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Nuisance Bear

Churchill, Manitoba, is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here – but what do these bears see of us? Through a shift in perspective Nuisance Bear reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers whom bears must navigate during their annual migration.

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Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden

Jack Weisman is an award-winning director and cinematographer whose work has screened at major film festivals including TIFF, Sundance, SXSW, IDFA, and True/False. His work as a cinematographer includes; Take a Walk on the Wild Side (2018, Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary), Prince’s Tale (Hot Docs Best Canadian Short, Audience Favorite Award 2018), and When Two Worlds Collide (Special Jury Award, Sundance 2016).

Gabriela Osio Vanden is a Venezuelan Canadian cinematographer based in Toronto. She has a background in painting and dance which she draws from when crafting images. Her work has premiered at major film festivals including TIFF, Camerimage, SXSW, IDFA, True/False, and Hot Docs. 

Jack and Gabriela both have BFAs in Film Production from York University (2015). The short documentary Nuisance Bear (2022 Canadian Screen Awards Nominee for Best Short Documentary, Honorable Mention: Best Canadian Short Film, TIFF 2021) is their directorial debut.

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