The Filmmaker

[caption id="attachment_141" align="alignright" width="254" caption="Filmmaker Sean Garrity"]Sean Garrity[/caption] In 2008, Sean Garrity was given a jury prize at the Brussels International Short Film Festival for his film ReOrder. In 2006, he was given the Special Jury Prize by the Don Haig jury at Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival. The cash award is presented to a filmmaker whose work is not only outstanding, but has also bridged the documentary and fiction genres. The press has referred to his work as “possessing a dark, twisted beauty” (Janet Smith, Georgia Strait) and has compared his work to that of David Cronenberg (Globe and Mail) and even Luis Buñuel (Steve Palopoli, San Jose MetroActive). His first feature film, INerTia, was awarded “Best First Feature” at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, and netted him “Best Director” at the 2001 FilmCan Festival. The Globe & Mail named him one of three “Canadian Filmmakers to Watch” in 2002 and Northern Life announced “Sean Garrity is the new wave of Canadian cinema.” His second feature film, Lucid, won the CityTV Award for Best Western Canadian Feature at the 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival, was an Audience Award pick at Cinefest and was an official selection at more than 25 film festivals around the world, including Shanghai, Mannheim, Singapore and Toronto. His third feature, Zooey & Adam has just begun its festival circuit, premiering at The Atlantic International Film Festival in September of 2009 and nominated at the Vancouver International Film Festival for the CanWest award for Best Canadian Feature Film. After spending years backpacking through Asia and South America, Sean returned to Winnipeg to begin a career as a filmmaker and musician in 1997, quickly creating award-winning music videos for Winnipeg artists including The Wyrd Sisters, Mark Reeves and Richard Moody.  He also completed a number of documentaries, and short films, including Middle, which won awards at film festivals in Toronto and Vancouver and How Much for a Half Kilo?, which took the top prize at Calgary. All nine of Sean’s short films have international distributors and been sold to television around the world. Sean first studied film production and theory at Toronto’s York University and continued his studies at the Instituto de Arte Cinematografico de Avellaneda in Buenos Aires.  There he produced and directed an experimental collage film which was played at film festivals in Avellaneda and Santa Fe, Argentina. After three years of living in Japan and traveling through Asia, Sean made a short abstract collage video in Japanese called Departure in 1996. Sean also works as a bass player, having appeared on half a dozen CDs, and performs live most weekends in Winnipeg, where he lives. . . . . . The text of this page is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts).