Private Project

Sound Water

The inspiration for this film started with a simple question, ‘Where does the water come from?’ Which in turn, led to a more complex series of questions, ‘What does our connection to water mean? What about our connection to nature?’

We found our way along the Squamish River to the Squamish Estuary and into Howe Sound to Bowen Island.

In the next two chapters of Sound Water, filmmakers connected with Squamish Nation Councillor Deanna Lewis; and author and playwright, Pauline LeBel. Deanna has spent her life in and on the water in Howe Sound. She is now raising her family here and is a spokesperson for the Squamish Nation.

Pauline LeBel now resides on Bowen Island and spent the last five some years writing, “Whale in the Door,” which encapsulates the biological resilience of Howe Sound and explores the community who now struggles to build the vision for this place and it’s future.

Both Deanna and Pauline provided valuable perspectives on water that inspire us to think more critically about our connection with nature.

  • Jonathan Chiang
  • Drew Copeland
  • Pauline LeBel
    Key Cast
  • Deanna Lewis
    Key Cast
  • Drew Copeland
    Key Cast
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    12 minutes 47 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
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  • Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival
    March 2, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection, Selection for VIMFF Best of the Fest Tour 2019
Director Biography - Jonathan Chiang

Jon Chiang is an award winning director known for his humanizing documentaries and commercial work. His latest short documentary "Sound Water" premiered at the 2019 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival (VIMFF) and is currently on the "Best of the Fest Tour.” In 2018, his short film “SHOJI” won the Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) "We heart Canada competition” and was chosen to be screened by the Consulate General of Japan across Canada. His first short documentary “THE LION” which was awarded the People's Choice Award in the 2017 VAFF and was subsequently screened in the Asian American International Film Festival in NY.

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Director Statement

My goal as a filmmaker is to create transformative films that illuminate the shared humanity in each of us.