Three prominent Alberta filmmakers will receive recognition at the 2013 University of Alberta Alumni Awards on Wednesday, September 25: Kende Gee, director/producer writer for Lost Years, Phyllis Yaffe, from Alliance Atlantis Communications and Selwyn Jacob, an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Kenda Gee, Director/ Producer/ Writer of Lost Years
Kenda Gee is the Director/ Producer/ Writer of Lost Years, an epic documentary touching upon 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia.The film covers four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and his family story.Kenda, a Chinese Canadian, travels with his father to China to retrace the steps of his great-grandfather, exactly a century ago, and grandfather, who sailed to Canada in the summer of 1921.
He is a graduate of the Documentary Production Workshop at Ryerson University through the support of the National Film Board of Canada. In 1998, he produced and directed a documentary short with the Edmonton Chinese Television Society, entitled, China Clipper on Larry Kwong, the first Chinese Canadian player in the National Hockey League. Kenda is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto and the recipient of a United Nations Secretariat graduate internship in New York with the Offices of Political and Legal Affairs.
Phyllis Yaffe, Alliance Atlantis Communications
Phyllis Yaffe is one of the most powerful women in Canadian media. She served as the Chief Executive Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications Movie Distribution Income Fund from June 1, 2005 to 2007. She joined Alliance Atlantis Communications in 1993. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of Alliance Atlantis Communications from April 23, 2004 to May 2005 and also served as its Chief Executive Officer, Broadcast Group from February 2001 to April 2004.
In 2006, Ms. Yaffe was included in the Women’s Executive Network’s list of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She holds a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Library Science from the University of Alberta (’72 BLS) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba (1976).
Selwyn Jacob, award winning documentary filmmaker
Selwyn Jacob is dedicated to making the world a better and more educated place with his craft. Now based in Vancouver, he has produced or directed more than 40 films since joining the NFB in 1997. His recent projects include, Mighty Jerome, a feature-length documentary on Vancouver sprinter Harry Jerome, directed by Charles Officer (2010); and When You Give of Yourself, a short film directed by Lynne Stopkewich for the 2010 Governor General’s Awards.
His filmography includes documentaries such as Warrior Boyz, about the root causes of gang violence in the South Asian community of Metro Vancouver (2008); The Journey of Lesra Martin, about a former street youth who helped to free Rubin “Hurricane” Carter from prison; From Harling Point, about the first Chinese cemetery in Canada (2003); Jeni LeGon: Living in a Great Big Way, a portrait of one of the first Black women entertainers in Hollywood to sign a long-term contract with a major Hollywood studio (1999); John McCrae’s War: In Flanders Fields, a look at the WWI Canadian army doctor who wrote the poem, “In Flanders Fields” (1998).
The 2013 Alumni Recognition Awards Ceremony will be held on September 25, at 7:00 pm, at the Winspear Centre for Music. This event will be free and will be followed by a reception.