Anthropologist and filmmaker Niobe Thompson has a PhD from Cambridge University’s Scott Polar Research Institute and founded Clearwater Documentary with partner Tom Radford in 2007. Variously found producing, directing and hosting Clearwater’s films, Thompson has established an award-winning reputation for taking his audience on wild adventures to unlikely and inhospitable places – Arctic Siberia, the jungles of Brazil, Ethiopia’s Afar tribal areas, and Alberta’s tar sands. Currently hosting and directing the one-hour Perfect Runner for CBC’s The Nature of Things, he co-directed and hosted Code Breakers, which won Best Documentary at the 2011 AMPIA awards. For the television version of Tipping Point, he won Best Screenplay and Best Director at the 2011 AMPIA awards and was nominated for Best Environmental Documentary at the 2011 Banff World Media Awards. His 2009 documentary Inuit Odyssey won Best Science Documentary at Banff. His most recent book, Settlers on the Edge, is based on five years of research in the Russian Arctic.
Tom Radford’s career spans thirty-five years in the Canadian television and film industries as a Writer, Director, and Producer. When Arctic Dreamer won the Gemini for best Documentary Biography in December of 2004, it marked the tenth time Tom Radford’s films have won national or international honours. Arctic Dreamer also won the coveted Chris Award for Best Social Issues Documentary at the Columbus Film Festival. Tom has won the Best Director prize at the Alberta Film Awards on seven separate occasions, most recently in 2011 for the television version of Tipping Point. His films have won awards from Banff to San Francisco, Toronto to Florence, leading to the Alberta Award of Excellence. He is the author of three books, including the bestselling Alberta, A Celebration. He founded the Northwest Studio of the National Film Board of Canada in Edmonton and was a founder of Canada’s National Screen Institute.