John Paizs is a director, writer, and actor from Winnipeg. In 1985 his much-celebrated independent comedy Crime Wave premiered at the Festival of Festivals (now the Toronto International Film Festival). His second feature film, 1999's Top of the Food Chain, is a stylish, low-budget send-up of Golden Age 50s science fiction movies. Paizs is currently the Director in Residence at the Canadian Film Centre.