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Projections 2 Film Festival
Meet the Commissioning Editors – A Filmmakers’ Seminar

Friday, November 2, 2007 1:30PM until 3:30 PM at the Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto

Bios of two filmmakers with disabilities who will be participating in a panel of filmmakers and commissioning editors at this year’s Projections 2 Film Festival:

Ewan Marshall:
Ewan is a producer/director for BBC Television working in both drama and factual genres. Dramas have included ‘Desperados’ a ten part children’s drama about a wheelchair basketball team, ‘Every time You Look At Me’ (Radar award for best portrayal of disability in the media 2004 a 90’ single drama and Pear Shaped, a series of short films (jury prize winner at the Banff television festival). Factual work includes ‘Loving Christian’, ‘The Royal Photographers’, and ‘Crimewatch’.

Before joining the BBC Ewan was a theatre director where he held Artistic Directorships of The Dukes, a regional theatre and independent cinema, Graeae Theatre Company and Associate Directorships at The London Bubble and Theatre Venture.

Ewan is passionate about creating more opportunities for other disabled people in  media and is an associate member of the British Creative Industries Disability Network and a patron of Disability Equality in Action.

Paul Nadler:
Paul Nadler has been a firebrand, award winning artist in the world of media and television, both before and after a near-fatal car accident in which he acquired severe brain damage. He cut his teeth at Musique Plus in the early 1990s, after studying philosophy, communications and educational  technology.  At MusiquePlus, Nadler was the packaging designer for such popular shows as Perfecto, Clip Postal and Transit, before creating the hit show Zone X, which he also produced. After Musique Plus, his next challenge was field producing the CBC's  Street Cents. Nadler was instrumental in the re-packaging of the show, which went on to win the Gemini Award-winning show's redesign. Additional freelance assignments included directing and creating the show opening for Up Close with Sonia Benezra. 
The brain damage he experienced in the car accident in the mid 1990s  forced Nadler to re-invent himself.  He went back to university to get his Master's degree in communications at the Université du Québec à  Montréal.

Paul’s strong-will and creative efforts to regain his life have certainly paid off. Since  Braindamdj’d 11 was completed in 2006, Paul  has traveled all over the world to present the film at festivals. Some of the countries he has visited include: Australia, New  Zealand, India, Taiwan, Japan and Spain, to name just a few. 

The film has garnered many awards as well. It won the coveted Peabody Award; was the most nominated documentary at the 21st  annual Gemini Awards with 4 nominations two of which it won: Best  Biography Documentary and Best Direction in a Documentary for Paul. It also won the Grand Prix award at the prestigious Japan Prize competition and the Grand  Prix Award at the Moscow Disability Film Festival.

When and Where:
Friday, November 2, 2007 1:30PM until 3:30 PM at the Innis Town Hall (one block south of Bloor on St .George street, ramp entry on the south side just North of Robarts Library). ASL will be provided along with attendant services.

Panel Description:
In a small group setting, filmmakers, at all stages in their careers, will have a unique and empowering opportunity to meet with Commissioning Editors from the major Canadian networks.  This must-attend session is for anyone wanting to learn more about the latest industry initiatives, the type of projects that networks look to fund, how best to approach broadcasters and
the role that they can play in advancing one’s media project and how best to approach them. 

Ample time will be provided for an interactive exchange of ideas that will further the understanding, integration and promotion of filmmakers with disabilities

Invited Pannelists:
CBC Newsworld  Andrew Johnston
Vision TV and S-Vox Joan Jenkinson
OMNI Paritosh Mehta
TVOntario   Jane Jankovic
NFB Tracey Freisen
BBC Ewan (filmmaker)
Paul Nadler (filmmaker) Canada

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