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Pablo Saravanja

Region: 
North Slave
Community: 
Yellowknife
Primary Art Type: 
Phone: 
(867) 445-9655
Address: 
PO BOX 217
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N2

Artist Story

I was born and raised in Yellowknife and love this strange beautiful North we call home; the people, culture and landscapes. Tired of watching outsiders fumble to adapt and recreate northern tales honestly, I feel a duty to capture and tell our own stories from a Northerner's perspective. I prefer storytelling based in truth, whether its documentary or fiction.

After several years working as a freelance photographer, I went to the Gulf Islands Film & Television School in 2008 to learn documentary filmmaking. I hadn't even picked up a video camera before that, but making documentaries completely changed my life and the way I think about telling stories. Photo is still my first love, but it's primarily a solitary pursuit and I'm a social creature. Filmmaking, when done right, is collaborative by nature, and I find that creative process more fulfilling.

I’m a big fan of wild risk-taking and working in the organized chaos of guerilla-style movie making, largely because the process is so exciting and the results are unpredictable. Often, the best way to make something awesome is to pick an interesting subject and wait for things to happen. It may sound strange, but I’m kind of in love with accidents.

I've professionally committed to, and am personally passionate about, mentoring young people in media arts. I believe strongly in the power of opportunity and creating possibilities. Harnessing the energy and ideas of our youth and training them to aim that in the right direction sometimes creates... just, pure magic!  

Last Updated: January 13, 2017

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