Harvey Lowe won the world’s first yo-yo championship in 1932. He experienced the early loss of his father, political and economic unrest, and a brain tumour. The yo-yo, which made him famous, helped him regain his identity.
Director/writer/producer: Jason Karman
Sadly Harvey Lowe passed away in March 2009. Visit the following links to learn more about this documentary and remarkable champion.
- ‘Yo-Yo King’ spinning to the end (The Province)
- Yo-yo champion a legend in Vancouver’s Chinatown (National Post)
- Yo-yo king dies at 90 (CBC)
- Video tribute to Harvey Lowe (CBC National)
- CBC Early Edition (CBC Radio)
Jason Karman says:
“I met Harvey Lowe through Vancouver writer Jim Wong-Chu who told me about how the world’s first yo-yo champion regained his memory. Harvey’s skills amazed me but what intrigued me more were his anecdotes of people and survival.
I wanted to show the world how the man behind it all triumphed with his yo-yo.”
About Jason Karman
Jason Karman, an honours graduate from Capilano College Cinematography program, has been directing since 2003. His experience as an Indonesian immigrant in Canada is a source of inspiration for him. His films have played in Philadelphia, Houston and Sacramento.