Charles Officer’s directing career began with a slate of award-winning short films that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Sundance Film Festival. His debut feature Nurse.Fighter.Boy, a lyrical love story about a young boy’s faith in magic, premiered at TIFF ’08 and garnered 10 Genie Nominations at the 30th Awards. His feature documentary debut, Mighty Jerome, was produced by the NFB and won four 2011 Leo Awards and a 2012 Emmy Award for Best Historical Documentary. In 2012, Officer directed Stone Thrower: The Chuck Ealey Story for 90th Parallel Productions which aired on TSN for the CFL’s 100 Anniversary. He recently completed directing a variety of episodic television, including the upcoming CBC series 21 Thunder. And will premiere a feature documentary, Unarmed Verses, produced through the NFB later, this year. He is currently in development on a feature and a television mini-series.
One of Canada’s most provocative public intellectuals, Desmond Cole is a freelance journalist based in Toronto. He is a staff writer at the Toronto Star, and hosts a weekly radio show on CFRB. His work also appears in The Walrus, Toronto Life, VICE, NOW Magazine, and Ethnic Aisle. He is presently writing a book on black Canadian experiences.
A very special thanks to 90th Parallel Productions for providing the film for this event!