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Jerry Ciccoritti Poster

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Overview (2)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Birth NameGerard Ciccoritti

Mini Bio (1)

One of Canada's most provocative and in-demand directors, Jerry Ciccoritti has directed feature films, television movies and mini-series, and garnered accolades in all mediums over the course of his career. His features have consistently been invited to film festivals throughout the world and, in television, he has been awarded a Gemini for Best Film, seven Geminis for Best Director, three Directors Guild of Canada Awards and a Genie nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

A second-generation Italian-Canadian, Jerry has always made telling Canadian stories--particularly ones that reflect issues of the immigrant experience in Canada--a career priority. He has directed biographies of some of our most influential and inspiring citizens, including the critically acclaimed Trudeau (2002) mini-series. With "Trudeau", Ciccoritti made exciting and dynamic television about a Canadian for Canadians, and changed the face of home-grown television in the process. In the recent past he directed the adaptation of the beloved novel Lives of the Saints (2004), recounting the personal story of an Italian family that immigrated to Canada; the harrowing true story of a woman's fight for justice in The Many Trials of One Jane Doe (2002); a true account of the murder of Nancy Eaton, The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton (2003); and the emotional bio-pic of singer Shania Twain, Shania: A Life in Eight Albums (2005).

Jerry first began working in film in his 20s, writing and directing low-budget indie horror films such as Psycho Girls (1985), Graveyard Shift (1987) and Graveyard Shift II (1988), establishing himself as a genre cult figure. Jerry turned his hand to television in the early 1990s, where he quickly earned critical acclaim and awards working on projects including The Hitchhiker (1983), La Femme Nikita (1997), Catwalk (1992), Due South (1994) and the groundbreaking mini-series Straight Up (1996) I and II. It was his work on television movies, however, that brought him the greatest degree of recognition. He was awarded Gemini Awards for Best Direction for Net Worth (1995), Chasing Cain (2001).

While honing his distinctive style in television, Ciccoritti continued making feature films such as the controversial Paris, France (1993), a box-office hit and included in the collection "The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time". His 1999 feature The Life Before This (1999) was selected for the Toronto and Berlin film festivals and earned Catherine O'Hara a Genie Award as Best Supporting Actress. Boy Meets Girl (1998), which also premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, was named Best Film at the Cologne Film Festival.

In 2004 Jerry brought a very personal film, Blood (2004), adapted from the stage play of the same name, to the Toronto International Film Festival. A highly experimental work that challenges notions of singular perception and truth, "Blood" became a festival favorite, won him a Genie nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and, most recently, a Directors Guild of Canada award nomination for Best Achievement in Direction for a feature film.

Alongside his nomination for "Blood", Jerry has also been nominated by the Directors Guild for Best Achievement in Direction in the TV movie/mini-series category, for "Lives of the Saints". It is the first time he has been nominated for television and feature film simultaneously - a very fitting acknowledgment for a man who has worked so fluidly in both mediums.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Suzanne Cheriton

Trade Mark (1)

Style is visual strategies (split-screens, image manipulation, continuous shots), and he is drawn to characters caught in identity crises.

Trivia (5)

Co-founder of the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Company in Toronto.
Parents are Joseph and Patricia Ciccoritti. Mother's maiden name is "Teoli."
Eight time Gemini award winner.
Worked as both an usher and manager of a movie theater and ran an audiovisual production house prior to becoming a filmmaker.
Early interests included theater and painting.

Personal Quotes (3)

I'm definitely one of those people who's on a soap box to people who think Canadian cinema's boring or Canadian history is boring. I really hate that.
[on his approach to horror films] To me, they're the closest thing we have today to Greek tragedies.
[ on 'The Resurrection of Tony Gitone'] If there's one thing I've learned from this it's that no one ever wants to help you start a movie, but if you've already started and it's going ahead, then everyone wants to help you finish it.

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