Chris Jordan – director
Chris Jordan is an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist. His images explore contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective unconscious. Edge-walking the lines between art and activism, beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, his haunting works ask us to look both inward and outward at the traumatized landscape of our collective choices. Jordan’s multi-award winning work reaches an increasingly broad audience through his exhibitions, books, website, interviews on radio and television, and speaking engagements and school visits all over the world.
Jan Vozenilek – cinematographer
Jan is a multi-talented cinematographer and photographer, and founder of Copper Sky Productions based in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Established in 1998, his film production company has created numerous short documentaries, travel films and corporate promos for an array of clients worldwide. Jan’s passions include environmental education and telling extraordinary stories that bring together people, nature, cinematic beauty, and history.
Stephanie Levy – producer
Stephanie is an internationally recognized award winning producer. She recently produced the independent feature film, David, winner of many prestigious awards, including: the Ecumenical Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival, Special Jury Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Stephanie is a committed animal advocate, developing community educational outreach programs, and producing short films and PSAs designed to raise awareness towards the compassionate treatment of animals. Her nurturing and empathetic nature combined with considerable business savvy and experience, brings a focused and sharp eye to every project she undertakes.
Stephanie is so pleased to be part of the MIDWAY team, a visual feature length journey into the alarmingly sad effect of plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean. She bows in gratitude daily.
Jim Hurst – sound engineer, cinematographer
Jim Hurst is a photographer, cinematographer and sound recordist. His recent credits include the award-winning film Bag It, the National Geographic Adventure series First Ascent, and the controversial film Schooling the World.
Joe Schweers – cinematographer
Joe has been involved in the film industry for several years as a cinematographer and editor on many projects, primarily music videos and documentaries. He studied at the Art Institute of Vancouver and graduated with honors. He spent many years of his childhood growing up in the forest behind his house, and now, with a strong passion for nature and wildlife, he faces each project with an honest and curious eye, always striving to present truth with his lens. Joe enjoys studying and practicing film making techniques as well as figuring out a few new ones and taking them to the field to test them out. He often uses this as an excuse to stop everything and to get outside. From each new project and experience, he takes in valuable information on the art of film making and the little things that make the world such a beautiful and wonderful place.
Victoria Sloan Jordan – associate producer
Victoria is the associate producer and assistant for the Midway Film project, handling tasks such as travel logistics, assembling budgets, and grant writing. Victoria is also a poet whose work has appeared in various venues, including Callaloo and The North American Review, and was recently featured on KUOW.org. Her poetry has enhanced the Midway Film blog (www.midwayjourney.com) and she continues to write pieces for the upcoming mobile app and book projects.
Manuel Maqueda – Associate Producer / Transmedia
Manuel Maqueda is an international entrepreneur, activist and author. He co-incepted the Midway project with Chris and provided incubation and initial fiscal sponsorship for it -as well as support and guidance in many ways. A recognized activist on plastic pollution, he is a the founder of El Plástico Mata and a co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.