The Authors

Suzanne and Mike 2011Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm are British Columbia-based writers and filmmakers. Together, they directed and produced the multi-award films Saving Luna and The Whale, both of which tell Luna’s story. Saving Luna, the original version of the film, was released theatrically in Canada and broadcast around the world; The Whale, narrated by Ryan Reynolds, was released theatrically in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and was named Critic’s Pick by the New York Times and Washington Post.

Until Luna’s story came along, Michael was best known as a writer for National Geographic and Smithsonian magazines. He has worked on all seven continents. He was born in London, England. He graduated from University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. He has written four books as well as numerous magazine articles. He co-wrote the script for the IMAX film, Antarctica, and wrote the script for the award-winning IMAX film Ocean Oasis, which premiered at the Smithsonian. He also co-wrote the script for Under Antarctic Ice, a WNET/Nature production. He is a private pilot with about 6,500 hours flown in North America, South America, Greenland, New Zealand and Australia.

Suzanne has spent the past dozen years working as a documentary filmmaker. She was born in Quebec and raised in Nova Scotia. Her work has taken her to Europe, South America, Africa, Australia, the South Pacific and throughout North America. She received a Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from University of Toronto, and a Master of Development Economics from Dalhousie University in Halifax. She taught English in Prague in the early 1990s, and did her graduate thesis research in the Baltic states. She co-authored the US version of Blame it on the Weather and a chapter in a National Geographic book, Last Wild Places. She has served on film juries for the Gemini Awards, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, International Wildlife Film Festival, and Bermuda International Film Festival. She has also spoken on numerous panels at film festivals around the world.

Together, Suzanne and Michael directed, produced and filmed over 20 stories for the National Geographic Channel-US, on subjects as diverse as puffins, melting ice in Greenland, the Inuit of Nunavut, Newfoundland fisheries, rising sea levels in the Netherlands, ecological hotspots in the South Pacific, and minorities in Europe. They also directed and produced The Search for the Never Never, a one-hour documentary about the Australian environment, which was distributed internationally. Their first film was Letters from the Forgotten People, a story about refugees in Tanzania. Their work has been shown on National Geographic Channel, CNN, PBS, CBC, BBC, NHK, France 2, Al-Jazeera, and in film festivals worldwide.

Michael and Suzanne are married and live on a small island off Vancouver Island with their toddler son.