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Jerry Ciccoritti

Director Jerry Ciccoritti is one of Canada's most exciting and prolific directors, whose work has drawn wide acclaim, earning himself and his actors multiple awards. Most recently he directed the television movie The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, starring Wendy Crewson based on the true-life struggle of a woman who took 12 years to successfully sue the Toronto Police Force for using her as unwitting bait to catch a serial rapist. In addition, he completed The Death and Life of Nancy Eaton, starring Jessica Paré and Brendan Fletcher, based on true-life events.

His mini-series, Trudeau, a biopic on and homage to Canada's late prime minister, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, starring Colm Feore, Polly Shannon, Don McKellar and Peter Outerbridge, won a 2002 Gemini Award for Best Direction. Ciccoritti won another Gemini for Best Direction for the drama, Chasing Cain, with Peter Outerbridge and Alberta Watson, which he also produced. In addition, he won Gemini Best Director Awards for the television movies Net Worth and, Straight Up, Parts 1 and 11 and for episodes of Due South and Catwalk He earned a Cable ACE Award nominated for an episode of Hidden Room.

His 1999 feature, The Life Before This, a drama starring Sarah Polley, Catherine O'Hara, Stephen Rea and Fabrizio Filippo, was an official selection at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals; Boy Meets Girl,a romantic comedy with Kate Nelligan and Joe Mantegna, which also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was named Best Film at the 1998 Cologne Film Festival, and Paris France, was selected for the Toronto, Vancouver and Karlovy Vary Film Festivals. Ciccoritti wrote and produced the feature films A Whisper to a Scream and Night of Retribution; and wrote and directed The Understudy: Graveyard Shift I and II.

Born and raised in Toronto, the son of Italian immigrants, his plans to be a painter were swept aside when, in high school, he helped his best friend make a Super-8 short film. Ciccoritti spent his teen years making dozens of short films before enrolling in the film programme at York University. He dropped out after one year to write and direct his debut picture, Psycho Girls. The horror-comedy, which he wrote and directed, was shot in nine days for $15,000. It was picked up by Canon Films for $150,000 and Ciccoritti's film career was launched.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Jerry Ciccoritti Facts

BirthdayAugust 5, 1956 (66)
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada

Selected Filmography

Blood (2004) user recommendation (breakthrough)
Lives of the Saints (2004) tv-mini
The Many Trials of One Jane Doe (2003) tv-movie
Chasing Cain (2002) tv-movie
Trudeau (2002) tv-mini
Net Worth (1997) tv-movie
Straight Up (1997) tv-mini
Due South (1996) tv
Nikita (1996) tv
Highlander - the series (1995) tv
Paris France (1994)
The Hidden Room (1993) tv
Catwalk (1992) tv
TheHitchhiker (1991) tv
Sweating Bullets (1990) tv
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