Jennifer Pickford, Film Maker, Documentarian, Storyteller

Documentary film maker Jennifer Pickford is unmistakable in rich colors and brilliant long strawberry hair as she meets me with the new CD on the table, The Wreck of the King David, a compilation of four stories, written and narrated by historical interpreter Chuck Syme. She produced the CD which will launch next Friday and Pickord is clearly thrilled.

“I'm interested in revealing truths. The discovery. The journey,” Pickford said. “Everything happens according to plan. I believe there's a force that's propelling you. People want you to tell their story. The pursuit of truth, integrity, is important. It's our responsibility to tell the truth."

Pickford grew up in a single parent home under the influence of a mother dedicated to her community and social justice. She travelled a lot, taking a school bus to South America, visiting different communities in the United States, and swimming at as many beaches as possible along the way.
When she was 18, she enrolled in the Emily Carr School of Art. She later moved to Courtney, where she discovered a strong environmental atmosphere. There, she helped to develop the World Community Film Festival whose resources she used to create festivals in seven different communities to ensure films were shown, and more importantly, seen.

Her first production was a forty-seven minute award winning broadcast documentary entitled Crimes of Compassion (2001). It was a look inside a medical marijuana grow-operation and it examined the impact of the United States government on Canadian drug legislation.

Her current project, a feature documentary called Eco Warriors, Deals with the ramifications of speaking out about environmental issues and the targeting of environmentalists by the government and the labelling of them as terrorists. Pickford writes, directs, and produces the documentary which is slated to be released next spring.

Tune in to CBC Radio's “North By Northwest” this Friday December 12th between 6AM – 9AM for the launch of “The Wreck of the King David.”

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