To Make a Farm

Steve Suderman

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Director, Cinematographer, Producer

Steve grew up on a farm in western Canada. He studied Mathematics and Computer Science and taught high school before pursuing filmmaking in 2002. In 2008 he completed his first feature-length documentary Over Land, which followed his family's experience of having to leave the family farm. It premiered at Les Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), and went on to screen both nationally and internationally. Dr. Christina Stojanova calls Over Land “A private philosophical contemplation on what it takes to remain human when the very foundations of your existence are shattered, and a powerful public statement against the dehumanization of twenty-first century capitalism” (Splice Magazine).

In 2011 Steve premiered his second feature-length documentary, To Make A Farm, at the Vancouver International Film Festival, where it was named one of the top ten most popular Canadian films of the festival. Exploring the lives of young people who have decided to become farmers, VIFF calls To Make A Farm “exceptionally hopeful.” The film made its US premiere at Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and continues to screen across Canada and the United States. It was also breoadcast by TVO and Knowledge Network in 2012.

Jackie Dzuba

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Editor

Jackie Dzuba has been working in the film and television industry for over 25 years as a Gemini-Award-winning picture editor. Projects have included feature films, tv series and mini-series, documentaries, and commercials.

Jackie graduated from the University of Regina’s BFA Film program in 1989. Since then she has gone on to win the 2000 Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing for the documentary They Live to Polka. In 2006 she received an excellence in editing nomination at the Seoul Drama Awards for the CBC mini-series Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story. Then in 2008 she received her second Gemini nomination for the CBC mini-series The Englishman’s Boy, based on the acclaimed novel by Guy Vanderhaeghe.  She has also served as editor on the smash hit CTV comedy series Corner Gas.

Throughout her career Jackie has edited television documentaries for such broadcasters as CBC, A&E, Global Television, Vision TV, Al Jazeera UK, and NHK Japan.  Recently the documentary Silent Bombs: All for the Motherland took the Best-of-Festival Golden Sheaf Award at the 2010 Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival – the first time a Saskatchewan production has won this prize in the festival’s 65 year history.

Robin Schlaht

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Executive Producer

Raised in small-town Alberta (Irvine, population 300), Robin Schlaht travels the world to make his films.

Since graduating from the University of Regina's BFA Film and Video program in 1992, Robin’s films have included Sons and Daughters, a documentary exploration of childhood in seven different countries, the feature length documentary Moscow Summer, shot in Russia in 1995, and The Heart Becomes Quiet, about survivors of the Union Carbide gas disaster in Bhopal, India. Robin's first dramatic feature film, Solitude, starring Lothaire Bluteau and Vanessa Martinez, premiered in 2001 to rave reviews throughout Canada and internationally.

In 2007 Robin completed his feature-length documentary To Be Romeo & Juliet, which accompanies actors preparing to portray Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers in three very different stage productions in three different countries. And in 2008 Robin’s documentary series A Few Good Men & Women, following police recruits through their demanding training at Saskatchewan Police College, premiered on Canadian television to rave reviews and strong viewer response.