- Tamás Wormser filmmaker
“Wormser has a way of showing us the beauty beyond
what is ostensibly ordinary.”- Matthew Hayes
Tamás Wormser was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. In 1986 he moved to Canada, where he continued working in theatre as a writer, actor and director. In 1991 he completed the Film Production program at Concordia University where he made the experimental film PROMETHEUS, the documentaries LAMA GESHE KENRAB and HIPPO SAPIENS, and the short fiction THE HAT.
In 1989 he founded Artesian Films, through which he has directed and produced thirteen films. In 1993 Wormser made THE THREE MARIAS, a series of seven dance films that was shown on Bravo! in Canada and on the Hungary Public Broadcaster. In 1996 he directed the documentary FACES OF THE HAND, produced by National Film Board of Canada and broadcast in over 40 countries. Nominated for Best Documentary at Hot Docs at the Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival, the film won a Gold Apple Award and widespread critical acclaim: the Montreal Mirror hailed it as “a straightforward ode to the human hand… at once poetic and informative.” The Globe and Mail called it an “original, beautifully low-key documentary.”
In 1998 he produced and directed the fiction film THE RING. “A surreal jewelry… with an entirely new performance style…a costume art film that can be remotely compared to Guy Maddin,” said Hour. His 2003 documentary STEP UP! featured a dancer who, having lost a foot to an accident, went on to dance with Baryshnikov. It was recommended by Le Devoir “for all who hesitate in fulfilling their dreams,” going on to win a Freddie Award, a Communicator Award of Excellence, a Silver Award at the Worldfest Houston, the Best Short Documentary at Moscow Int’l Disability Film Festival and Best Director at 2012 BOSI Film Festival in Belgrade. Following its premiere on CBC-TV’s The Magazine, Canada’s most watched documentary program, it was broadcast on Bravo!, CBC’s Distinct Docs series, on ZDF ARTE and others.
In 2003 he produced and directed THE BALL OF THEIR LIVES, a documentary about Hungarian-Canadian galas, the biggest debutante balls in North America, and in 2006 he completed TOUCHED BY WATER (Eaux de vie), a documentary shot in 13 countries about bathing traditions and water-rituals around the world. CBC.ca praised it as “exquisite… both an ode to the social ritual of public bathing and a thought-provoking look at water’s spiritual significance.” It was nominated for Best Documentary at the Montreal World Film Festival, shortlisted for JAPAN PRIZE and presented at numerous festivals and events around the globe, where it won several awards. The film premiered on the Documentary Channel and ARTV.
In 2007 Wormser produced and directed BELIEVE IN ME!, a documentary on teenaged fathers, a group largely neglected by Canadian society.
His 2008 production, TRAVELLING LIGHT is a theatrical documentary, filmed in 11 countries on modern-day nomadic artists. “Dynamic and in constant motion, Wormser’s film intimately explores the rich relationship between freedom and attachment, creativity and travel,“ recommends The Hour. “Captivating… blurs the distinction between art and life” praised The McGill Tribune, while La Presse called it “charming and intoxicating”, after its premiere at the cinema. The film won the Gold Award at The American Pixel Academy, the Bronze Remi Award at WorldFest-Houston and the Award of Merit at The Indie Fest.
The Cultural Olympiad 2010 Vancouver commissioned Wormser to make HAND TO HAND, a short film that was viewed by millions around the world. The film won the Golden Reel Award at the TIFF in San Francisco, the Platinum Award at The American Pixel Academy, the Jury Prize “BEST FILM OF FESTIVAL” at an Int’l Film Fest in Thessaloniki, and presently it is in the int’l festival circuit.
Presently, Wormser is in production with DAD’S LAND, a documentary film on a group of Palestinian-Hungarian youth, and THE WANDERING MUSE, a feature documentary film and web site that explores Jewish identity through the music of the diaspora. He is developing several other documentary, fiction and new media projects.
He lives in Montreal with his wife and two sons.
- Catherine Legault editor
Award-winning editor and filmmaker, Catherine Legault is a graduate of Concordia University’s Film Production program. She has been working as a film editor on several award-winning films that have screened at international film festivals and have played theatrically in cinemas and on television around the world. Her collaborations have included Le doigt dans l’oeil (2007), by Julien Fréchette, Travelling Light: Artists on the Move (2008), by Tamas Wormser, PilgrIMAGE (2009), by Peter Wintonick, The invisible Red Thread, by Maureen Marovitch, and most recently Mort subite dun homme-théâtre (2011), by Jean-Claude Coulbois, also nominated for a Jutra price for Best Documentary, and Fair Sex (2012), by Martin Laroche, a drama feature. She is now in the midst of editing The Wandering Muse, a 4th collaboration with film director Tamas Wormser. Sisters, Dream and Variation will be her first film.
- Terri Foxman lead researcher
Terri Foxman is an acclaimed documentary film researcher with more than twenty years experience. She has considerable expertise in obtaining and cataloging unique archival stills and images, finding compelling characters and formulating detailed research reports. Her credits include: the Emmy-award winning series Benjamin Franklin, (PBS), Six Days in June (PBS, Radio-Canada, ARTE, Channel 10 Israel); Touch the Sky (Cirque du Soleil), Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour (Cirque du Soleil), Legendary Sin Cities (CBC), Citizen Lambert: Joan of Architecture, (NFB; FIFA prize for best Canadian Film, 2007); No More Tears Sister (NFB), Undying Love (CTV), Montreal Moving Madness (BBC), Rush (BBC), Miracle Babies (BBC), Dogs with Jobs (Life Network, PBS, National Geographic), Google World (CBC) and The Trouble With Experts (CBC). She received a Gémeaux award for best research for the documentary series, Steinberg (Radio-Canada).