What Escapes Production

We are committed to impassioned and incisive storytelling, challenging people and ideas, and working in complex environments around the globe. We make non-fiction films and series for a range of platforms, as well as for theatrical distribution. 

The company was founded by Andréa Schmidt 2016, as a means of extending her commitment to journalism and filmmaking, and to enable collaborations with other media-makers.

What Escapes Production is based in Toronto, Canada. 


Photo Credit: Josh Rushing

Andréa Schmidt

Andréa Schmidt is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. As a producer/director and writer for Al Jazeera English's current affairs documentary show, Fault Lines, she helped establish the show’s distinctive voice over 25 episodes shot in at least 12 countries.

She has covered Haiti after the earthquake, Somalia during the famine, Honduras after the coup, Mexico gripped by the war for drugs, Iraq after almost a decade of U.S. presence, among other stories. She was a producer and writer of “Haiti: Six Months On”, the Fault Lines documentary that garnered Al Jazeera its first Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award (2012). Her film about Juarez, "Mexico: Impunity and Profits", was nominated for a History Makers “Best Current Affairs Production” Award (2012).

Andréa helped launch AJ+, Al Jazeera’s youth-focused digital channel, as the executive producer of the short documentary strand. She also led the development of the channel’s mobile coverage of news events. 

For VICE Canada, she worked as an executive producer of documentary series and showrunner for the launch of VICELAND, leaving to return to journalism and filmmaking. She remains a regular contributor to Fault Lines.