| 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.

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  • creator
    Jill Haras
  • director
    Jill Haras
  • producer
    George Johnson
  • composer
    John Sereda
  • characters
    Jill Haras
  • animation
    Tami Knight
    Martin Rose
    Amanda Forbis
    Sherann E. Johnson
    Tracy Lewis
  • editor
    Jill Haras
  • 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
  • sound supervisor
    Gael MacLean
  • sound editor
    Haida Paul
  • foley artist
    Maureen Murphy
  • re-recording mixer
    Bill Sheppard
    Dean Giammarco
  • re-recording
    Cinesonic Productions Inc.
  • executive producer
    Svend-Erik Eriksen

  • bradymc

    A beautiful execution of a wonderful unknown story. Wish I had met Joe

    bradymc, 3 Feb 2017