Clearwater assembles production teams from among Canada’s finest cinematographers, editors, music composers and post-production specialists. Among the many, John Sereda and Bruce Cockburn have composed our film scores, Gemini-winning cinematographers Daron Donahue and Ron Orieux have shot our footage, and Gemini-winning editors Brenda Terning, Michèle Hozer and Adam Kidd have cut our films. Sigourney Weaver, Donald Sutherland, and Christopher Plummer have voiced our films, and we have collaborated with Farley Mowat, James Cameron and David Suzuki.

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Niobe Thompson

Edmonton-born director and producer Niobe Thompson co-founded Clearwater Documentary in 2007.  Since then, his visually arresting and playfully intelligent science and nature documentaries have won four Gemini and Canadian Screen Awards and 21 AMPIA Awards.

Under his direction, the 2015 CBC series Great Human Odyssey was described by the Globe & Mail as “Indescribable but brilliant!” won two Canadian Screen Awards, including “Best Science and Nature Documentary”, and broadcast in 56 countries.   In 2016, Niobe’s paired documentaries Memento Mori and Vital Bonds, for CBC and the National Film Board of Canada, broke ground with the first ever observational depiction of a family caught in the tragedy of sudden loss, making the fateful decision to donate their son’s organs.  His past broadcast documentaries include The Perfect Runner (2012), Inuit Odyssey (2009), and Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands (2011).

A Cambridge-trained anthropologist turned filmmaker, Niobe works on both sides of the camera and is known for his fascination with the human journey, from our evolutionary origins to the present day. He has a reputation for turning his body into a living laboratory, bringing science to life in ways that delight, inspire and often shock his audiences. He is as comfortable chatting with Siberian reindeer nomads and breath-hold diving with Badjao free divers as he is filming heart and lung transplant surgeries.

Working with director Alexandra Lazarovich, Niobe is presently producing a short documentary for CBC Digital on women wildfire fighters in the Canadian North.  He is also producing and directing Equus, an ambitious new three-part science and nature series exploring the horse in human history, airing on CBC, PBS, ZDF, Arte, DR and “Kazakhstan” in 2018.

In 2016, Niobe became the only filmmaker to have won the Edmonton Film Prize a second time.


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Tom Radford

Tom Radford’s career spans 35 years in the Canadian television and film industries as a writer, director, and producer portraying the distinctive character of the West and North to Canada and the world.  Winner of two Gemini awards and four Gemini nominations in 2011, Radford and his films have received awards from Banff to San Francisco, Toronto to Florence, leading to the Alberta Award of Excellence. His films include Plutocrats, Common Ground, Tipping Point, Inuit Odyssey, Tar Sands: Canada for Sale, Arctic Dreamer and Alberta Bound. 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 the National Screen Institute.


Sandra Tober

Sandra Tober has over 15 years experience in the documentary film industry as a writer, director, producer, and now as Director of Business Affairs.  After graduating from the University of Alberta (B.Sc.) and the Alberta College of Art and Design (B.F.A), she joined Karvonen Films Ltd. where she worked on over 30 documentaries, including such award winning projects as Land of the Ice Bear (1999) — a co-production with the National Film Board, Ancient Rainforest: land of giants (2002), and Circumpolar Bears (2005) — a co-production with Finland.  Sandra has been with Clearwater since 2009, and was Production Manager for all its films since that time, including the double Gemini award winner Code Breakers.

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Emma Radford

Emma Radford is an associate producer with over fifteen years of experience in documentary production. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Radford was mentored at Alliance Atlantis, Rare Earth Media, and Clearwater Media, working with producers in every aspect of the production process. She continued as a project manager and assistant producer for the CBC special project Alberta Bound, and most recently with Edmonton-based Clearwater Documentary.

In recent years, she worked as associate producer for both the documentary Plutocrats and the film Common Ground. Additionally, she worked as production coordinator for the three-part CBC documentary The Great Human Odyssey, and as production manager for the CBC documentary Lost Years and the Gemini nominee Tipping Point: The Age of the Oil Sands. Further, she worked as production coordinator for the Gemini winner Code Breakers and post-production coordinator for the CBC/ARTE production The Perfect Runner.