Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She makes creative documentaries about complex social issues.
world premiere of UNFRACTURED
6:30pm October 19, Royal Cinema, Toronto
Chanda's newest feature documentary will be having its World Premiere as the Opening Night Gala film of the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival. A triumphant documentary about resistance, UNFRACTURED follows introspective mother and biologist Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist to go head to head with the oil and gas industry in New York. Chanda and Sandra will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.
filmmaking master class
Chanda will be delivering this year's Master Class at the Planet in Focus Industry Day on Friday October 20. During the session, Chanda will talk about the different approaches she has taken in her work as an environmental filmmaker, comparing her feature, UNFRACTURED, with her previous feature, Living Downstream.
Chanda is passionate about media for social change. Her first feature documentary, Living Downstream, won multiple awards and was broadcast on six continents. She is currently in post-production on her second feature, an observational documentary that will be released in 2017.
While living in Uganda, Chanda created educational films on violence prevention, which are being used by thousands of organizations and have contributed to tangible change. Chanda has trained as an arts educator with the Royal Conservatory and was recently an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library. She is currently an instructor at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre.
In 2015, Chanda received a prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which enables artists to take their work in new directions. In 2013, she received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and was named a Woman to Watch by Sydney's Buzz on Indie Wire.
Chanda is a member of several professional associations, including the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Society of Environmental Journalists, and the Toronto Chapter of Film Fatales. She is a graduate of Sheridan College, lives in Toronto, and is the mother of two children.