Kyle Surowicz: Broadcasting and Film
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Graduate Meets Hugh Jackman and Attends UN Conference in New York City for Documentary
Kyle Surowicz in Times Square
By Paul Koidis
Meeting Hugh Jackman, Quincy Jones, Deepak Chopra and Donna Karan, were just some of the highlights for a recent Centennial College graduate's trip to New York City.
For Kyle Surowicz, graduate of the Broadcasting and Film Program, networking with these iconic celebrities while attending a United Nations conference and at a private event at Jackman's home on that same day, was a dream come true. But the real reward came with being able to participate in something that just might change the world.
"The best thing was getting involved in some absolutely amazing events," says Surowicz of his involvement in The Global Poverty Project, a presentation and forthcoming documentary similar to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
"I met Hugh Jackman (best known for his recent role as Wolverine), some of the greatest political and business minds of our generation and attended a United Nations meeting that included the Presidents of Senegal, Malawi and Uganda," Surowicz says. They are all involved in some way in this UN initiative to end extreme poverty in our lifetime.
Surowicz was in New York City to capture footage for an upcoming documentary that is being produced in collaboration with Australian Producer Clive Burcham and Chris Adams, formerly of Participant Media, whose projects include Syriana, with George Clooney and Matt Damon, North Country, with Charlize Theron, Good Night and Good Luck with George Clooney and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.
"They approached me and told me that my material, at least in their eyes, was really good and wanted to work with me again," says Surowicz of Burcham and Adams, both of whom he met via Centennial College. "Receiving recognition from serious industry heavy weights really added to my shooting confidence."
The Global Poverty Project was created in 2008 by young Australian development advocate Hugh Evans, who was behind the Australian Make Poverty History campaign featuring U2's Bono. The Project, which includes Jackman as an advisor and producer, aims to help the planet's poorest 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty - defined as those living on less than a $1.25 a day.
Surowicz points to his time at Centennial College as a key stepping stone preparing him for this new career.
"Centennial College provided me with the tools and knowledge and helped shape my natural instincts. Natural instincts mean to always attempt to put yourself in the right spot at the right time and constantly look for new shots and ways to innovate your production."
So, what's next for Surowicz?
"After working with the Global Poverty Project, I can't wait for the next chance to document their journey," Surowicz says. "It has elevated me from recent graduate to industry professional in the eyes of my peers and it has given me the self-confidence and experience to build onto my rapidly growing career."