Faculty in the Writing for Film & TV program are dedicated working professionals. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in program’s faculty roster below.
Adam Till started life as a lawyer, but quickly made to move to screenwriting shortly after being called to the bar in 2001. Adam had early success with a number of short films including Leo, which was admitted to several festivals (including TIFF) and won the Grand Prix at the Little Big Films Competition. Leo also won Adam the Canadian Comedy Award for Film Writing in 2006, in a category that included both shorts and features. Adam then moved on to television, where he worked with Atom Egoyan to adapt Egoyan’s film The Adjuster into a television series – a project that was later optioned to Showtime. Adam’s TV credits include Billable Hours, a sitcom he co-created with series star Fabrizio Filippo, and which ran on Showcase for three seasons. Adam acted as Co-Executive Producer on the series and wrote the majority of the show’s episodes, Billable winning the Gemini Award for Best Writing In A Comedy Series in 2009. Adam’s other writing credits include the Lifetime Movie Too Late To Say Goodbye, which debuted on LMN and TMN in 2010. Too Late was based on a novel by Ann Rule, and starred Rob Lowe and Lauren Holly. Currently, Adam is finishing work on Perfect Sisters, a feature film directed by Stan Brooks, starring Mira Sorvino and Abigail Breslin. Perfect Sisters was shot this past summer (2011) and is currently in post-production. Adam is also developing a new sitcom for CanWest Global called Last Resort, under his production company Shiny Happy Pictures.
Ken Chubb is a sought-after story and script editor for both film and TV and an outstanding developer of new and emerging writing talent. Ken was story editor for the successful teen werewolf feature film, Ginger Snaps and it’s sequel and prequel. He story edited Hunt for Justice, the Louise Arbour Story, Agent of Influence starring Christopher Plummer, and Crazy Canucks – all CTV MOWs, as well as H2O starring Paul Gross and Dragon Boys – both CBC mini-series. Ken was Executive Story Editor for JOZI-H a 13 x 1 hour medical drama series shot in Johannesburg and shown on CBC. He has story edited films including Claude Jutra award winner and Genie-nominated Flower & Garnet, Turning Paige(nominated for four Genies), Vincenzo Natali’s feature film, Nothing, and recently, Real Time written and directed by Randall Cole and starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel. Ken has recently been story consultant for the new CBC one-hour drama series Arctic Air.
David Goorevitch is the President of Javelin Pictures, a production and consulting company with a specialty in scripted entertainment, new media storytelling and interactive experience design. Currently, he has a development slate awash with original content from feature films and dramatic series to a wide range of new media entertainment properties. David is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab and was formerly the Deputy Creative Head at CBC Drama, where he was the executive in charge of such flagship shows as DaVinci’s Inquest, Dragon Boys, This Is Wonderland, North of 60, The Odyssey and Jozi-H. While at CBC, David pioneered and championed early online experiments, multiplatform production and an online presence for CBC TV Arts and Entertainment. His long career includes work as a Producer, Head of Production, Creative Producer, Senior Development Consultant, Film Editor and independent director/writer/filmmaker. David has read, analyzed and edited more than 8,500 screenplays.
Fern Levitt is an accomplished producer and director. Her credits include “A Gift of Life”, (1998) which chronicles the struggle of two families whose children need a life saving bone marrow transplant, “EACH OF US HAS A NAME“, (1999) the journey of Canadian teenagers and Holocaust survivors as they tour the former death camps of Poland, winner at the Chicago US International Festival for Best Documentary; “The Little Rock Nine” (2001) the story of nine black students who in 1957 were the first to desegregate an all white school in Little Rock Arkansas, interviews with President Bill Clinton, “Come Out Fighting” (2002) the story of the 761st, a segregated tank battalion in the second world war that was responsible for liberating several concentration camps in Austria, winner of The Chris Statuette at the Columbus Film Festival, “Sacharov – Conscience of a Country” (2003), known as the Father of the hydrogen bomb and the first Russian to receive the Nobel Prize only to be later exiled for 7 years as an enemy of the people, interviews with President Mikhail Gorbachev and winner of Best Historical Documentary at the Houston Film Festival, “Gorbachev’s Revolution”(2004),exclusive interview with former President Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush Sr. and Eduard Shevardnadze, the film explores Gorbachev’s dramatic rise in the Communist Party to the eventual coup which ended his leadership and dissolved the Soviet Union; The Velvet Revolution (2005), the story of Vaclav Havel’s rise from playwright to dissident to the first President of a free Czechoslovakia, nominated for a Gemini for best Biography; My Opposition- The Diaries of Friedrich Kellner (2006), One man’s foresight and opposition to the Nazis destructive forces and years later the trials and tribulations of his Grandson who would rise above his tragic childhood to share his Grandfather’s courageous story.Living Through Dying (2008) The film follows three people all in their mid thirties who are faced with a terminal illness and how they live their lives. For Discovery Channel, 7 Days of Remembrance and Hope (2010) The film chronicles the journey of 60 university students from across Canada as they travel to the concentration camps of Europe and deal directly with the holocaust.
Jonas Chernick is an actor/screenwriter/producer. He wrote, produced and stars in My Awkward Sexual Adventure, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was subsequently named one of TIFF’s Top Ten Films of 2012. It went on to win the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Calgary International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival, and was picked up for US distribution by Tribeca Films who will release the movie in March 2013. Jonas was nominated for an ACTRA Award for Outstanding Male Performance for his work in the film. He co-wrote and starred in Lucid, a feature film that premiered at TIFF 2005 and won the City TV Award for Best Western Canadian Feature Film at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival. Jonas won a 2008 Gemini Award and was nominated for a 2009 ACTRA Award for his work as “Slade” on the hit CBC drama series The Border. He can also be seen in the upcoming feature Blood Pressure, which had its world premiere at the 2012 Busan International Film Festival screened in competition for the Borsos Award at the 2012 Whistler Film Festival.
Max Reid (along with his brother and writing partner Adam) has written over thirteen hours of produced television broadcast on networks such as CBC, Global, HBO Canada, Disney XD, Showcase, Space, Teletoon, CBBC, and The Family Channel. Max is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Writers Lab and was featured on Playback magazine’s annual “Ten to Watch”. Max was nominated two years running for the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Writing and won in 2009 for an episode of Showcase’s Billable Hours. Recently, Max wrote for and as served as a story editor and writer on two seasons of Ken Finkleman’s HBO Canada series Good Dog, and season two of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (a series based on a CFC short film Max wrote). Max is currently co-writing Backpackers, an original digital series for CTV and The CW.
Joseph Kay is an experienced writer and creative producer of series television drama. His most recent credit is as writer/co-producer of the Global/Reelz series Bomb Girls, before which he co-created (and wrote numerous episodes of) the Gemini Award winning HBO Canada series Living In Your Car. Prior credits include writing/serving as consulting producer on the HBO Canada limited series The Line, and writing/serving as Executive Story Editor on the multiple Gemini Award winning CBC series This Is Wonderland. Joseph is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Prime Time Television Program, and Osgoode Hall Law School. Before becoming a screenwriter, Joseph worked as a transactional lawyer at the Bay Street law firm of Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg, one of Canada’s foremost securities law firms.
Matthew Miller has been writing, producing and directing films for over a decade. His short film The School, premiered at TIFF before screening at over 25 international film festivals winning top prizes at The Atlantic Film Festival and The Chicago International Film Festival before being broadcast on CBC and PBS. His debut feature film Surviving Crooked Lake, won the Kodak Vision Award for Cinematography at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2008 before going on to worldwide distribution. Miller went on to produce Blood Pressure the new feature by Sean Garrity, which premiered in Korea at the Pusan International Film Festival in 2012. Recently, he completed producing and story editing Matt Johnson’s The Dirties, which took home the grand jury prize for best feature narrative at Slamdance in 2013. He currently has several projects in development.
Kyle Muir, a graduate of the CFC Writers’ Lab Program, is currently in development on a comedy feature for Sudden Storm Entertainment and just finished writing numerous episodes of Teletoon’s hit animated series Detentionaire. Muir also wrote for the critically acclaimed HBO series Call Me Fitz and Family Channel’s popular sitcom Really Me. Other writing credits include the award winning television series Billable Hours, Almost Heroes, Producing Parker, The Dating Guy and What It’s Like Being Alone. Muir has been acting for about a decade in mostly obscure, underground films but occasionally his work does show up in film festivals. He starred in the short films Poe Lost Poe and Bowzer, both of which premiered at the Antimatter Film Festival in Victoria, BC. A strong believer in mentoring new writers, Muir designed the Screenwriting for Film and Television Program for Centennial College for which he won a Teaching Excellence Award. Muir is represented by Jennifer Hollyer and Ilana Miller at the Jennifer Hollyer Agency in Toronto.
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