FILMMAKERS

STURLA GUNNARSSON – DIRECTOR

Sturla Gunnarsson was born in Iceland, raised in Vancouver, has made films in India, South Africa, Mexico, Central America, the United States and Canada and been dubbed ‘Canada’s resident Viking, sailing the high seas of naturalism’. His feature films, documentaries and television movies have won a multitude of awards including Emmy, Genie and Gemini Awards, a Prix Italia, the Prix Villes de Cannes and an Oscar nomination. Though diverse in form and content, they all share a thematic commitment to the exploration of the human condition in all its complexity. His feature films include the comedy, Rare Birds, starring William Hurt, Andy Jones and Molly Parker and the Bombay epic, Such A Long Journey, starring Roshan Seth and Om Puri, both of which were among the top grossing Canadian movies in the years they were released. Documentaries include the cinema verite classic, Final Offer and the post-apartheid love story Gerrie & Louise. He has also directed films for broadcasters in Canada, the UK and the United States and his last two films for television, Scorn and 100 Days In The Jungle each won Gemini (Canadian Academy) Awards for ‘best television movie’ in the years they were telecast. See Sturla Gunnarsson’s personal website.

 

 

Andrew-Berzins-writer-of-Beowulf-GrendelANDREW RAI BERZINS – WRITER

Of Scottish/Latvian ancestry, Andrew Rai Berzins was born in the Salvation Army Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. In a decade of professional typing/head-banging, he has paid for food, beer, electricity and the rental of walls primarily with cheques from several Canadian TV series. He is also responsible for the short-story collection Cerberus, the scripts for the Canadian TV movies Scorn, Chasing Cain 1 and 2, and Cowboys & Indians, as well as the ill-fated feature screenplay Blood & Donuts. He’s made some moves on the Weird Sisters for a better fate for Beowulf & Grendel. They weren’t sure where Canada was. Undeterred, he persists in Toronto.

 

 

PAUL STEPHENS – PRODUCER

Paul Stephens and Eric Jordan are the partners and owners of The Film Works, a company that has produced quality film and television projects for over 25 years. When he’s not producing films Paul makes very tasty maple syrup on his farm north of Belleville.

Previsous credits include: Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (2003) (executive producer), Torso: The Evelyn Dick Story (2002) (TV) (supervising producer), Such a Long Journey (1998) (producer), Planet of Junior Brown, The (1997) (producer), Arrow, The (1997) (TV) (producer), Ordinary Magic (1993) (producer).

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ERIC JORDAN – PRODUCER

Previous credits include: Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story (2003) (TV) (producer), Love, Sex and Eating the Bones (2003) (associate producer), Love Come Down (2000) (producer), Planet of Junior Brown, The (1997) (producer), Arrow, The (1997) (TV) (producer), Lyddie (1996) (TV) (producer), Life with Billy (1994) (TV) (executive producer), Where the Spirit Lives (1989) (producer).

 

 

 

 

 

MICHAEL COWAN – PRODUCER

Previous credits include: The Little White Horse (producer), Guy X (2005) (producer), The Merchant of Venice (2005) (producer), River King, The (2005) (producer), Bailey’s Billion$ (2004) (producer), A Different Loyalty (2004) (producer), The Last Sign (2004) (co-producer), Head in the Clouds (2004) (producer), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004) (producer), The Baby Juice Express (2004) (producer), George and the Dragon (2004) (producer), One Perfect Day (2004) (executive producer), Out of Bounds (2003) (producer), The Statement (2003) (executive producer)

JASON PIETTE – PRODUCER

Previsous credits include: The Little White Horse (producer), Guy X (2005) (producer), The Merchant of Venice (2005) (producer), River King, The (2005) (producer), Bailey’s Billion$ (2004) (producer), A Different Loyalty (2004) (producer), The Last Sign (2004) (co-producer), Head in the Clouds (2004) (producer), The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004) (producer), The Baby Juice Express (2004) (producer), George and the Dragon (2004) (producer), One Perfect Day (2004) (executive producer), Out of Bounds (2003) (producer), The Statement (2003) (executive producer)

FRIDRIK THOR FRIDRIKSSON – PRODUCER

Previsous credits include: Guy X (2005) (co-producer), Kaldaljós (2004) (producer), Wager, The (2002) (executive producer), Omfavn mig måne (2002) (executive producer), Falcons (2002) (producer), Regina! (2002) (producer), No Such Thing (2001) (producer), Ikíngut (2000) (executive producer), Óskabörn thjodarinnar (2000) (producer), Dancer in the Dark (2000) (associate producer), Myrkrahöfdinginn (2000) (producer), Englar alheimsins (2000) (producer), Fíaskó (1999) (producer), Tale of Sweety Barrett, The (1998) (co-producer).