then, Chin has accumulated over 20 years of marine ecology photography experience. From taking images on the surface of the water to recent underwater images from his visits around the world, and around the waters of Taiwan, he hopes that people can learn more about the blue ocean that surrounds us through his photographs.

About The Artist / Michael Parfit

Michael Parfit is a writer and filmmaker based in British Columbia. He has edited, written, filmed and directed television and theatrical films, has written IMAX scripts and narration, has written magazine articles, book reviews and books, has been a photographer for newspapers, magazines, and film, and has been a newspaper publisher. His work in all these categories has won awards and peer recognition. Parfit’s editing credits include the theatrical films Saving Luna, which won over 25 industry and festival awards; The Whale, which was a critics’ pick at the New York Times and Washington Post, and All the Time in the World, which won numerous awards at festivals. He has also edited films for television, including The Call of the Baby Beluga, which was shown world-wide on Nat Geo Wild, and numerous short documentaries for the National Geographic Channel. He co-wrote the script for the giant-screen film Antarctica, and wrote the script for the award-winning giant screen film Ocean Oasis. He also filmed, edited, and wrote The Search for the Never Never, a one-hour educational documentary about the Australian environment, and Letters from the Forgotten People, about refugees in Tanzania. Parfit has written five books, including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year about Antarctica, South Light, and numerous magazine articles for National Geographic, Smithsonian and others. Parfit is a licenced private pilot with an instrument rating and owns a long-range Cessna TR182. He is also a certified drone pilot in both Canada and the United States

About The Artist / Suzanne Chisholm

Suzanne Chisholm is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator based in the Gulf Islands. She produced and co-directed the feature documentaries Saving Luna (winner of 28 awards and distributed worldwide by PBS International) and The Whale, narrated by Ryan Reynolds. The Whale was released theatrically in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and was named Critics’ Pick by the New York Times and Washington Post. She produced and co-directed Call of the Baby Beluga, which was shown on The Nature of Things and internationally on Nat Geo Wild in 2017. She was producer’s consultant on All the Time in the World, a Hot Docs audience favourite, and Us and Them. She executive produced Soul in the Sea, a New Zealand production about a lone dolphin. She produced and co-directed over twenty news features for National Geographic Channel – US. Her work has been shown on BBC, NHK, France 2, Al-Jazeera, PBS, and in dozens of territories worldwide. She has served on numerous film juries, most recently for Jackson Wild 2020. She served for 6 years in local government on the small island where she lives, and has extensive experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders. Suzanne recently earned a doctorate in education, and she currently works in the BC public school system.

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It’s 2013, and the Montana Film Festival is underway. This was where Taiwanese deep ocean still photographer Ray Chin met the producer and director pair from BC who created Saving Luna, the touching documentary about a young beluga whale whose presence fueled conflicting emotions within the BC community. Today, Ray reunites with Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit at TAIWANfest after their first meeting eight years ago. How much can change in eight years’ time? In life, and in the ocean? Watch as three filmmakers reconnect again through the same bright passion for the ocean.

This program is presented by the Vancouver Taiwanese Film Festival.

Ray Chin

Ray Chin

Nature Photographer / Environmental Educator

Ray Chin is a nature photographer and environmental educator. Chin got into photography when he was at university and started photographing the environment and living creatures. Owing to his love for the ocean, he arrived at the east coast of Hualien where he encountered a mysterious cetacean. He was so fascinated that he settled in Hualien and volunteered for the Kuroshio Ocean Education Foundation. Since then, Chin has accumulated over 20 years of marine ecology photography experience. From taking images on the surface of the water to recent underwater images from his visits around the world, and around the waters of Taiwan, he hopes that people can learn more about the blue ocean that surrounds us through his photographs.

Suzanne and Mike

Suzanne Chisholm & Michael Parfit

Filmmaker / Educator, Filmmaker / Writer

Michael Parfit is a writer and filmmaker based in British Columbia. He has edited, written, filmed and directed television and theatrical films, has written IMAX scripts and narration, has written magazine articles, book reviews and books, has been a photographer for newspapers, magazines, and film, and has been a newspaper publisher. His work in all these categories has won awards and peer recognition. Parfit’s editing credits include the theatrical films Saving Luna, which won over 25 industry and festival awards; The Whale, which was a critics’ pick at the New York Times and Washington Post, and All the Time in the World, which won numerous awards at festivals. He has also edited films for television, including The Call of the Baby Beluga, which was shown world-wide on Nat Geo Wild, and numerous short documentaries for the National Geographic Channel. He co-wrote the script for the giant-screen film Antarctica, and wrote the script for the award-winning giant screen film Ocean Oasis. He also filmed, edited, and wrote The Search for the Never Never, a one-hour educational documentary about the Australian environment, and Letters from the Forgotten People, about refugees in Tanzania. Parfit has written five books, including a New York Times Notable Book of the Year about Antarctica, South Light, and numerous magazine articles for National Geographic, Smithsonian and others. Parfit is a licenced private pilot with an instrument rating and owns a long-range Cessna TR182. He is also a certified drone pilot in both Canada and the United States.

Suzanne Chisholm is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and educator based in the Gulf Islands. She produced and co-directed the feature documentaries Saving Luna (winner of 28 awards and distributed worldwide by PBS International) and The Whale, narrated by Ryan Reynolds. The Whale was released theatrically in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and was named Critics’ Pick by the New York Times and Washington Post. She produced and co-directed Call of the Baby Beluga, which was shown on The Nature of Things and internationally on Nat Geo Wild in 2017. She was producer’s consultant on All the Time in the World, a Hot Docs audience favourite, and Us and Them. She executive produced Soul in the Sea, a New Zealand production about a lone dolphin. She produced and co-directed over twenty news features for National Geographic Channel – US. Her work has been shown on BBC, NHK, France 2, Al-Jazeera, PBS, and in dozens of territories worldwide. She has served on numerous film juries, most recently for Jackson Wild 2020. She served for 6 years in local government on the small island where she lives, and has extensive experience working collaboratively with a variety of stakeholders. Suzanne recently earned a doctorate in education, and she currently works in the BC public school system.

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