FROM THE director/producer
Hey, thanks for checking out Rebel Sky Media! My name is Brad and I am a Vancouver based video producer and an award winning documentary filmmaker with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Transformation. As the owner of Rebel Sky Media I have spent the past ten years working closely with individuals, communities, non-profits and businesses to help them share their stories with the world. Through the development and production of over 100 hand crafted original videos and films, I have experience taking projects from concept to completion, on time and on budget.
As a video producer and filmmaker, my professional skills include all aspects of video production (directing, shooting, sound, lighting, interviewing, editing), producing and project management (developing stories, concepts and proposals, research, sticking to deadlines and budgets, managing people, pulling together a multitude of technical and interpersonal production demands). I am a storyteller who loves creative communication and all aspects of documentary film, video production, project management and community development and organizing.
Using my experience and degree in conflict transformation and peacebuilding from Canadian Mennonite University ('13), I enjoy engaging in and facilitating deep listening, respectful dialogue and understanding of complicated and complex social issues with the goal of supporting conflict transformation through storytelling and the arts. My process involves using a transformative justice lens. What does this mean? It means approaching nonfiction documentary projects and human story pieces, both commissioned and independent, with a perspective towards nonviolent peacebuilding, conflict transformation and restorative justice. Peace Practioner John Paul Lederach see's conflict transformation as"envisioning and responding to the ebb and flow of social conflict as life-giving opportunities for creating constructive change processes that reduce violence, increase justice in both direct interaction and in social structures, while responding to real-life problems in human relationships." I am drawn to people, projects and stories that I believe model these kinds of peace and justice processes and motivate us to create communities that care about the health and well being of all people.
Some of my documentary work is currently featured in a variety of regional museums and the permanent exhibits of three national museums in Canada. Films I've directed have screened everywhere from small town community theatres to big city film festivals and even an invite screening for senators and MPs on Parliament Hill. I enjoy using my skills to make space for others stories and everything it takes to bring those stories to the screen. Every day I witness how our stories have the ability to entertain, educate, build peace, create healing, or transform our communities for the greater good. I especially love being a part of that kind of work. We all have moments and experiences worthy of a feature length film and a cinematic sound score and I want to help bring those stories to a screen with style and heart.
- Brad Leitch (Executive Producer/Director)