Chanda Chevannes, Producer/Director
Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She aims to make documentaries that deal with complex social issues in an artistic way.
Chanda’s most recent film is Living Downstream, a cinematic documentary about cancer and environmental toxicants. Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream is Chanda’s third creative documentary and her first feature-length film. Living Downstream has won multiple awards, has been broadcast on six continents, and has been seen by over four million people.
In 2005 and 2006, Chanda and Nathan lived in Uganda, producing educational films with Raising Voices, an organization committed to preventing violence against women and children in sub-Saharan Africa. These films are currently in use by thousands of grassroots organizations around the world and have contributed to tangible legislative and social change in the region. Before becoming a director, Chanda was an associate producer and production manager at Primitive Entertainment for five years, where she worked on thirteen productions ranging from television series to theatrical documentaries.
Chanda is passionate about using media for social change and public education. She has authored several educational resources, including a pair of 200-page guides for individuals and groups using Living Downstream, two blogs for the National Film Board of Canada’s CitizenSHIFT website, and a monthly column on documentary films and their makers for Troy Media. Chanda has trained as an artist-educator with the Royal Conservatory and as a workshop facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project. She has led filmmaking workshops in a variety of settings, ranging from universities to public libraries. She is an instructor in the Business of Film and Television post-graduate program at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre. In 2014, she was an Innovator in Communities with the Toronto Public Library, where she led a series of filmmaking workshops for residents in the underserved communities of North York and Scarborough.
In 2015, Chanda was a recipient of the prestigious Chalmers Arts Fellowship, which enables Ontario-based artists to take their work in new creative directions. In 2013, she received a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and was named a Woman to Watch by Sydney’s Buzz on Indie Wire.
Chanda is currently in post-production on her next feature documentary, an observational film about the debate over fracking in New York State. She lives in Toronto with Nathan and their two young children Hannah and Henry. Chanda is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts Program; a former board member of the Documentary Organization of Canada; and a founding member of the Toronto Chapter of Film Fatales, a collective of women filmmakers.