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Susan Todd

Archipelago Films / Arise Media
Producer, Director, Co-Founder
Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Producer/Director Susan Todd has been making cutting-edge, natural history and social impact films for the past three decades. She co-founded Archipelago Films in 1991, with partner Andrew Young, to make films and media that inspire, inform and ignite through high-quality, visual storytelling.
With a well-established track record of producing, directing, and writing dozens of documentary and fiction films, for television, wildlife and natural history, museum installations, corporate, and commercial projects, Archipelago Films is now expanding its scope to include the Giant Screen/IMAX format.
Backyard Wilderness, their first Giant Screen film, is currently in post-production and is being produced under their 501(c)3 organization, Arise Media, which was created to produce quality, thought-provoking media about some of the most pressing social and environmental issues of our time. Pushing the boundaries of storytelling and technology, Backyard Wilderness combines cutting-edge natural history techniques to tell the story of the plants and animals that live around a typical suburban home, with a dramatic arc about a human family, obsessed with its digital screens, that has everything it needs except a sense of connection to the world around it.
Within the realm of environmental filmmakingTodd and Young have traveled around the globe to capture some of the most unique and endangered animals, cultures and locations. Some of these include their award-winning documentary, Madagascar: A World Apart, the PBS series Nature, their permanent Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo film exhibits, Congo Gorilla Forest, Tiger Mountain, and Madagascar, and extensive work for the BBC and the World Wildlife Fund.
Beyond nature, Todd and Young's credits include their Academy Award-nominated Children of Fate, which revisits a family filmed by Young's father, director Robert M. Young in 1961. The film received the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival, top awards at many international festivals, played theatrically in over 30 US cities, and had its television premiere on HBO/Cinemax. Other Archipelago award-winning films include It Ain't Love, Cutting Loose, and Americanos.
Todd and Young have truly done it all, proving that the ingredients for compelling, impactful media are grounded in expert craftsmanship and a deep-rooted understanding of the language of film and digital media.

My Facilitator Sessions

Tuesday, September 26

2:30pm MDT