Jeff Garriock

PWB TV Co-Director & Cinematographer

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jeff@photographerswithoutborders.org

A little bit about you
I'm a documentary filmmaker and commercial cinematographer, vegetarian, trying to learn Spanish, absolutely love food of all kinds and have a lot of questions about the world.

A little bit about your role at PWB
I co-direct our film series along with Danielle, help co-ordinate a team of five editors, giving feedback and steering the films through the editing process. I help design the face of the brand as it comes across in video, as well as teaching workshops in the field and shooting & directing our films in many places around the world.

What's the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is getting to be on the ground in other countries up close and personal with the work our NGO partners are doing. I get face time with experts in their fields whom I can ask questions of, and get to see the impact of the work up close. I'm very fortunate to get to travel quite a lot, see a lot of places I wouldn't otherwise have access to, and learn a little bit about a thousand different things.

What are you most passionate about?
I'm a musician and absolutely love music - particularly jazz and funk (i'm a bass player). I really love getting to go places no one else gets to see, and see up close things I've read about in National Geographic. I LOVE breakfast. It's my favourite thing in the world to go to breakfast, sit, and read a book. I have a breakfast recommendation for you in every city I've been.

When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing?
I like scuba diving - I try to squeeze it in any chance I get, whether at home in Ontario or abroad. I really love films, and try and get out to see a few good ones at every opportunity. And if it's early in the morning, I try to get out for breakfast.

3 things on your Bucket List:
Visit North Korea - while it still exists. Scuba dive in Antarctica. See one of my own films in theatres.

What inspires you?
People! I meet so many ludicrously passionate people and their enthusiasm is very inspiring. I also love seeing the other side of a well-known story. It's an inspiring reminder that we rarely know the things we think we do.

Favourite Books / Podcasts (3):
The Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami The Stranger - Albert Camus Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

When I was a kid, I wanted to be:
An Astronaut.