To Kill A Tiger

Academy Award® Nominee - Best Documentary Feature Film|Streaming Now Worldwide on Netflix

Filmmakers

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NISHA PAHUJA
WRITER, DIRECTOR

Nisha Pahuja is an Oscar-nominated, Peabody and Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in Toronto. Her latest film, TO KILL A TIGER, had its world premiere at TIFF where it won the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Since then, it’s garnered 27 awards including the Best Documentary Feature, Palm Springs International Film Festival and three Canadian Screen awards. The film grew out of a long career of addressing various human rights issues, notably violence against women in India. In 2015, she won the Amnesty International media award for Canadian journalism after making a short film about the Delhi bus gang rape for Global News. Pahuja’s other past credits include the multi-award-winning THE WORLD BEFORE HER (2012 Best Documentary Feature, Jury Award Winner, Tribeca Film Festival; Best Canadian Documentary, Hot Docs; TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten; Best Documentary nominee, Canadian Screen Awards, the series Diamond Road (2008 Gemini Award for Best Documentary Series) and Bollywood Bound (2002 Gemini Award nominee).

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CORNELIA PRINCIPE
PRODUCER / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Cornelia is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer. Her documentary films have collectively screened at well over 100 national and international film festivals, been broadcast all over the world, and have garnered numerous awards and distinctions including: Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story; Best Documentary Feature, Jury Award Winner, Tribeca Film Festival; Best Canadian Documentary, Hot Docs; Audience Choice Award, Hot Docs; TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten; Ted Rogers Best Feature Documentary, Canadian Screen Awards; Sundance Film Forward Program. Cornelia is currently in production on the feature documentary A Vigilante’s Justice and in post-production on the feature documentary Russians at War and the documentary The Battalion in co-production with CAPA Films for TVO and ARTE-France. Other credit hi-lights include To Kill a Tiger (2022), which premiered at TIFF 2022 where it won the Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film, and more recently the CSA Ted Rogers Best Feature Documentary, among other awards; the award-winning feature PREY (2019); award-winning documentary The World Before Her (2012); and the award-winning documentary series Diamond Road (2008).

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DAVID OPPENHEIM
PRODUCER

David Oppenheim is a Creative Producer and Executive Producer of interactive experiences, most recently at the National Film Board of Canada where his credits included Draw Me Close, Agence, The Book of Distance, Otherly, The Space We Hold, and To Kill a Tiger. His productions have won multiple Webby awards, Canadian Screen Awards and a Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, and premiered at major festivals including Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and TIFF. David is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab. He is currently consulting and also completing his Masters of Design at OCAD University in Toronto.

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ANDY COHEN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Andrew “Andy” Cohen is an independent filmmaker and journalist. Andy has been involved in many award-winning films as a producer, executive producer, writer and director. His list of credits includes Dealers among Dealers (1996), Killing Kasztner (2008) , Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012, short-listed for Best Documentary Academy Award®), The World Before Her (2012, Best Documentary Feature, Tribeca Film Festival), Hooligan Sparrow (2016, short-listed for Best Documentary Academy Award®), Human Flow (2017, short-listed for Best Documentary Academy Award®), Ximei (2019, Movies That Matter Activist Award), Beijing Spring (2021, Amnesty International/FIFA Jury Award) and To Kill a Tiger (2022, Best Canadian Feature Film, Toronto International Film Festival). These films have screened at festivals around the world, including FIFDH Geneva, Movies That Matter, the Venice Film Festival, Telluride, Tribeca, Traverse City, the Toronto International Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival, among others. They’ve been broadcast on PBS, BBC, Channel 4, ARTE, ZDF, Netflix and Amazon. Crossing over from documentary to fiction, Andy produced his first narrative feature, Little Death (2022), starring David Schwimmer and directed by Jack Begert, with Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures and Psycho Films.

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ANITA LEE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

A multi-award-winning producer, Anita Lee was head of the NFB’s Ontario Studio in Toronto from 2014 to 2022. She produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (2012). Recent NFB projects as executive producer include Randall Okita’s The Book of Distance (2021 CSA, 2021 Webby, 2020 Japan Prize). Lee established the NFB’s Creative Non-Fiction Immersive Lab in Toronto and was the founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. Currently, she is the Chief Programming Officer at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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ATUL GAWANDE
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer and public health researcher. He practises general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a professor at Harvard Medical School. In 2004, he was named one of the 20 Most Influential South Asians by Newsweek. Chosen for The 2010 TIME 100, he was number five in the Thinkers category. Also in 2010, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. In 2012, he gave the TED talk How Do We Heal Medicine? The talk has been viewed over one million times. Atul has written extensively on medicine and public health for The New Yorker and Slate, and is the author of the books Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto and the best-selling Being Mortal, on which the 2016 Emmy-nominated PBS documentary was based.

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Andrew Dragoumis
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Andrew Dragoumis is an American investment banker, financier and film producer based in New York. Following his graduate studies at the University of Chicago, Andrew spent more than 25 years advising and financing governments and private companies in emerging countries across Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Andrew has long been an advocate of social causes and economic initiatives impacting the lives of citizens in emerging and transitional countries. He began producing documentaries in 2014 as a way to highlight social issues worthy of more attention throughout the developing world. His credits include Thao’s Library, an award-winning feature-length documentary released in 2015.

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DEV PATEL
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Academy Award and Primetime Emmy Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner Dev Patel, catapulted to success in 2008 when he starred in the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle. Oscar nominated for his role in Garth Davis’ Lion, Patel took home the BAFTA Award for “Best Supporting Actor” along with numerous accolades. Most recent credits include The Green Knight for director David Lowery and The Personal History of David Copperfield. He will next be seen in Wes Anderson’s feature film The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar based on the book by Roald Dahl. Patel will make his directorial debut with an original script for which he co-wrote and stars, called Monkey Man, which he produced alongside Thunder Road.

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MINDY KALING
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mindy Kaling is an Emmy-nominated writer, producer, New York Times best-selling author, actor, and Tony award winner. In 2023, Kaling was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the White House, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the federal government. In February 2023, Kaling received the Producers Guild of America’s prestigious Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television. In 2022, Kaling International was named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential Companies. Kaling was named as one of TIME100’s Most Influential People in the World List in 2012.

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SHIVANI RAWAT
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Shivani Rawat is the Founder and CEO of ShivHans Pictures, a production and finance company that supports the visions of independent filmmakers to create dynamic and groundbreaking feature films outside the traditional Hollywood studio model. ShivHans Pictures, Shivani strives to streamline the film financing process in an effort to fully support the visions of independent filmmakers while collaborating with top-tier talent and cutting-edge creatives. Upcoming films from ShivHans Pictures include Susanna Fogel’s WINNER and Richard Linklater’s HITMAN. ShivHans is also behind titles including Netflix's THE ICE ROAD, David Oyelowo's directorial debut THE WATER MAN, and Aaron Sorkin's Academy Award-nominated THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7. Additionally, ShivHans has a first look deal with Dev Patel’s production company Minor Realm. In 2019 Rawat's ShivHans Pictures expanded into distribution with Bleecker Street, co-releasing films including HOTEL MUMBAI, BRIAN BANKS, and the upcoming GOLDA. In 2022, ShivHans also began co-producing live theatre with Broadway’s & JULIET and NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Shivani’s ambitious and inclusive approach to film is seen in her support of various industry-related organizations including the California Innocence Project, the Horizon Award, the Motion Picture & Television Fund, and her 2019 sponsorship of HUMANITAS, honoring film and television writing. She also provided seed funding for WIF's #HireHerBack initiative, which supported inclusive hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rawat is a Board member of Women in Film and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, as well as a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, Producers Guild of America, and Film Independent.

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RUPI KAUR
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

A breakout literary phenomenon and #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kaur wrote, illustrated, and self-published her first poetry collection, milk and honey (2014). Next came its artistic siblings, the sun and her flowers (2017) and home body (2020), both debuting at #1 on bestseller lists across the world. These collections have sold over 11 million copies and have been translated into over 43 languages, with milk and honey surpassing Homer’s Odyssey to become the best-selling poetry of all time. She was also regarded as ‘Writer of the Decade’ by The New Republic and recognized on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. In 2022, Kaur released her fourth book, Healing Through Words, another bestseller and a journey of guided writing exercises to help readers explore their creativity.

As she has done from the very beginning, Kaur self-produced Rupi Kaur Live (2021), the first-of-its-kind poetry special on Amazon Prime followed by her first foray into film as an executive producer on This Place, which premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. Most recently, Kaur wrote and narrated an original poem for the short film Rise with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, which was showcased at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival and available on Amazon Prime.

Kaur has also graced stages across the globe having just completed another sold-out tour this year. Her shows are poetic theatrical experiences interlaced with Kaur’s own touch of stand-up.

Kaur’s work encompasses love, loss, trauma, healing, femininity, and migration. She feels most at home when creating art, performing her poetry onstage, and spending time with family and friends.

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Anita Bhatia
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Anita Bhatia, MHA, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation. After a 20+ year career in the nonprofit and healthcare sector, Anita shifted her focus a bit closer to home and joined the Family Foundation in 2016. Building upon the groundwork laid by her parents, Anita was determined to lead the foundation's work through strategic planning, creative collaborations, and innovative partnerships that would help bring visionary change and impact to our society. Under Anita's leadership, the Ramesh and Kalpana Bhatia Family Foundation has continued to evolve by advancing the organization's grantmaking capacity and philanthropic initiatives to exponentially grow the family's long legacy of giving. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anita held senior leadership positions in healthcare -developing and implementing marketing campaigns and business development strategies for major hospitals and healthcare systems, including: Providence St. John's Health Center, Montefiore Medical Center, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Anita is also the Founder and President of Incite Media, LLC, a marketing consulting and graphic design firm known for creating compelling advertising campaigns, marketing materials, and more for various clients and industries. Anita has worked with clients such as GHJ (Green Hasson Janks), YMCA of Metropolitan of Los Angeles, The American Red Cross, Los Angeles, and small business owners locally and internationally to help derive strategic, creative solutions and to elevate messaging and branding. Anita received a Master's Degree in Health Administration from the University of Southern California and graduated with a BA from the University of Texas, Austin. She is a member of UT Southwestern Medical Center President's Advisory Board and Marketing Committee member. She is the Chair of the TSC Alliance's annual fundraiser, "Comedy for A Cure. " Anita has also been a speaker at international conferences, including Indiaspora and We Give Summit, and her op-ed pieces have been featured in Inside Philanthropy and The Jewish Journal. Anita lives in Los Angeles with her 16-year-old daughter, Anya, who inspires her daily. At eight weeks old, Anya was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease, Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, and has faced many medical and neurological challenges. Anya is on the Autism Spectrum, and after realizing the resources for her daughter and other neurodiverse teens and adults were lacking, Anita stepped in to become a vocal advocate for the autism and neurodiversity community and continues to support many organizations in this area of work.

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Niraj Bhatia
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Niraj Bhatia is founder and president of Om Films. He has executive produced multiple award-winning films. Many of which accomplish social education, cultural exploration and exposure to diverse environments and points of view. He believes in using art and media to inspire and influence change.

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DEEPA MEHTA
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Deepa Mehta is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker whose work is internationally renowned. Her emotionally resonating, award-winning films have played at major film festivals, and been sold and distributed around the globe. Her fiction films include the Elemental Trilogy: Fire, Earth, and the Best Foreign Language Oscar nominee, Water; Bollywood/Hollywood, Heaven on Earth, the epic adaptation of Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie’s three-time Booker Prize winning novel; Beeba Boys, Anatomy of Violence, and most recently the award-winning Funny Boy, which was nominated for several Canadian Screen Awards and won for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film also picked up Best Picture and Best Supporting Performance Female at the 2021 Leo Awards. For the small screen, Mehta shot the pilot and second episode for the Netflix Original series, Leila, and is the Creative Executive Producer for the show. She also directed The Manager and Mr. Song, the pilot episodes of Little America’s two seasons for Apple TV as well as the episode Bear Down for Showtime’s critically acclaimed series Yellowjackets. Mehta is currently working on I am Sirat, a documentary, which will be followed by the feature film Burnt Sugar, based on Avni Doshi’s award-winning novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize and starring Freida Pinto & Deepti Naval.

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SAMARTH SAHNI
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Samarth Sahni is a Los Angeles-based producer, born and raised in New Delhi, India. Sam brings extensive on-set production experience having worked on major studio features such as “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” “Life of Pi,” and “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” As a production executive at Kintop Pictures, he went on to produce Michael Winterbottom’s “The Wedding Guest” which had its premiere at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival. He produced Patel’s acclaimed short film, “Home Shopper” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and is also producing Patel’s directorial debut, “Monkey Man,” which is currently in post-production along with Thunder Road and Bron Studios. In his new role as EVP, Production at Minor Realm, Sam will be producing film and television projects under the company banner.

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

S. Mona Sinha is a globally recognized advocate for gender equality. She brings over 25 years of experience in strengthening mission-driven organizations to Equality Now. Aligning her passion for social justice and women’s empowerment with her early experience working in the corporate sector, she has enabled over 90 organizations that unlock the economic potential and protect the legal rights of women, girls, and gender non-conforming people. With her deep understanding of the women’s rights ecosystem and an intentional focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, Mona has led and catalyzed over $1 billion to fund progressive projects, initiatives, and grassroots movements that elevate the economic agency of women and amplify women leaders. All on a global scale. Mona serves on several non-profit boards with a focus on governance, strategy, and sustainability. She is the Board Chair of Women Moving Millions and serves on the Executive Council of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, slated to be built on the Washington Mall within the decade. She is an Advisory Board member of Gucci CHIME and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University. Formerly, Mona chaired the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition’s Fund for Women’s Equality and is a trustee emerita (Vice Chair) of her alma mater, Smith College. In 2022, she was awarded the Smith College Medal in recognition of her bold feminist leadership in stewarding a trans-inclusive admissions policy and her critical role in fundraising $486M for the school’s Women for the World campaign. She has served in various leadership capacities on the Boards of Connected Women Leaders, Apne Aap International, Columbia Global Mental Health Program in partnership with WHO, Breakthrough USA, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy. As the founder of the Insight Circle Fund, she has facilitated meaningful partnerships and resources to uplift women and center marginalized communities. She also co-founded the Asian Women’s Leadership University to bring the liberal arts education model to women across the region. Mona is the Executive Producer of the award-winning Netflix documentary Disclosure, which explores the representation of trans people in entertainment and premiered at Sundance in 2020. She is an Executive Producer of What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for Best Play at the 73rd Tony Awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2019. She also produced Sell.Buy.Date and My Name is Andrea, which premiered in 2022 at SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival, respectively. She’s received wide recognition for her work across sectors to advance equality and empower women leaders. In 2023, she was listed in Forbes 50 Over 50 for her impact as a leading force driving change for a better future. She’s the recipient of the 2023 Horton Award for Excellence in Social Enterprise from Columbia University and CARE USA’s 2021 Impact Award. She was presented the Last Girl Champion Award by Gloria Steinem and Apne Aap in 2017 and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, honoring the accomplishments and service of US citizens in 2015. She has also received awards from Children’s Hope India, Modern High School in Kolkata, Smith College, and Breakthrough USA, and was named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. Mona graduated with a BA in Economics (Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Smith College and an MBA in Finance and Marketing (Dean’s List, Beta Gamma Sigma) from Columbia University.

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PRIYA DORASWAMY
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Priya Doraswamy founded the Lotus Lane Literary agency in 2013. Here, she represents a range of best-selling and award-winning authors from around the world including Academy Award® recipient Ernest Thompson and Tamil author Perumal Murugan who's novels have been included in the New York Times Best of Year Books and longlisted for the Booker Prize and The National Book Award. Prior to being an agent, Priya worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey prosecuting securities fraud. She is passionate and dedicated to the intentional expansion of diversity and inclusivity in the publishing and film/tv industries and is constantly swimming upstream striving to bring lesser known voices to mainstream readership. Priya is a member of the Association of American Literary Agents where she serves on the Contracts Committee. She is also a member of the Women's Media Group.

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Mala Gaonkar (Surgo Foundation)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mala Gaonkar has over twenty years of experience investing behind technology trends. She was a founding partner of the investment management firm Lone Pine Capital in 1998. In 2022, Mala launched her own firm, SurgoCap Partners, focused on the disruptive effects of technology within broad industry categories. Mala’s focus is on multi-disciplinary thinking, including using the tools of data science, artificial intelligence, and behavioral science to solve problems.  She has embraced this approach both through her investing career as well as through Surgo Ventures, a foundation that she co-founded in 2015. Mala is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Business School. She is a founding trustee of Ariadne Labs and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.  She is a trustee of the Tate Foundation, and a former trustee of the RAND Corporation. Additionally, Mala serves on the board of Surgo Health P.B.C., a public benefit corporation, which uses data driven solutions to solve health and social problems.

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PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Priyanka Chopra Jonas is a multi-faceted talent and the recipient of numerous awards as an actor and producer, with more than seventy five international and Hollywood films and series to her credit. In February 2021, she became a New York Times bestselling author with her memoir Unfinished. Chopra Jonas is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Executive Committee of the Actors Branch. She is also a member if the Producers Guild of America. Most recently, Chopra Jonas starred in a leading role opposite Richard Madden in Prime Video’s hit series Citadel. Up next, she will be seen in Prime Video’s Heads of State opposite John Cena and Idris Elba. Chopra Jonas’s production banner Purple Pebble Pictures is currently under a first look film and television deal with Amazon MGM Studios. The Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors, was conferred on her in 2016. She was featured on the cover of Time magazine’s “Time 100” issue, in which she was named one of the “Most Influential People” in the world, and has been recognized as one of Forbes “Most Powerful Women.” She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Nick, their daughter Malti Marie, and Diana, Gino, and Panda, their three dogs.

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Regina K. Scully
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to transforming our culture through media, arts, and education. Regina K. Scully has produced over 200+ documentary films focused on some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. She is an Emmy, Academy and Peabody Award-winning producer. Her films include: What Would Sophia Loren Do? (2021), Fantastic Fungi (2020), Miss Representation (2010), The Invisible War (2012), Common Ground (2023), Kiss The Ground (2020), The Biggest Little Farm (2019), Won't You Be My Neighbor (2018), The Hunting Ground (2015), Fed Up (2014), The Great Hack (2019), Anita: Speaking Truth To Power (2013), Newtown (2016), Eagle Huntress (2016), Dolores (2017), One Of Us (2017), This Changes Everything (2019), Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016), and the Return of Tanya Tucker (2022). Ms. Scully is the Founding Sponsor of the Athena Film Festival (Barnard College, NYC), which is dedicated to celebrating and elevating women's leadership. She is a 15+ year member of Impact Partners, an organization dedicated to supporting independent documentary storytelling and the wider documentary community. Ms. Scully is also a principal funder of Gamechanger Films, a development company dedicated to groundbreaking narratives that disrupt the status quo and advance the cultural conversation. Ms. Scully is Founder and CEO of RPR Marketing Communications, a public relations and marketing agency in NYC. Ms. Scully is Co-Founder of the Making Waves Academy Charter School in Richmond, CA. Ms. Scully is a board member of the Women’s Media Center, Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, and The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences.

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Jason Loftus
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Jason is a Peabody-winning filmmaker and four-time Canadian Screen Award nominee. He produced and directed 2022’s Eternal Spring, the first documentary to represent Canada as its Official Submission to the Oscars® for Best International Feature. A SIMA Award Winner and nominee at both the IDA Documentary Awards and Annie Awards, Jason is CEO of Toronto-based Lofty Sky Entertainment.