(Content warning for discussion of depression and suicide)
Iohan Gueorguiev (1988-2021)
Filmmaker – Adventurer – Explorer – Generous Spirit
“I want to see the world. Follow a map to its edges and keep going. Forgo the plans. Trust my instincts. Let curiosity be my guide. I want to change hemispheres. Sleep with unfamiliar stars. And let the journey unfold before me.”-Maptia Manifesto
All Members of the Director’s Guild of Canada are united in our passion for filmmaking. So for that reason, I want to introduce Iohan Gueorguiev to our Members and honour him as a local filmmaker. Although Iohan was not a Member of the DGC, he was part of our larger filmmaking community. Iohan moved to Mississauga from Bulgaria at the age of 15 and his life is a reminder to all of us that there is a beautiful world out there.
Iohan was a Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, and co-star to the open road, cycling from Alaska to Argentina with plans to ride around the planet. When you watch one of the 72 videos he produced between 2014 and 2021, you will be struck by his kind, gentle, and generous spirit. Iohan’s videos have been viewed over 4.5 million times and he was a talented and resourceful filmmaker, creating these videos single-handed while riding his bike through extremely harsh conditions, and camping anywhere from the ice roads of the Northwest Territories to the relentless winds of Patagonia.
Iohan’s light burned very brightly, but sadly he struggled with depression and took his own life last fall. You can read more about him in this link written by his friend Matt Bardeen, as well as on BikePacking.com.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”-Albert Camus
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