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Maureen Judge is an award-winning Toronto filmmaker whose work is played at festivals and is broadcast across Canada and around the world.
Maureen Judge’s latest TVO Original documentary commission is 17 And Life Doesn’t Wait. The film features stories of the hopes, dreams and challenges of three teen girls in the final year of high school.
It's a companion film to her recent cross platform documentary on twenty-somethings, My Millennial Life, winner of multiple awards and nominations, including the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Program and nomination for Best Cross Platform – non-fiction, a New York Festivals Gold Medal, and Best New Media Award, LA New Media Festival. The online platform for My Millennial Life was also selected for inclusion in the prestigious IDFA 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 produced, 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 is currently an adjunct professor 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 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 documentary production company with producer/director Maureen Judge at its helm. The work, which has been screened or broadcast globally, ranges from intimate, character-driven stories centred on women, youth and the family dynamic, to portraits of performance poets, the Beat culture, and doll collectors. A sense of purpose and a sense of humour are the hallmarks of the productions.
Makin’ Movies most recent documentaries are TVO commissions, 17 And Life Doesn't Wait and the CSA award-winning film, My Millennial Life, co-produced with Rock Yenta Productions. Both films are internationally distributed by TVF International.
TVF also distributes the Makin' Movies documentary Living Dolls, produced in association with Shaw Media, and broadcast on Global Television (Canada), Logo TV (United States) and around the world.
Commissioned by TVO and Knowledge Network, Makin' Movies produced Mom’s Home, distributed by McIntyre Media and Alexander Street Press in the US.
Makin’ Movies produced FLicKeR, in co-production with the NFB, who also distributes the film internationally.
Under Maureen’s direction the company produced the highly acclaimed vérité documentary trilogy that includes the Genie Award-winning NFB co-production, Unveiled: The Mother Daughter Relationship; In My Parents’ Basement; and Mom’s Home.
The company’s series for television include Family Secrets, the award-winning documentary series commissioned by W Network and distributed internationally by TVF, and Heart of a Poet , commissioned by Bravo! (Canada) and Book Television, and distributed by McIntyre Media.