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About Us


Transparent Film represents the work of award-winning filmmakers Nova Ami and Velcrow Ripper. We produce films that entertain, enlighten and offer transformative perspectives on the world we live in through effective and innovative methods of storytelling. We believe in reaching the widest audience possible,  connecting movies with movements.  We also lead workshops that accompany each film, offering audiences the chances to dive deeper into the subject matter, personalizing and applying the themes to their own lives.    Check out our catalog to learn more about our films.



NOVA AMI is a Filipino-Canadian filmmaker who creates socially relevant, thought-provoking films that engage, educate, and empower. Her most recent work is the documentary series "Living With Dying," and  the award-winning Metamorphosis (co-directed with Velcrow Ripper), a theatrical feature documentary which explores the theme of change in this time of climate crisis, described as “breathtaking” by the Toronto Star.  Previous documentaries include Say I Do: Unveiling the Stories of Mail-Order Brides, and Secrets: A Parent’s Guide to Teen Sexuality which aired on CBC’s The Passionate Eye.  She was host, director, and writer on The Leading Edge, a television series about innovation that aired on Knowledge, and was host and segment producer of GVTV, a series about urban issues in metro Vancouver.  She has a master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School, NYC.



VELCROW RIPPER creates powerful, cinematic feature documentaries that deal with the central issues of our times. His epic “Fierce Light Trilogy” began with Scared Sacred (NFB, Vision TV, Arte France), a journey to the Ground Zeroes of the word, in search of hope.  It was the winner of the 2005 Genie Award (Canadian Academy Award) for best feature documentary. The trilogy continued with 2008’s award-winning Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (NFB, The Movie Channel, E1 Entertainment), and concluded with Occupy Love (Superchannel). His first feature-length documentary, Bones of the Forest (1995, co-directed with Heather Frise) won nine awards, including Best of the Festival at Hot Docs and the 1996 Genie for best feature doc. He is well known for his award-winning sound design of such films as The Corporation (Best Sound, Leo Awards) and A Place Called Chiapas (Best Sound, Hot Docs, Leo Awards).  Metamorphosis (NFB, TVO, Knowledge Network) is his sixth feature film.

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