Donald Shebib

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Donald Shebib
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Donald Everett Shebib[1]

(1938-01-17) 17 January 1938 (age 80)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationFilm director
Years active1962 - Present

Donald Everett Shebib (born 17 January 1938), often called Don Shebib, is a Canadian film director, writer, producer and editor.

Life and career[edit]

Shebib was born in Toronto, the son of Mary Alice (Long) and Moses "Morris" Shebib.[2][3] His paternal grandparents were Lebanese, and his mother was of Irish descent.[4]

A graduate of UCLA film school, Shebib gained prominence and critical acclaim in Canadian cinema for his seminal 1970 movie Goin' Down the Road, which combined narrative storytelling with Canadian documentary tradition influenced by the British.[5][6][7] The low-budget film crew travelled around Toronto in a station wagon, supported by funding from the newly-formed Canadian Film Development Corporation. The movie was screened in New York and hailed by Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert. Kael wrote that the movie showed up the ostensibly forced sincerity and perceived honesty of the films of John Cassavetes. Shebib is the father of actor and music producer Noah "40" Shebib, with actress Tedde Moore.

Goin' Down the Road was digitally remastered as one of the key films in the Canadian film canon and was honoured with a screening at the Art Gallery of Ontario. A sequel, Down the Road Again (2011), features some of the original cast members as well as a new generation of characters.

Awards and recognition[edit]


Television series[edit]

Shebib directed at least one episode of the following series:

Television films[edit]



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  5. ^ Cole, Stephen (21 October 2011). "Down the Road Again: One last ride with Joey and Pete". Canada: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 4 May 2016. ... Shebib, a UCLA film alum...
  6. ^ Lanken, Dane (12 February 1972). "Shebib turns to youth cult for his latest film". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 4 May 2016. As a thesis for his graduation from UCLA's film school eight years ago,...
  7. ^ Moodie, Jim (26 January 2014). "Accent: 1973 film shot in Sudbury a neglected classic". Canada: Sudbury Star. Retrieved 4 May 2016. Shebib studied film at UCLA in the 1960s...
  8. ^ Wise, Wyndam (ed.) (2001). Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press. p. 263.
  9. ^ "The Winners: The Canadian Film Awards 1976". Cinema Canada. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  10. ^ "11th Moscow International Film Festival (1979)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 3 April 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2013.

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