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Evan Beloff is a Canadian film writer/producer/director and production company executive.
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 (see Credits section below) 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.
In 1998, Beloff co-founded the Montreal indie film-house Diversus Productions and in 1999 co-produced the Felix Award-winning music video (Best music video, Quebec) La Vie est Laide for Quebec rock star Jean Leloup.
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. Then, 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).
In 2002 and 2003, Beloff co-produced, wrote and directed the popular 19 part documentary series (two seasons) Women Warriors for WTSN, SCN, CBC, Radio Canada and CFCF12/CTV. He also produced an episode of Life & Times for CBC on one of Canada's most famous poets, the late Irving Layton. In 2003 Beloff co-produced the reality comedy-documentary Cruising Quebec for Global, and produced, co-wrote and co-directed the mockumentary The Legend of Memphre for Space and City TV. In 2004 he co-produced "Being Osama" for CBC's Passionate Eye, RDI and Al Arabiya. 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
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.
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] and co-wrote/produced/directed an update of the Bigfoot/Sasquatch legend titled "Bigfoot's Reflection" for CHUM, City TV, CLT, Space and SCN
In 2010, Beloff produced the access documentary "Burning Water" along with Frederic Bohbot's Bunbury Films for CBC's The Lens. The film is directed by Cameron Esler and Tadzio Richards. 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 - and 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.
In February 2013 Beloff completed editing on a feature length documentary on the high profile abduction and murder of 8 year-old, Tracy, California resident Sandra Cantu."The Disappearance of Sandra Cantu" is produced By Montreal's SLV Films and distributed by Films Transit International
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
Evan is the recipient of a prestigious CTV Producer's Fellowship from the Banff International Television Festival (2000).
Beloff is a strict vegetarian.
- The Wait, produced by Vilna Players
- Never by Rightime Productions
- Natural Times , produced by the OK Theatre
- A Red Carpet for the Sun: The Life & Times of Irving Layton"
- Winter Wonderland: Making of the Ice Hotel
- Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots
- Too Colorful for the League: A History of Blacks in Hockey
- Cruising Quebec
- The Legend of Memphre
- Being Osama
- Once a Nazi... (Nazi un Jour...)
- Bigfoot's Reflection
- Quitter le Bercail (Leaving the Fold)
- Burning Water
- Underdog Plaza
- The Disappearance of Sandra Cantu
- Women Warriors
- Life & Times: Irving Layton
- La Vie est Laide
- another article on Beloff's work"
- Article on Beloff's latest doc "Underdog Plaza"
- Article citing Beloff's documentary work
- Review of film Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots
- Another article on Schmelvis
- Yet another article on Schmelvis
- more "Schmelvis"
- Article on Winter Wonderland directed by Beloff
- Ontic's official website
- Beloff's personal website
- On "Once a Nazi" directed by Beloff
- On "Being Osama" produced by Beloff
- On "Voices from the List" Beloff as interviewer for Shoah Foundation/Spielberg produced documentary
- An article on Bigfoot Documentary
- Bigfoot's Reflection Official Website
- Review of "Once a Nazi" directed and produced by Beloff
- An Article on Beloff's doc '9-13'
- Another review of "Once a Nazi"
- Montreal Gazette review of Leaving the Fold