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ABOUT

Nicholas Castel is a passionate leader, educator and storyteller part of an energetic generation of entrepreneurs who are rethinking the ways we understand, communicate and tackle the challenges of our world. He holds a dual degree in Environmental Science and Geology from Queen's University and currently lives in Montreal, Canada where he works as a documentary filmmaker and producer. His innately curious spirit and unwavering dedication to his work has led to a colourful portfolio spanning youth education, activism, truth and reconciliation, outdoor adventure and conservation. Above all else, Nicholas lends his time and energy to those who follow through on a vision.

Growing up immersed in the natural world, Nicholas learned from a young age the opportunities that land can offer us in recounting our past, adapting to our present and preparing for our future. He is a firm believer that the most important stories of our time are those that reconcile our natural and cultural worlds across borders, belief systems and between generations. 

His foray into feature docu-cinema ‘In The Footsteps Of Our Ancestors’ was a cross-cultural exploration of Dene and WW2 trails in the Northwest Territories. It is currently doing a festival circuit and has gained praise from the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. In 2018, he was lead cinematographer for the Coextinction Film project filmed throughout British Columbias coast and is currently releasing a mini-doc on safe motherhood from rural Jimma Zone, Ethiopia. Nicholas frequents Inuit Nunangat as a video creator for the Students On Ice expeditions.

During his time in Ethiopia he also ran a series of documentary filmmaking workshops and practicums for students and staff of the university. This is exciting new area of work he is actively exploring. Nicholas has worked with other reputable organizations, notably IBI Group, Canada C3, CBC and Parks Canada.

 

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PRESENTATIONS

2019 - Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking - American Embassy Library Room, Addis Ababa Ethiopia - 2 day course

2019 - Introduction to Videography - Jimma University, Ethiopia - 2 day course

2018 - ProFusion Expo - Sony Canada Video Presenter: Documenting a Transformational Arctic Journey

PUBLISHED

2019 - Filming the Heartbeat of the Canol Trail - Above & Beyond

ACCOLADES

2019 - Yellowknife International Film Festival - Official Selection - In The Footsteps Of Our Ancestors

2019 - Weengushk International Film Festival - Official Selection - In The Footsteps of Our Ancestors

2019 - Ottawa Adventure Film Festival - Official Selection - In The Footsteps of Our Ancestors

2018 - Canada C3 Expedition Documentary - Canadian Museum of History - Cinematographer

2018 - Canadian Online Publishing Awards - Best Video Content Finalist - Wuikinuxv Nation's Renewable Energy Project

2017 - SESQUI Vancouver Canada 150 Film Tour - Official Selection - In the middle of everything

2017 - Waterwalker Film Festival - Official Selection - In the middle of everything

2016 - The Explorer's Club Polar Film Festival - Official Selection - In the middle of everything

2016 - Kingston Canadian Film Festival Local Shorts Program - Official Selection - Linger

2016 Focus Film Festival - Best Cinematography - Linger

2015 - Focus Film Festival - Best Cinematography - Seeing Double

2014 - Focus Film Festival - Best Screenplay - Robbed Blind

CERTIFICATIONS

Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) - Advanced Operations Pilot Certificate - Transport Canada (2019)

Geologist In Training - Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (2018)

Wilderness First Aid - Canadian Red Cross (2018)

H.B.Sc - Environmental Science and Geology - Queens University (2016)

EXHIBITS

2017 - Winterlude Torngat Mountains National Park Exhibition Selection - Parks Canada

WORK EXPERIENCE

Small Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) - Advanced Operations Pilot Certificate - Transport Canada (2019)

Geologist In Training - Association of Profession


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