David Weaver, Director
One of Canada's most exciting emerging young directors, David Weaver has vast experience in feature films, movies of the week, and episodic television. David's films have played in over a dozen countries and won numerous awards. His television work has screened on major networks around the world.
A graduate of the University of Toronto, David received the Norman Jewison Fellowship for Film Studies, and Columbia University's renowned Graduate Film Program. He has written and directed several short films, including Moon Palace, which appeared at nearly forty festivals, won over a dozen international awards, and was selected to screen at the Museum of Modern Art.
David made his feature film directorial debut with Century Hotel, starring Colm Feore, Mia Kirschner and Lindy Booth. Century Hotel premiered at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival and received two Canadian Academy Award nominations. Variety termed it "a very strong first feature."
He followed that up with the critically-acclaimed Siblings, starring Alex Campbell and Sarah Polley, that also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2004.
His most recent film was Toronto Stories, an anthology featuring Gil Bellows and Lisa Ray, which Weaver also co-produced. Toronto Stories marked Weaver's fourth film in a row to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In addition to feature film work, David has directed series television and several highly-rated American television movies, including Charlie & Me, which was nominated for Gemini, Humanitas, and DGC Awards for Best Family Television Movie.
David lives in Toronto with his wife, Suzanne Cheriton, and son Jackson.
Andras Hamori, Producer
Films produced or executive-produced by Andras Hamori have been distributed in the United States by most major studios, as well as leading independent distributors around the world. His films have been nominated for two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and have won several major awards at the Cannes International Film Festival as well as the Berlin, Venice, and Toronto Film Festivals. His films have also won European Film Awards and Canadian Academy awards, including Best Picture for Sunshine.
Hamori's current production of Stephen Frears' Cheri, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates, and written by Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton, recently premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. Cheri is distributed by Miramax Films in the US and by Pathé in the UK and France.
Hamori's previous films include The 51st State, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle, Istvan Szabo's Sunshine, starring Ralph Fiennes, and David Cronenberg's eXistenZ, starring Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh. As executive producer, his credits include Lynne Ramsay's Morvern Callar, starring Samantha Morton, Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter, and David Cronenberg's CRASH. He was executive producer of Fugitive Pieces, the opening film of the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2004 Hamori produced Fateless, the directorial debut of Academy Award nominated cinematographer Lajos Koltai, based on Nobel- Prize-winner Imre Kertesz's novel. Fateless premiered as an Official Selection at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival and was subsequently acquired for US distribution by THINKFilm.
Hamori's earlier producing credits include Max, starring John Cusack, and Owning Mahowny, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Minnie Driver, and John Hurt. Max premiered as a Special Presentation at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival, had its US premiere at the 2002 AFI Festival, and was distributed in the US by Lionsgate. Owning Mahowny premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was selected for the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival. Sony Classics distributed it in the US.
Hamori also produced Big Nothing, a fast-paced caper-comedy starring David Schwimmer and Simon Pegg, and Opium – Diary of a Madwoman directed by Janos Szasz and starring Ulrich Thomsen.
Elan Mastai, Writer
Elan Mastai's current screenwriting projects include two films with Paramount Pictures, one a collaboration with Oscar-winner Alan Ball (AMERICAN BEAUTY) and the other with This American Life's Ira Glass, based on an episode of the Peabody-winning NPR radio-show.
Mastai's scripts in development include one with Warner Brothers and De Line Pictures, producers of GREEN LANTERN, and another with Fox Searchlight and Mr. Mudd, producers of JUNO.
THE SAMARITAN is Elan Mastai's fourth produced film.