Director of Photography
Based out of Toronto, Canada, Carolyn Wong has been in the film industry for 17 years since she moved there from Victoria, B.C. She worked her way up the ranks from production assistant to producers' assistant to camera assistant and settled into the role of cinematographer for the past 7 years. Most of Carolyn's work has come from the independent filmmakers' scene from which she built her reputation. Working in film and video she has shot documentaries (Independent, National Film Board of Canada, Arte Channel 5 in France, PBS Buffalo), short dramas and underground art films. Many of these projects have been broadcast and screened at National, International and local film festivals.
Eventually Carolyn developed a strong desire to be creative in another aspect, one that cinematography did not fulfill. She started her directing career on a few shorts for Bravo! and music videos through VideoFACT. And also acted as cinematographer and producer on several shorts that have been broadcast and screened around the world.
Yin Yin/Jade Love, a 27:57 minute experimental documentary is her first foray in a longer format as director. It is a deeply personal film about what she discovered about her grandmother, after she had died. Carolyn's talent and experience as a cinematographer are displayed in the visual structure that reflects between the past and present within the film. This is juxtaposed with the compelling narrative that she wrote weaving the discoveries of her grandmother's life, her trip home to see her for the last time and childhood memories. Since it's completion, Yin Yin/Jade Love has been busy doing the festival circuit with overwhelmingly warm and moving receptions amongst audiences and peers alike. It is a film that reaches a broad audience through its' universal themes of loss, discovery, regret and above all is not cultural specific in topic.
Hungry Eyes/Film Food Inc.
Jennifer Holness has produced a number of award winning films and documentaries in the independent film scene. Her most recent production, "Love, Sex & Eating The Bones" won the CityTv prize for Best First Feature at The Toronto International Film Festival. The film which will be released in March 2004 will air on TMN, CityTv, Corus and Super Ecran. Her documentary films include "on/black/stage/women" and "Dolores: The Art of Art Modeling" for BRAVO and "Yin Yin/Jade Love", which won the award for Best Canadian Film at the 2003 ReelWorld Film Festival. "Speakers for the Dead", which she co-directed for the National Film Board won Best Documentary at the 2000 Reel Black Film Awards and aired on Vision and CBC RoughCuts. Jennifer also produced "I'm A Big Girl", and "win/loss/tie", both of which aired on CBC in 1998. "Win/loss/tie" also won the Mouche D'or in 1998 for Best Video at the On The Fly Festival. Jennifer is the executive producer on Marilyn Gray's "Vicious Cycles", and the Line Producer of Dale Sheldrake's quirky Candiana drama "Roadkill Travelogue". Her third half-hour film, "My Father's Hands," premiered at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival, won four awards at Yorkton for Best Drama, Best Script, Best Director and Best Actor (Ardon Bess), won the HBO Award for Best Short Film and was nominated for a 2000 Gemini Award for best Short Film.
Jennifer also works in television production on dramatic and variety programs including, "Ready Or Not" for Global, CTV's "The Mike Bullard Show", the "Tara Lipinsky Show" for CBS and "Ekhaya: A Family Chronicle" for CBC. She line-produced the six-part documentary series "Skin Deep II", which won a 2001 Gemini for Best Lifetime Series. In 2001 she directed 2 episodes of the series, one of which won the 2002 BFVN award for Best New Documentary. This year she is developing a second NFB documentary entitled "Thru Their Eyes". Feature film projects in development includes "The Way The Ball Bounces", "I Wanna Rock" and "Cross Border. She is also developing her first MOW project with Toronto 1, the steamy legal drama "Common Law".
A 1999 Producer's Lab graduate at the Canadian Film Centre, Jennifer recently gave birth to her second child, Daeja who joins her 17-month-old big sister Rayne in delighting their parents.
Original music score
Michael Kulas is a Toronto singer/songwriter who for the past 5 years has been performing with the British pop group JAMES.
His first studio album MOSQUITO was released in 1995 and was produced by Saul Davies.
He is a past winner of FACTOR's New Talent Demo Award as well as a runner up in the Q107 Scott Liddle Award.
Since joining JAMES he has worked with Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor, Steven Osborne, Steven Hague and many other performers and producers.
In performing with JAMES, Kulas has toured extensively in Asia, South Africa, Europe and North America, including the LOLLAPALOOZA Festival in 1997. In the UK, JAMES have continued to perform sold out Arena Tours including Wembley and Manchester Evening News Arena and recently played to a live TV audience of 500 million as the torch was passed to Manchester for last years Commonwealth Games.
In 2002 Kulas completed his second, self produced solo album titled ANOTHER SMALL MACHINE while performing live shows in Canadian cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Montreal.
Most recently Kulas composed and performed the music for the film Yin Yin/Jade Love which went on to win the Outstanding Canadian Short Film at the 2003 Reel World Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario.
Hungry Eyes / Film Food Inc.
a film by
Yin Yin / Yuk Oy /Jade Love
written and directed by
music composed by -
on-line editor & add'l editing
Mark Gingras & John Laing,
John Hazen,Theatre D
special thanks to:
William & Jaci Wong
Julian Wong Reizes
extra special thanks to my immediate and extended family
for all their understanding, patience and love in the making of
Yin Yin/Jade Love.
It simply could not have been done without you.
Yin Yin/Jade Love was produced with the generous assistance and support of;
New Initiatives in Film Program
Studio D of the National Film Board of Canada
Ontario Arts Council
the Arts, Media Arts
National Film Board of Canada -
Filmmakers Assistance Program
The City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council
Digital Film Group
copyright CAROLYN WONG 2002 (at bottom of frame)