Meet our panel of Critters...

Peace it Together is proud to present the 2011 "Critters": well-established filmmakers representing a variety of backgrounds in film genres and expertise who came in yesterday to critique the youth films during the final stages of editing.

The critiquing process involved the panel working closely with each group of 3 youth (consisting of one Canadian, one Israeli and one Palestinian) to watch a screening of their short film and then provide constructive feedback alongside the other panelists. These Critters' expertise will be sure to solidify some of the foundational skills youth take away from the overall program.  Introducing...


David Ozier

David OzierGemini Award winning writer and director David Ozier has contributed to over 250 episodes of a broad range of documentary and non-fiction programs over the past fifteen years.

David got his professional start at the CBC and at The National Film Board of Canada, before establishing himself as a sought after freelancer, working on programs seen in Canada and around the world on broadcasters that include National Geographic, Discovery, The WB Network, TLC, HGTV, History Television, and PBS. Recent credits include the hit CBC reality show Village on a Diet, the Food Network’s 100 Mile Challenge and Ice Pilots for History / National Geographic.

His work has been recognized with several awards including a Gemini Award from the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, a Silver Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, and a Gold World Medal from New York Festivals.


Penelope Buitenhuis

Penelope BuitenhuisBorn in Toronto, Penelope graduated from SFU film in the 80's.  Living in Paris, then Berlin for ten years, she became known as an underground filmmaker making 15 shorts, touring worldwide. Llaw, a short about the fall of the Wall, launched her career. Her first feature Trouble shot in Berlin led her back to Canada, directing Boulevard, Dangerous Attraction & ten movies for television, including CBC true story Giant Mine. Her NFB documentary Tokyo Girls won two Geminis. Her most recent feature A Wake won numerous awards and is presently showing on TMN,  Movie Central and Air Canada.


David Paperny

In 1994, David received an Academy Award® nomination for “The Broadcast Tapes of Dr. Peter” (CBC/HBO), a riveting film that documents the two-year odyssey of a young man dying of AIDS.  David was a founding Board Member of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.  The Foundation established the Dr. Peter Centre in Vancouver, which provides a globally recognized integrated model of healthcare for people with HIV/AIDS.

Shortly after receiving his Oscar nomination, David and his wife Audrey Mehler formed their own independent production company. Paperny Films specializes in non-fiction programming and has produced over 30 original documentary specials and 20 long-running series. The company’s popular programming includes the hit CBC series The Week the Women Went and Eat St. on The Food Network.  The company has been listed as one of Realscreen’s top non-fiction production companies in the world numerous times.

David received the top honour in the Canadian television industry by winning a Gemini Award (Canada’s Emmy) for ‘Best Biography Documentary’ for the feature film “Confessions of an Innocent Man”, which he directed.  He also received the City of Vancouver Arts Award in 2008 and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2009.


John Zaritsky

John Zaritsky has won more than 30 awards for his documentary films.  Some of his most major honors include an Academy Award in 1982 for his documentary “Just Another Missing Kid”, a Cable Ace Award in 1987 for “Rapists: Can They be Stopped”, a Golden Gavel Award from the American Bar Association for “My Husband is Going to Kill Me”, a Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Award for “Born in Africa”, and an Alfred Dupont Award from Columbia University’s School of Journalism in 1994 for “Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo”.


Julia Kwan

Julia Kwan is a Vancouver-based filmmaker who was a director resident at the Canadian Film Centre, where she made her award-winning short, Three Sisters on Moon Lake. In 2005, Ms. Kwan made her feature film debut with Eve & the Fire Horse, based on her Writer’s Guild of Canada award-winning script. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema. In 2007, Ms. Kwan won the Claude Jutra Award for Best First Feature Director and received five nominations at the Genie Awards. Most recently, Ms. Kwan completed a National Film Board/VANOC produced live action/animated short film for the 2010 Olympics.