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Objective

To tell stories of the oppressed and marginalized through the medium of film.   

Work experience

Sept 2014Present

Documentary filmmaker 

Growing Deception Inc. & Crushed Rocket Motion Pictures
  • November 2014 to October 2017 - directed and produced a documentary about PotashCorp of Saskatchewan's contribution to the occupation of Africa's last colony—Western Sahara.
  • January 2018 to present - member of the RocketDocs film team which seeks to tell under-represented Saskatchewan stories. 
Aug 2016Present

High School Teacher

Miller Comprehensive Catholic High School
  • Teaching high school English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and Christian Ethics. 
  • Coach chess club, wrestling and rugby.
Aug 2011Jun 2015

High School Teacher

Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School
  • Teaching high school English Language Arts, Journalism, Social Studies and Physical Education.
  • Coach soccer, basketball and rugby.
Jan 2007Jun 2011

High school teacher/youth leader

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame College
  • Taught Christian Ethics 9, 10 and 20.
  • Was youth minister, in charge of spiritual growth and care for Notre Dame students.
  • Led the Hounds for Humanity group for students who did works of mercy above and beyond the requirements of Christian service hours.
Jan 2006Dec 2006

High school teacher

Aga Khan High School, Uganda
  • Taught various courses and coached basketball and rugby teams.
  • Led a social justice club at the school.
Jul 2012Aug 2012

Summer worker

Autism Resource Centre
  • Worked with and learned from people with autism.
Jun 2010Aug 2010

Ecological researcher

HELP International
  • Planted trees and educated youth on principles of environmental sustainability.
May 2011Aug 2011

Reporter

Moose Jaw Times Herald
  • Daily assignment reporter and photographer.
Jan 2010Apr 2010

Reporter

Leader-Post

Daily assignment reporter.

Oct 2009Oct 2009

Municipal Election Researcher

CBC Regina

Leading up to the 2009 municipal election in Saskatchewan, I contacted various towns and cities to find out what platforms mayoral and council candidates represented. On election night, a group of us posted live results on the following website:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/story/2009/10/22/sk-election-saskatchewan.html

Sep 2002Jun 2003

Health and Wellness Counselor

Family Psychology Centre

Counsel youth in Calgary’s independent schools.

  • One-on-one counseling.
  • Group talks on self-esteem, relationships, and worldview.
  • Anti-bullying workshops.

Education

Sep 2015Aug 2016

Master of Arts in Journalism

University of Regina
Sep 2009Apr 2011

Bachelor of Journalism

University of Regina
20032014

Various Graduate Courses in Theology

Regent College and Vancouver School of Theology

Courses included: Celtic Christianity; Global Injustice; Food, Soil and Salvation: Reconciliation and the Land; Biblical Prophecy and Perspectives for Contemporary Ministry

Sep 2004Apr 2006

Bachelor of Education

University of Calgary
Sep 1998Jun 2002

Bachelor of Science

University of Calgary
19971998

Transfer

Franciscan University of Steubenville
19931997

High School Diploma

Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

Film Credits

Nov 2014Oct 2017

Sirocco: Winds of Resistance. Documentary Short (Dir. Josh Campbell)

Director/Producer

This is the award-winning documentary that I am wanting to present at the River Film Festival in Padua, Italy.

Jan-April2011

Blueberry Pancakes. Documentary Short (Dir. Michelle Miller)

Story Editor/Researcher

This documentary aired on CBC Saskatchewan Presents on July 30, 2011 and was about the obstacles that family's face to sit down and share meals with each other. 

Presentations and Awards for Sirocco: Winds of Resistance

June2018

Official Selection: Best Documentary

River Film Festival, Padua, Italy

Sirocco will compete in this international festival this June. 

Feb2018

Winner: Creation International Film Festival Winter Session

Creation International Film Festival, Ottawa, Ontario

Sirocco won the 2018 winter session in the documentary short category and will now compete for the best documentary short film of the year. 

Jan2018

Winner: Best of Saskatchewan

Queen City Shorts Film Festival, Regina, Saskatchewan

Sirocco was nominated for both Best Director and Best of Saskatchewan at this new festival that highlights international short films.

Nov2017

Winner: Special Jury Selection

Saskatchewan Independent Film Awards, Regina, Saskatchewan

The SIFA awards are sponsored by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Co-operative and recognize the best in Saskatchewan filmmaking.

May 2017

Nominee: Best of Saskatchewan

Yorkton Film Festival, Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Established in 1947, YFF is North America's longest running film festival, showcasing high quality Canadian and international films.

Interest

Very  interested in sports and music. I play a few different instruments with the bagpipes being my trademark.

I entered journalism school because of a desire to explore my creative side through the medium of documentary film. 

I love research and learning about most anything, especially as it relates to the environment, indigenous peoples and the marginalized. I love learning more about the intersection of faith and daily life. To learn more about my spiritual journey see the link to the article I wrote below entitled "Fog on the Mountain."

Summary

After teaching high school for four years in Kampala, Uganda and at my alma mater Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, I returned to school to study journalism at the University of Regina.

The most significant part of the journalism program was completing a four-month internship at Regina's Leader-Post newspaper. During the internship I developed my passion for writing features and human interest stories. I also have a strong desire to wrestle with topics that require investigation and uncovering. One of these is the story of a Canadian corporation that is propping up an occupation of Africa's last colony—Western Sahara. In 2014 I began working on a documentary project related to this issue. As part of my research I took an investigative trip to the Saharawi Refugee Camps in Algeria. After starting to work on the story I realized that I would require further training in documentary filmmaking to help get the project done. That is when I entered the master of journalism program at the University of Regina. After finishing my masters program, I continued working on the documentary and completed my final edit of the film in 2017. Since completing the film I have submitted it to various film festivals throughout Canada and internationally with lots of success.

In addition to teaching high school, which I continue to do during the day, I have began working with Crushed Rocket Films creating documentary shorts for a Youtube channel that is planning to launch later this year. We are already working on our first story that highlights the work of the SEARCH program that takes place every Saturday afternoon at the Four Directions Community Health Centre in North Central Regina. The goal of these films will be to dig deeper into Saskatchewan stories that deserve more investigation and exposure. 

"Fleeing the enemy"

An astonishing account of a Polish refugee who fled a Russian labour camp during the Second World War:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/300PolishSquadron/conversations/topics/4815

"Professors slam scholarships for children of dead soldiers"

A group of University of Regina professors say "Project Hero", a scholarship program for dependents of dead soldiers, promotes militarism.   Link to National Post story:

http://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20100325/281517927300908/TextView

"A Very Fertile Occupation: PotashCorp in Western Sahara"

A feature article that can be found in the September/ October 2015 edition of Briarpatch Magazine. This article introduces people to the issue which my present documentary will be focusing on:

http://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/a-very-fertile-occupation

"Fog on the Mountain"

The article about my spiritual journey and the intersection of my faith and politics can be found at this link: 

http://geezmagazine.org/blogs/entry/josh-campbell-excerpt/

Volunteer Experience

References

Trevor Grant

University of Regina, Documentary Professor and Director

Aaron and Sherona Sinclair

Crushed Rocket Motion Pictures, Co-founders and Co-owners

Mitch Diamantopoulos

University of Regina, Professor of Journalism

Patricia Elliott

University of Regina, Professor of Journalism