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Maureen Judge is an award-winning Toronto filmmaker whose work has played at festivals and been broadcast across Canada and around the world.
Maureen Judge’s new TVO Original documentary commission, 17 And Life Doesn’t Wait, follows her recent cross platform documentary, My Millennial Life, winner of multiple nominations and awards, including the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program and nominated for Best Cross Platform – non-fiction, a New York Festivals Gold Medal, and Best New Media Award, Los Angeles New Media Festival. The online platform was also selected to be included in the best of IDFA’s DocLab 2016 Cross platform projects.
Previous work includes the observational documentary trilogy she produced and directed in association with TVO. These films explore the themes of love, betrayal and acceptance in parent/adult child relationships: Unveiled; The Mother Daughter Relationship, honoured with a multiplicity of awards, including a Genie from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (1997); the award-winning In My Parents’ Basement (2002); and Mom’s Home, nominated for two Gemini’s, including the Donald Britain Award (2011). A portrait film based on one of the mother daughter pairs in Mom’s Home was subsequently made, entitled, The August Years of May and Gloria.
Judge was the executive producer and producer on the Makin’ Movies/NFB co-production, FLicKeR, for which she received a Gemini nomination from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (2009). FLicKeR was the winner of the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary, Hot Docs (2008) and won the Best Film on Art Competition at the Era New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland.
Judge also directed the Chris Award winning NFB film, And We Knew How To Dance: Women and WWI. She is the creator/producer and a director of the critically acclaimed television series, Family Secrets and the co-creator and producer/director of Bravo Television poetry series, Heart of a Poet (I & II).
Maureen earned an M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University (1982) and currently teaches in the Bachelor of Film & Television Program and the Advanced Film & Television Program at Sheridan College Institute.
She is a past Board Member of Women in Film and Television – Toronto (2010-2014), and past elected Executive Board Member for the Toronto Chapter of DOC (Documentary Organization of Canada). Judge is a past programmer for Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival.
Makin' Movies Inc.
Makin’ Movies Inc. is a Toronto based film and television production company with producer/director Maureen Judge at its helm. We produce provocative, award-winning cross platform documentaries and television series. The documentary work ranges from intimate, character-driven stories centered on the family dynamic, to portraits of performance poets and doll collectors, to the Beat subculture and its lasting impression on rock music and the arts. A sense of purpose and a sense of humour are the hallmarks of our productions.
Makin’ Movies most recent project is the Canadian Screen Award winning cross platform documentary, My Millennial Life, an intimate and entertaining documentary, featuring five 20-somethings. It’s set against a backdrop of high underemployment and uncertainty, and presents the subjects’ longings, challenges and dreams to find their place in the 21st century. The project was produced with Rock Yenta Productions and in association with TVO and is distributed by TVF International. Makin’ Movies previous project,in association with Shaw Media, was Living Dolls, a documentary about the weirdly wonderful world of doll collectors. The film was broadcast on Global Television (Canada), Logo TV (United States) and around the world. TVF International is the film.
Makin’ Movies’ project, Mom’s Home, is a documentary about aging mothers moving in with their middle-age daughters. The film was nominated for two Gemini Awards by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary and the Best Editing in a Documentary. It was commissioned by TVO and Knowledge Network and a portrait film version of one of the mother daughter pairs from Mom’s Home, entitled The August Years of May and Gloria, was acquired by Scotland’s STV.
In a co-production with the NFB, Makin’ Movies produced FLicKeR, the story of Brion Gysin, the Beat artist who invented a drug-free way to achieve altered states of mind — through the dancing pulses of light. The documentary won The Special Jury Prize for Best Canadian Feature Documentary at the Hot Docs Film Festival; Best International Art Film, Era New Horizons Festival, Poland; and was honored by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with a Gemini Nomination for Best Arts Documentary. FLicKeR has been screened at festivals around the world, had a cross Canada Theatrical Release and aired on Bravo!.
Under Maureen’s direction the company produced the highly acclaimed vérité documentary trilogy on love, betrayal and acceptance in parent and adult child relationships: the Genie Award-winning Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship; In My Parents’ Basement; and the most recent, Mom’s Home.
The company’s series for television include: Family Secrets, the Silver Remi award-winning documentary series commissioned by W Network and sold internationally to Sweden, Hungry, Hong Kong and Israel; and Heart of a Poet , a documentary/performance Canadian poetry series, which was commissioned by Bravo! (Canada) and Book Television and ran for two seasons.