andrew young + susan todd, directors
Archipelago Films was founded by Academy Award nominated, Emmy award-winning directors Susan Todd and Andrew Young. Todd and Young have a well-established track record of outstanding film, television and commercial projects, and are known for creating cutting-edge, character-based films of the highest quality – featuring some of the most dramatic stories of our time.
At Archipelago, Todd and Young have produced, directed, edited and filmed over a dozen documentaries for theatrical and television release, including their Academy Award nominated Children of Fate. Revisiting a family filmed by Young's father, director Robert M. Young in 1961, their film is an emotional story of a Sicilian woman's struggle to keep her family together despite a legacy of poverty, crime and violence. Children of Fate received the Grand Jury Prize and the Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival, top awards at many international festivals, played theatrically in over 30 US cities and had its television premiere on HBO/Cinemax. Other Archipelago award-winning films include Madagascar: A World Apart, It Ain't Love, Cutting Loose, and Americanos.
In addition to documentary, the Archipelago team has extensive experience working in other genres: fiction, wildlife and natural history, commercials, museum installations and corporate films. Todd and Young have truly done it all, proving that the ingredients for compelling media are grounded in expert craftsmanship and a deep-rooted understanding of the language of film and digital media.
Their wide ranging interests and insatiable curiosity about the world make it easy for them to jump into a story and get it right. Whether directing a 24 person crew on a fiction shoot, or brainstorming with corporate clients about their media needs, they bring razor sharp editorial judgement, award-winning production values, and the ability to translate big picture concepts into compelling visual stories with universal appeal.
Making scenes come to life depends on good directing and creative camera work. Young is the company's principal Director of Photography and he strives to bring the camera into the middle of exciting situations, be it the intensity of dating violence (It Ain't Love) or the colorful mating rituals of Madagascar chameleons (Madagascar: A World Apart). His camera work has earned him an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography, two additional Emmy nominations, the top prize for cinematography at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and the Award for Excellence in Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival three times.