Evan Beloff

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Evan Beloff
Born Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Occupation film director, writer, producer
Known for Once a Nazi

Evan Beloff is a Canadian film writer, producer, director and production company executive.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Evan Beloff graduated from Concordia University with a double major in Playwriting and Theatre. Since then, he has worked as a writer, actor, director, script editor and producer. He has written plays for the theatre and scripts for film. He is a former researcher, archivist and cameraman for Steven Spielberg's visual history archives of World War II, The Shoah Foundation. Beloff began his film career working for renowned IMAX producer Pietro L. Serapiglia and his company Filmlegend in 1995. In the last decade he has moved into the world of docu-series, mockumentaries and documentary film writing, directing and production.

1990s[edit]

Beloff first attracted attention while still a student at Concordia University. As a member of a group of students who called themselves the Sofar Poets, he participated in a reading of their poems at Café Vilna in Montreal.[2]

In 1998, he and an associate organized Montreal's first Radical Jewish Arts and Performance Festival which they called "Chutzpah". It was inspired by the Radical Jewish Festival in New York. It was held on the McGill University campus and included music, spoken word and even a walking tour.[3]

In 1998, Beloff co-founded the Montreal indie film-house Diversus Productions and in 1999 co-produced the Félix Award-winning music video (Best music video, Quebec) La Vie est Laide for Quebec rock star Jean Leloup.[4]

2000s[edit]

In 2000-2001, Beloff served as the Producer and Second Unit Director for the Gemini Award-nominated documentary Too Colorful for the League: A History of Blacks in Hockey for the CBC.[5]

In 2002, he produced, starred in and narrated the festival hit mockumentary Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots (Nodance, HBO Comedy Arts Fest). The film is about a camp Jewish character called Schmelvis created by a Montreal Hasidic Jew named Dan Hartal. His costume comprises a rhinestone-studded white jumpsuit with a large Star of David wresting-style belt-buckle and a red star-covered cape.[6][7][8][9]

In 2002 and 2003, Beloff co-produced, wrote and directed the nineteen-part documentary series (two seasons) Women Warriors for WTSN, SCN, CBC, Radio Canada and CFCF12/CTV.[10] He also produced an episode of Life & Times for CBC on one of Canada's most famous poets, the late Irving Layton.[11]

In 2003, Beloff co-produced the reality comedy-documentary Cruising Quebec for Global.[12] He produced, co-wrote and co-directed the mockumentary The Legend of Memphre for Space and City TV.[13]

In 2004, he co-produced Being Osama for CBC's Passionate Eye, RDI and Al Arabiya.[14]

His final documentary project at Diversus was an architecture and travel documentary for Global titled Winter Wonderland: The Making of the Ice Hotel. Beloff wrote, directed and produced the film which is distributed by the National Film Board of Canada and broadcast internationally on such channels as: HBO Europe, Spektrum TV RT Hungary, CPS Czech Republic, TVC Spain, NHK Japan and TV2 in France.[15]

In 2005, Beloff relinquished partnership in Diversus Productions to establish his own company, Ontic Media Inc. and has since written, directed and produced (in collaboration with Bunbury Film's Frederic Bohbot) the award-winning, biopic thriller, Once a Nazi on former Waffen SS soldier turned professor Adalbert Lallier for SCN, CTV, Canal D, CLT, American Public Television / PBS and distributed internationally by the National Film Board of Canada. Once a Nazi was awarded the 2006 J. I Segal Award for Canadian, Jewish-Themed Film of the Year.[16][17][18]

In 2007, he co-wrote/produced/directed an update of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch legend titled "Bigfoot's Reflection" for CHUM, City TV, CLT, Space and SCN.[19]

In 2008, he produced the documentary Quitter le Bercail (Leaving the Fold) by acclaimed director Eric Scott for Radio Canada, Documentary Channel Canada, ABC Australia. It is about two brothers who leave the Montreal Hasidic community.[20][21]

In 2010, Beloff produced the access documentary Burning Water along with Frederic Bohbot's Bunbury Films for CBC's The Lens.[22] The film is directed by Cameron Esler and Tadzio Richards.[23]

In 2010, Beloff returned to directing with the documentary Underdog Plaza on Quebec Super Welterweight Boxing Champion Dierry Jean for OMNI Television Canada and PBS' world Compass.[24][25][26]

Beloff remains in extended development on the documentary, Heavy Metal Revisited on the adult animation cult classic of the same name for CTV and Space TV.[27]

2013[edit]

In February 2013, Beloff completed editing on a feature length documentary on the high profile abduction and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu from Tracy, California. Heaven Beside Us (aka The Disappearance of Sandra Cantu) is produced By Montreal's SLV Films and distributed by Films Transit International.[28]

2014[edit]

Beloff is again collaborating with Frederic Bohbot's Bunbury Films and Omni Television on a sequel to "Underdog Plaza" - as Haitian-Canadian Dierry 'Dougy-Style' Jean finally realizes his dream of fighting for the IBF Junior Welterweight World Championship. Principal photography began in January 2014.

Awards and honors[edit]

Evan is the recipient of a CTV Producer's Fellowship from the Banff International Television Festival (2000).[29]

Personal life[edit]

Beloff is a strict vegetarian.[30]

Credits[edit]

Plays[edit]

  • The Wait, produced by Vilna Players (1997)[31]
  • Never by Rightime Productions
  • Natural Times , produced by the OK Theatre

Films[edit]

  • Too Colorful for the League: A History of Blacks in Hockey (2001)
  • A Red Carpet for the Sun: The Life & Times of Irving Layton (2002)
  • Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots (2002)
  • Winter Wonderland: Making of the Ice Hotel (2003)
  • Being Osama (2004)
  • Cruising Quebec (2004)
  • The Legend of Memphre (2004)
  • Once a Nazi... (Nazi un Jour...) (2006)
  • Bigfoot's Reflection (2007)
  • Quitter le Bercail (Leaving the Fold) (2008)
  • Burning Water (2010)
  • Underdog Plaza (2011)
  • Heaven Beside Us (aka The Disappearance of Sandra Cantu) (2013)

Television[edit]

  • Life & Times: Irving Layton (2002)
  • Women Warriors (2002–2003)

Music videos[edit]

  • La Vie est Laide (1998)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Evan Beloff at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "LITERARY CALENDAR" (28 Mar 1992) The Gazette, Montreal
  3. ^ "Chutzpah without the bad attitude: Montreal's first `radical' Jewish arts festival is mostly a musical celebration" (8 June 1998) The Gazette, Montreal
  4. ^ "ADISQ awards to be handed out on Halloween" (8 Sep 1999) The Gazette, Montreal
  5. ^ Too Colorful for the League at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "King of kings: The Schmelvis story: Two filmmakers explored Israel and the U.S. South for Elvis's Jewish roots" (28 Feb 2002) The Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario
  7. ^ "The Mensch Connection ; Was Elvis Just a Nice Jewish Goy?" (April 30, 2002) New York Post
  8. ^ "The Kosher King: In search of Elvis Presley's Jewish roots" (June 2002) beliefnet
  9. ^ Schmelvis at the Internet Movie Database
  10. ^ Women Warriors at the Internet Movie Database
  11. ^ A Red Carpet for the Sun: The Life of Irving Layton at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "Reality TV show cruises Quebec: Documentary follows six Montrealers on RV tour" (10 July 2004) The Gazette, Montreal
  13. ^ "Moviemakers seek out Memphremagog monster" (22 Oct 2004) The Gazette, Montreal
  14. ^ Being Osama at the Internet Movie Database
  15. ^ "Winter Wonderland: The Making of the Ice Hotel" (2013-04-08) National Film Board of Canada
  16. ^ Jewish Public Library[dead link]
  17. ^ "Once a Nazi...: Nazi victim" (September 14, 2006) Hour Community
  18. ^ "Ex-soldier who turned confessional about Nazi past leads to accounts from all sides" (September 17, 2006) The Gazette, Montreal
  19. ^ "Bohbot tracks Bigfoot" (March 8, 2007) Playback
  20. ^ "Leaving the Fold is an eye-opening experience" (August 29, 2008) The Gazette, Montreal
  21. ^ "The documentary filmmakers at Bunbury pick their fights and win" (17 Feb 2011) The Gazette, Montreal
  22. ^ Burning Water at the Internet Movie Database
  23. ^ "Burning Water" (2010) Bunbury Films
  24. ^ "UNDERDOG PLAZA" (2011) Ontic Media Inc.
  25. ^ Underdog Plaza at the Internet Movie Database
  26. ^ "Packing a Punch" (January 6–12, 2011) Montreal Mirror
  27. ^ Heavy Metal Revisited (in production) at the Internet Movie Database
  28. ^ Heaven Beside Us at the Internet Movie Database
  29. ^ "mfg news / nouvelles du mfg" (February 19th, 2008) Montreal Film Group
  30. ^ "Famous Vegetarians - Evan Beloff" International Vegetarian Union (IVU)
  31. ^ "Waiting for Tragedy" (16 June 1997) The Gazette, Montreal

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