A writer observes the making of her friend's movie: watching Moze Mossanen's Canadian dance film, Roxana, come to life.

Location: Ontario, Canada

A Canadian writer, story editor and teacher of film and theology. Looking to integrate spirituality and the arts in a celebration and love of visual and written language.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Roxana has a date with the Geminis!

Although many months have gone by since my last post, I am happy to be updating this blog with the following great news: Roxana has been nominated for 6 Gemini Awards~! The Geminis are awarded for outstanding work in Canadian television and will be presented on October 17th. The general public can attend: for tickets see the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Teleivision website.

Moze couldn't be more thrilled. Here is what he says:

"Congratulations to everyone as this is a great honour. Entirely overlooked, however, is the work of the brilliant cast and music composers for reasons that will probably only be known to aliens in a far away galaxy. But each nomination is a reflection of the combined efforts the entire team and the great work that was produced. These nominations are in addition to three other awards recently won by Roxana: The first by ace cinematographer, Michael Spicer, given by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers; and the second and third for Best Performance Program and Best Score (Alexina Louie and Alex Pauk) handed out at the recent Golden Sheaf Awards at the Yorkton Film Festival.

Big kudos to Roberto Campanella for his great and rich choreography! Thank you and hugs to the CBC, Bravo! (Bravo!FACT) ARTV, Telefilm, CTF, Judy Gladstone, Jacinthe Brisebois, Elisabeth Paradis, Greta Hodgkinson, Sheila McCarthy, Alexina Louie, Alex Pauk, Jeff Bessner, Craig Merritt, Randi Kirshenbaum, Susan Kelly, Lisa Clarkson, Sheen MacDonald, Alan Geldart, Dianne Weinrib, Shane Kinnear, Ron Scott and the entire cast and crew.

And a very special thanks to the great and wonderful Robert Sherrin for his support for not only this project but his remarkable work throughout the years on “Opening Night”. You’ve left a great legacy for everyone, Bob!

The Gemini Award nominations for Roxana are:

Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series
p. Moze Mossanen, Stephen Traynor
(Mossanen Productions)

Best Writing in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
Moze Mossanen

Best Photography in a Comedy, Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series
Michael Spicer

Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Dramatic Program or Series
Rhonda Moscoe, Martha Sparrow

Best Costume Design
Debra Hanson

Best Achievement in Make-Up
Mary Monforte

Congratulations to everyone. Check back here in October, to see what happened!


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