Creative Team Bios
PRODUCER, DIRECTOR AND WRITER
Brandy Yanchyk is an award winning independent documentary filmmaker based in Edmonton, Alberta. Her productions cover a wide range of social and factual genres and they have aired on channels including BBC World TV, CBC, CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV, PBS and film festivals around the world.
Ms. Yanchyk is also a regular reporter/producer for BBC World’s The Travel Show and has covered stories worldwide including Canada, Finland, Australia and New Zealand for a global audience of 76 million viewers since 2009.
She has also worked as a news reporter for CBC for over a decade and as a broadcast journalist at BBC World TV and the BBC World Service in London.
Brandy Yanchyk’s documentaries include Becoming Albertan (2015) (Rogers/OMNI TV), Employment Matters (CBC and CBC’s Documentary Channel) (2015), Employment Matters Too (2015) (CBC and CBC’s Documentary Channel), The Working Originals (2015) (TELUS Optik Local), Finding Edge Road (2015) (CBC’s Documentary Channel), Grey Glory (2014) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV), Grey Ambition (2014) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV), Oil Calling (2013) (CBC’s Documentary Channel), Nature’s Invitation (2012) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV), Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos (2011) (CBC’s Documentary Channel, Rogers/OMNI TV) and Desert to Ice (2009) (BBC World TV).
Gary Moore began his career in his teens as a newspaper photographer. His photographs have won him multiple awards and have been featured newspapers and magazines around the world such as National Geographic, The Washington Post and Discovery Europe. Some of his work can be seen at www.garymoorephotography.com. Gary also has a love and passion for television and trained as a lighting cameraman in London, England. His work has taken him to the four corners of the earth, filming in places such as the Caribbean, Central and South America, Indonesia, Israel, Palestine, Bali, Russia, U.S.A and all over Europe. His video work has been featured on countless television documentaries and programmes. Gary Moore currently works full-time as news cameraman for CBC News in Edmonton.
Sarah Taylor is an award winning Editor who has a wealth of broadcast and non-broadcast experience that includes network television series, magazine shows, and countless corporate and government video productions. She was the Editor of >Oil Calling and the one hour documentaries Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos and Nature’s Invitation for Brandy Y Productions Inc. and OMNI Television. Ms. Taylor was also the lead Editor of the sketch comedy series Caution: May Contain Nuts airing on APTN. She has also edited the series E-Town and Truckstop Bloodsuckers airing on Bite TV and Tiny Plastic Men airing on Super Channel. She edited the short film Maud Mary and the Titanic which was shown at the Tribeca film festival in 2012. In 2012 Sarah Taylor won ‘Best Editor for Drama under 30 Minutes’ at the Alberta Film & Television Awards. Sarah Taylor also edits all of Brandy Yanchyk’s features for BBC World TV’s travel show Fast:Track which airs to a global audience of more than 303 million homes, reaching 71 million viewers each week.
Mark Zagorsky wrote the theme music for the documentaries Oil Calling, Nature’s Invitation and Brooks – The City of 100 Hellos. Some of his other songs are also featured in the documentaries. Mr. Zagorsky is a musician who has written and produced three CDs Peaks, Flats and Cowboy Hats, Songs from the Badlands and If One Is Good…Two Is Better. He is currently working on his fourth CD.
Mr. Zagorsky is from Brooks, Alberta and studied music at the University of Lethbridge where he completed a Bachelor of Music Degree along with a Bachelor of Education Degree. Zagorsky’s musical experiences have included a broad variety of performances in symphony, jazz, opera, music theatre and various country music performances. Singing, songwriting, playing guitar and trumpet highlight Zagorsky’s musical talents.