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| 8 min

This animated short tells the story of Seraphim "Joe" Fortes, one of Vancouver's most beloved citizens. Born in the West Indies, Joe Fortes swam in English Bay for over than 30 years. A self-appointed lifeguard at first, he became so famous that the city of Vancouver finally rewarded him with a salary for doing what he loved best. He taught thousands of people to swim and saved over a hundred lives. Yet there were some who did not respect him because of his skin colour. Through his determination, kindness and love for children, Joe helped shift attitudes.

  • creator
    Jill Haras
  • director
    Jill Haras
  • producer
    George Johnson
  • composer
    John Sereda
  • characters
    Jill Haras
  • backgrounds
    Jill Haras
  • additional backgrounds
    Martin Rose
  • animation
    Tami Knight
    Martin Rose
    Amanda Forbis
    Sherann E. Johnson
    Tracy Lewis
  • digital preparation
    Keven Fedirko
  • digital imaging
    Nathaniel Akin
    Claire Maxwell
    Scott Kiborn
    Rubén Möller
  • technical support
    Rubén Möller
    Keven Fedirko
    James Schmidlin
  • editor
    Jill Haras
  • animatic editor
    Jeanne Slater
    Shirley Claydon
    Ileana Pietrobruno
  • voice
    Blu Mankuma
    Brenda McDonald
    Richard De Klerk
    Maria Fierro
    Shirley Milliner
    Janyse Jaud
    Colin Murdock
    Michael Dobson
    Laara Sadiq
    Terry Klassen
    Katie Virshilas
    Michal Suchanek
    Nickol Tschenscher
    Natasha Vasiluk
    Eric Savics
  • voice casting director
    Carmen Ruiz-Laza
  • sound supervisor
    Gael MacLean
  • sound editor
    Haida Paul
  • foley artist
    Maureen Murphy
  • foley recordist
    Robert Hunter
  • sound assistant
    Jody Robert Lessard
  • re-recording mixer
    Bill Sheppard
    Dean Giammarco
  • post-production sound
    Cinesonic Productions Inc.
  • re-recording
    Cinesonic Productions Inc.
  • original conforming
    The Bush Edit House
  • post-production services
    Rainmaker Digital Pictures
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Svend-Erik Eriksen


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