​Ten Genie Awards Nominations for NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY

By CFC Staff March 01, 2010 17:00

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CFC Features' NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY Garners Ten Genie Award Nominations

NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, the CFC's 17th feature film, has garnered a record ten Genie Award nominations including Best Motion Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Achievement In Direction. The nominations for the 30th Annual Genie Awards were announced today by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television at a press conference in Toronto.

An urban love story about the soul of a mother, the heart of a fighter, and the faith of a child NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY marked the feature directorial debut of CFC Director alumnus Charles Officer ('02) (Short Hymn_Silent War, Da Kink In My Hair) who also wrote the screenplay. Inspiration came from his own sister (who, like the nurse in the film, is living with sickle cell anemia) and by his experience growing up in Toronto's east end. The film is produced by CFC Producer alumna Ingrid Veninger ('00), (Only, The Limb Salesman Gambling, Gods and LSD), who also served as writer with Officer. The film stars Clark Johnson (The Wire, The Sentinel), Karen LeBlanc, Walter Borden, and newcomer Daniel J. Gordon. Clark Johnson was recognized with a Genie nomination for Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role along with his co-star Karen LeBlanc who received a Genie nod for Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role. NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY marks the fourth CFC Features film for award-winning cinematographer Steve Cosens who also received a Genie nomination for his vision.

“This is a milestone for the CFC - we have received the most nominations ever for a CFC Feature Film. We believe in our talented alumni and the entire team and are thrilled by the success of NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY and the recognition it has received from its peers,” said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. “Congratulations to Justine Whyte, Executive Producer/Director, and to Erin Burke, Manager of CFC Features for their guidance in overseeing this film from concept to completion.”

Other Genie Award nominations for NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY include Diana Abbatangelo for Achievement in Art Direction, Production Design, Sarah Armstrong for Achievement In Costume Design, John Welsman, Cherie Camp for Achievement in Music – Original Song for their song Oh Love and Garrett Kerr, Fred Brennan, Paul Germann, Steve Hammond and Mishann Lau for Achievement in Sound Editing.

Since its world premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY has been earning accolades and awards, including Best Actress (Karen LeBlanc) at the 2008 Atlantic Film Festival, Best Actor (Clark Johnson) at the 2008 Whistler Film Festival and Karen LeBlanc, Clark Johnson and Daniel J. Gordon were honoured with ACTRA Toronto nominations for their exceptional performances.

CFC Features, acting as Executive Producer, provides filmmakers with up to 100 percent of the financing and mentorship needed for the successful development, production and marketing of their feature film. Founded in 1992, the program has produced 17 features including, CUBE, RUDE, THE UNCLES, THE DARK HOURS and NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY. Many of these 17 films have gone on to reap critical acclaim and commercial success.

CFC Features is supported by: Citytv; Development supported by: Government of Ontario; Production supported by The Movie Network and Movie Central; Distribution supported by: E1 Entertainment.