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Craig Goodwill’s career as a writer/director in film and television has been filled with unbelievable experiences, shaping his passion for film and the arts. Most recently Craig and his team won the Director’s Guild Award for Best Short and his film Patch Town was invited to be a part of this years Festival de Cannes Short Corner Program and was also selected to Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Patch Town also won the “Best in Show” category at Best Shorts Festival in Los Angeles, and had its US Premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival. Patch Town the feature goes into production December 2012.
Goodwill’s passion for filmmaking and storytelling comes to life in his most recent work, Artist: Unknown, which recently won the CSC Award for Best Cinematography. It is a unique glimpse into the life of Iconic artist Tom Thomson. His most recent film The Spirit Game takes place In the mid-nineteenth century, three sisters (Fox Sisters) marvelled the world with their ability to speak to the dead. But what began as a clever prank to gain fortune and fame lead them to losing much more than they could have ever foretold. Based on a true story. The film is Executive Produced by Michael Konyves and stars Liberty Ross, Charles Shaughnessy, Chantelle Kriviazuk, Katie Boland and Kathryn Isabelle.
Goodwill began his film career as a producer/director’s assistant on Hollywood films such as Good Will Hunting, 54, Driven, Superstar, Storm of the Century, Loser, and more. Since, Goodwill has traveled the world from Haiti to India directing and producing for National Geographic, CBC, Alliance Atlantis, Bravo, HGTV, and recently completed a feature documentary called Godless, which documents the rise of Atheism through modern times. In addition to his award-winning work as a commercial director/editor for Nike, Bank of America, and Nokia, to name a few, Goodwill’s other films have also been selected to appear at world-renowned film festivals.
He has worked as a producer/director with MuchMusic, Canada’s music station, and has produced several high profile music videos for Universal Music. Goodwill was also the senior producer of the reality television series U8TV: The Lofters, showing himself early on as a true media visionary Goodwill also recognizes the importance of building capacity in the countries he visits, providing leadership to those who lack opportunities, and traveling the world to teach and document the struggles of today’s youth. He has been their champion through his role as executive producer of Directors of Change, a program working with youth to produces documentaries about social issues, and founder of Mobile Jam Fest, MJF, which partnered with MSN, Nokia, Xbox and other brands to create the world’s largest mobile youth creativity festival.
He established a university / college newspaper called "The Voice", and later was assigned as Managing Editor of George Brown College's "dialogue".
In 2001-02, he was senior television producer for U8TV: The Lofters Canada's first reality television series for two consecutive seasons. He followed that in 2003 as a Segment/Associate Producer for the National Geographic 13-part series Crisis Zone about the efforts of (Medicine sans Frontiers) volunteers.
He became a director and producer at Much Music Canadian music television and has done a number of music videos for Universal Records. He also directed/produced Teenage Angst for CBC: Nerve, the documentary-series, which won "The Japan Prize for Best Youth Show in the World".
Craig directed Season One of Design Inc., HGTV's top-rated design show. He is also the director of HGTV's Disaster DIY, a Gemini Award winner for "Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series" for the presenter Bryan Baeumler.
Craig Goodwill directed a documentary about restavecs, slave children in Haiti. The documentary directed by Craig Goodwill and entitled Forgotten Children: The Story of Haiti's Restavecs shows the situation of the restavecs through the eyes of different personalities including pop singer George Nozuka, a Canadian UN peacekeeper, some Haitian youth filmmakers and activists, and former working children themselves.
Craig has worked with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) to set guidelines and update policies for the "Filmmakers Assistance Program".
He has developed a number of projects including "Culture Creatives and Company" and has done a number of music videos for Universal Records. Craig, and partners have also developed an online magazine, which is a cultural portal for the creative class.
Craig is also the Executive Producer of Directors of Change a program sponsored by Nokia Free the Children and IYF. The program works with youth to produce documentaries about social issues affecting youth. Crossing Borders is the most recent film, documenting Mexican youth and their struggles living on the border.
Craig is also President of Culture Creative and Company ccandco, a media production company which produces commercials and content for such companies as Nokia, Bank of America, Pedigree, Nike and including documentaries and web platforms for Plan Canada Free the Children.
To view all of Craig's work visit craiggoodwill.com.
- 2001-2002: "U8TV: The Lofters" - TV series (senior producer)
- 2003: "Doctors Without Borders" - 12-part TV series (associate producer)
- 2007: "Disaster DIY" - Reality TV (director)
- 2008: "Forgotten Children: The Story of Haiti's Restavecs" - Documentary (director)
- 2008: "Teenage Angst" - Documentary series for CBC Television (director / producer)
- 2016: "Sadie" - Movie (director / producer)