Alvin Witcher, DOTV Founder
Alvin was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.
Alvin has had lots of experience in the film industry. In 1999, he enrolled in and completed the Broadcasting program at the Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, funded by the Canadian Association of the Deaf. As part of his Internship requirements, funded by the federal International Youth Internship Program, Alvin travelled to South Africa and interned in the Deaf TV industry with the Deaf Federation of South Africa (DeafSA). He met many Deaf people in South Africa who were filmmakers and worked in the TV industry. He watched and learned how they developed and broadcasted their Deaf soap opera show on the television. Alvin loved the experience and he became involved by working with them in many areas, including as a background actor.
In 2000, Alvin returned to Canada from South Africa and worked as a freelancer in the film industry. A few months later, he decided to return to school and study in the field of Digital Multimedia Design for one and half year. When he completed his studies at the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) in Montreal, Alvin opened the ASW Productions, which was in businessfor seven years. In 2007, he decided to relocate to Toronto and closed his filmmaking business, and he worked as a freelancer again.
In 2010, Alvin realized that Deaf Ontario did not have a media centre. He went to see Anselmo DeSousa for advice. From there, Alvin decided to create the Deaf Ontario TV (DOTV). He strongly believes that DOTV will be successful as a media-based communicator of information for the Deaf communities in Ontario.
Alvin finally rolled up the sleeves of his shirt to start doing something exciting. He hopes you will enjoy viewing information and various media on the DOTV website.
Please feel free to contact Alvin. He is looking forward to working with you and all Deaf Ontarians.
Anselmo DeSousa is involved in many films and television endeavours; TV commercials, films,magazines, independent films and much more. He was very proud to be involved in the film created by Deaf filmmakers Catherine MacKinnon, on her film I’m Not From Hear and Michael T. Cyr, on his film The Raw Deal. He also was involved in the feature film Silent Hill.
Another great opportunity for Anselmo has been working on the TV series SUE THOMAS: F.B.EYE, DOC and the feature
Anselmo (ACTRA) realized he wanted to be an actor when he was 12 years old. While watching The Bionic Woman, he told his mom about this desire. She thought he was crazy! However, not until he watched the TV movie Love is Never Silent (starring Phyllis Frelich who is a Deaf actress) did he know that he could fulfill his dream. Since then, Anselmo has studied in workshops and read everything that he can about becoming an actor and writer.
born and raised in Kitchener, ON.