What does a handsome, charming, globe-trotting, award-winning young filmmaker do when he is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis? He makes a film about it, if he’s brave. With typical wry humour, director Jason DaSilva says, “Documentarians often want to build trust and acceptance with their subjects. Being that I was the subject of my own film, and that I didn’t yet have that acceptance of myself, the filmmaking was arduous at first.” Jason’s brilliantly constructed account is funny, poignant, hopeful and enlightening. He inspires us to find, as he has, “a new way to see and be in the world”.
Producing partners Leigh DaSilva and Marianne D'Souza in attendance
Leigh Dasilva began his independent filmmaking career producing alongside award-winning filmmaker Jason DaSilva on First Steps, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (2009), and screened at the Vancouver Film Festival (2009). He then produced the feature length documentary When I Walk, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (2013), and has since won numerous prestigious film festival awards. He is a PMP certified producer/project manager that also specializes in transmedia storytelling and healthcare media, with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia. He currently sits on the Moving Images Distribution Board of Directors as Vice-Chair.
Marianne D'Souza was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where she lived until the age of 20. She moved to Iowa, USA to study as an international student and has a degree in English, and a Masters in Social Work from NYU. Marianne's many careers include child and youth counsellor, psychiatric social worker, and educator (kindergarten through high school, and adult). She presently lives near Vancouver, Canada, where she is a teacher in the public school system. Marianne is a mother of three sons. She has been a active supporter of Jason's art and film career from the beginning, and has always been involved. She continues to be a strong advocate for AXS Map and has attended Mapping Days in several cities including Toronto, Vancouver and San Diego.