Academy Award-Winning Producer Don Carmody Named Producer Chair of CFC Film Programs

Academy Award-Winning Producer Don Carmody Named Producer Chair of CFC Film Programs

Toronto, June 22, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce esteemed Academy Award-winning producer Don Carmody as the first-ever Producer Chair of CFC’s Film Programs. A long-time friend of the CFC, Carmody has been a philanthropic supporter of the charitable organization for many years, has been a mentor and guest of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, serves on the CFC Features advisory and selection committee, and most recently, lent his expertise to the CFC Features-supported production 22 Chaser. Carmody joins a distinguished group of current and past CFC Program Chairs, including Marc Jordan and Mychael Danna, Songwriter and Composer Chairs of The Slaight Family Music Lab, respectively; Paul Haggis, Chair of CFC’s Film Programs; and former Chairs Eugene Levy and Kiefer Sutherland. Carmody assumes his role as Producer Chair on July 12, 2016, when he will welcome the incoming residents into CFC’s 2016/2017 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program with an intimate master class.

“We look forward to celebrating Don’s continued support of our talent and programs over the years, as well as his incredible contributions to the screen-based entertainment industry,” said Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC. “He is one of Canada’s most prolific producers, is a strong advocate for innovation and creative risk-taking, and is passionate about the business of entertainment – all qualities we want to instil in our talent and know that Don will inspire in them as Producer Chair.”

CFC’s film programs provide an intensive creative and professional experience for filmmakers from across Canada to learn from leading industry experts, forge essential long-term partnerships and create exciting new works for the international marketplace. Filmmakers develop the entrepreneurial skills necessary to build successful, enduring careers in the global media industry. CFC’s film programs emphasize the importance of fusing artistic and creative considerations with the realities of the screen-based industries.

“I am pleased and honoured to have been asked by the Canadian Film Centre to chair the talented group of producer residents in their amazing film programs,” said Don Carmody. “If I can help in any small way to propel the careers of some of the next generation of Canadian filmmakers, then that’s likely a greater award than those already bestowed on me.”

Don Carmody has been producing films for close to 40 years. Formerly, he was vice-president of production for Canada’s Cinépix (now Lionsgate), where he co-produced David Cronenberg’s early shockers Shivers (also knows as They Came from Within) and Rabid, as well as the popular comedy Meatballs. In 1980, Carmody began his own production company, Don Carmody Productions, and went on to produce the smash hits Porky’s and Porky’s II, as well as the classic A Christmas Story, the Weekend at Bernie’s series, and The Late Shift, which was nominated for seven Emmy® Awards and three CableACE Awards.

Carmody’s credits include some 100 films to date, including Academy Award® nominated Good Will Hunting, 54, The Pledge, Wrong Turn, Gothika, the cult hit The Boondock Saints films, Assault on Precinct 13, Lucky Number Slevin, Orphan, and the Resident Evil films, among many others. In 2002, Carmody was co-producer on Chicago, starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, which won seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Musical/Comedy. Carmody has been awarded the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s The Cineplex Golden Screen Award for Feature Film (previously called The Cineplex Golden Reel Award), which honours the highest grossing Canadian feature film of the year, an unprecedented nine times, for Meatballs, Porky’s, Johnny Mnemonic, The Art of War, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Afterlife, Resident Evil: Retribution and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and Pompeii.

As Producer Chair, Carmody will act as an international ambassador for the CFC’s film programs, helping to build strong strategic relationships to benefit these programs as well as CFC’s residents and alumni.

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