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JAMES DUNNISON, DIRECTOR

James Dunnison’s feature film debut Stuff enjoyed international critical acclaim, including the Los Angeles Times calling it “inspired and hilarious” and the Globe and Mail calling it "Buzz film of the year… Laugh out loud funny, sweet and inventive.” Dunnison also directed the award-winning TV pilot and 6 additional episodes of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, 14 episodes of HBO Canada’s critical darling Less Than Kind, and multiple episodes of the series Seed, Lost Girl, Arctic Air, Hiccups, Blood Ties, Whistler, Godiva’s and Robson Arms.

He has two feature films in development, plus the one hour TV series Dirty Work, executive produced by Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, the Emmy-winning head writers of Mad Men.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

2012
Nominated, Leo Award for Best Direction in a Music, Comedy or Variety Series, for Todd And The Book of Pure Evil, episode “Daddy Tissues”

Nominated, Leo Award for Best Direction in a Music, Comedy or Variety Series, for Less Than Kind, episode “Coming Around”

2011
Won, Canadian Comedy Award for Best Direction in a TV Series, for Less Than Kind, episode "First Nighters"

Won, Golden Sheaf Award for Best Comedy, Yorkton International Film Festival, for Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, episode "Phantom of Crowley High"

Won, Leo Award for Best Direction in a Music, Comedy or Variety Series, for Hiccups, episode "Hot Love"

Nominated, Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series, for Less Than Kind, episode "That's Somebody's Knish"

Nominated, Leo Award for Best Direction in a Dramatic Series, for Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, episode "Phantom of Crowley High"

Nominated, Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best Television Series - Comedy, for Less Than Kind, episode "That's Somebody's Knish"
2010
Nominated, Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series, for Less Than Kind, episode "First Nighters" (Less Than Kind Season II went on to win the Gemini Award for Best Comedy Series, and Benjamin Arthur won Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for his performance in the episode "That’s Somebody’s Knish," which James also directed.)

Nominated, Rocky Award for Best Pilot at the Banff World Television Festival, for his pilot of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
2009
Nominated, Gemini Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series, for Less Than Kind, Season I, episode "Fun"
2008
Nominated, Canadian Comedy Award for Best Direction – Film, for Walk The Dog

Nominated, Directors Guild of Canada Award for Best Television Series – Comedy, for Robson Arms, episode "Mean Girls"
2006
Nominated, Directors Guild of Canada Award for Outstanding Television Series – Drama, for Godiva’s, episode "Out The Door'
2005
Won, Special Jury Award, Yorkton International Film Festival, for Call Me Average

Won, Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film Festival, for Call Me Average
2004
Won, Leo Award for Best Documentary, for Call Me Average
2002
Voted "Top of the Critics’ List" at the Vancouver International Film Festival, for Pretty Boys
2001
Won, Best Director and Best Film, the Film Critics Circle at the Northwest Film Festival, Washington State, for Organ Music

Won, Second Place Overall, at the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival, for Organ Music
1998
Won, Grand Prize at the Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival by unanimous jury decision, for Crack Doll House
1996
Won, the General Idea Award for Artistic Contribution to AIDS Awareness, for his short film and pool of television commercials for the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation, Powerful Love

Contact

REPRESENTATION

Ralph Zimmerman
Great North Artists Management
416 925 2051

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