About the Producers
Andrew Young and Susan Todd are Academy Award nominated filmmakers and the
founders of Archipelago Films, a New York-based production company. Together, the husband
and wife team has produced, directed and photographed numerous award-winning documentaries
on social and environmental issues. Most recently, they completed The Living Edens
"Madagascar: A World Apart.
Currently, Young and Todd are in production of two new film projects: a feature
documentary about Latinos in America for HBO and Olmos Productions; and an HDTV theater
production about the Congo rain forest for the Bronx Zoos new Congo Gorilla Forest
exhibit, opening in the spring of 1999.
Young and Todd have established an impressive resume of awards for their films, including
the 1993 Academy Award nominated documentary, "Children of Fate." This film
revisits three generations of a family struggling to survive in a notorious Palermo slum.
Filmed originally in 1961 by Andrews father, Robert Young, the film received the
Sundance Film Festivals Best Documentary and Excellence in Cinematography awards.
Other awards the team has won include the 1997 Windy City Documentary Film Festivals Best of Festival Award and the National Educational Film and Video Festivals Golden Apple Award for the powerful documentary "It Ain't Love." Based on teenage dating violence, the film follows members of a young improv theater company as they create and perform abusive relationships. In 1996, the team won the Sundance Film Festivals Filmmakers Trophy and Cinematography Awards for the documentary "Cutting Loose;" a feature-length film that follows lively characters through the New Orleans Mardi Gras. Todd has also won a New York Emmy Award in 1989 for the segments she produced on "The Eleventh Hour," a nightly news and cultural affairs program.
In addition to being the cinematographer and sound recordist for
the films they produce and direct, Young and Todd are often hired as a freelance
production team. Their assignments have ranged from the 1992 Democratic National
Convention in New York to life in the spiny desert of Madagascar. In 1989 they filmed
"Monkeys on the Edge," a portrait of Brazils endangered Atlantic Forest,
for the PBS series "Nature." In 1988-89 they worked as a camera/sound team for
"The Trials of Life," David Attenboroughs 12-part series on animal
behavior, which was a co-production by the BBC and TBS. Their dramatic sequences of mating
wolves, fighting tortoises, spraying skunks and birthing bats helped earn the series a
British Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Youngs camera work has appeared on
numerous other award-winning nature series such as "Jacques Cousteau,"
"NOVA," "Smithsonian World" and "World of Audubon." He is
currently shooting sequences for "Animal Minds," a three-part series co-produced
by the BBC and PBS.
Todd and Young both graduated from Harvard College in 1983. Todd also holds a
Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Young has a Masters
degree in Anthropology from Yale University.
For more information on Susan and Andrew's work, visit the Archipelago Films Web site.