Chanda Chevannes

Filmmaker, Writer, Educator

Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way. She is the author of The Documentary Organization of Canada's forthcoming guide, The Roadmap to Creative Distribution, which will be launched at Getting Real.

Chanda’s newest feature documentary is UNFRACTURED. This triumphant observational documentary recently had its World Premiere at Toronto’s Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, where it screened as the festival’s opening night film, received an enthusiastic standing ovation, and was honoured with the award for Best Canadian Feature Film. It has since at its International Premiere at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, and has screened across the US, in Europe, and in Australia. It follows introspective biologist Sandra Steingraber as she reinvents herself as an outspoken activist to join the fight against fracking in New York State. UNFRACTURED is an environmental film with a happy ending.

Chanda’s first feature documentary was Living Downstream, a cinematic documentary about cancer and environmental toxicants. Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream had over 200 public screenings, was broadcast on television on six continents, and was seen by more than four million people. It won a Gracie for Outstanding Documentary and the Best Documentary award at both the Salem Film Festival and The People’s Film Festival in New York. 

Chanda lives in Toronto and is the proud mum of two young children, Hannah and Henry. Chanda is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts Program. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists; a former board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada; and a founding member of the Toronto Chapter of Film Fatales, an international collective of women filmmakers.  

See more about Chanda’s work at www.chandachevannes.com.

Sessions in which Chanda Chevannes attends

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