Charles Konowal is best known as a cinematographer with years of experience in both drama and documentary production. He has directed and produced numerous documentary films for the National Film Board of Canada during the 80’s and 90’s. His first producer credit with the NFB was the award winning production The Defender, directed by Stephen Low. He also produced and photographed the NFB Prairie Studio’s first feature documentary Fat Chance, which went on to win a Peabody Award. He produced, directed and photographed Glimmer of Hope on alternative justice for TVO and the NFB. He also c0-produced the first IMAX Magic Carpet production, Flowers in the Sky for an international expo in Osaka, Japan and was assistant director on Mark Twain’s America a 3D IMAX production for Sony Classics produced by The Stephan Low Company.
In 2013 Charles produced and photographed Arctic Defenders the award winning feature documentary with John Walker Productions which tells the remarkable story that began in 1968 with a radical Inuit movement that would change the political landscape in Canada forever. It led to the largest land claim in western civilization, orchestrated by young visionary Inuit with a dream - the governance of their territory - the creation of Nunavut.
Charles continues to explore the world of documentary production as a producer, director and cinematographer. He has recently completed five music documentary portraits, This is a Riot, a intimate story about a rockabilly duo struggling to be true to their art and survive in the world of pop. Happily Dysfunctional tells the tale of Transistor 66, an independent recording label making waves in the music scene. Chasing a Song observes song writer Scott Nolan in search of songwriting insight that leads him on a road trip to Folsom prison to settle some unfinished family business. And most recently he produced and directed the award winning TV hour for CBC Visiting Day and the feature documentary Ain’t About the Money, an intimate portrait of a modern day bluesman.
Currently in development, Crossing the Line, a feature documentary exploring the time when rock ’n' roll united teenagers with a new cultural force that woke up the world. Lightning in Bottle, featuring Mississippi bluesman Watermelon Slim recording is next album. And The Way Home, a story that follows a group a First Nation women as they create a community based on Indigenous matriarchal values.