CTV to air CG again on SATURDAY AUG 19 !
CHAIRMAN GEORGE – Quest for the Torch
a CTV Television Documentary Film
SATURDAY August 19, 2006 7-8 PM national broadcast
In Canada, George is a statistician. But in China, George is Elvis…
Produced by EyeSteelFilm
Directed by DANIEL CROSS and MILA AUNG-THWIN
in association with CTV, BBC and TV2 Denmark
Featuring the music of GEORGE SAPOUNIDIS
“heart-warming … you will be rooting for George long before it’s over! ” – The Times (London, UK)
Sterling Feature Grand Jury Honorable Mention , Silverdocs Documentary Film Festival – Washington DC
“A delightful road movie about a career statistician who dreams of performing one day at the Athens Olympics!” – The Montreal Gazette
” A brilliant documentary ! ” – The Montreal Mirror
“A Troubadour-Savant…George, you are a perfect human bridge. I can’t imagine any other candidate on the earth more perfect then you to perform at the closing ceremonies of the Athens Olympics.” – CBC Radio, Sheila Rogers
“Il y a de ces individus qu’on croit sortis de l’imaginaire. Sapounidis en est un. Il est pourtant reel, ce statisticien Greco-Canadien.” – La Presse, Montreal
Closing film of the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montrйal !
Special Jury Award : Canadian Filmmakers Festival , Toronto, Canada
Special Jury Award : Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, Saskatchewan, Canada
Produced by EyeSteelFilm, the documentary follows George Sapounidis, a shy, Greek-Canadian statistician and Chinese folk-singing sensation on his quest to perform at the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. In Canada, he is a statistician who lives with his mother. In China, he is a pop star. George Sapounidis defies every effort at categorization. The latest film from Daniel Cross and Mila Aung-Thwin is a delightful portrait of this zany troubadour who regularly makes the trip from Ottawa to Beijing to climb on stage. His bouzouki, guitar and cell phone in hand, he sings in faultless Mandarin for a delirious—mostly female—audience. With unquenchable optimism in the face of adversity, this obsessive-compulsive who never quite grew up goes for the main chance, a spot in the closing ceremonies at the Athens Olympics. The multilingual Sapounidis, “the only Greek in the world who can sing in Chinese,” wants to deliver his own ingenuous lyrics as the Olympic flag is passed from Athens to Beijing. Chairman George follows the trials and tribulations of this sensitive, eccentric man as he beats the drum in a full-out campaign between China, Greece and Canada.
Saw ‘Quest for the Torch’ last night and it truly inspired me. I was captivated by your passion and your honesty.
I’m born and raised in Ottawa myself so I could not help but feel a connection. I’ve been working abroad since 1997 following my passion for live production and have had some opportunities to discover the world and its diverse, rich cultures. You talked about ‘big decisions’ in the film – I truly related.
Thank you, for being you, for living each moment, and for bringing out hope, joy, inspiration in people.
sincerely and respectfuly,
Christopher (now in Mtl)