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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 8 July 1968New Jersey, USA
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Thom Fitzgerald: Since his 1997 feature debut, Thom has won over two dozen international awards including the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Award (Genie), The FIPRESCI European International Critics' Prize, The Emerging Master Award at the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule" Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. He won both the Best Canadian Film Award and the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Thom is a three time premiere guest of The Sundance Film Festival, and has been lauded abroad with the City of Grandola Prize at the Troia Film Festival in Portugal, and the Best Screenplay Prize at the Mar del Plat Film Festival in Argentina. He was awarded both the Best Screenplay Award and the Most Popular Film Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival. Thom was cited as "One of the top 100 filmmakers in the world" by Screen International and "One of the Top Ten of the Next Generation" by the Hollywood Reporter. Thom was nominated for The Directors Guild of Canada Award and won the Best Director Award at the Atlantic Film Festival for "3 Needles". In 2012 Thom was awarded the prestigious Portia White Prize which is the highest honor awarded to an artist by the government of Nova Scotia recognizing artistic excellence. For his theatre work he won the Merritt Award for Best New Play (CLOUDBURST) and was nominated for Outstanding Set Design. CLOUDBURST was also nominated as Outstanding Production of 2010.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Vicki McCarty

Trivia (6)

Has been a vegetarian since 1985, when he saw "The Animals Film" narrated by Julie Christie.
Born in New Rochelle Hospital, Westchester County, New York, U.S.A. to Patricia Catherine May and Timothy John Fitzgerald.
Accepted a 2006 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the VSDA (Video Software Dealers Association) on behalf of Lucy Liu, honoring her work with UNICEF, at a ceremony in Las Vegas.
Attended a Special Screening of "3 Needles" at the United Nations in New York, along with Tea Leoni, Eve, Stockard Channing, Shawn Ashmore, Lucy Liu and AIDS researcher Doctor David Ho, on December 1, 2006.
Was given the Bertha Meka's Award at the 2006 New York AIDS Film Festival for "3 Needles".
Lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. [August 2005]

Personal Quotes (3)

(on CBC Radio, regarding the Halifax, Nova Scotia Reel Out Film Festival) We had a screening of documentaries about human rights abuses co-sponsored by Amnesty International and only five people showed up. But our screening of 'Itty Bitty Titty Committee' was jam packed. Because people really like, you know... committees.
[on issues explored in his film 'Cloudburst'] I came out in the 1980s when HIV was something everyone was dealing with, and I remember it was the lesbians who really came out and supported people and took care of people. They stepped in and got things done. I think that's the kind of hero I want to see on the big screen. And we never see protagonists like that. I think an old dyke is the perfect romantic heroine.
[on directing Olympia Dukakis in 'Cloudburst'] She did express hesitancy to say all of the coarse language that I wrote. But you know, she's a professional, and she said the script is her bible and the director is her god, so she would do it. But, actually, I only wrote about half of the coarse language in the script. Once given permission to curse on film, I could not stop her.

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