I set out for Toronto a couple of weeks ago from Ottawa. My mission was clear from the outset - to see if I could bring a story to film. Of course I didn’t just get on the road without a destination or an idea - that would have been ludicrous. I knew where I was going and what I was following. The issue was whether or not my efforts could be crafted into a story worth telling.
I met Suzanne Wyman three weeks before at the Green Expo in Ottawa. I was walking up and down the aisles, camera in hand. The voice of a lady came from a television at a booth a few feet from away. When I looked up I found the same lady standing right in front of me. It was a very powerful moment. I approached her and we spoke for a bit - she seemed to have a certain depth to her personality that intrigued me, but it was nothing compared to what I encountered three weeks later.
She was excited at my proposition when I told her who I was, what I did, and what I intended to do based on our discussion. Three weeks later I had the pedal to the floor in a car filled with gear, and Alaukik Naik sitting in the passenger seat next to me as we headed for Toronto.
I believe there’s still a lot to explore with this woman. A deeper and more compelling story will only be revealed over time with trust and friendship, but for the couple of days we stayed there filming, this is what the lens caught.